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vol. 4, p. 17
from Adyar archives of the International Theosophical Society
vol. 4 (1875-1878)


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< (Invitation to Baron de Palm cremation) (continued from page 4-16) >

ential scientific observers. Addresses appropriate to the occasion will be delivered.

Washington is a town in Washington County, in the State of Pennsylvania, twenty-five miles West of Pittsburgh, on the Chartiers Valley R. R., and about midway between the cities of Pittsburgh and Wheeling. Trains leave Pittsburgh and Wheeling for Washington at 9 o'clock A. M., and at 5 o'clock P. M., every day except Sunday. The running time is about two hours.

The audience room of the Crematory being quite small, it is necessary that the number intending to be present should be known in advance. You are therefore requested to signify your determination by mail or telegraph to either of the undersigned at your early convenience.



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Executors under the last Will and
Testament of Baron de Palm.

Address, Box 4335, N. Y. City.


Address, Washington, Washington Co., Pa.

Mr. D. D. Home's Statements

To the Editor of the “Spiritual Magazine.”

Dear Doctor,–It is but just now that I have seen in the Spiritual Magazine (p. 71) a letter from Mr. Home, in which I find the following passage:–

“When put to the test, all these rope-tyings are failures. You are aware that my cousin, Mr. Aksakof, has tried it in Russia, and a dead failure has been the result, as I knew it would be.”

There is here a grave error. Of what does Mr. Home speak? If he speaks of our experience with Bredif, the rope-tyings were put to the test, and it was not a failure (see the article of Professor Boublerof, in the Psy. Studien of 1875). If he speaks of our seances with the Pettys at the Committee, it was a failure; but there was no rope-tying, because the Pettys were seated before the screen, and without being in any way secured.

There is still another passage in this letter which strikes me :–

“ A book was published lately in America, and pages were devoted to a person who had power over the spirits ! When one knows what the life of this person has been, it is simply monstrous that such assertions should be made.”

What does that mean? I do not understand the logic which refutes an “assertion” concerning the physical power of a person by an insinuation on the private life of that person. The excuse which exists for a lapsus calami, does not exist for a lapsus typi.

I beg you to translate* and publish my letter in your journal, and to accept the assurance of my esteem.

13th May, 1876.


St. Petersburg, Neosky, 6.

Editor's notes

  1. Mr. D. D. Home's Statements by Aksakof A., Spiritual Magazine