Image provided by: University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, Lincoln, NE
About Plattsmouth weekly journal. (Plattsmouth, Neb.) 1881-1901 | View Entire Issue (April 12, 1899)
A Continued -StoryV
Anilirnnilll Oini 1 "Any letters to take back?" asked the
UALIFUKNIA ulnL 1'
"No; but I shall start in the morn
ing before you are awake, I guess four
at the latest." .
'Then Tr will finish my letter and
bring it down to you In the camp,"
said Roy. "You put up for the night
at "Wilson's store. I suppose?"
" "That's so."
"Then I will bring down my letters
Inhalf an hour. Good night!" as the
man rose to resume his Journey.
As soon as he was gone, Roy sat down
again to finish his long letter to Lilac;
but, as he was doing it, a thought oc
curred to him that he must read his
other letters first, lest they should alter
Kvanseline's lc-tter was written in her
pleasant, cousinly style, saying that she
would weloo'ije Lilac as a sister, and
adroitly toning down the hostility
which Lady Garth felt toward the
match. Its plea-ant vivacity made Li
la'e's more constrained epistle seem all
SYNOPSIS. . .
The story opens up with Sir Rnydon
Gaxth. a young mining ejpert, io.CaUftt
nla, where he had been sent by an KngUan
syndicate to develop mining property.
In the discharge of bis duties at. tsaJ
man's Gulch he had the misfortune to
break his leg. and during his illns is
cared for in a rough squatter's calim W
Beth Marvel and his son Lance. LiUc. the
old man s niece, is also a member or the
old man's family. Sir Roy. impressed by
her beauty and pentlenes, falls tn iove
with her and proposes, but she, realizing
the difference in their positions, refuses
bis offer. After his recovery he foolishly
exhibits a large rum of money .which, he
carried in his belt. This aroused Lance s
cupidity and he drugs. Sir Roy with the
Intention of robbing him. Lilac overhears
Lance's plans and succeeds ir arousing
Sir Roy from his stupor, help him niouiu
bis horse and accompanies him alone the
trail. She finally yields to his persuasion
to marry him upon his return from a pro
posed prosyecting trip to Nevada. Arriv
ing in San Francisco he places her in the
care of iiajor Emmott and his daughter,
Enjrllsh people traveling in the west, and
arrangements are made that she shall ac
company them to Kncland to make the ac
quaintance of Sir Roy's aristocratic motn
r durvng his enforced absence.
At the Seven Cents mine in Nevada.
Sir Roy was thinking every hour of
Lilac, and working hard to enable him
to get home quickly to end her trial, j left him. and that no human eyes cou
the colder by contrast; ana a ""'l
uneasiness had already crept mio th.-fj
baronet's mind when he opened tn
third envelope and found that the cor
tents were front Major Emmott.
He was glad that the messenger ha
the hardness of which he could only
partly realize. It was very pleasant to
sit at night in his log hut over a: fire
of pine logs, and think of the girl who
was so -simple, so good and so un
selfish. His loneliness in a camp of
rough men, uncheered by the society of
women, made him feel more than ever
in love with her; aad every night he
wrote parts of diary-like letters, to be
dispatched to Delverton as soon as op
While Lilac was wondering at home
whether the baronet really, loved her,
Sir Roy was every day counting more
and more upon her love. He looked
forward anxiously to the time to
come for him "to receive a letter from
her saying that she had reached Eng
land safely, little guessing-what-would
accompany that letter.
It was a happy evening for him.
when he .was able to. add to bis long
epistle, full of expressions of love and
tenderness for the girl he hoped soon
o make his wife:
"My now darling little girl, thanks
to the energy with which the thought
of you has Inspired me, I was able to
ee the end of my work here definitely
approaching today. .In a 'week at the
Utmost now I shall be able to start for
England to Join my little wife-elect a
fortnight. earlier than I thought possi
ble. The Journey will take three weeks;
so that two months from today will see
you my own little wife. It seems almost
too wonderful to be true. I wonder
whether you have been as lonely, as I
have, darling, and have looked forward
as much to our reunion?" ' " ' '
He stopped when he had written
these words and paused with his pen
In his hand to enjoy, the thoughts that
crowded into his mind. How pleas
ant It was to think that, while, he was
looking forward so much to the time
when he could hold his little "prairie
flower In his arms again, with no
doubts to disturb their perfect barpi
ness. Lilac herself at home ws . look
ing forward Just as eagerly to his re
turn. It really did seem too wonderful
to be true.
If Lilac could only have seen, him as
he sat thinking of her with the light of
true love In his deep, grave eyesif she
could only have read .his -words! But
she was never to see them. As Sir Roy
dipped his pen in the ink again, prepar
atory to writing another sentence, he
paused and then laid the pen down, his
attention attracted by a sound that he
had listened for every evening of late
the sound of a 'horse's hoofs . on the
road that led from the nearest town
ship fifty, miles away; i . .5 i -
With an involuntary movement he
covered the sheet on which he
had revealed the tenderesf emotions of
his heart, and walkedfto the door of, his
log hut, A horseman was approach
ing at a gallop, and Sir Roy hailed him
as soon as he was within hearing.
"Ahoy there! Letters?'
His heart beat a little more quickly
when the answer came that, he ex
pected. He was to hear from Lilac at
last, and the world looked, very beau
tiful to him. " " '' ''
The man pulled up-bis panting horse
at the door, and torn the onalT-bag
fastened around him handed out three
letters. Roy glanced cat, .the .writing1
quickly before he' said a word. 3ne was
addressed- to- Evangeline's fleat' hand;
and one in a girlish hah? not' so well
formed. This.must be frotrj. his love.
The writing on the other he tdidv not
recognize, and 'he threw it with
Evangeline's-upon the table behind him.
Lilac's was the only letter he could
think of at that' moment: 'But", !before
he allow himself the luxury , of read
ing it. r-e had to offer some hospitality
to the noessenger after his long ride.
It was ten minutes before, he, . could;
tear open witl reverent fingers... the
message sent to him; and the new
comer, who had spent the time in at
tending to his horse, was sitting. at Jhe
table. Improvised out- of a -pecklng-case,
too much engrossed. in dotpg jus
tice to the meal which the baronet had
laid before him even to speak-... Ttoy
was glad 'of his silence.' for it enabled
him to give his. undivided attention- to.
. . M
watch him as he read tne muer aa
sations which the old major, urged t
by his daughter, made against the w
man of his choice. His face grew whit
and a mist rose before his eyes whiJ
almost prevented his seeing the major
big, bold handwriting. His heart wi
appalled, as she would have been a few
weeks before, at the prospect of a con
fidential chat with the old lady.
"It must about Roy." she said to
herself xcitedly, and she waited in a
tremor of anticipation until Evange
line hat: left the room.
She rimsoned with pleasure when
her lacyship came and seated herself
by her ,-ade on the low settee.
"Vou are wondering what It is I
want to talk to you about, I expect?"
Bhe sai! in her least formal voice, and
LI':ic b ished against as she answered:
"I think I can guess, dear Lady
"You know that he cares for you,
Yvsof course I do. I should nev
er h :vf come here If Roy had not told
me 'n il he loved me."
"ni so Roydon told you that he
'ovd y u, did he, dear?" she said "I
was ;if: iid that the romantic cltcum--tnices
.f your meeting had made him
nt.ism- t. You must not think too
-eiious: .- of what he said when he was
wi'ac's flush had disappeared, leav-
ir Ik - face deathly pale; but she did
n t reply, and her ladyship went on
r: ti er hurriedly:
"Jt seems to me that Sir Roydon has
t-jen placed in a position In which he
ould not very well avoid offering you
marriage as the only solution of the
litHeult problem what to do with you.
her was thus put ruthlessly Into words.
Lilac wondered how she could sit so
silently listening to her companion.
Her ladyship went on relentlessly.
"There was only one consideration
which prevented my son from arrang
ing a marriage with ftis cousin before
he left England. It was his Quixotic
sense of honor which made him afraid
of the very appearance of marrying for
money. You are not going, dear?"
for the girl had risen from her seat, a
strange dazed look in her wide-open
"I should like to be alone, if you do
not mind, Lady Garth, to think over
what you have said."
"That is right, dear. I am sure you
will do what is sensible when you
comprehend how matters stand," said
her ladyship, not ill-pleased with the
interview as a whole, and the clearness
with which she had expressed herself,
and she had little room in her heart
for pity for the friendless girl as Lilac
walked from the room slowly and as if
in a dream.
MADE SPIRITUALISM A STUDY
WOMEN AT WORK.
Some Interesting Statistics From
All Parts of the World.
Women in Great Britain are well rep
resented in the professions and trades,
and about 4,000.000 earn their own liv
ing. There are 124.000 who teach, 10,000
are bookbinders, over 3,000 are printers,
nearly 500 act as editors and compilers,
1,30 are engaged In photography, civil
service clerks number 2,300, nearly 38,
000 are engaged in medical work and
Mind I can quite understand that he
was attracted greatly by your personal
charms, which I do not deny are very
great." She smiled graciously, as if
filled with a tierce resentment again she expected the girl to be pleased nursing anu an ".nu are -K.u.
Lilac- but he tried to combat it. It M with the ac knowledgment; but Lilac's ! Th oldst banker in the world is a
not her fault, he told himself, that si pale statuesque face did not relax. 1 woman, aged ?S; she is Deborah Pow
could not love him. and had met In tj "You must remember that I know j ers, the senior partner in the bank of D.
person of Mark Mowbray a man f Roydon better than you do, dear." Powers & Sons. Lar.singberg, England,
whom she cared more. Was it like!; "I wefeT to think not. Lady Garth,") Miss Cons is an alderman of the Lon
that in the new life that he himself hi j.aid Lilac quietly; but her ladyship don county council.
opened out for her that she would me , hastened on without noticing the in- , A successful firm of tea merchants in
nobody for whom she would care mo terruption. 1 England is composed entirely of wo-
than for himself? She had liked h j My feelings are hostile to the idea rnen. The blenders, tasters and pack-
he felt sure that she had liked hiat 0f your marriage with my son; but , ers are also women.
although she ad refused to be form" j you may pardon me when you know I There are twentythree English wo
. . . ... i k. i ,. ... , t i . i, ! men nractiointr medicine in India.
encaged to lm; out was n , ila cause. it is not iimi i nae inc-,
... f I -! . . rr.,. . . 1 . r T .1
cause he was the first man with a- slightest dislike to you. dear. Per-
finement like her own whom she ;U
met in her isolated Californian hoi?
Now she must have met many.f
course, and it was scarcely to be hcil
that he could retain his pre-emlnen
Well. Lilac's happiness must be
cured. he told himself, even if it bje
bis -heart; and Roy took the fond
ter he had been preparing for her
tore it into fragments. If she
for this Mark Mowbray, for whony
cording to the major, she had son
her affection so unmistakably
would not stand in her way by mag
her feel under obligation to him ori
phasizing the cruelty of the blowe
was striking at his happiness. J
So, in place of the diary-like lr
which had occupied him so longe
wrote a short little note, begging V.
if she cared for anybody more fn
himself, not to have any scruplesn
his account in admitting the fact;!,
as soon as he had sealed it, he tt
in a white heat, down to the cami
gether with a similarly short note s
mother, announcing his almost imit
ate return. At all costs, he mufo
home now. he told himself, and at
tain personally whether all hope of
plness was at an end for him, as sed
only too likely.
Thanks to the friendship of Eve
line Garth, which had become -
day dearer to her. Lilac had foun-'e
weeks pass at Delverton Hall rh
more quickly than she had imrd
possible. Owing to Evangeline's p
failing help, as well as to hern
Intuitive taste, it would have bef
flcult for anybody to discover ier
speech or manner a single som
due to her previous life. j
:In each of the letters whtcaic
wrote:to her lover every week 1
lokved more of her real self anial
loye to show themselves as heres
olj making the baronet a suitablfe
Increased. It was unfortunatett
the first of these letters reachie
mining camp in Nevada after Roe-
Miss Constance Taylor of London is
sonally I am becoming very fond of a oog tancier; some ui hcl
vou, in spite of the havoc you seem from Central America.
rtestined tr. nlv with the haoniness of ! Miss Sprules of Surrey. England, is a
those I hold dear and with my own
most treasured projects."
There was a pathetic tremor in her
stately voice which touched Lilac.
"Indeed I would rather die. Lady
Garth," she said earnestly, "than bring
Miss F. R. Wilkinson of London is a
Miss Amy E. Bell is an English wo
man who has taken up stockbroking.
Miss Constance Blaydes, an English
Admits the Possibility of Psychical
Phenomena, But No More.
Studies in psychical research, care
fully conducted, have a decided fasci
nation for the investigating mind. The
idea that there may be something real
ly worth considering In mental telepa
thy, thought transference and hypnot
ism has been impressed upon many in
terested rersons. Spiritualism has ma
ny followers, but skeptics abound. It
has. seemed more and more desirable
that some person or aggregation of per
sons find an answer to the question.
What is the truth?
In his book entitled "Studies in Psy
chical Research," Mr. Frank Podmore,
author of "Apparitions and Thought
Transference," has presented his own
record of a number of investigations
conducted by the Society of Psychical
Research. This society was formed in
1S82. In the opening chapter Mr. Pod-
more explains the purpose of his book,
and says that "neither society nor any
of my colleagues are in any way com
mitted to the views expressed in this
book." He says:
"In the chapters which follow an at
tempt will be made to estimate the
value of the work done up to the pres
ent time by the society through its
committees and by individual members,
on the several lines of inquiry thus
mapped out, and to sketch briefly the
conclusions reached or indicated at the
Mr. Podmore's book was published by
the Putnams some months ago and
contains a most interesting and com
prehensive view of the subject. Of the
spirit and method of the Investigations,
the author says:
"We did not, as already said. In un
dertaking the inquiry, assume to ex
press any opinion beforehand on the
the attitude of Spiritualists In general
to the mental phenomena of trance
speaking, and the like. But between
these is a broad distinction to be drawn.
Whilst there Is little room to doubht
that the great majority at any rate
of the so-called physical manifestations
were due to deliberate and preconcert
ed fraud, such phenomena as trance
speaking, automatic writing, and the
visions seen at seances were probably
in many cases the genuine outcome of
states more or less abnormal.
Perhaps the commonest form of auto
matic was the Inspirational address or
sermon. In many cases, no doubt, these
addresses were actually composed and
delivered in a state of somnambulism,
or et least without the conscious co-operation
of the speaker. But there is
lately anything in matter of the dis
course which should lead Us to look
for inspiration beyond the speaker's
This is Mr. Podmore's suggestion as
to the prevalent belief that "mediums"
are "controlled" by the spirits of the
While scientific men were content.
for the most part, with recording the
facts which they had observed, or be
lieved themselves to have observed, and
awaiting for the explanation, and Ser
geant Cox and his adherents attrib
uted the phenomena to psychic force
radiating from the finger ends, or to
the enlarged sensory powers of the
psychic hody, the miss of Spiritualists
failed to find satisfaction in either at
titude. As the peasant referred the
movement of the steam engine to the
only motive force with which he was
a'-quainted. and supposed that there
were hot sea inside, so the Spiritualists,
reroirriiyimr jq tlmv thrtntlit in ta
I phenomena the manifestations of will
and intelligence, not appar ntly those
of any person visibly present. Invoked
the agency of the spirits of the dead.
We can hardly call this belief an hy
pothesis or an explanation; it seems
indeed at its outset to have been little
more than the instinctive utterance of
primeval animism. Later, when this
explanation had become stereotyped,
and had affected the attitude even of
honest 'mediums,' causing them to
claim for teir most trivial automatic
utterances an external Inspiration, it
became difficult even for Intelligent stu
dents to free themselves from the pre
vailing belief a belief so widely at-
unhnppiness to Roy's friends, if by i Bin. nnus ki" ""'"s K
dvine I should not make him unhap- dustry.
I Miss Leigh Spencer of British Colum-
Her ladyship wiped her eyes.
"You are a dear, good girl." she said.
bia Is a mining broker.
Mrs. Emma E. Forsythe is engaged In
"and I believe that you mean what the sale of mother-of-pearl at New
you sawy! I cannot tell you how pain. Britain, an island in the southern Pa
ful it is to me to have to speak to you j cific.
In this woy. I should not do It if I ! Germany three women are em-
.. n.iCv,d .-, : nloved as chimney sweeps, seven as
The feeling that. In spite of aer
fefirs, her life was to be one oai
plete; overwhelming happiness ai's
w jfe was increased by the long, lg
letters which she received froer
fiancee, giving her every detail is
.life at the mines in a way thid
Lilac she- was always in his ths
tilt sht knew every word, andd
kiss the passages she loved thst
wiithout glancing at them at all.
In spite of Lady's Garth's eg
presence, Lilac felt very happ;e
evening, at the end of five weis
she sat in the drawine room an
ened to Evangeline's sweet voict
ing an air from "Cavalieria Rust"
to the accompaniment of her .
For the. first, time her ladyshd
called her"Lliac" in place of t-
SD.4P jl'Mis -Marvel." and theree
Into the girl's heart a faint gll
ing'of hope that some day shet
make the old lady care for heis
wished that she had the couio
talk to her about her son. to ttr
how anxious she was not to sin
the way of his rrospects. howy
she was to sacrifice her own ha s
and release him from his .proiif
by so doing she might benefit hie
subject of the engagement exisi-
tween them had been caref ully-d
what is best for Roydon's interests.
Let me speak to you candidly, dear.
I has always been my fondest hope that
Roydon and Evangeline should marry.
Not only do them seem particularly
suited for each other, but the marriage
would tend to reunite the estates that
have been in the family for many
years. At present Roydon has not
enough, apart from what he earns by
his profession, to keep up the hall as it
always has been kept up. It is a ne
cessity that he should marry wealth.
But it is not a question of money that
affects me so deeply. It is my fear that
Evangeline's heart will be broken if
she loses my son's love. The dear girl
carries her troubles very bravely, I
know, and possibly she has not allowed
you to guess her secret."
"Her love for her cousin. To me,
of course. It Is no secret, for I have j
watched them grow up together, and
have been more anxious than I care to
confess at the change which has come
over my beloved Evangeline since you
were first mentioned in Roy's letters.
How can I help all my sympathies go
ing out to the girl whom I have al
ways loved as my own child?"
"But do you not think Evangeline
cares for Roy only as a sister?" asked
Lilac, who had almost persuaded her
self that It was so.
Lady Garth shook her head.
"You cannot have observed her very
closely if you have not discovered that
the poor girl is deeply In love."
"I have more than suspected it."
said Lilac thoughtfully: "but I did
the letter he had waited for so "long.
But, alas, the letter was a little dls-j by her ladyship; and Lilac cPt
appointing! The fatal doubt In the bt.p feeling that the y6ung " b's
Californian 'girl's ntnd as to whether j rrjother lookevd. upon her as anpt
her conscienoe wiuld ever allow her ,An ts to keep Roy to a rash fe.
the happiness of becoming the..wife Sf -'she was very eager, therefortf?ll
the man she lovd could not but re- j her tne exact state of her otid
strain her expre Isions ;of love. After on the subject; and when at tbof
the impasBlon' iwrords .which Sir Rqy Evangeline's soogV Lady Gpn
blmself had Jt Jvjeen" writing, her let- nounCed tnat she was anxiot a
ter seemel c, j and formal, and the uttle private chat with Lilac 'nt
...... KaMflolP o a f tn cnfill'a . A .". " " . T.t , j m
ense of disapi I itment.
not think It was of Roy that she was
had read them over and ovein , aiways thinking There may be an
"No I am quite sure there Is no
other." said her ladyship, honestly be
lieving that she was speaking the
truth. "I have watched her very Jeal
ously for Roy's sake."
She spoke with eager conviction,
stealing herself against - the look of
pain and fear that had come Into Li
lac's eyes. The girl spoke calmly,
"t hope you are wrong. Lady Garth,
but even If you are right, it does not
rest with me to confer happiness upon
Evangeline. I cannot make Roy love
"I do not think that there Is much
making required." said her ladyship
quickly. "Before you crossed his path
I never had the least doubt about my
son's feelings for his cousin, and that
is what makes me think that you have
mistaken Roydon's feeling towards
yourself. Your beauty may have mo
mentarily dazzled him pardon my
speaking, so. but I feel that I can be
quite candid with you and the ro
mantic nature of your meeting In
creased the spell. But I cannot help
perceiving that only a generous de
sire to help you and to repay the sac
rifice of a home, which you made for
his sake, led him to suggest marriage."
As the haunting fear that had been
with Lilac more or less strongly from
the moment that Sir Roydon had first
ft - VhrtiirP8i linwlfllnclv tntv. l
fornian girl was pleased rattui
gunsmiths, nineteen as brass and bell
founders. 147 as coppersmi'ths, 379 as
farriers and nailers, 30a as masons,
eight as stonecutters, 2,0(W in marble,
stone and slate quarries. In all. 5.500.000
women earn their living in trades and
In Berlin women guides are employed
by the city.
Every animal slaughtered for food
purposes in Berlin is subject to micro
scopical examination by a corps of wo
men microscopists especially trained to
In Holland women. Instead of men.
signal railway crossings.
In Austro-Hungary about 3,000,000
women are engaged in industrial pur
Austria has many women barbers
Mme. Rosa Kerschbaum conducts a
hospital for eye diseases at Vienna.
France employs over 5,000 women in
its civil service, telephone and tele
graph offices. The bank of France pays
salary to 400 women, and 200 women,
have positions in the Credit Foncier.
Altogether 3,750,000 French women sup
port themselves by their own exer
tions. One railway company In Russia has
thirty women In Its employ.
In central Russia the township of
Besjukooschtschina a territory of ten
square miles, divided Into seven vil
lages Is run entirely by eight women,
who administer all public affairs.
The town of Knaizeff. Russia, Is run
by a woman starosta or mayor. Alex
andre llyne by name.
A Mohammedan woman Is a practic
ing physician and surgeon at Odessa.
Dr. Razle Koutk-iarefT-Hanum is her
name, and hers is the first case on rec
ord of a Mohammedan woman practic
ing medicine by western methods.
Women are employed as telegraphlo j
clerks and ticket agents on the Trans-
In Turkey a native woman, who stud
led In this country, is now practicing
In Burmah all women of the lower
classes have a trade; nearly all the
retail trade of the island Is in their care.
In Chill all car conductors, hotel and
postoffice clerks are women.
Onchunga, New Zealand, has elected
Mrs. Yates mayor.
miss cree Stanley is the first wo
man member of the Sydney. Australia,
trade and labor council being the del
egate of the Female Employes' union.
value of the evidence to be examined,
Whatever the private bias of Individ- tested by the phenomena themselves."
ual members towards belief or disbe- t,31" M,T I,,jd,mo,re ay,s: "n. the one
. , . , , . , . hand, as shown in the last chapter, was
lief, it cannot fairly be said that any an important social or even religious
such bias has been allowed to pervert movement of an International charac-
the method of inquiry. To ascertain ter hich claimed a considerable num-
the facts of the case at whatever cost er f rn2Te l less credulous adherents,
tne racts or me case, ar wnatever cost and wag based on certain alleged occur
to established opinions and prejudices, rences, which in many cases were un
has been the consistent aim of the so- questionably due to deliberate and
ciety and Its workers. If some of our mta.t,c imposture. On the other
' . . . . . hand, there was a small body of men
investigations have resulted in the de- whose opinions and testimony in any
tectlon or imposture, the discovery or matter could not be lightly disregarded,
unsuspected fallacies of sense and vvno believed in and testified of their
,i ,v, j.ci, own experience to things which seem-
memory. and the general dislntegra- ed and rernaps stm seem inexpiiCable
tion of some imposing structures built by any known cause. It was not easy
upon too narrow foundations; whilst to dismiss the whole subject as unwor-
others have revealed the occurrence of of investiation The explanation
1- i! i . of tne facts recorded by Mr. Crookes
phenomena which neither chance nor and others does not ,!e on tne surface.
fraud nor fallacy of sense can plausibly It may be that these facts will ultlmate-
cxplain, and for which the present sci- ,v firid their explanation in causes nei-
entific synthesis can as yet find no Jj"". Jenlot u"fa.mj!iar- cer"
, , , . tainly no one at that time, and per-
place. It Is pertlent to remember that haps not now. is in a rcsition to affirm,
the Investigators were In each case the with such certainty as we bring to the
same, the methods pursued the same. .,ner affairs of life, what the explana-
, , i l!on may Pe.
ana tne oojeci in an cases was Eimpiy
the discovery of the truth.
"There Is another not unnatural mis
conception of the nature of our work.
Though fraud, and fraud of a particu-
Mr. Crookes" interest In the phenome
na of Spiritualism has been the source
of congratulation to many believers in
the wonders of the seance room. Mr.
Crookes was a well known and careful
scientist, an investigator of natural
to guard against an innocent deception
and the more insidious because inno-
larly gross kind, is the most active I phenomena, refore he became interest-
force in producing some of the spurious ed in physchical research.
. . . , . . . , . , Mr. Podmore records that many cases
marvels which have been the subject of of di!!interested fraud nave been aiscov-
our inquiries, yet fraud Is, on the ered. He says: "Researches in the
whole, neither the prolific nor the most squalid annals of spiritualism have
dangerous source of error. In our ex- Shia!lt,lL0lr, ca"J were
I rrmifl was nrart rp u- fnniit frit atlra
perlmental work in thought-transfer- tion of rPCuniary or any obvious social
ence and the like, we have mainly had advantage."
"Moreover, the fuller knowledge gain
ed in recent years of subconscious men
tal activities affords eround for thlnlc-
cent the sub-conscious communication hnfr that deception of this kind may. In
of information by indications too sub- the beginning at any rate, be only semi
tie to be apprehended by the normal conscious. The line between what is
. . ... . . , . conscious and what Is not so conscious
salf, but readily seized upon and inter- pat aU llmeg haTd to draw. pjnce n
preted by the automatic or somnambu- one but the patient, and not always
lie consciousness. And In that part of the patient himself, is In a position to
our work where experiment is preclud- f re w un auuioruy. ji is not uniine-
iv that ccflm nff v mnt vclcca nprpnt Inn
ed by the nature of the facts, which n th. kIn(1 mpt .,th ln tnpr inVPstiea-
has consisted, therefore, mainly In ob- tions may occasionally be the accom-
taining and recording the testimony of paniment of some morbid dissociation-
rr ccciousne?s, sucn as seems 10 oc-
others to such spontaneous phenomena
cur 1 certain hysterical patients. The
as visions and apparitions, the real automatic subject frequently exhibits
source of error is again the subcon- in his utterances and actions signs of
scious sophistication of the record, ow- a disingenuousness foreign to his nor-v.
, 1 . . 1 inai sen. 111 consiuennK me question.
...s, iv, "- therefore, whether the Phenomena oc-
lmaginatlon to dramatic unity and curring In the presence cf certain per-
completeness. It Is enough to say here sons are due to trickery or to 'psychic
that our researches have led us gradu- rrce. We. , 06 3usiinTa m
xny 10 aiu, moie anu moie import- from the Improbability of willful de
ance to the effect of time on the value ceptlon. We are bound to assume ab-
of testimony." normality somewhere, and of the two.
There are some Interesting scientific
it may be easier to suppose the medium"
abnormallv dishonest, than to credit.
hints in the conclusions of the invest!- him with abnormal 'psychic powers.' "'.
gators. The fourth dimension of space Mr. Podmore formulates some general
may have a bearing upon so-called su- propositions, as follows:
pernatural effects. Mr. Podmore says phenomena eenerallv occur-conditlona
of one investigation. for the most part suggested and con-
"Zoliner found experimental conflr- tinually enforced by the medium are.
mation of his hypothesis of a fourth di- uch to. fsifIlitsLlfraud and to ren
mension of space a dimension which ..2. Almost all phenomena are known
should stand to the known dimensions to have been produced under similar
of cubac space, height, length and conditions by mechanical means.
o. Almost every proiessionai meaium
breadth. In the same relation which
has been detected in producing results
At 90 years old. and with a pontificate
of twenty-one years. Leo XII comes
near to breaking the papal record. The
average reign of popes has been only
about five years, and of the 263 who
have worn the triple crown only four
have done so longer than Leo XIII, to
wit: Hadrian I. twenty-three years:
Pius VI. twenty-four years; Pius VII.
twenty-three years.'and Pius IX. thirty-
two years. It Is quite within the limit
of possibility that Leo XIII will sur-
showed her the ring he had bought for dlate predecessor.
height now bears to the two dlmen- by trickery.
sions of plane space. Given the fourth There are several cases on record
dimension th o-ristenno of rohih ia I ln v. men private persons, wun no od-
. .i 1. . . . vlous pecuniary or social advantage to
mathematically foreshadowed. Zoliner secure. have been detected in trickery,
pointed out that, to a man or a spirit "5. The condition of emotional exclte-
endowed with the capacity of dealing ment, in which investigators have for
with it the abstraction of objects from ?hIPnYe!:eTn?rasVhodUebdJeby
a closed box, the knotting of an end- reports of the marvelous, are calculat
less cord, or the removal Into invisi- ed seriously to interfere with calm and
bllity of a solid object would be tasks dispassionate observation.
- . . ,.. "6. It has been shown that very few
of no special difficulty. persons are capable of exercising the
' Speaking of the extreme credulity of continuous attention necessary to de
many Spiritualists, Mr. Podmore con- tect a conjuring trick,
eludes ' The phenomena upon which Spir
itualists rely are such as to require
"The attitude of Spiritualists ln gen- the exercise of continuous observation
eral, then, was that of persons who and experiments designed to dispense
had been more or less thrown off w,tn tbe necessity for such observation
,. . . . have invariably failed.
their balance by sudden exposure to ..8- Abnormai substances of various
experiences of a novel and surprising kinds are alleged to have been seen by,
kind. Being for the most part igno- numerous observers, but investigation
rant of even the rudiments of natural
science, they had accepted almost with
out question to only explanation which
appeared on a superficial examination
adequate to explain the facts; and had
then exalted this explanation to the dig
nity of a religious tenet. Such a men
tal attitude was likely to be more con
ducive to beatific contemplation than to
laborious analysis. The activities of
the convert naturally took the form
of missionary enterprise rather than
of scientific Investigation: and the
seance-room became not a laboratory.
but a propagandist Institution.
"And the same childlike faith marked
has never revealed anything abnormal.
"9. The marvels recorded imply not
one new force, but many.:"
The conclusion at which Mr. Podmore
has arrived after his Investigation of
"premonitions and previsions" is "That
belief in the possibility of supernormal
foreknowledge Is not Justified."
Mr. Podmore is extremely caution
in attributing trance-Intelligence to
some inffuence outside of the subject,
yet he admits the possibility of a di
recting intelligence, controlling the me
dlu mor subject. That there are vast
possibilities in the Investigation and
cultivation of psychical forces Mr. Pod
more admits frankly, but he discredits
utterly most of the prevalent spiritual
?J Jxv;P7 v-r;
Wichita.lands. it is claimed, cdufjo J at- the prisoner. Half of the crowd j is expected to add at least- jnts tc as to the quality
. - ollVittn 'timn I J m tv I ,a nrlcn of erpnr hrnni., rift sells. I r-lilrr!s will be ma
of armor. Other
de for delay in fur-
MeanwhHe it ?wIU' "be' traftslAted
Spanish, and be printed both in Ens- j
' Runrc K. Ktnn In IttiMlx.
ST. PETERSBURG, July S. George
and the Vanderbilt T.pcs i
the conl produced In tne
Powered by Open ONI