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manifested its spiritual power by attracting them, and a crash, and a large one was throwni to itself a table in motion. This fact was down with violence." Mr. Howitt is more witnessed by “a Plain Man," who saw a minute in his details of a similar phenomestill more remarkable phenomenon, a small non. The clap of the dethroned idols might baby's hand creeping up a gentleman's arm!" have been heard all over the house. The
On the authority of Mr. Cox, of Cox's spirits unscrewed their parts, " and pomelled Hotel, Jermyn Street, himself a medium, their heads lustily on the floor," saying, we have an account of still more remarkable through the alphabet, 6. You must all do manifestations. The spirits having previ- your best to destroy.idolatry, both in Indią ously prescribed for a sick little boy of his, and in England, where it prevails in numerthey again prescribed a dose of magnetized ous ways,-idolatry of rank, idolatry of water. " For this purpose,” says Mr. Cox, wealth, idolatry of self, idolatry of mere in“ a decanter was placed on the table. The tellect and learning! water became agitated, and a powerful aroma In a diary kept hy a Mrs. P. in the Recame from the bottle. It was strongly im- gent's Park, we have a repetition of all the pregnated with something they had not various manifestations we have described. A tasted."
few novelties, however, solicit our notice. In
an article in Once a Weck, entitled “Spirit" Mr. Home was thrown into the trance state, and taking the decanter in his right rapping made Easy,” the denizens of the inhand, he walked a few feet from the table, visible world were not treated with the rewhen, to my astonishment, I saw another spect which they desired, and determined decanter, apparently precisely similar to the upon having their revenge. At a seance, other in bis left hand. This in each of his accordingly, on the 29th January, 1860, a hands I saw a decanter, and so real was the spirit hand arose and crumpled up and tore second, that I could not tell which was the ma
å sheet of the offending journal. “The terial one!”
spirits were at work destroying the magazine. A curious specimen of a wicked spirit was They rubbed it strongly over Mr. Home's seen at this seance. In a writing-desk which shoe, and then placed his foot upon it. The had belonged to the late Robert Owen, of spirits gave each person a bit of the mangled spirit-rapping memory, there was a box of magazine ! paints. Mr. Owen's spirit ordered the writ In February 1861, Mrs. Home's health had ing-desk to be opened. A spirit hand was begun to decline. One night her mother's then placed in Mr. Cox's, another in his spirit laid its hand upon Mr. Home's brow, wife's, and another in Mr. Home's, each and “ the present being obliterated from his hand differing in size.
mind, he saw the being so dear to him pass“ The alphabet was called for, and " I fear ing from earth,” and he was told by the spirit I may have spoilt your Claude,' was spelt that she was to die of consumption. On the out. We could not understand this, but 3d of June, 1861, at a seance at which Mrs. when the lamp was re-lighted, we found that Home was present, the spirits gave a rosebud some paint had been taken from the box, and to a lady, and said in raps,
- From' one who had been freely used on one of my paintings, is a mortal, but will ere long be with us which hung several feet from where we were emblem of Sacha.” Sacha was the name of sitting!"
Mrs. Home. We are not told if the painting was really " This announcement drew tears from us a Claude. Were it so, we should have sus- all ; we were deeply affected, and Mr. Home pected that Turner had bribed for this mis- sank back overcome with emotion. A narchief the spirit of Robert Owen.
cissus was given to me (Mrs. P.), and a flower The reality of a spiritual world is now tes to every one present, also some for those who tified by a Mr. W. M. Williamson, of Hamp- Home.
were absent, but who were loved by Mrs. stead, and the supernatural Mr. William solations for those she was about to quit
She spoke for a length of time conHowitt. In their presence the spirits make Her voice was very weak, and - I lost the a raid against idols. Several Indian idols of greater part of part of what she said. She ivory occupied an honorable place in a draw- shook hands with us all, a farewell we wept, ing-room in Cornwall Terrace, Regent's Park. but not a word was uttered.”
Suddenly there was a commotion among At another seance on the 5th June, Mr.
Home went into a trance, and saw near his and-blood realities, displaying superhuman wife a mass of spirits, which he describes in muscular strength, not in deeds of utility a rhapsody, bearing reference to her predicted and mercy, but in tossing to and fro tables, death. At various other seances in the months sofas, cushions, ottomans, and chairs, for the of June and July, 1861, so prolific of spirits, amusement of fools. plienomena were seen relating to this lady ; 2. If he has found it difficult to exhume but one of these was so rare and miraculous, a full-length corpse from its lair, he has that we must communicate it to our readers. wrenched from it hands and feet, and someOn the 7th July a fine lemon-scented verbena times a' head and shoulders shining with the quitted its flower-pot without human aid, and blue phosphorescence of the grave. after rolling itself up, placed itself between 3. In defiance of the laws of gravity which Mr. and Mrs. Home. Mr. Home fell back keep the planets in their course, he rises in in his chair into a deep sleep.
the air, a living and breathing balloon, not 6. He then walked about the room, led
to survey the distant battle-field, nor to res
apparently by a spirit; a very large bright star cue life from its roof-tree in flames, but to shone in his forehead, several clustered on make scratches on the ceiling, and baffle the his hair and on the tips of his fingers. He efforts of his friends to pull him down by his made passes over the verbena plant, but did boots ! not touch it. Immediately the air was filled
4. In Mr. Home's presence dead and inorwith the scent which he wafted to each of us.”
ganic matter floats in the atmosphere, rings He “thus extracted the essence of the rush from their lair to the finger of their flower, in the same manner as the soul is owner, and bells revolve like planets but taken from the body," and he declared that without a centre to curve their orbit, and the plant would die in a few days, which it without an object to be gained by their evodid “ for want of the vital principle, which lutions. he had extracted from it."
5. In his presence plants are endowed with Mrs. Home died on the 3d of July, 1862, locomotive life and with muscular. power. and we have a tribute to her memory by Mr. They walk from their flower-pots—they roll Howitt occupying fifteen pages, and forming themselves up—they place themselves bethe twelfth chapter of the work. From Per-tween their medium patrons, and commit igueuex, where Mrs. Home died, Mr. Home personal mutilation by throwing off sprigs came to England, for the purpose, we pre- and flowers to gratify the olfactory nerves of sume, of writing the work which we have the party! been analyzing
6. When our archimagus exclaims, “Let
there be light,” the darkness of midnight is We have thus given our readers a brief dispelled, and his apartment shines with the but faithful account of the spiritual mani- brightness of the sun! festations of Daniel Dunglas Home, and we 7. When the spirits lead him in his trance, submit them to the judgment of the Philoso- his “ God-given power" is attested, not by pher and the Christian. In his communion the ring of light which encircles what is diwith the world of spirits, he claims to have a vine, but by a brilliant star shining on his divine commission, and to exercise his 6 God- forehead, and indicating the heaven-born given powers” for the benefit and instruction functions of his guide ! of mankind. He is specially charged with 8. If he does not turn water into wine, he the conversion of infidels, and with the refu- extracts the perfume of plants by the wave tation of materialism; and he claims hun- of his hand, and by this extinction of their dreds of converts to his faith. The divinity vital principle they die in his presence! Did of his mission is attested by a series of proph- not the law of the land protect the lieges, he ecies and miracles, inferior neither in quality could, doubtless, extract the principle of life or number to those interruptions of the laws from the skeptics that denounce, and the wits of nature by which the greatest of truths that deride his revelations. have been established.
9. If he does not multiply loaves and fishes 1. He raises the dead, and commands their to feed his disciples, he multiplies wine-depresence and their agency,—not as the shad- canters to astonish Mr. Cox of Jermyn Street! owy apparitions of the nursery, but as flesh 10. If he has not given sight to the blind,
he has by a pass from his hand, given hearing Typtology, in which the spirit spcake by to the deaf!
means of raps and an alphabet; and by Psy11. If he has not enabled the man ill of chography, or medianimic writing, in which the palsy to take up his bed and walk, he has the communications are written by a hand in many instances healed the sick, and he has holding a pen, guided by the presiding spirit. cured a diseage under which he himself la Under the head of Typtology, we have in bored, by means of self-inflicted and involun- the two series of M. Flammariez's work one tary blows !
hundred and twenty apophthegms or thoughts 12. If he cannot see into the human heart, from beyond the tomb. These apophthegmg and divine its workings, he can do much are often brief references to texts in the Old
He can look at a beautiful marble and New Testaments—moral and religious bust, and discern that the person whom it sentiments-quotations in different languages represents is possessed with a demon.
from eminent authors — conversations with 13. If " gravitation does not cease when the spirit Marie—sometimes “ bizarre assemHome goes by,” he is divinely snatched from blages” of letters which the spirit kindly arits influence. A spirit arm drags him from ranges, frequently verses of poetry—and ocbeneath the falling branch, and the heavy log casionally acrostics. The following is a fathus cheated of its victim is pacified by the vorable specimen of the Typtologies: "Science grant of supernatural powers !
is an extensive forest, in which some follow In order to form a just idea of spiritualism, the beaten path, many go astray, and all see we should study its developement in different the limits of the forest receding as they adcountries and under different articles of faith. vance.' We will not shock our readers by taking them Under the head of Psychography, we have, to the United States, where spiritual domina- occupying the greater part of the two brotion stares at us in its most hideous features, chures, a large number of homilies or short -a modern Antichrist exalting itself above addresses, by the spirits of the illustrious all that is called God, uttering from a thou- dead, from the time of Socrates to that of sand tongues its blasphemous inspirations, Galileo, Columbus, 'Pascal, Fenelon, Lamand hurling its victims in hetacombs to the menais, and Channing. Socrates discourses halter of the suicide, or the cells of the mad- from the text, “ Thy will be done on earth as house. *
it is in heaven.” Galileo exclaims, “ Raise In France, where spiritualism is chastened thy head, O man, and observe the heavens," by the intelligence of the upper classes, and and in a long and eloquent address be points checked by the principles and strict discipline to the glorious life, and the innumerable of the Catholic Church, it has not assumed modes of existence which are yet to be develthe repulsive phase which Mr. Home has given oped in a plurality of worlds. Columbus it in England. Its professors perform no vis- counsels his readers to be friendly with their ible miracles. They neither float in the air, brethren in the New World. Pascal dictates nor launch tables and chairs through their a solitary page on the grandeur of human inhalls, nor foretell yhat Infinite Wisdom has telligence, pitying those who seek truth withso kindly withheld from man. The French out finding it, and counselling his readers to medium, generally female, employs two proc. shun all reasoning which throws a shadow on esses for revealing pious sentiments, or dic- the goodness and greatness of God. Fenelon tating brief homilies, which the Christian discourses on the importance of truth, recommay peruse with moral and even religious mending to spiritualists humility of heart, profit.
and united efforts against the great enemy of Mademoiselle Huet sits as a medium at the man. Lammenais is a frequent teacher from salon of Mont-Thabor, and records the reve- his grave. He conducts the pilgrim through lations made to her by a spirit called Marie, the pitfalls of life to the happy land. He who has been dead for ten years. These rev- abuses ridicule as the child of skepticism and elations are made in two different ways,—by death. He discourses on Jacob's ladder, and
he comforts parents and friends with the as* Mr. Howitt tells us that in America spiritualism surance that death is not " misfortune, but adds annually to its ranks 300,000 persons, and that there are, at a moderate estimate, two millions the completion of their sublimest aspiration, and a half of spiritualists in the United States ! and an entrance to their happy home.”
Channing utters five conversational responses They are much worse than the worst form of on spiritualism, the nature of the soul, on the doctrine of materiality. These abberraaffability, and the justice of God. Queen tions betoken a perverse and prurient play of Clotilda is eloquent on the physical and moral
the abnormal fåncy-groping for the very superiority of the inhabitants of Jupiter ; and holy of holies in kennels running with the most the editor informs us that the spirits in every Our natural superstitions are bad enough;
senseless and God-abandoning abominations. part of the globe with which he has been in but thus to make a systematic business of communication, represent in the most brilliant fatuity, imposture, and profanity, and to imcolors a residence on that planet.
agine all the while that we are touching on Our spirit friends in France, thus instruc- the precincts of God's spiritual kingdom, is tive and eloquent, have not yet dabbled in unspeakably slìocking;. The horror and disastronomical predictions. Zadkiel has not grace of such proceedings were never even
approached in the darkest days of heathenappeared in Paris; and a French court of dom and idolatry. Ye who make shattered justice has not yet awarded damages against nerves and depraved sensations the interpreany member of the Imperial Institute for de- ters of truth, the keys which shall unlock nouncing lying prophets, and clerical peepers the gates of heaven, and open the secrets of into glass balls and tumbler bottoms.*
futurity-ye who inaugurate disease as the Such is spirit-rapping, spirit-raising, and prophet of all wisdom, thus making sin, spirit-seeing, and such the spawn which they creation—have ye bethought yourselves of
death, and the devil the lords paramount of have cast upon the waters. We have been the backward and downward course which bold enough to sketch their history from the ye are running into the pit of the bestial and pages of a “weak, credulous, balf-educated, the abhorred? 50 ye miserable mystics ! and fanatical person,” as the Saturday Re- when will ye know that all God's truths and viewert calls Mr. Home; but we want cour
all man's blessings lie in the broad heath, in age to characterize them in their moral, so
the trodden ways, and in the laughing sun
shine of the universe ; and that all intellect, cial, and religious bearings, and eloquence to all genius, is merely the power of seeing express the horror and disgust which they wonders in common things ? inspire.
We do not ask the man of science or the We borrow, therefore, the eloquent pen of a distinguished philosopher, who has poured that they think of the miracles of the spirit
philosopher or the moralist to tell us what out the vials of his wrath in “ thoughts that breathe, and words that burn :
rapper ; but the Christian is bound to-compare
them with the revelation which he has “ The word,” says Professor Ferrier," by accepted, and with the truths which he prowhich the thinking principle is designated in fesses to believe. all languages, bears evidence to the inveteracy of the superstition, that the conception lives a person who can combine such jurring
Has the Christian spiritualist, if there of mind might be formed by conceiving a material substance of extreme fineness and names--has he pondered the divine denunciatenuity. Many circumstances have conspired tion against the abominations of the “ users to keep this fanaticism in life. The sup- of divination ”-against the consulters of faposed visibility of ghosts helps it on consid- miliar spirits—against " wizards, that peep erably; and it is still further reinforced by and that mutter," and that " whisper out some of the fashionable delirainents of the of the dust ”-against those " who in latter day, such as Clairvoyance and (even A.D. times shall depart from the faith, giving heed 1854, credite posteri) Spirit-rapping. These, however, are not to be set down—at least so to seducing spirits and doctrines of devilsit is to be hoped—among the normal and against the spirits of devils working miracles catholic superstitions incident to humanity. -against the doers of great wonders—against
6 him * These lower parts of our drinking vessels, the deceivers by miracles-against whether tumbler or wineglass, have been used by whose coming is with signs and lying wondistinguished mediums, and have been as successful ders "--and against “ the false prophets, in the communication of spirit loro as the more that shall give signs and wonders ?” costly sphere. Did the neophyte appeal to the vessel when brimful, he would obtain brighter visions If the spirit-raisers in former days, and
their patrons, have been thus denounced, and + We recommend to our readers two admirable articles in the Saturday Review of March 21 and 28, deemed worthy of death, what shall be the on Howitt's “ History of the Supernatural," and on * Ferrier's Institutes of Metaphysic, the Theory of “ The Incidents” in Mr. Home's life.
Knowing and Being. pp. 224, 225.
from its foot-stalk.
doom of the Christian, who, in defiance of cred from the flesh are in joy and felicityholy writ, and in contempt of the formula- that the faithful sleep in Jesus, and rest in him ries of his Church, calls up the souls and -and that the souls of them that sleep in bodies of the dead to perpetrate deeds of re- the Lord enjoy perpetual rest and felicity. venge against the living, and to perform the If the dead can be raised from the grave to tricks of the conjurer to gratify the prurient appear again upon earth, either in the flesh curiosity of fools ?
or in the spirit, then “ Christ is not the first We appeal not to the Presbyterian, for he fruits of them that sleep.” Then death can despises the spirit-rapper; but we remind have no sting, and the grave no victory!' If the members of our sister-Church, that they the human worm that is said to have crawled pray “ to be spared before they go hence, at the foot of its confessor, and to have vioand be no more scen;
—we remind them of lated oral and written oaths, can unlock the their belief, that “the dead who die in the holy sanctuary of the dead, and disport with Lord rest from their labors ”—that death hath their inutilated remains before the living, he put all things under his feet—that God takes has anticipated the blast of the dread trumpet unto himself the souls of the departed—that which is to summon the mighty dead from the spirits of the departed live with God— their graves, and usher in the great assize that the souls of the faithful who are deliv- that is to fix the immortal destiny of man.
SEEING AN AVALANCHE PAss.--Mr. Francis | Princeton and Congress, under Commodore RogGalton, a well known English traveller, and mem-ers, and remained in prison in Boston until disber of the “ Alpine Club," has this summer made charged in 1813. At the close of the war, he a singular experience. He discovered a spot on married a Boston lady, and established himself the Jungfrau range, where he might stand in in this city as a physician. The Albion was es safety and watch the avalanches sweeping past ablis! by him in 1822, as an English organ him, within thirty feet of his person. In one of conservative politics. Though sustaining the half day he saw three descents. The avalanches interests of a foreign government and its people, slid two thousand feet, then leaped two great he always did this without offending the feelings, bounds of a thousand feet more to the channel, or losing in any degree the respect of the commuclose to which he was standing, and then burst nity in the midst of which he lived and moved, out at the foot of the channel, “ like a storm of honored and respected for so many years. Onshrapnell.” Mr. Galton describes the general ing to the failure of his health, he felt himself appearance of the avalanche when seen at so obliged to retire from editorial life in 1848, and short a distance, as that of “ an orderly mob fill- was regarded by his contemporaries of the press, ing the street and hastening, not hurrying, to the as well as by his readers, with sincere regret
. same object.” Something of the same impres
At the commencement of Atlantic steam navi. sion is made upon one who looks attentively at gation he established at Liverpool a paper called the great sheet of water which rolls slowly down The European, a weekly compendium of the on the Canadian side of the falls at Niagara. latest news for American circulation. In 1855
The motion is majestically deliberate, and, though he resumed journalism, by issuing the The Answift, not hurried. The noise of the avalanche glo-Saxon-a weekly paper published in Boston, in motion Mr. Galton likens to “ the sound of a and which he continued for about two years. In rapid tide rushing up many channels." The 1857 he served a short time as British Consul at avalanche is described as consisting of a mass of Baltimore. His death occurred at Middletown, ice-balls, usually from a foot to a yard in diam- Ct., where he has lately been residing. His reeter, which produce “ the fearful rattle of the mains are to be sent to Boston for sepulturc. ice-cascade,
Dr. Bartlett was a member of the St. George's Society in New York for nearly forty years, and was for some time its President.-Boston Jour
nal. DR. BARTLETT, OF THE NEW YORK ALBION.Dr. John Sherren Bartlet, formerly editor of the New York Albion, whose death has recently been announced, was born in 1790, in Dorsetshire, Four great Boulevards will be inaugurated in England, was educated as a physician, in Lon- Paris on the 12th of August, viz. : the Boulevard don and appointed surgeon in the British navy Latour Maubourg, Boulevard Passy, Boulevard in 1812 ; sailed to the West Indies in the packet Beaujon, and the right river-side of the BouleSwallow ; was captured by the American frigates vard de Sebastopol.