Bohemian Grove Articles from Early 1900’s Found

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Kristan T. Harris | The Rundown Live

I was going through the government database and searching “phrases” trying to learn more about history and secret societies. I decided to search the term “Bohemian grove” and found multiple articles. This specific article discusses how women were invited to the grove for “The Atonement of Pan”.

According to revered mason Albert Pike,  Pan eventually “evolved, into Satan” or “Baphomet.” Thus Lucifer has Pan’s horns and tail and, in early England, the devil is depicted as a “goat”. In his book “Morals and Dogma”,  he wrote:

“The Gnostics held that it [universal agent] composed the igneous [pertaining to fire] body of the Holy Spirit, and it was adored in the secret rites of the Sabbat or the Temple under the hieroglyphic figure of Baphomet or the hermaphroditic goat of Mendes .” Pike, op. cit., p. 734, teaching of the 28th Degree

The original publisher of the article was the San Francisco Call., August 25, 1912 on Page 19.

Cavaliers of Order of Owls Open Enchanted Grove to Women – Bohemians Repeat Their Jinx Play – Redding’s Atonement of Pan, ” With Hadley’s Music, Thrills Crowd

The innermost shrines of Bohemia, nestling in the enchanted grove on the Russian river, where for years the giant sempervirens have bidden defiance to all save the cavaliers of the order of the Owl, was opened wide last night to the ladies of those cavaliers, and Pan, Arcadian deity of pastoral life, bade welcome to the fair host that gathered there to witness his transformation.

      Bohemian grove, sacred heretofore to the male of the species, is no longer a forbidden land. Last night its silver aisles rustled to the swish of skirts and its beauties were unfolded before the charmed eyes of wives, sisters and daughters of members of the Bohemian club. More than 1,200 in number, with their escorts, women took possession of “the grove” for the first tine and witnessed a special performance in their honor of the Bohemian high jinks of 1912, “The Atonement of Pan.”

NEW SIGHT FOR REDWOODS – It was a new sight that the mammoth redwoods looked down upon last night, despite their thousand years spent in the wondrous spot. A grove play is no new thing, nor is the gathering of jovial, jolly hosts of men, but the gathering of a throng of women in the forest retreat —that was something unprecedented, unheard of, and the tall trees rustled and whispered one to another in amazement.

Fairyland never before gave welcome to such a company. All the charm of previous nights in the grove was repeated, but enhanced this time a hundredfold by the presence of mortals of the fairer sex. And for them the nymphs danced in their forest glade. Pan piped his lays and sang the story of his life, Zephyrus wooed and Astraeus stormed.

“The Atonement of Pan,” written by Joseph D. Redding and set to music by Henry Hadley for the grove play two weeks ago, was repeated just as given on that occasion, and with the same cast, with a single exception. It was the greatest, night of the year in Bohemia, called into being again that the wives and sisters and daughters of Bohemian clubmen might be permitted to share in the pleasure that the clubmen annually enjoy.

The whole wonderful story, conceived by Redding and given life and harmony by Hadley, was unfolded again before an audience that sat spellbound. David Bispham’s wonderful voice was raised, first in despair as he told of the penance of Pan, then in pleading and hope, and finally in boundless joy as, his atonement complete, the cloven hoofs and horns and body, half man, half goat, to which he had been sentenced, fell from him and he stood forth a perfect man.

TRIP BY SPECIAL TRAIN – The great majority of those invited to witness the second production of the grove play last night left San Francisco at 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon on a special train, arriving at the grove early in the evening. Some had gone ahead and were prepared to greet the throng of guests when they poured Into the grove.

As dusk came on the great evening bonfire was lighted, and for a time the merry company gathered there, later to move on to the dining tables, set beneath the trees in the open air and laden with an appetizing feast. The long tables were beautifully decorated and lighted with acetylene gas. White aproned waiters, wearing caps with the Bohemian grove monogram, served the diners.

BONFIRE PARTY AFTER PLAY –  Vanderlynn Stow, master of ceremonies for the evening, escorted the guests from the dining grove to the auditorium, and there the drama of] Arcadia was played. The lofty music j of the piece was rendered again by the same magnificent orchestra that! Hadley selected for the original performance, and, with the exception of Richard Hotaling, who was called away to the east, the cast was the same as ] two weeks ago. Hotallng’s role of Eos was ably taken by Robert Phelps.

The women guests were gowned last night in outing costumes. The night was perfect and wraps were not needed in the sheltered forest amphitheater. Following the performance the throng gathered for a time around the bonfire and then boarded the special train for San Francisco, which arrived here at an early hour this morning.

Some of those attending the performance did not even go up on the excursion train, but preceded the main body of visitors to the grove. Among these were:

Dr. and Mrs. J. Wilson Shields, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Butler, Mr. and Mrs. George H. Mastick and Miss Mastick, Mr. and Mrs. W. Frank Stone, Mrs. Burt Stone, Mrs. A. Westphal. Mrs. Rufus Steele, Mr. and Mrs. Frank P. Deering.

PICNICS IN THE GROVE – A number of persons motored to Sully’s, at Monte Rio, Friday afternoon or Saturday morning and attended the grove from there. There were several picnics in the grove on Saturday. A number of Oaklanders reserved rooms in Santa Rosa hotels with the intention of stopping off there, rather than spend the whole night getting home.

Among those who went yesterday on the special train to the Bohemian grove to attend the play were:

Mr. and Mrs. Templeton Crocker
Mr. and Mrs. Louis  Titus
Mr. and Mrs. William Duncan
Mr. and Mrs. William  G. Heushaw
Mr. and Mrs. Nat Messer
Mr. and Mrs. Mountford Wilson
Mr. and Mrs. George Cameron
Mr. and . Mrs. Warren  S, Palmer
Mr. and Mrs. Coleridge Erts
Mr. and Mrs. Earl  Cummings
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Thompson
Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Joseph
Mr and Mrs. Ralston White
Miss Marjorle Josselyn
Miss Enid Gregg
Mr. and Mrs. H. McD. Spencer
Mrs. Wellington Gregg
Mrs. Marie L. Walton
Mr. and Mrs. Egbert Stone
Miss Cora Otis
Miss Fredericks Otis
Mr. and Mrs. Percy Walker
Miss Harriet Stone
Miss Marian Stone
Mr. and Mrs. Will Crocker
Miss Augusta Foute
Miss Dora Winn
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Glass
Miss Constance McLaren
Miss Grimes
Mrs. and Mrs. Theodore Wore
Miss Florence Hensbaw
Miss Bessie Zane
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Eyre
Miss Innes Keeney
Mr. and Mrs. Xavierl Martinez
Miss Amelia Rlvas
Miss Jennie Blair
Mr. and Mrs. Halg Patiglan
Wlliard Chamberlin
Dr. Julius Rosenstirn
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Lafler
Duane Hopkins
Marshall Darragh
Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Hammon
John Lawson
Harry Perry
Mr. and Mrs. Scott Hendricks
Uda Waldrop
Spencer Grant

BOHEMIAN   GROVE SCENE IN “THE ATONEMENT OF PAN” AND LIKENESSES OF THE AUTHOR AND SINGER OF TITLE ROLE

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