TALES OF FREEMASONRY, BY J.B. CAMPBELL
The Masonic presidents were, according to Clausen and other sources: Washington, Monroe, Jackson, Van Buren, Tyler, Taylor, Pierce, Polk, Buchanan, Johnson, Garfield, McKinley, T. Roosevelt, Taft, Harding, FDR, Truman and Ford (as of '76). He does not admit that Nixon was, too, but I have evidence of that from him. The Masons are not proud of Nixon or LBJ, apparently. Ike's boss, George Marshall, and his former boss, Douglas MacArthur, were 33rd Degree so I am certain that Eisenhower was, as well. Ike said after he was president, "The smartest thing I ever did was ask Bernard Baruch for advice on my career in 1939." LBJ was a Freemason, as were Reagan and Clinton. The Bushes are at the top of the Masonic pyramid. Carter was apparently not Masonic. An English friend of mine, Pierre DeVilliers, was an artist and sculptor. He told me the following story, not knowing of my interest in Freemasonry: He knew another sculptor, a young man named Henry Christian Clausen, Jr. Pierre was a more accomplished artist and young Henry told him one day in 1970 that his father had a commission for him. So Pierre went to father's office in San Francisco and met HCC, Sr., an attorney. Mr. Clausen told him that the commission was to create a magnificent bust of Mr. Luther Smith, the outgoing Sovereign Grand Commander of the 33rd Degree. He should go down to Mississippi and meet Mr. Smith, also an attorney, to begin the task. The bust, he said, would be unveiled at the Supreme Council of the 33rd Degree of Scottish Rite Freemasonry in Washington, DC in about six months. Mr. Clausen explained that he was Mr. Smith's successor as SGC. The intercom buzzed and Clausen's secretary said that the president was on the phone. Clausen told her to tell him that he would call him back shortly. She came back on and said it was urgent. Clausen excused himself and picked up the phone. He began to curse the caller and called him a "dumb son of a bitch" and other contemptuous terms. He insisted that the caller would be at the Masonic HQ as invited - or else. Then he hung up. Pierre was shocked at his language. He finally said, "Was that President Nixon?" Clausen said, "You didn't hear that." Then he told him to get a haircut and a shave and go on down to Hattiesburg, Mississippi and see Smith, which Pierre did. A couple of months later, Henry Clausen visited Pierre at his studio in Pacific Grove, California to check his progress. Pierre showed him the huge bust, which was in black marble. Clausen was stunned. "It's black!" Well, yes, said Pierre, that's the medium. "This is the head of Freemasonry! It can't be black!" He ordered Pierre to start over but he found a way chemically to change it to gray or dark green, which turned out to be acceptable. It was unveiled the following October at the Supreme Council HQ in DC. Richard Nixon was present at the unveiling ceremony. A few years later Pierre's children were kidnapped by his ex-wife, who belonged to a mystical cult in Bisbee, Arizona. I'd helped him get his children to England a year or so before but the cultists came to England and took the children. They were all in the Old Bailey and it was in the papers because the boy was an international karate celebrity at the time. But the cultists prevailed and took the children to Arizona. Pierre showed up in great distress, wondering what we could do to get them back? I could only say, do what we did last time. He said it wouldn't do any good - they were too powerfully connected. For about a week he stayed with me and we thought of things to do. He complained that his ex-wife had the judge in Bisbee around her finger. I said, hold on! Most judges are Freemasons and you know the top Mason in the world! Call Henry Clausen! He was reluctant but did so in my office. I listened on another phone. Clausen said that he would send the judge a letter, and would Pierre like to see it first and send it on? I nodded to him across the room. He said, yes please. Within a couple of days this letter showed up. It was on heavy gilt stationery, with mysterious Masonic symbols across the top. Clausen told the judge that he would consider it a personal favor if he would help reunite Pierre with his children. We copied it and sent it to Bisbee. Within three days we got a phone call. I gave it to Pierre. The Bisbee courthouse said, "Come get your children." And that was that. And based on this strange experience I concluded that everything Pierre told me about Clausen, Smith, Nixon and the rest was true.