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vol. 1, p. 12
from Adyar archives of the International Theosophical Society
vol. 1 (1874-1876)


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< Materialised Spirit Forms (continued from page 1-11) >

not yet begun to see the effects. People are no longer going to be satisfied with the sneers and denunciations, the evasions and misrepresentations of scientific pretenders. The day has gone by when the subject could be dismissed by calling Spiritualists simpletons and fools, or the victims of a hallucinations… Yesterday I got a letter from a respectable physician of St. Louis, Dr. Henry S. Chase, enclosing a cutting from the St. Louis Democrat of Nov. 16, it being a published letter from the Rev. Isaac Kelso, of Seton, Illinois, giving an account of some very remarkable phenomena, through a new medium, a Mr. Mott, of Memphis, Tennessee. The conditions were such as to preclude all suspicions of fraud. A materialised spirit, apparently a young man of about 18, presented himself, and said he had committed suicide by drowning himself in Mississippi, that his name was James Walker, that his parents were much distressed, and he wished Mr. Kelso would send for his mother. Mr. Kelso, knowing nothing as to the truth of the story, wrote to St. Louis, and soon the mother came on, identified him, and was having daily interviews of great interest at the date of Dr. Chase’s letter to me. He writes : “ Mr. Kelso is a friend of mine. I am well acquainted with all the parties he refers to. Dr. Geo. S. Walker of this city is the father of the young man. Mr. Mott is evidently a wonderful materialising medium ; his child, four years old, gets writing on a double slate, screwed down etc., etc. … Tell Mr. Alfred Wallace his pamphlet has done much to commend Spiritualism to the better class of minds in this country, and the phenomena which are now crowding upon us are fast corroborating all that he bears testimony to. May he live to speak many more such timely words in behalf of the great truth .” … You may form some idea from what I have said, of the great strides Spiritualism is making here. There has been nothing like it since the breaking out of the phenomena at Hydesville, more than a quarter of a century ago.

These American facts, coupled with our own, should have an important bearing in correcting the errors of both science and theology. —and—Spiritualism please add. Belief in the agency of “Spirits” or disembodied souls in these phenomena is as foolish & irrational as belief in the agency of the Holy Ghost in the fabrication of Jesus if the latter ever lived.

H. P. Blavatsky.