From the Wise Master (October, 2010)

posted May 20, 2015, 3:59 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 20, 2015, 3:59 PM ]

Brethren,

You could say that my article for the October Rite Word practically wrote itself since I’m correcting errors and omissions from previous months.
First of all, I must apologize for an unbelievable oversight on my part back in June when I wrote about the Pledge of Allegiance. I never indicated a Masonic connection.  I was so wrong!
The author, Rev. Francis Bellamy, was also a Mason. I have no excuse for allowing that fact to escape my notice.
Also, as I alluded back in June; 12 October 1892 (Columbus Day) also marked the first time the pledge was used.
And while I am setting the record straight on my past articles, I also must admit to an accidental omission in my May article concerning Cinco de Mayo.
I mentioned that Maximilian,I was deposed by President Benito Juarez and executed, five years after the Battle of Puebla. What I did not know at the time was that Ferdinand Maximilian Joseph (Maximillian, I) also may have been a Mason!  It is claimed that Brother Maximilian appealed to Brother Juarez as a Mason to spare his life, but Brother Juarez, claiming the Emperor was not a Mason, went ahead with the execution.
And lastly, I think we often forget that 31 October isn’t just Halloween but also the anniversary of the passing of one of our most famous brothers, Harry Houdin (stage name: Harry Houdini,) who entered into rest on that most appropriate night in 1926.
Incidentally, if you’ve ever seen the movie “Houdini” then I should explain that the final climactic scene is as dramatic as it is wrong. Houdini collapsed from a ruptured appendix before he ever got to the Chinese Water torture escape.

Fraternally,  Bryant Day
Wise Master