The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 42, July 1938 - April, 1939 Page: 214
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Lodge in the narrow lane of the Bethlemites at the home of
Cordorniu was raided and the catalogue or members published.
The Scottish Masons then took their vengeance by publishing
the membership list of the Yorkists who also suffered persecu-
tion.56 The secret societies were not wiped out by persecution,
but became even more active in some states like Durango.57
The administration of Guerrero was stormy and a period of
crisis in which the parties were dissolved in order to assume new
forms. The clergy consolidated with the military element and
worked against Guerrero. They supported Bustamante, who, for-
getful of his oath as a Yorkist, became the champion of the privi-
leged classes.58 By this time the Mexican Rite Masons had greatly
increased in strength and some of the Yorkists affiliated with
them on account of their strict rules, and some, perhaps, because
the national idea flattered them, yet they never became very
prominent in politics. The Yorkists were divided and declined
but the Scottish Riters wer e reorganized into a conservative po-
litical group based chiefly on the principles of a legal republican
administration.59 The membership of the new Scottish Rite or-
ganization consisted of the remnant of the Scottish Masons and
respectable men who had belonged to the Yorkist lodges, includ-
ing members of the clergy, the army, and the propertied class.
They took the name of Hombres de bien and their chief plan was
to get rid of Guerrero.60
The days of the great power of Masonry, however, were gone
and after this its influence in politics was comparatively weak.
The lodges began to be occupied more with the functions of modern
Masonry and the stormiest times were over. Other interests and
other activities occupied the center of the stage in public life.
LILLIAN ESTELLE FISHER.
Oklahoma College for Women.
s7Riva Palacio, IV, 148.
6oAlamn, V, 850-851.
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