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The Zouave was bandied about from one place to another, until at last he and his father took a maisonette, at 10, Rue Descamps, Passy, where daily vast numbers of people congregate, and many are cured. With all his powers, adds our friend, this man is a most intractable, disagreeable fellow, with a sort of conceit about him which must much impede his work. He will not allow his father to accept a single shilling, when he might get his living out of gifts from those well able to make them, as Dr. Newton, of America, does, who with the money of the wealthy assists the poor, as well as cures them by his delegated power. When reasoned with on the subject, he replies, that if he cannot pay the tradesmen and his rent, he will go to prison. There is besides a needless rudeness and discourtesy about him on many occasions, which are greatly to be regretted. So it is, no man or work on earth is perfect. We admire the independent, disinterested feeling of the Zouave, but we lament that he does not see, by accepting gifts from the wealthy in return for health and comfort, he could essentially extend the benefits of his noble endowment. Can none of his real friends convince him of this?
" GHOST" STORY. The haunted house at Muchelney is one of those extraordinary cases which puzzle the scientific, furnish food to the superstitious, and excite the sneers of the supercilious and wouldbe knowing. The farm-house, an old substantial one, stands alone at the entrance to the village of Muchelney, about three miles from Langport. Its only occupants are Mr. Travis, his housekeeper, and a young servant girl. Soon after Christmas last a slight shock of an earthquake, as supposed, was felt in the neighbourhood, and since then the farm-house has been the scene from time to time, of noises and “manifestations." The most common form is noises resembling at first the running of fingers over a hollow partition, or as if passing rapidly upstairs, and always ending abruptly with a kind of discharge as loud as that of a rifle, but with no reverberation whatever-merely a dead thud—often followed successively, kept up at intervals for days together, and then becoming silent for weeks. some time the tin cover of a copper in the kitchen was won be thrown violently off upon the floor, and the bells abou house to be set ringing. But these are at present quiet, an newest manifestation is in one of the passages where a stands, with a table near against the wall, and over it bridle bits hung upon nails. About a fortnight since, du Mr. Travis's absence in the hay-field, the housekeeper
servants were terribly alarmed by the table being suddenly turned violently upside down, and the bits thrown off the nails upon which they were hung. The females immediately summoned Mr. Travis, who came in, and expressing his determination to judge for himself, took a seat near the table and watched. He had not been seated five minutes ere the table was again suddenly dragged, as it were, along the floor, and dashed down. We plainly saw the breakage which resulted, and heard the story from Mr. Travis's own mouth. only one of several stories of an equally startling nature. The mysterious part is that the walls are entirely unshaken, and the floors undisturbed.-- Pulman's Weekly News.
WITNESSES TO THE ELONGATION OF THE BODY. Mr. John F. Morgan, Secretary and Lecturer of the Manchester and Salford Temperance Union, in a lecture on Spiritualism at the Temperance Hall, Hyde, fully reported in the North Cheshire Herald, for July 11th, read a letter on the above subject from Mr. Home, from which the following is an extract:
“ The Viscount Adare; the Master of Lindsay ; J. Hawkins Simpson, Esq. (a scientific gentleman); H. D. Jencken, Esq. (barrister-at-law);
J. C. Luxmore, Esq.; Mrs. Jencken, Mrs. Hennings; Mrs. Scott Russell; Mrs. Hardinge; Mrs. Floyd. These my dear Mr. Morgan, are the principal witnesses to my elongation.
“ Yours for the truth, “ July 4th, 1868.”
"D. D. HOME. We may add that the above statement has been personally corroborated to us by four of the witnesses above named.-Ed.]
SWEDENBORG'S BIOGRAPHER AND SPIRITUALISM. “A letter appears in the New Church Monthly, from Mr. White, of London, defining his position on Spiritualism. It has the true metallic ring of an independent English New Churchman, who, of course, is unpopular with the “ hierarchy." Here is a specimen brick from his letter. He says :
'I have never had any very lively interest in Spiritualism. John Bright has a charm for me with which no ghost can compete. In saying so, I do not fatter myself, but only confess to a certain incompetency. The wider a man's syinpathy the greater the man. It would be well if I cared more for ghosts. Sympathy means life to the extent of the sympathy; apathy means death to the extent of the apathy. Yet we constantly find people taking crclit for their apatiny, as if don't care' was something to be proud of.
I have no superstitious aversion to Spiritualism. On the contrary, I should be glad to converse with spirits, if I could do so on Swedenborg's terms. What I complain
of is, that while no'medium,' I should suffer all the vdium of mediumship.' It is hard to bave the reputation of a wizard without a wizard's faculties. Only the other day, I could scarcely persuade a lady that I was not as familiar with the other world as with this. Thus you see I have been branded Spiritist' to some purpose. Certain lies have a currency which truth might envy."". Independent, U. S. A.
ANSWERING SEALED LETTERS. The Boston Investigator (the organ of the American Secularists), in its issue of January 15th, contains a letter signed “ Wm. P. Lippincott," detailing certain experiences with Mr. J. V. Mansfield, the well-known medium of that City. Mr. Lippincott, says :
« On the 20th of May last, I wrote the following: My dear wife, Almira F. Lippincott:—If you still have a conscious existence, you probably know how anxious I am to know it, and to know that you are happy; and, to test it, I will send this to some medium, after keeping it awhile, and I wish you to tell me, through that medium, who Rachel Cary was, and in what way you protected her and her children, years ago, in Philadelphia, in time of danger.'
“ This, with a few other unimportant words, was written on a piece of yellowish-brown paper, five by six inches square, and folded into a square of one and a half inches, which made it twelve folds thick, and four half-folds besides. This was then folded in the same kind of paper, and glued all over-not pasted, but glued with such glue as cabinet makers use. Then another covering of paper was put on the fresh, soft glue, and then another, and another, until the written note was within seven thicknesses of paper, all compactly glued together. When the fourth course was on, it was sewed all round the edge with a needle and black thread, and on each stitch what sailors call a'marlin hitch' was taken ; this was likewise all glued over, and the number of stitches counted and noted. Then, when thus finished, it was submitted to the inspection of another person, and he took pen
and ink and made crosses over the finishing lapping edges of the paper. The package was then two inches by two and a quarter inches square, and about three-eighths of an inch thick.
“ On the 5th of September, this glued note was mailed to J. V. Mansfield. In the course of a few weeks it was returned, without having been opened. That it had not been opened, I am as certain as that I am now writing to you. The man was sent for to whom it was submitted before being sent off; he found his crosses all right, and was satisfied it had not been opened. And then, in his presence and that of my family, it
was opened; cut open, as the only way we knew of getting it open; and then, for the first time, others beside myself, saw and knew what I had written; no man, woman or child knew it before, except myself.
“ To guard against the objection that might arise, that I had fabricated a case to suit the answer, another note was written, stating how and from what Rachel was protected. This note was also securely glued up, and put in the possession of the man above alluded to, and was a secret to all but myself after the first note was opened and read.
“ The glued note returned by Mansfield was accompanied with an answer, from which the following is an extract:
You wish to know, as near as I can magnetize your query, who it was that I protected from violence, or the strong arm of the then law, years ago in the Quaker city. Well, as near as I can recollect, it was R. Cary.
“ (And signed,) Almira F. Lippincott.”
TRUE FAITH. One evening, we are told, after a weary march through the desert, Mahomet was camping with his followers, and overheard one of them
say, “I will loose my camel and commit it to God;" on which Mahomet spoke, “Friend, tie thy camel and commit to God.”
SPIRITUALISM IN NOTTINGHAM. We understand that the Spiritualists in this town have a small hall capable of holding about 150 persons; that they hold on an average three weekly meetings, to which the public are admitted, the attendance being so great as to necessitate the sending away, for want of room, many inquirers. In addition to the public meetings, six or eight private circles are also held.
BRITISII ASSOCIATION OF PROGRESSIVE SPIRITUALISTS.
At the Fourth Annual Convention of the above Society held in Cambridge Hall, Newman Street, London, on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd June, Mr. Robert Cooper took the chair, and delivered an address. The hon. secretary, Mr. Green, read the Report for the past year. It referred to the efforts made to carry out the recommendations offered at last Convention in respect to lectures, mediums, and correspondents, and the promotion of Children's Lyceums, and to the progress of some of the Societies of Spiritualists in the larger towns; of these, some had thirty to forty members, and from three to thirty mediums connected with them. The secretary had received upwards of 1,900 letters from persons in all
classes of society, and had distributed a considerable amount of Spiritualist literature. The report was unanimously adopted. Mr. Harper read the financial statement for the past year, which showed a slight balance due to the treasurer.
Members of the Convention reported the progress of Spiritualism in their several localities, and Signor Damiani gave a report of the progress of Spiritualism in Italy and in France.
Mr. Green read a paper by Mr. Etchells “On the Occult Forces ;" Mrs. Spear read a paper on “Spiritual Culture;” Mr. Harper read a paper on “The Embryology of the Human Spirit;" and also read a paper from Mr. Hopewell, of Nottingham, on the Children's Lyceum there; and Mr. Burns illustrated the same subject from personal observation. The President, Mr. Spear, Mrs. Spear, and Mr. Burns, were appointed a committee to obtain and circulate information as to the best means for promoting and conducting Children's Lyceums.
The reading of the various papers was followed by discussion. A long discussion also took place on the subject of Organization, but without leading to any definite resolution. The Convention was informed by Mr. Tebb that some friends were making an effort to establish a Spiritual Institute and Publishing House in London.
The following Resolutions were adopted by the Conventions
* Whereas this Association learns that the Fourth National Convention of Spiritualists, held in Cleveland, Ohio, September, 1867, passed the following resolution, viz. :-Resolved, that this Convention hail with satisfaction the progress of Spiritualism throughout the world, and recommend the appointment of a committee at this time, whose duty it shall be to correspond with the leading friends of progress and Spiritualism in Europe, with a view to co-operation in the work of promoting an international circulation of the literature of Spiritualism, and to encourage missionary labours, and to correspond with eminent Spiritualists abroad in reference to a World's Convention, to be held in London in 1868: J. M. Spear, H. T. Childs, M.D., and Col. D. M. Fox, were appointed by the chair;'—therefore resolved, that this Association heartily responds to the excellent sentiments and noble purposes expressed in the above resolution; and our worthy President and Mr. J. M. Spear are now requested to co-operate with the above-named American Committee in calling a World's Conference, and in such other labours as shall, in their judgment, aid in the extension of our beloved faith,
“That while this Association looks with favour upon all movements that tend to elevate and improve mankind, it takes special interest in the efforts now being made in this kingdom and in other countries in behalf of women.
“That the next Convention of this Association be held at such time and place as the Central Committee shall determine, and that reasonable notice of the same be given through the Spiritual publications of the kingdom."
Thanks were also voted to honorary lecturers for their services during the
Mr. COGIN, W