High Lama discussing Freemasonry is very strange indeed.
That sounds odd to me too (as do many details of the ms itself). F. Max Mu:ller went to investigate, but the abbot of Hemis denied knowing anything about any foreigner answering to Notovitch's description. (Notovitch said he was shown the Issa ms. at Hemis.) Mu:ller allowed that perhaps the abbot was lying, as natives so often do (others have suggested that he was trying to keep the ms. from being stolen), but another possibility occurred to him as well.