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‘Let Us Commune With the Yogi’

May 14, 2010 |  1:40 am

May 14, 1910, Vaudeville

Nellie Nichols and the Four Dancing Bugs at the Orpheum!

May 14, 1910: On the jump, the curious case of  Sakharam G. Pandit, a Hindu in Chicago with a “hypnotic eye” who allegedly went too far with women when he massaged them and said, “Let us commune with the Yogi.” The Times' stories are a little vague, but he evidently came to Los Angeles and, as S.G. Pandit, became an attorney once the the courts resolved the thorny question of whether a Hindu was white and could therefore become a U.S. citizen.

May 14, 1910, Yogi

Nov. 2, 1926, S.G. Pandit

Nov. 2, 1926: Pandit is again declared a U.S. citizen.