Cincinnati: J. H. H. Woodward, 382 John Street, . First edition. Single sheet printed recto and verso, 14 x 8.5 inches. Old folds; a brief penciled arithmetic problem on the verso; a few small stains and some light soiling; in very good condition. Item #19352
“The name we propose for our paper is ‘The Cincinnati Weekly Mah-Hah-Bone.’ The word ‘Hah-Hah-Bone’ is one of great significance among Masons. To the Masons it is the synonym of ‘freedom,’ the complete emancipation from all worldly bondage or restraint, the severance of all ties, duties, obligations, responsibilities and allegiance that he is presumed to bear or ever bore to the outside work, or to any government that ever was, now is, or ever can be instituted among men, save only for his Satanic Majesty’s government, the Masonic Kingdom.” The prospectus for a conspiracy-driven newspaper, this broadsheet a lengthy and detailed denunciation of the secret springs of Masonic political power. Woodward proposes here in the Centennial Year a “new departure” for political action against Masons; he published that same year in Cincinnati the 24-page work, How to Defeat Masonic Scoundrelism within the Courthouse. By all appearances, Woodward’s proposed weekly was never published; certainly the blank subscription list here is suggestive of his slim chances for success.