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Unter dem Doppeladler (Under the Double Eagle)

© 1902 by Josef Franz Wagner

The title refers to the double-headed eagle of the Austro-Hungarian imperial coat of arms. A favourite of Noble John Philip Sousa (Almas Shriners, Washington, D.C.), he thrice recorded it.

The title also struck a chord with Scottish Rite Freemasons who, themselves, have a double-headed eagle as their principal insignia. Ill. Bro. Sousa was himself coroneted a 33” Scottish Rite Freemason and Inspector General Honorary.

Scottish Rite Freemasons attending reunions at the Valley of Chicago’s former cathedral would hear it frequently played by Ill. Bro. William C. Aylesworth, Ph.D., MSA, 33”, on the massive 1875 mechanical-linkage E. & G.G. Hook & Hastings pipe organ at the start of each exemplification of the Thirty-Second Degree, as Oriental Consistory’s officers and the combined Scottish-York Rite Army all marched into the Large Preceptory. The organ was moved from its original position during Medinah Shriners’ renovation of the building when the cathedral was Medinah Shriners’ first permanent mosque.

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