On This Day – 13 May 1905

matahariMata Hari debuts in Paris – Exotic dancer Mata Hari wows audiences with her performance at the Musée Guimet in Paris, France.  Mata Hari is reputed to be a Java princess of priestly Hindu birth from the Dutch East Indies, and to have been immersed in the art of sacred Indian dance since childhood.  Her scandalous performance of erotic dance at the Musée Guimet is the talk of Paris.  There are rumors she is romantically involved with famous French industrialist and world traveler Émile Étienne Guimet.  Mssr. Guimet has been a leading proponent of the effort to exploit France’s arcane natural resources to feed his nation’s hotaether manufacturing industry, despite the protests of some prominent fraternal organizations of Arcanists.