Mystic London; Or, Phases of Occult Life in the Metropolis

Tinsley Brothers, 1875 - 406 páginas

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Página 10 - Poor naked wretches, wheresoe'er you are, That bide the pelting of this pitiless storm, How shall your houseless heads and unfed sides, Your loop'd and window'd raggedness, defend you From seasons such as these ? O, I have ta'en Too little care of this ! Take physic, pomp ; Expose thyself to feel what wretches feel, That thou mayst shake the superflux to them, And show the heavens more just.
Página 389 - If any body would endow me with the faculty of listening to the chatter of old women and curates in the nearest cathedral town, I should decline the privilege, having better things to do. " And if the folk in the spiritual world do not talk more wisely and sensibly than their friends report them to do, I put them in the same category. , " The only good that I can see in a demonstration of the truth of ' Spiritualism ' is to furnish an additional argument against suicide. Better live a crossing-sweeper...
Página 237 - You see the ways the fisherman doth take To catch the fish ; what engines doth he make ? Behold ! how he engageth all his wits ; Also his snares, lines, angles, hooks, and nets...
Página 184 - And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; and the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
Página 381 - I have both seen and heard, in a manner which would make unbelief impossible, things called spiritual, which cannot be taken by a rational being to be capable of explanation by imposture, coincidence, or mistake. So far I feel the ground firm under me...
Página 389 - Society to co-operate with a committee for the investigation of ' spiritualism ;' and for two reasons. In the first place, I have no time for such an inquiry, which would involve much trouble and (unless it were unlike all inquiries of that kind I have known) much annoyance. In the second place, I take no interest in the subject. The only case of
Página 387 - that no Minister without the license of the Bishop of the Diocese shall attempt, upon any pretence whatever, either of possession or obsession, by fasting and prayer, to cast out any devil or devils, under pain of the imputation of imposture or cosenage, and deposition from the ministry," Bucknill (Mad Folk, 323), quoted by Fumess.
Página 389 - I take no interest in the subject. The only case of "Spiritualism" I have had the opportunity of examining into for myself, was as gross an imposture as ever came under my notice.
Página 391 - In presenting their report, your committee, taking into consideration the high character and great intelligence of many of the witnesses to the more extraordinary facts, the extent to which their testimony is supported by the reports of the sub-committees, and the absence of any proof of imposture or delusion as regards a large portion of the phenomena; and, further, having regard to the exceptional character of the phenomena, the large number of persons in every grade of society, and over the whole...
Página 395 - THEORIES TO ACCOUNT FOR THE PHENOMENA OBSERVED. First Theory. — The phenomena are all the results of tricks, clever mechanical arrangements, or legerdemain ; the mediums are impostors, and the rest of the company fools. It is obvious that this theory can only account for a very small proportion of the facts observed. I am willing to admit that some so-called mediums of whom the public have heard much are arrant impostors who have taken advantage of the public demand for spiritualistic excitement...

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