The Foundations of Spiritualism,: By W. Whately Smith (Google eBook)

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Dutton, 1920 - Spiritualism - 123 pages
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Page 52 - He saw ; but blasted with excess of light, Closed his eyes in endless night. Behold where Dryden's less presumptuous car Wide o'er the fields of Glory bear Two coursers of ethereal race, . With necks in thunder clothed, and long-resounding pace.
Page 41 - Forbes' script, purporting to come from her son, Talbot, stated that he must now leave her, since he was looking for a sensitive who wrote automatically, in order that he might obtain corroboration of her own writing.
Page 35 - Madame Harteville [Marteville], the widow of the Dutch ambassador in Stockholm, some time after the death of her husband, was called upon by Croon, a goldsmith, to pay for a silver service which her husband had purchased from him. The widow was convinced that her late husband had been much too precise and orderly not to have paid this debt, yet she was unable to find the receipt.
Page 43 - ... might well result from direct telepathy between them. What we get is a fragmentary utterance in one script, which seems to have no particular point or meaning, and another fragmentary utterance in the other, of an equally pointless character ; but when we put the two together, we see that they supplement one another, and that there is apparently one coherent idea underlying both, but only partially expressed in each.
Page 88 - ... immediately takes on a more probable appearance. The spirits, if spirits there be, must indeed work under incredible complications and falsifications, but at least, if they are present, some honesty is left in a whole department of the universe which otherwise is run by pure deception. The more I...
Page 86 - I myself can perfectly well imagine spirit agency, and find my mind vacillating about it curiously. When I take the phenomena piecemeal, the notion that Mrs. Piper's subliminal self should keep her sitters apart as expertly as it does, remembering its past dealings with, each of them so well, not mixing their communications more, and all the while humbugging them so profusely, is quite compatible with what we know of the dream-life of hypnotised subjects.
Page 41 - ... from her son, Talbot, stated that he must now leave her, since he was looking for a sensitive who wrote automatically, in order that he might obtain corroboration of her own writing. Mrs. Verrall, on the same day, wrote of a fir-tree planted in a garden, and the script was signed with a sword and a suspended bugle.
Page 121 - Their prophecies never come to pass ; and of their secrets, what is true is not new, and what is new is not true.
Page 42 - will be found in Myers* own . . ." Mrs. Verrall interpreted the test word at the time, for reasons given, as " Diotima," and a description of the same part of the Symposium, including the mention of Diotima, did occur in Human Personality, which was published about three months later.' This is quite as convincing as the bricks in Smith the weaver's chimney, which ' are alive at this day to testify it ; therefore deny it not.
Page 29 - Uncle Jerry' recalled episodes, such as swimming the creek when they were boys together, and running some risk of getting drowned ; killing a cat in Smith's field ; the possession of a small rifle, and of a long peculiar skin, like a snake-skin, which he thought was now in the possession of Uncle Robert. " All these facts have been more or less completely verified. But the interesting thing is that...

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