People From the Other World

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Cambridge University Press, May 19, 2011 - History - 504 pages
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The lawyer and journalist Henry Steel Olcott (1832-1907) published People from the Other World in 1875. Part 1 of the work is a careful account of Olcott's 1874 investigations into the famous Eddy brothers of Chittenden, Vermont, and their claimed psychic powers. Part 2 is a report into two Philadelphia mediums who claimed to be able to call up two spirits called John and Katie King. The account includes descriptions of sťances, healings, levitation, teleportation and the famous Compton transfiguration. Olcott, a founding member of the Theosophical Society and its first president, was a pioneer of psychical research. This work, deeply influenced by Helena Blavatsky (1831-1891), who he met at Chittenden, is one of his most popular. It offers an important insight into the nineteenth-century fascination with the occult and is a classic example of a Victorian attempt to approach the supernatural with the rigours of scientific investigation.
  

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Contents

CHAPTER I
17
CHAPTER II
33
CHAPTER III
53
PORTENTS AND MARVELS
68
CONTENTS
84
A CHAPTER OF FEET AND INCHES
105
MATERIALIZATION
121
CHAPTER IX
130
PHILOSOPHICAL TESTS
225
ring test Spirits welding copper Eccentric habits as tests
247
A CHAPTER OF MARVELS
269
MORE WONDERS
289
GERMANS KHOURDS AND HUNGARIANS
314
THE DEAD ALIVE
326
SPIRITUALISM VS RATIONALISM
339
SPIRITS AS CARRIERS
350

MANY PHANTOM VISITORS
140
ARE THEY PERSONATIONS?
154
IS IT AN OCCULT FORCE?
169
FULL OF STRANGE THINGS
184
THE DARKCIRCLE
205
TESTS CONTINUED
363
CHAPTER XXV
392
SUMMING
406
THE COMPTON TRANSFIGURATION
479
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