People from the Other World

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American Publishing Company, 1875 - Spiritualism - 492 pages

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A thorough review of the Eddys and their spiritualistic-mediumistic work at Chittenden, Vermont. Olcott goes into great detail about his work, the Eddys, the seances, the spooks that appear.
also spends quite a bit of time talking about Madame Blavatsky and her input at the Eddy farm and the seances.
There is an addendum regarding the Holmeses who were also mediums at the time.
Interesting stuff. Illustrations done by a newspaper artist add to the stories.
Dr. Bob

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Page 129 - Ere the evening lamps are lighted, And, like phantoms grim and tall, Shadows from the fitful fire-light Dance upon the parlor wall; Then the forms of the departed Enter at the open door; The beloved, the true-hearted, Come to visit me once more...
Page 398 - And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held : and they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth...
Page 76 - O Land ! For all the broken-hearted The mildest herald by our fate allotted, Beckons, and with inverted torch doth stand To lead us with a gentle hand Into the land of the great Departed, Into the Silent Land ;
Page 423 - For over all there hung a cloud of fear, A sense of mystery the spirit daunted; And said, as plain as whisper in the ear, The place is haunted.
Page 123 - ... and woof of their theories, were drawn, not from the study of nature, but from what lay much closer to them, the observation of men. Their theories accordingly took an anthropomorphic form. To supersensual beings, which, ' however potent and invisible, were nothing but species of human creatures, perhaps raised from among mankind, and retaining all human passions and appetites,' were handed over the rule and governance of natural phenomena.
Page 66 - in any way you please, if you can catch me to bury. . . . Say rather, Crito, say, if you love me, where shall you bury my body; and I will answer you, Bury it in any manner and in any place you please." But how can a soul issue from the lifeless body without our seeing it? asks the skeptic. To which it may be replied, that to appeal to sense to prove the non-agency, and therefore the nonexistence of an object not perceptible...
Page 341 - At present, nearly all educated men receive an account of a miracle taking place in their own day, with an absolute and even derisive incredulity which dispenses with all examination of the evidence. Although they may be entirely unable to give a satisfactory explanation of some phenomena that have taken place, they never on that account dream of ascribing them to supernatural agency, such an hypothesis being, as they believe, altogether beyond the range of reasonable discussion.
Page 123 - Now, as science demands the radical extirpation of caprice and the absolute reliance upon law in nature, there grew with the growth of scientific notions a desire and determination to sweep from the field of theory this mob of gods and demons, and to place natural phenomena on a basis more congruent with themselves. The problem which had been previously approached from above was now attacked from below ; theoretic effort passed from the super to the sub sensible.
Page 79 - And proved his predecessors fools, And bound all nature by his rules ; So fares he in that dreadful hour, When injured Truth exerts her power, Some new phenomenon to raise ; Which, bursting on his frighted gaze, From its proud summit to the ground -Proves the whole edifice unsound.
Page 122 - If there had been the slightest doubt of the applicability of this degrading epithet, it was removed by the conduct of Professor Tyndall himself; for, in his Belfast address, as President of the British Association, he not only discerned in matter " the promise and potency of every form and quality of life...

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