Morning Oregonian. (Portland, Or.) 1861-1937, November 06, 1922, Page 12, Image 12

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Brilliant Lights Held Part of
Medium's Power.
Strange and Familiar Faces Ma
terialized, One Angelic Fig
ure Hardly Describablc.
Our American Adventure, by Sir Arthur
Conan Doyle.
(Copyright by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle,
lor the United States and Great
llrilain. Released by North American
Newspaper Alliance.)
ARTICLE IX (Continued)
Neither Keedick, my manager, nor
Widdecombe, our guide, had seen
psychic phenomena, though both had
been so mixed up with Sir Oliver
;uid with myself. I was glad there
fore, when Miss Bessinet extended
;in invitation to them to be present.
The other .sitters were Mr. Roche, a
very levelheaded, middle-aged jour
nalist, who had closely watched the
medium's development for some
years, and three or four members ot
her usual circle, who by their sym
pathy might counteract the some
what neutral vibrations o the new
comers. The seance was a very remark
able one and absolutely convincing
to all who were present. Brilliant
lights are part of the medium's
power and even before she had sunk
into trance they were flying up in
graceful curves as high as the ceil
ing and circling back upon us. One
nearly rested upon by hand. It
seemed to be a cold light and its
nature has never been determined,
bt perhaps the cold vital light of
the firefly may be an analogy. The
gramophone was then started to
give vibrations and presently a very
beautiful whistling mixed with the
music. I asked it to stop and then
to -continue, so as to be sure that
it was not itself a gramophone rec
ord. In each case it obeyed.
Powerful Voice Heard.
A powerful male voice then sang
two songs with a vigor and charm
which would be worth a handsome
salary in the halls. This person
explained that he was an American
soldier, Dan, who had died in the
Philippines. Several times, Mr.
lloche tells me, he had materialized
and .stood, visible to the waist, sal
uting in military fashion. A beauti
ful tambourine accompaniment to
the gramophone followed, said to be
from Lenore, a Spanish dancer, who
has also repeatedly shown herself.
Sentimental songs in a strong fe
male ctntralto followed. The ma
terialized lips and cheeks have been
touched by Dr. Pyle, the family
physician, and others quite separate
from the medium, but it is found
that a sympathetic movement oc
curs in the medium's own organs,
which can, however, be muffled in
cloth without in any Way affecting
the sound. The intelligence ex
plained this by saying: "The me
lium's throat and organs are used,
but she does not do the whistling
and singing. "VVe use her and build
up from her" a somewhat enig
matic saying in our present know
ledge. This varied entertainment was
presided over by a very gutteral and
laconic Indian, Black Cloud, who oc
casionally shoots' out an order, and
it is enlivened by a small girlish
spirit, named Pansy, with a squeaky
childish voice, who moves about,
makes remarks, and in spite of the
dark reproves you at once if you
yawn. She is not in sympathy with
the silent Indian and is inclined to
be pert, for when he said "Squaws
talk too much." she answered, "Some
chiefs talk ' too much sometimes,"
which elicited a grunt of contempt.
Angelic Pace Glimpsed.
Then the faces began. They glim
mer up out of the darkness, a glow
comes beside them, and then they
vanish. Our first one, seen equally
by both of us, was a truly angelic
female face, so pure and sweet that
no great master has- ever painted
uch a Madonna. It had the psychic
arch over the brow. Then came oth
ers with a certain suggestion of
various friends on the other side,
but none so clear that I could posi
tively swear to it. Captain Widde
combe bad the same experience,
many faces but none surely recog
nizable. Mr. Keedick was more for
tunate. I suddenly heard him cry
with the gasping note of extreme
surprise and emotion "Shackleton!"
The great explorer, who had been
an intimate friend, had suddenly
appeared with his face as clear as
life and within a few inches of his
own. Those who know Mr. Keedick
will be aware that he is a strong
nerved practical man, and the very
last to imagine such an incident.
At the end of the seance a con
siderable apparition was built up be
fore us representing a woman down
to her waist, with drapery over her
head, the whole forming an absolute
copy of the Katie King-photograph
which I am in the habit of showing
in my lecture. My wife cried out, "It
is the same face, the same dress, the
same arapery it is Katie King
Three loud raps in or on the table at
once assented. A moment later an
elderly man, with very well marked
nose, appeared before me, and Mr.
Keedick also saw him. Mr. Keedick
described nim as having: an imoeria.!
but the lower part of the face was
vague as 1 saw it. it was certainly
very like Sir William Crookes, who
nugnt be expected to manifest in
connection with Katie King, but I
couia not absolutely affirm it.
as.atie King was, of course, the
materialized spirit who for two
years manitested in Crookes' own
study in Mornington Road in 1872
1S73, as detailed by him in the Quar
terly Journal of Science. It is one
of the misfortunes and reproaches
or spiritualism that such valuable
-viterary and evidential documents as
CSjookes own account of this all
important episodfe should get out of
print ana be inaccessible. An Amer
ican publisher, Doran, has now con
sented to republish it on condition
that I write a preface, which I have
promised, though I am ashamed of
the number of prefaces to psychic
dooks wnicn x nave already turned
(To Be Continued.)
Scientists Quoted as Doubting Sound
ness of Darwin's Conclusions. .
SALEM, Or., Nov. 2. (To the Edi
itor.) Mr. Fred F. Hughes, in a
communication to The Oregonian,
wishes the state to pass a law mak
ing it compulsory to inculcate the
principles of evolution in the minds
of the students of the public schools.
"It -is a recognized and scientific
ally demonstrated truth," says Mr.
Hughes, "that the world we live in
was formed hundreds of millions of
years ago by great natural forces
and that man has evolved the lowest
forms of lite and has inhabited the
earth, as man, probably 100.000,000
That paragraph sounds very l'ke
some o the doctrines propounded
by H. G. Wells in his "Outline of
History." Mr. Wells himself de
clares the Azoic age occurred SO to
800 millions of years ago he does
not know which. Seven hundred
and twenty millions of years means
absolutely nothing, of course, to
Mr. Wells.
But to return to Mr. Hughes'
statement that man has evolved from
the very lowest forms of life is cer
tainly not "a recognized and scien
tifically demonstrated truth." It has
never been demonstrated or proved.
That man. evolved from the very
lowest form of life was advanced as
a hypothesis and still remains one
"These great fundamental truths" of
which Mr. Hughes of Hillsboro
speaks are not truths at all. They
are mere theories, which have now
been entirely discarded.
Professor Bateson, a very distin
guished man of science, and the
president of the British Association
for the Advancement of Science, has
this to say of evolution: "We go to
Darwin for his incomparable collec
tion of facts. We would fain emu
late his scholarship, his width and
his power of exposition, but to us
ne speaRS no more wnn pnnosupn;i
authority. We read his scheme of
evolution as we would those of Lu
cretius or Lamarck, delighting in
their simplicity and courage."
This certainly is condescending
praise, amounting- almost to con
tempt. At the recent meeting of the
American association in Toronto,
Professor Bateson delivered another
lecture on this subject which was
widely copied in our papers.
Another eminent biologist and
Pathologists to Attend.
LEGE, Corvallis, Nov. 5. (Special.)
Six members of the forest patho
logical bureau of Washington, D. C.
will attend the white pine blister
rust conference in Portland, Novenv
bcr 22 and 23, according to a letter
from A. B. Graham, state relations
service, at Washington, to H. P.
Barss, chief in botany and plant
pathology at the college. The pa
thologists will be E. P. Meinecke,
Dr. J. S. Boyce, Dr. Leigh H. Pen
nington. Professor Ellsworth Bethel
Harry G. Lechmund and Dr. Haven
philosopher, Professor Driesch, says:
"Darwrnism attempts to explain
how, by throwing stones, one could
build houses of a typical style."
Dr. Virchow, the distinguished
German - pathologist, at the scien
tific congresses of Munich and Mos
cow, of which he was president, de
clared: "We cannot teach, we can
not pronounce it to be a conquest bf
science that man descends from, the
ape or from any other animal. On
the question of the origin of man we
arj beaten all along the line. All
researches undertaken to find a pro-g-essive
development have been
without result no man monkey is
found. In vain have Darwin and his
adherents sought the link, which
should connect man with the ape.
All these illusions have vanished;
hence 'n our day no scientific man
worthy of respect dares any longer
to speak of a beastly origin of man
kind on the basis of fact."
In 1911 the famous American man
of science, the late Professor
Dwight, said: "Darwinism is fast
losing caste among men of science."
In recognition of the work of
these distinguished men leaders in
their field it would seem presump
tious on our part to disregard their
teachings. L. J. SMITH.
Masons Not Planning to Eliminate
Private and Seetnrian Colleges. j
PORTLAND, Or., Nov. 5. (To the
Eidtor.) Permit us to have space
for a brief reply to some erroneous
statements in the communication of
Charles B. Moores in The Oregonian
concerning the public school bill.
Mr. Moores says that "proponents
of the bill are now frankly declar
ing that the pending bill is but the
first step' and that the elimination
of Reed college. Willamette and the
colleges at Forest Grove, Newberg,
McMinnville, Philomath and Albany
will follow as a logical sequence."
Unequivocally we denounce this
statement as false in every syllable.
Proponents of the school bill are
Scottish Rite masons, working
through this committee. These pro
ponents have not said or intimated
or suggested to Mr. Moores or any
body else at any time that elimina
tion of the colleges named or any
others would be sought. Proponents
of this bill would contest with all
the vigor of which they are capable
any such proposal, and it is their
opinion that the supreme council,
A. & A. Scottish Rite for the south
ern jurisdiction likewise would op
pose the slightest interference with
colleges or any schools above the
grammar grades.
It is the purpose of proponents of
this bill to foster a measure which
will insure the teaching of all chil
dren of grammar school age the
rudiments of Americanism. Its pur
pose does not go beyond that.
Mr. Moores further says that "the
most representative ministers and
laymen of the Episcopal, Methodist,
-resDyierian, congregational and
other churohes are openly fight
ing it." Another bald misstatement
of the facts. Many of the most in
fluential of the ministers and lay
men referred to are supporting and
working for the bill.
Pierce Schemeto Throw Bankrupt
Concern Into Politics Is Resented.
PORTLAND, Nov. 5. (To the Edi
tor.) In a meeting last night at
Lents Walter M. Pierce, candidate
for governor, advocated having the
attorney-general handle the liquida
tion of the State Bank of Portland
and other insolvent banks through
out the state.
There are at least nine national
or state banks in Oregon today that
have failed and are bejng liquidated.
They are located as follows: Jack
sonville. Lafayette, Wheeler, Bay
City, Portland, Klamath Falls, The
Dalles, Prineville and two at Vale.
To adopt the proposed plan would
either mean six or eight new as
sistants to the attorney-general or
a large expense for traveling. It
has always been the law that the
expense of liquidating a bank is
paid out of the assets of the bank
the same as the expense of liquidat
ing any other insolvent business is
paid out of the assets. Why load
the taxpayers with the expense of
a lot of new officers?
We, the undersigned depositors'
committee, appointed at a largely
attended meeting of the savings
depositors of the State bank, object
to having the liquidation of the
State bank thrown into politics.
The bank liquidation is being car
ried on vigorously, but with great
economy. The interest collected
today is more than $15,000 in excess
of the expense of liquidation, and
nearly $1,000,000 has been collected
to date. The stockholders' liability
is being collected with gratifying
At a largely attended, meeting of
depositors held at the central library
recently, a full report of the liquida
tion was submitted and carefully
considered, and then a resolution
was adopted thanking the superin
tendent of banks and his attorneys
for the vigorous and effective meth
ods adopted in the liquidation and
the great economy shown.
We do not want the business of
liquidating the State bank put into
politics. We do not want some office
seeking lawyer whose only recom
mendation is that he will work
cheap put in charge of our busi
ness. This liquidation involves
nearly J3, 000,000. We want it han
dled by competent men. We do not
want cheap men. We need and want
the best and are willing that they
be paid a reasonable amount for
good work.
Do not get this liquidation into
politics and into the hands of po
litical lawyers. We need and want
the services of the present lawyers.
We want a continuation of the good
work that is being done.
JOHN W. KASTE, Attorney.
For the 7500 savings depositors of
the State Bank of Portland.
Board on Record in Favor of Outside
Week Day Instruction.
PORTLAND, Nov. 4 (To the Edi
tor.) In your reply to a "Loyal
American," you state "The Orego
nian does not know whether the
Portland school board now has a
rule permitting the child to be taken
away for a reasonable time for re
ligious instruction. It has not in
quired. What has the school board
to do with the religious instruction
of a child? Why should religious in
struction be within the school
board's discretion and not the par
ents?" In February1921, the school board
unanimously adopted a resolution
presented by the writer, a member,
as follows:
Resolved, That the board of directors
or school district No. 1 regard with sym
pamy any well considered movement
ns tor its purpose the religious in
struction of the children attending the
public schools of this district, and will
iena us co-operation to tne religious de
nominations of this district for this pur
Schools for week day religious in
struction which children from the
public schools are permitted to at
tend, now exist In this city and in
many others throughout the Un'ted
States where they have not only
come into being but are steadily
growing in strength and value.
The writer has before him an edi
torial which appeared in The Ore
gonian at the time the resolution
aoove reterrea to was passed, in
dorsing the whole plan and your
news columns have from time to
time carried information along the
same lines.
In the writer's belief, there is not
a school district or school board in
the United States which would re
fuse to accord to parent and guar
dian the right and privilege set
Torth in the above named resolution.
Religious instruction in the writ
er's judgment, as well as in that of
thousands of parents, is just as im
portant as algebra or grammar, and
there is no need or occasion to in
fringe upon the child's recreation
hours for the purpose of carrying on
this, instruction.
When the heat and fury shown by
those who are opposing the school
bill shall have abated, no matter
whether the measure succeeds at
this election or not, the people of
this state and nation will surely
come to the just conclusion that the
safety of our nation, its ideals and
standards of government truly rest
upon and in our common schools and
the attendance of every normal child
through the character forming pe
riod of its life.
, Director.
The Oregonian has expressed no
opposition to the resolution. It be
lieves it is a good thing. But as it
attempted to make plain before, the
life of the rule, if there is one, is
within the discretion of the school
board. If a monopoly be given the
public schools, the discretion of the
board entirely supersedes that of the
parent. What Mr. Woodward or
any other individual believes would
be the attitude of school boards is
of small assurance.
Influential Men in Congress Are
Those of Long Experience.
PORTLAND, Nov. 5. (To the Edi
tor.) If I live to vote next Tues
day I will have been a republican
voter for 50 years 31 years in the
state of Maine, three years in the
state of Washington, and 16 years
in Portland, Or. For many years I
was a member, part of the time
chairman, of the republican county
committee of Kennebec county, the
capital county of Maine.
I think I can say advisedly that
the great prestige and influence
of Maine's representation in con
gress was due to the renomination
and re-election to congress of men
of tried ability and standing behind
them as good citizens to the limit.
Our Oregon delegation is able
men, who are upholding the best
traditions of our state. We of the
third congressional district have our
Honorable C. N. McArthur. I have
voted for him continually. I have
vatched his course with great inter
est. He is consistent, courageous
and a fighter for what he consid
ers right, irrespective of what ef
fect it may have on his political
future, and has worked faithfully
and successfully -for the best inter
est of his constituents, continually
growing in the estimation of his
colleagues and Influence in con
gress. Such a man deserves the sup
port of all thinking men in these
times of "isms" and befogged is
sues conjured up to defeat him.
Voters of the third district stand
by your representative. Return him
to congress and your reward will
be increased national prestige of
your state. CHARLES B. WOOD.
253 East Fifteenth street.
Correspondent Accused of Falsifying.
PORTLAND, Or., Nov. 5. To the
Editor.) In today's (Sunday) issue
of The Oregonian there appears on
Page 9, section 4, a communication
signed "Independent Voter," iu
which he says: "Catholics teach....
that the priests can committ no
sin." Again. "Independent Voter"
reiterates: "The pope and his fol
lowers say that a priest cannot
commit sin."
I respectfully protest against this
scurrilous iie. I am a. Catholic and
I surely am in a position to know
the truth in this matter. In fact,
"Independent Voter" must have been
brought up in some backwoods or
frost-bitten "pumpkin" or he would
never have subscribed to such a
monstrous lie. Or is "Independent
Voter" acting the part of a vile and
wilful deceiver?
344 Pifth street.
Owners ot Burned Steamship.
PORTLAND, Nov. 3. (To the Ed
itor.) 1. What is present popula
tion of Portland? 2. Who for-
For winter driving, change to "Red
Crown" quick-starting gasoline and
stick to it.
f 'Red Crown" vaporizes rapidly, even
at zero temperatures. It is the quickest-starting
motor fuel on the market.
You'll notice the difference imme
diately in the increased power and
flexibility of your engine running on
"Red Crown." It delivers 100 pow
er instantly in the coldest, weather.
Play safe. Fill at the Red Crown sign,
at service stations, garages and other
Zerolene good cold-test
oils flow freely and lubri
cate perfectly in zero
weather prated the
bearings increase the
power and flexibility of
your engine.
merly owned and who owns the
steamer that was burned at sea, the
City of Honolulu? A. READER.
1. 258,288 (1920 census).
2. The City of Honolulu was orig
inally the German passenger liner
Friederich der Grosse, built in 1S96.
She was interned in 1914, and when
the United States entered the war
was renamed the Huron and used
as a transport. After the war she
was taken over by the Los Angeles
Steamship company and named the
City of Honolulu.
The Oregonian publishes practi
cally all of the want ads printed in
the other three Portland papers, in
addition to thousands of exclusive
advertisements not printed in any
ther local paper.
S. & H. green stamps for cash.
Holman Fuel Co.. coal and wood.
Brondway 6353 B60-S1. Adv.
An educator and lecturer of broad expert-,
ence and unusual ability a powerful and
convincing speaker who knows his subject
Will Speak for the
Compulsory Education Bill'
Scottish Rite Cathedral 2 P. M
(Paid Advertisement)
Circuit Judge
Dept. No. 6
"An attorney
of clean rec
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practice and
high stand
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type of man
who ought to
make a fine
Oregon Voter.
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