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Helen Somerville
should «••• ridiculo. think vprr droll
Kwjuimaiix le^ini* or <arr«) totrm \>o\t,
When wr 'in Minrtiiw* ure fully as odd
In miaeoiK-eDti'Mis at Life «nd of God*?
SJf old tale is told of a French
• astronomer * paying:. 'I hay«
searched the heaven* with my
telescope a!id found no God."
Dr. Isaac K. Funk, In his book.
"The P«ychte lliddlc." just frora
the press, dc<lares that the ch'.efe^i
cjuallflcaiion for a psychic investigator
iE spiritual development; that a devel
oped soul knou-s its ' way as does a
rnipi'atiiifr fish in tho trackless deep.
"The Psychic liiddl<" is a romarkable
fcoo^—no less remarkable for the state
ments it pontalns tlian for the good
faith in which they are made. The
writer maintains a dispassionate atti
tude throughout which i* as pleasing
cs At If unusual, and which tends to
make «v«*n those of bis readers who
disagree with him keenly alive to the
logic and lucidity of his opinions.
The psychic world! It is a tremen
dous theme— a theme of mighty long
ings, of imperishable desires; a theme
upon which Furmtee, conjecture, imagi
nation, theory, have been lavished for
half a century; a theme which holds a
goodly part of the world in the grasp
of a feverish socking, but which re
mains vast, unknowable, pregnant with
And the great question— that batter-
Inp ram of Unite mentality hurling it
«">lf against ihos* 'impassable, barriers,
light as air. immovable as fate, the
ouestlon quivering on the lips of mil-
Oan'thc dead speak V
Can the dead ppeakV Science may
answer that question. RHipion cannot.
The author of "Tho Psychic Riddle" be
Jif*ves that Tee are In th«> presence of :
new eci'ence in the raaklnp — a. scienci
having in. It possibilities that stagger
the Imagination. He is not alone fn his
belief. A scorn of trained minds sup
port him. Such men as Caesarc Lom
broso of Italy, Richet. Flanimaiion and
Maxwell of France, Orookcs, Lodge and
Wallace of England, and llyslop and
3amea of America are not only ready
to corroborate Dr. Funk's statement*
but to substantate them w!th reasons
and rxperiences of their own.
Science calls for facts, and It Is facts
that these persistent investigators of
unknown •worlds are seeking. Thr pub
lic mind has reached the stage •where it
requires more than ignorant fallacies
upon this subject, and oven facts must
he well certified before bolng accepted.
Interest in psychic matters. Is not on
the wane. When scientists lik« these
tak»? up the cudgcle In defense of. rplrit
ualirm so one need be ashamed to con
fess at least to the need of light along
those lines. That rtupid charlatanism
ha« to a large degree thrown dis
credit upon th« means cannot affect
the truth Itself. Xor. in ths light
of recent works dealing with thrse
matter*, in it eurprislng that In
numerable blunders both senseless
bjhJ perplcxlnjsr should occur. These
blunders are accounted for when It is
fermied not without reason that the
•9>rlt world 1> presumably a« subject
as our own to law, has its own cnr?ron
lrmnt and developments, and that there
fore it is as Impossible to trust erery
ejiSrlt as it would be to trust vwtiy nxan.
A novel theory, but a. plausible one.
Trivial Spirit Messages
The difficulties o' epiritual communi
cation «re said to be prodigious. It !•
«Ks«rted that spirits maJce use. of me
diums on thetr side *>v«m as we do on
<iur«, anfl that the *pirit on<J»«voringr to
i-omnmnJcaw with earth usually enters
Into a. trance atate or condition similar
- *o lh« on« witnessed here. It Is stated
farther that when in this abnormal
condition ft Is almost Impossible for a
\u25a0Fplrii to think or speak intelligently.
The messages become confused as the
rplrit personalities seem to blend with
rlther or both of the mediums and fo
th* . Intelligent tneanlne; of the coa
inur.lcatlon Is lost. This has given rise
to a powerful arcuroatit afcainst the
trutli of rptrf tuallsm; that of triviality;
hut as Dr. Funk says, we are apt to
conclude that if ft spirit .1* somewhere
,he !b cvorywhere, and that If he knows
'anything he knows all things. Is it not
[likely 'that knowledge there as here
:<;omes with growth? Besides, the Im
portance or triviality of the common!
i cation 1b not the vital point, but the.
f«ct that there, has been, any coromunl-
I cation at all from a spirit Intelligence.
Sir Oliver L.oJk*' !n a recent talk be
fore the Society for Psychical Re
•eurch In London spoke sanely on the
KCTTIE suddenly realized the fact
that her springtime was slipping
jvwar and that "the whole duty
of woman" as expounded by her
mother was as yet unaccomplished. Her
girl fr+ends had settled long ago that
her matrimonial chances were now
nil. Gome of them were unkind
enough to Insinuate that she 'had been
in the matrimonial market since the
days of Gladstone.
Lottie and her mother liveC in one
of tuoer uniform terrace houses over
looking the esplanade at Brighton,
end every one in that fashionable sca
elCo town knew Lottie by, eight. She
tva« constantly to be seen at the bow
vrlndow at No. 10 Granville Crescent,
with carefully curled hair, dressed 'in
the latest fashion. She was indeed
the pioneer of every new, mode; be It
Jog-of -mutton 'sleeves., straight fronts
or Napoleonic hats, Lottie was always
to the fore. .
But, in eplte of style and a . fair
»hare of beauty, she bad not euccecded
In finding \u0084a husband/ Her mother
Vau getting desperate. She -said that
.-. -
duty of scientists concerning such mat
ters. He said that if a communication
showed signs of hypernormnl intelli
gence It mattered not how trifling was
the event perceived.
Think of the 5800 years It took for
electricity to meet with recognition
from a thinking world! In its earliest
stages It vras deemed a toy — a trick.
But toys and- tricks have often an ul
terior significance, and it is not woll to
despise secmlnfr trifles. Whrn Tesla
declared his belief that the Martians
were trying to communicate with our
rotund little sphere, , and a breathless
world •waited In suspense for the mes
sage, it felt no particular disappoint
ment that the communication came
only in the shape of the numbers, '.'l,
2: 1, t." One can hardly accuse the
Mars Inhabitants of triviality. In In-
vstlgating the phenomena of the un
seen there is larg<* noed for common
sense and sanity. "Why direct effort to
the constant discovering of fraud, in
pt*?ad of peering for a irllmmer of the
truifl? This, in effect. Is what science
is doing for the psychic world—lgnor
ing the fal»e, bending its forces to dis
covering the true.
One of the most powerftil test cases
Jn supporting the belief that the so
called dead do communicate \**Hu their
former frle.nds on earth is that of Dr.
Ellcnard Hodgson, a member of the So
ciety of Psychical Research when alive,
and the *>xposer of the famous Madam*
Blaratsky methods. Dr. Hodgson, in
conjunction with Professor Hyslop, a
man well versed' ln modern psychology,
cool, clear-headed, a trained scientist,
at one. time professor of logic In Colum
bia University, worked for many years
on the various phenomena of spirit
life., and It was agreed between the two
that whichever of them should first
pass over th"i "Great Divide" should.
to the, best of his power, communicate
with th« other. Dr. Hodgson died only
recently. The question which frames
Itself Is. Has any communication been
received from Dr. Hodgson since his
Professor 2*umeß H. llyslop assures his
coinvestigrators that, he has received
messages so. clear and evidential as to
force him to the belief that the speaker
could be none other than his old friend.
Now, as to th«, nature and methods
of these communications. They came
through a medium, a Mrs. Piper, when
she was in a deep trance. For rears
during Dr. Hodgson's lifetime every
xn«n nowadays were no good — in her
time things were different— and "it: In
fnrlated her that so, many girls who
did not possess : the Grecian nose of
her Lottie still managed to . find euit
ableTjartners, while her daughter, .who
was "worthy of a. prince, did not, even
have the option of a bank clerk. JBut,
rtrasge as It might appear. -• the ' fact
remained that so it was.
' Weeks and months and years. rolled
by— everything and everybody changed
except Lottie, who still . remained at
the . bow window, looking yearningly
out to ; sea. Every, summer ,they • had
tried a new , watering, place in Eng
land,' but with ;no ~ result./ Matters
standing in' this, distressing condition,
one summer the^ mother, took; a heroic
resolution, and, determining to utilize
Lottie's superior . education, particu
larly her facility. Jn foreign languages,
eet out for the Continent.
After spending ' some weeks '. in Bel
glum, whose watering places proved as
unprofitable as' those of- her ? native
land, Lottie's mother determined to'try
the much' advertised Italian seaside re
eort of Cornlgrliano — : .
One glaringly sunny.morning a week
after their ' arrival, Lottie, in , a t fetch
ing^ blue bathing -suit with .whito
revers and two \u25a0 anchors . embroidered
on, thev collar (with.' fond symbology.
perhaps), was standing dejectedly/; in
test' had. been brought to bear tosdls>.
cfjver the possibilities of fraud in Mrs.
Piper's trance conditlon.-.siich as run
ning a needle through her tongue, put
ting red pepper in her throat, but none
of these tests' had ever afforded the
slightest physical reaction. In addi
tion to this; so carefully was she tested
that she herself, was shadowed,' her
mall, watched, and she was not even
allowed to speak' to any, one except In
the presence of representatiyes^of the
society, and this constant' watch was
under the direction cyf Dr. Hodgson
himself. Yet. when 'he had passed' over,
it is through this medium, in whose
integrity Dr. Hodgson died' believing,
that his communications come.
Dr. Hodgson 'and Professor Ilyslop
had agreed that the best test of" an
Identification after death would be for
one to remind the other of. certain facts'
known only to these men. This has
been accomplished to the entire.satis
faction of Professor Hyslop, and if
_tnese \u25a0were really
transmitted by Dr. Hodsso'ti' there can
be no doubt that the world is facing
one of the 'most stupendous raarvela
ever wrought — a scientific
tion of the fact of a future life! / '.
Mysteries Yet Unsolved
. - ; - : fly-iM — — — \u25a0n»— yg^THWHirfiiffT
There are hundreds of phenomena
corroborative of the above, though dif
fering radically in formulae and results.
certain-, class '\u25a0 of •spiritualistic mani
festations/for instance, Is known as the
independent voices. This calls for a
heavy draft on credulity, for" by art
Independent, rolce Is meant, one that a
spirit entity creates for himself, and
this means further that. -in order to
speak, at all, he'ls compelled to extem
porize the ordinary, organs of .speech;— •'
throat, palate, larynx, 'tongue, vocaf.
cords, lips— or their substitutes — in as
inappreciable, period of time." This clasl
of phenomena is one of the most start.
ling known, but \many successful test!
attest its se«ming. reality. It is some
what extraordinary that, in a number
of recorded case*, and particularly In '
several described In. Dr. Funk's book,
tho apparent '\u25a0 control of the medium
used should have been a full-blooded
Indian. "Why this* should be opens an
interesting psychological question.- The
reason given by the dematerlalized-In
dian himself was that, America was
• originally the Indians' hunting ground,
and that the redmen lived -close to na
ture and so became tremendously mas*
the water, . holding . to the* liferope, , and
gazing.' around: with "that, wandering,
tired expression which All the denizens
of» Brighton » knew /bo welL^She was
Juet , about . to , -five lup : and retire ;" from
the -water,; much' disillusioned on • the
vaunted delights 'of sea bathing, .when
•suddenly a tall, stout young man in a
red 'Jersey suit, - his ; head ; protected ' by
a large • straw • hat, emerged from .one
of;,.;. the "• . little t- • bathing , ? houses \u0084 and
plungedtresolutely/ln 1 the water.
"Remain Mn, - Lottie," cried/ ; her
mother, ' waving, her-; armß./;Bovrener r
geklcally '\u25a0 that her. gray; parasol ' fell * in
the sea.- "Don't come out yet.. Oh! my
eunshadel" HffiMHlflll|'till*' fl'(V TO ITT
, ' The tall, "stout : young '.man - who -.was
just; about;: to * strike', out,, for.: deeper"
water ; heard • the cry.' rescued \ the para
sol and' returned '\u25a0 It with |a } polite :\u25a0\u25a0 bow."
\u25a0 (The lady.- with '.*' much r'empresse
rhent);, "Oh, h thank \u25a0 you,", thank you; > I
am so much obliged to, you. My. daugh
ter . is /bo .inexperienced' yet../ Lottie,
don't: let go; of, the, rope! > It' is ; very im
portant : not* to • leave'go. ". ls It i not. : slfT.'
(The < young* man):. jl'Buf-why? Oh
the'eontrarj',-, it. is mtoch. better to-, move
round ; in the .water." .-., ;.'*"' \u25a0'\u25a0'.
-- (The ; lady 'in ; honeyed' tones) : ' *'Oh,"
you.' of know how-to swim;, you
swim so ;well ; it: isfa' pleasure "to 1 watch \u25a0
you." • ; \u25a0 . i " \u25a0\u25a0'/•';-\u25a0."/; '\u25a0' ~-'- \u25a0*
<,The ' young' man, good* naturcdly):;
¥»etlc But this last sounds immensely,
like what Dr. Funk calls, "spiritual* :
istlc hedging." . Tiowever,' the .fact' re"i>
mains ; that there Is >o yinuch to-be *ald !;
for, and so much ;to ,be ' said :: against,
spiritistic marvels in '\u25a0' their/. present
crude state of development .that 'one
hardly, knows on , which -battleground
to cast his gage. ..,/ •- *;
If explainable "from ,' a materialistic
standpoint. . how.; account if or .; the ;phe-'
r nomena that' trarisplre^under conditions,
absolutely impervious* .to V- fraud, '; and.!
"There Js nothing dlfflcmtabout It. -You
only have -to try." .: ' '\u25a0 ;'/
; . / (The {\u25a0 lady, • radiant *at "i the \u25a0. turn f the
conversation ;ls. taking):^ 1 ' "Do 'youthear,
Lottle?;lt Is. not at all "difficult. . Tryilt,
then; " the gentleman^wlll'- show /ypu
how.", I^amisure,',he'ls';so'kind!". ".-.'..\u25a0 :•-'''\u25a0
;* (Lottie, ; .' extending /? herj/arms v* but
keeping her feet'flrmly-onithe'srountl):
vOh.sl^ am; afraid!"" ; ;. • /,•/*/•'//
•\u25a0; : (Young /man, /smiling):/ '"Courage,
courage.*' '/SiSSgB w ' /'< \u25a0 / ... ~
\u25a0;"./ (Lady.'also Bmlling):'- "Courage, cour
•age.". : / . \u25a0 • * . \u25a0.-;'..'/v '\u25a0'\u25a0:':\u25a0' \u0084y\
(Lottie, under) the' water) : r "Ah! • Oh!
.Oh!oHelp!" \u25a0::\u25a0/: :_', \u25a0'.-.- . v \u25a0'\u25a0''i-\. X:." ..-
' The y young (.man ? takes? her }* by> the
belt and i restores . her j equilibrium. S Lot-,
tie ,. does \u25a0 not * know^whether^to jlaugh
or/ crj',/ and } mammai f rom I the « beach
continues: to) encourage|her.^., ; - '\ v ; /
ITheJ stout, yourigj'marisappearsyto^be
a good-natured; sort*of£fellow,«,wlthjno
pretension, at; belng/aiDonjfJuarilor^ari;
Adonis, -. but -• simple. 4 k straightforward
and . klndhearted-^-VJust * th® irlghtTstuff
for making fa jgoodShusband,','*! thinks
the mother, complacently/*, l v / /-./ -
. From - under ?:. the '; brim '», of > his I largo
straw » hat .l he ;% watches ji* wi th jj kindly,
amusement; theTfrantic^effor^si of fiottle
toi leaf h*to_rswirn.*:*ln T . tills wayjan?hour.
passes? away iQuite;; pleasantly. :
V /SadlyJ the imotlier'sees? the * Inevitable
hour 'of /departure/drawing \ near; -she
-would. like to keep iherrdaughterjln^thfi
.water itheontlre T day;fshe"ls[ persuaded
that jon^thls \salt" ! bath "depends V the
happiness, of her t whole^llfe. , •\u25a0\u25a0*
'\u25a0 have?: to; go.'-jLottle
retires ',; in,^ her i little bathing ' box -and
changes jvthe >blue / gult^for^ a
of .flowered 'foiilard.^ Mamma',\ presiding
.over • her y: toilet,';' { smoothes .-, * heri^halr,'
ruffles *upi her s flounces^'and ? pulls f out
her. sleeves,';; fastens* hef^waistjbeltfsLnfl
a -•little 4'on jj, one /side,*" a J, picture I;hat
;-— larger .*; '- than/*/ any. '\u25a0Rubens
dreamed^of.'/..' ','. \u25a0"'..'\u25a0'\u25a0 V '"..' '.::\u25a0\u25a0' '*"/?./;. //;f
issue* • f rom vthVilittleJ- house, 1 , the
young !.lady£ In f f ront \ arid \mamma' \u25a0 be-"
hlndA very ; much "{on (the "-qul\vlve.' '/ "
V^At'- the* same? moment _the';'door, of'the
neighboring^ house '^opens {/and •'a/taH,'
stoutjyoungl priest s with
natured 5 f ace^appears*; oh ,' the"i thresh
oldfand^salutesHhem.'-/ i v V ;'•/-.\u25a0\u25a0-•
\u25a0\u25a0Nr-'itJjti-JiSi?!*!/^-^';/; ""\u25a0//;'.;:•/. :/:.'.
'*'. "Tj6ttie!";<.whlsperßrthe'imother^,with
set J teeth," '.'did? you * notice^ that"; he) had
no f mustache?!'* ; -/'v v //'/*. '///.-• "'\u25a0\u25a0?* \u25a0',\u25a0
. "v'Tes : I |but r " lots '•? of ."' men' are v clean
shavod."' ' . : \u25a0' /•\u25a0• :; .. , . .'-./.
I under th« eyes ofinien trained to detect
It S mi its ' most i sub tie | aspect? ;; How ; ex- >
plainHhe apparent appearance of a per
son * supposed to i be; in .Florida _ln the
room 'of; a'; friend, many/ thousand, miles
away \u25a0>whileMheVman*s ; own body lay \u25a0
seemingly: Inert ;and',?lifeleBS; and',?lifele8S upon 'a
couch v in the room . he ; had .occupied In
hlsV-Florida hotel?. /How-explain the
subsequent /return /of 'this i apparitions!
form to the room, -his prolonged inspec
tionofthebodjVhis sudden decislonjo
re-enter^ it, the , complete success of, his
effort "and-.' the; consequent"; resumption
of <: his everyday > place in ? the I world?
Dreams ? 7,;. But '\u25a0* how I 1I 1 explain . the. two
letters! which ; crossed * each; other; .both
written the /next r day, , : detailing, v the.
events s in, their £ exact - sequence so - far
~-r- as' the friend had seen and 'heard? How.,
: 1 explain ; the > f act -.that fa',, dead daughter
/of an' ex-Governor lwhose'namo . is iden-'-
Stifled with' that of a large S tat
,Jto her; mother ; for. a > long-time, the
medium sitting by, /absolutely: motion
' 'less .and \u25a0\u25a0: silent, Jn-: her own .voice, as
admitted ; : by { her /parents; relating the,
particulars of "her own^; death and re-;
W f erring "to incidents which " none but ,
-themselves could<know?;.;How. explain
.the > experience,' of ..Walter Hjubbell, a
\u25a04 well-known* actor;and author, formerly
Wa. close friend^ of John; McCullough, tho
-.A tragedian, when ; he 'attended . a meeting
'\u25a0*/'- in i Boston; ; preslded^Jver* by } a'. medium
- who claimed:' to be ? controlled by John
; 'aicCullough's Vspirit./and on a
colored sheet of dark blue.
*^paper : in -purple ink ; so that "he might
r never: lose sight of ..the; paper for an
I instant, .the! words, -'John McCullough, ;
\u25a0 do .'you 'remember this:\'Does" no one"
.speak?s.T am. defendant' here!" " and, the
' ' retain}'- -' 'tho -paper in;- his .inside
• coat'r "r- -mtU> nearthe close of tho
'tmeetli : "-•''\u25a0" ' '\u25a0 'n/he saw /an /attendant
-/carry-/ // v c. stage in a contribution
'\u25a0^bbx •liicl : .'/..•' nder a mass of coins and
heard the.' medium; : who- did not ap-
I-roach: or touch' the contribution box in
•hich ipaper- was, , almost imme-
lately say^through'Tohn McCullough's
pirit .that "some person In ,the audl-
nce'had written some words he of ten
poke: in earth life upon a/piece _of pa
er; asking if he remembered them; the
istant rendering the words as written
nd the -naming of the source- from
•hich they,' came? I'low explain the
tysterles of the. Yogi, those masters of
je'Far East, who make roses to. bloom
i desert -sands, ropes .to remain; sus
ended In air; and .permit 'heavy bullock
irts^to. pass directly 'over. their .'bodies,
pparently; crushing 'them like egg
tiellB,ahd7.thcn v springing -up the next
istant,?not merely alive.- but alert and
ay?: Those who would give a theory
>r these.phenQnicna must at least? give
ne that/will nt'the facts. If explained
•ora. the standpoint- of spiritualism,
ho can -yet /scientifically disprove its
lepry? " As: said/before," ficts are. one
ling and belief >is another. Here -is
hat*an Indian controls has to say on
ia'slde of'the question: -
'.'We live." he said, r. "as real li vo*.
r ' "-\u25a0' l. '.' .\u25a0 ;- . \u25a0 \u25a0- r ' "' ' .'
\u25a0 •"<•- VAnd ; how -about v the • tonsure?" .< \
. V . "He kept i his'i hat on fail \ the} time.**/
:'\u25a0:'.': "It •!»; a ': perfect 4 ': shame ; to v allow:
."priests J to '< come* and ' bathe \ on ! the ) pub- "<
I llcV:beach.' r r- It> is % not proper!". : : - J
don't* let ; him
~ notice janythingr.'' \u25a0 \u25a0' \u25a0" .- : > : * - • :
- -V.TiTh'e .• priest. 0 still » imiUngr,*: approaches. ,
ri and.-itlilnklng'he ousht'toshow .a" little
v courtesy \ to' the ' ladies, "; eaye:^':
>V-v' "I*.i>elleve5 yoii' are s newcomers h here.'
% This is myparlsh^and Isay, 1 massjeyery
fmornlrig;) at ;8t o'clock.' .'At your]seryice, ,
\u25a0Jladles." .V" '•\u25a0 \u25a0 ; -- . • " ' ' - i\
/j;Lqttle^bo'ws: politely, .butcher: mother,*
• qultbj unable .! to feelln*8,',
%. replies i j4.wlth * acerbity: :^ ; "Thanka ; }', we
.>are?tProteatahtB."vahd> turhinsA to "her^
t- daughter,? adds : "Indeed'.- • I -'believe \u25a0 it
,'i'toTbe"* the 'bestjofiall-, the* religions. At.
Uliiyminister* *r are "allowed t©
. marry." \u25a0\u25a0•,,\u25a0'\u25a0* : •;'.'\u25a0• .'\u25a0\u25a0'\u25a0
The: Sa n: Francisco Sunday Call.
more real 'on- thl3 side than wo did
.when on; earth. The laws that govern
Ufa are'thesame. here as with you. In
. fact, everything 'over here fis* so real"
' that 'many who come over— die,' as you
:• call Mt^do. not know, for a long Uma
' that" they; are" dead. A great part of
the, work to be done hero Is to Instruct
-the /dead in the true science of prog
ress To the circles' held by a medium
. We. "' often' bring dazed ; and earthbound
spirits, so as to be able to reach their
consciousness through earth surround
ings. "We and 1« they .are, then \u25a0 brought
to - the same 5 place and .wo can then
1 better 1 * make them understand their
-conditions.- At these seances they often
"recognize the jvoicos 4 of those whom in
earth life they * knew and who ar© In
the "circle. : . Many of you people In the
'flesh think that those who die are don*
with time x and with the earth, but It is
still < time and it; is. still earth after
we * pass , over. "We have not reached
the outlines of time nor of the material
.world. Life on both sides of the grave
' Is part of the same plan and. has the
same object and Is governed largely
' by.the.samo laws.
- "Think: not. that the spirit world has
not a language of its own. "We have a
language compared with which the
earth. languages rare blundering. It is
heart-and-mind language. You have
what N you call telepathy. Do % any of
you know what that is? When you
find that out you will know something
about our language.
• "It may be said that the spirit hears
what it wishes* to hear, and that it
. makes its own .world.- Each spirit is a
' creator. You have faculties that are
now "only, faintly imagined by you.
'There.i s reality.' -The Great, Spirit i 3
\u25a0reality. TVelcannot explain these things
to you/ Only-T the 1 most developed
among us know the beginnings of
these things. We blunder-here as you
blunder on the earth, but there is great
progress."' .
Regarding the utility of the power
of communication with the dead. Ella
Wheeler Wilcox /remarks that she be
lieves it a sin to seek continual advice
and Information . from the disembodied
concerning our material affairs. Such
a course prevents our own psychic de
velopment—the use of our divine pow
ers. We have no right to lean on any
spirit, whether, in the body or out of
\u25a0it, until we have ! brought our own
into the fullness of light. jgjjll
.: Ah! but; the humanrraind clings, and
therein lies the lesson. ,
At the most., concisely epitomized,
there seems to. bo a. generally accepted
belief among these eminent Investi
"gators of a mighty, much-derided sub
ject that there arc indisputable phe
nomena which clearly indicate tha
existence of intelligent forces operat
ing outside of what, we • know as hu
man bodies. Thi3 appears to be tha
.' Ultima -Thule of their experiences and
deductions. 'Science' is now turning
her calm and ' level gaze upon * the
pivotal problem, What i 3 this lntelli- .
gcnce?V . ' s -
- Scientists may give it a satisfying
name. . We of lesser learning call it
Coc. **'. '

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