“There is in Italy a power which we seldom mention in this House . . . I mean the secret societies. . . . It is useless to deny, because it is impossible to conceal, that a great. Part of Europe–the whole of Italy and France and a great portion of Germany, to say nothing of other countries–is covered with a network of those secret societies, just as the superficies of the earth is now being covered with railroads. And what are their objects? They do not attempt to conceal them. They do not want constitutional government: they do not want ameliorated institutions . . . they want to change the tenure of land, to drive out the present owners of the soil and to put an end to ecclesiastical establishments. Some of them may go further. . .” (DISRAELI in the House of Commons, July 14, 1856.)
This speech’s fragment used by Nesta Webster [Secret societies and subversive movements] as incipit.