In Sanity We Trust
Who Watches the Watchmen?
Two riders were approaching
On the 28th of April, 1748, Pope Clement XII, issued his bull forbidding the practice of Freemasonry by the members of the Roman Catholic Church. Many of the Masons of Italy continued, however, to meet; but, for the purpose of escaping the temporal penalties of the bull, which extended, in some cases, to the infliction of capital punishment, they changed their esoteric name, and called themselves Xerophagists. This is a compound of two Greek words signifying "eaters of dry food," and by it they alluded to an engagement into which they entered to abstain from the drinking of wine. They were, in fact, the first temperance society on record. Theory says (Act. Lat., i. 346,) that a manuscript concerning them was contained in the collection of the Mother Lodge of the Philosophic Scottish Rite.
Mackey, Albert G. M.D.
If you go down to the woods today.....
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Iqaqa laziqikaqika kwaze kwaqhawaka uqhoqhoqha
[trans from xhosa: The skunk rolled down and ruptured its larynx]