SOME OPINIONS OF WELL-KNOWN Man is an infinite little copy of God; that is glory enough for man. I am a man, an invisible atom, a drop in the ocean, a grain of sand on the shore. Little as I am, I feel the God in me, because I can also bring forth out of my chaos. I make books, which are creations. I feel in myself that future life; I am like a forest which has been more than once cut down; the new shoots are stronger and livelier than ever.
"I am rising, I know, toward the sky. The sunshine is on my head. The earth gives me its generous sap, but heaven lights me with the reflection of unknown worlds. You say the soul is nothing but the result of bodily powers. Why, then, is my soul more luminous when my bodily powers begin to fail? Winter is on my head and eternal spring in my heart. Then I breathe at this hour the fragrance of the lilacs, the violets and the roses as at twenty years ago. The nearer I approach the end the plainer I hear around me the symphonies of the worlds which invite me.
"It is marvellous, yet simple. It is a fairy tale, and it is historic. For half a century I have been writing my thoughts in prose and verse; history, philosophy, drama, romance, tradition, satire, ode, and song. I have tried all, but I feel I have not said a thousandth part of what is in me. When I go down to the grave, I can say, like many others, I have finished my day's work, but I cannot say I have finished my life. My days will begin again the next morning. The tomb is not a blind alley; it is a thoroughfare. It closes on the twilight to open on the dawn." Victor Hugo.
"For logical, well trained, truth-loving minds, the only security against Spiritism is in hiding or running away.... If Sir Isaac Newton were alive to-day, he would not un likely be a convert to Spiritism; the amount of human testimony in favour of Spiritualistic claims is a millionfold greater than that in favour of the theory of gravity.
"The late Judge Edmonds used to say that he sifted the evidence of spirit manifestations just as he sifted the evidence in cases of law, and in accordance with the same principles, and from the standard of the law books and the universities his position was impregna ble." - Dr. of New York.
"These experiences have convinced her [Mrs. Underwood] as nothing in the orthodox faith held by her ancestors, in which she was educated, had or could, of the truth and reasonableness of the soul's survival of death, and of its progressive existence in immortal spheres beyond this life." - B. F. Under-Wood.
"At a very early stage of the inquiry it was seen that the power producing the phenomena was not merely a blind force, but was asso ciated with and governed by intelligence, some times below that of the medium, frequently in direct opposition to the wishes of the medium, and sometimes of such a character as to lead to the belief that it does not emanate from any person present,"the logical inference being that it emanated from a spirit; for on page 95 he says,"I have observed some cir cumstances which seem exclusively to point to the agency of an outside intelligence not be longing to any human being in the room." Sir Prof. Crookes.
"I do not hesitate to affirm that a careful and dispassionate review of my own experi ments, extending over a period of twenty years, together with the investigation of evi dence supplied to me from trustworthy sources, compels my belief in Spiritualism as a science based solely on facts open to the world,through an extensive system of medium ship, its cardinal truth, established by experi ment, being that of a world of spirits, and the continuity of the existence of the individual spirit through the momentary eclipse of death." "My position, therefore, is that the phenomena of Spiritualism in their entirety do not require confirmation. They are proved, quite as well as any facts are proved in other sciences, and it is not denial or quibbling that can disprove any of them." - Alfred Russel Wallace.
"Having tried the hypothesis of telepathy from the living for several years, and the'spirit'hypothesis also for several years, I have no hesitation in affirming with the most absolute assurance that the spirit-hypothesis is justified by its fruits, and the other hypo thesis is not." Again,"At the present time, I cannot profess to have any doubt that the chief'communicators'to whom I have re ferred in the foregoing pages are veritably the personalities that they claim to be, that they have survived the change we call death, and that they have directly communicated with us whom we call living, through Mrs.
Piper's entranced. organism." - Dr. Richard Hodgson.
"We have already adequate evidence that telepathy does not operate between living and embodied minds alone, but operates also be tween the so-called dead and the living, between discarnate and incarnate souls." - Myers.
"Between deaths and the apparitions of dy ing persons, a connection exists which is not due to chance alone." - Prof. Henry Sidgwick.
Dr. Robert Chambers, of Edinburgh, said: "The names we are able to quote of men ,who have publicly acknowledged their conviction of the reality of the phenomena of modern Spiritualism form only a small portion of those who are really convinced, every Spiritualist knows." In a letter of Dr. Chambers's, addressed to Alfred R. Wallace, February, 1867, he says: "I have for many years known that these phenomena are real, as distinguished from impostures; and it is not of yesterday that I concluded they were calculated to explain much that has been doubtful in the past; and when fully ac cepted they will revolutionise the whole frame of human opinion on many important matters." M. Triers, ex-President of the French Re public, exclaimed: "I am a Spiritualist, and an impassioned one, and I am anxious to confound Materialism in the name of science and good sense." Camille Flammarion, well-known in scientific circles as an astronomer and mem ber of the Academie Francaise, thus testifies to the truth of Spiritualism: "I do not hesi tate to affirm my conviction, based on per sonal examination of the subject, that any scientific man who declares the phenomena denominated magnetic,"somnambulic,'' mediumic,'and others not yet explained by science, to be impossible is one who speaks without knowing what he is talking about; and also any man accustomed, by his pro fessional avocations, to scientific observation - provided that his mind be not biassed by preconceived opinions - may acquire a radi cal and absolute certainty of the reality of the facts alluded to." Serjeant an Assistant Judge of the Middlesex Sessions, President of the Psycho logical Society of Great Britain, getting satin factory proofs of independent writing through a distinguished medium, wrote of it thus August 8, 1876: "I can only say that I was in the full possession of my senses; that I was wide awake; that I was in broad daylight; that the medium was under my observation the whole time, and could not have moved hand or foot without being detected by me.... That these spiritual phenomena oc cur it is vain to dispute." C. F. Varley, the distinguished English electrician, chief engineer to the Electric and International Telegraph Company, assistant in the construction of the Atlantic telegraph, in connection with Sir Michael Faraday and Sir William Thomson the first to demon strate the principles governing the transmis sion of electricity through long deep-sea cables, writing in 1880, said: "Twenty-five years ago I was a hard-headed unbeliever.... Spirit phenomena, however, suddenly and quite unexpectedly were soon after devel oped in my own family.... This led me to inquire and to try numerous experiments in such a way as to preclude, as much as cir cumstances would permit, the possibility of trickery and self-deception.
"That the phenomena occur there is over whelming evidence, and it is too late now to deny their existence. Having experimented with and compared the forces with electricity and magnetism, and after having applied mechanical and mental tests, I entertain no doubt whatever that the manifestations which I have myself examined were not due to the operation of any of the recognised physical laws of nature, and that there has been present on the occasions above-mentioned some in telligence other than that of the medium and observers." Raoul Pictet, Professor in the Genoa University, delivered a lecture May, 1893, in the hall of the University of Liege in Belgium, giving in his adhesion to Spiritualism, saying: "I am constrained to do so by the invincible logic of facts." Dr. Miguel Sans Benito, Professor of Metaphysics in the University of Barcelona, is a devoted Spiritualist. He affirms and publishes that: "Spiritualism is the synthesis of the most important principles and dis coveries of science; and that we may advan tageously study it, with the firm assurance that it will open out new horizons to our in telligence; besides supplying our hearts with a beautiful consolation in those bitter mo ments of our lives which are occasioned by a painful bereavement." M. T. Falconer, Professor in the Techni cal Institute of the Minister of Public Instruc tion at Alessandria, in Piedmont, is an enthusiastic Spiritualist, declaring that the spiritual phenomena afford"the only positive proofs of a future conscious existence." The learned Ochorowicz, Professor in the University of Warsaw, was induced in the latter part of 094 to study the psychic phe nomena under the most rigorous test condi tions of mediums. Having previously studied, he was considered an authority in magnetism and hypnotism - and now he was bound to get at the bottom of what was denominated "Spiritualism." After being fully convinced of its truth he said: "I found I had done a great wrong to men who had proclaimed new truths at the cost of their positions. And now, when I remember that I branded as a fool that fearless investigator Crookes, the inventor of the radiometer, because he had the courage to assert the reality of medium istic phenomena, and to subject them to sci entific tests; and when I also recollect that I used to read his articles upon Spiritualism with the same stupid style as his colleagues in the British Association bestowed upon them, regarding him as crazy, I am ashamed both of myself and others, and I cry from the very bottom of my heart,'Father, I have sinned against the light!" "If any one cares to hear what sort of con viction has been borne in upon my own mind, as a scientific man, by some twenty years'familiarity with those questions which concern us, I am very willing to reply as frankly as I can.
"First, then, I am, for all personal pur poses, convinced of the persistence of human existence beyond bodily death; and though I am unable to justify that belief in a full and complete manner, yet it is a belief which has been produced by scientific evidence; that is, it is based upon facts and experience." Dr. Oliver Lodge, F.R.S., Proceedings, S. P. R., March, 1902.
"As a Christian and a spiritual being I be lieve that communications with the spiritual world are reasonable and to be expected; in deed, that our whole religion reveals it and requires it, and that, as a matter of fact, we practise intercourse with the spiritual world every day of our lives." - Rt. Rev. William H. Moreland, Bishop of Sacramento, Cal., U. S. A.