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THE DAILY COOS BAY TIMES, MARSHFLED, OREGON, SUNDAY. SEPTEMBER 8, 1907.
HAVE LIVED IN OTHER AGES
Cambridge Professor Claims People Existed Before Form
ation of Present Bodies
Professor J. Ellis McTaggart of
Cambridge university, England, says
"wo have all lived on earth before and
are all going to live on earth again.
Prof. Taggart thinks there Is much
boter chance of proving Immortality
with the addition of pre-existence
than without it. There are two ways
in which a proof of immortality may
b'p attempted. Tho first he calles the
directly metaphysical way. Wo may
attempt to show that the nature of
man is such that he cannot cease to
exist while the universe continues to
exist; or that his nature is eternal
and that an eternal naturo cannot
have an end in time; or pursue somo
similar lino of thought.
In this caso it seems to him that
Immortality almost necessarily would
stand or fall with tho theory of pre
cxistence. lie does not see how exist
ence in future time can be shown to
bo necessary in the acse of any being
whoso existence In past time is ad
mitted not to be necessary. "If the
universe got along without me a hun
dred years ago what reason could be
Elven for denying that it might get
on without me a hundred years
Or, "if my nature is compatible
with its temporal manifestation hav
ing begun at some point of time could
wo find any reason for supposing it to
bo Inconsistent with that nature that
its temporal manifestation should
cease at somo point in time?" His
conclusion then Is that any demon
stration of immortality Is likely to
show that each of us exists through
all time past, as well as future,
whether time bo held to be finite or
Improvement Goes on After Death.
There are many considerations
which tho Cambridge professor finds
strongly to suggest that we existed
before tho formation of our present
bodies. In the first place, even tho
lest men are not whon they die in
such a condition of Intellectual and
moral perfection as would fit them
to enter heaven Immediately, If heav
en is to bo taken as a state of perfec
tion which renders all furthor im
provement unnecessary and impossi
ble. This fact generally Is recognized
and one or two alternatives bommon-,
which can be produced In the course
of a single life. One man seems to
start iwth an impotence to resist
some particular temptation which ex
actly resembles tho impotence which
has been produced in another man
by continued yielding to the same
Benefit by Experience of Previous
One man again through life has a
calm and serene virtue which another
man gains only by years of strepu
ous effort. Others again have in
stinctive powers of Judging nice and
difficult questions of quality, In pic
tures for example, or precious stones,
which place them soon after they
have turned their attention to tho
subject in a position to which less
fortunate men can attain, if at .11,
only by tho experience of years.
A still more striking instance Is
to bo found in personal relations.
Two people who have seen but little
of each other often aro drawn to
gether by a force equal to that which
could be generated only by year? of
mutual trust and mutual assistance.
The significance of this fact Prof.
McTaggart thinks has been much un
derrated. As a rule, the only case
of it 'which Is considered Is the case
when tho attraction Is between people
of different sexes, and the lnexplica
blllty then' hastily Is adjudged to be
duo tho irrationality of sexual desire.
Here, then, aro characteristic ties
whicn are born with us, vhich are
not acquit ed In our present lives and
which n- strikingly like character
istics vhich In other cases we know
to be duo to the condensed results
of experience Is it not probable that
the innate characteristics also are due
to tho condensed results of experi
ence, in this case, of expedience in an
earlier life? Thus queries Ellis Mc
Taggart. Without memory of our present
llfo, however, it may be said our fu
ture life would be not ours. We
might as well bo mortal, It is main
tained, as be Immortal without a
memory beyond the present life. To
this tho professor answers that mem
ory chiefly is of value in our lives in
three ways. In the first place It
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friendly in proportion to the charac
ter of our past relations with the
ly is adopted to meet it. Tho first is makes us wiser. The results which
that somo tremendous Improvement j have been seen and conclusions at
out of proportion to that which can., which wo have arrived are preserved
bo observed in llfo la effected at tho ' in memory, and add to our present
moment of death, at any rato In tho knowledge.
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caso of thoso who die under certain
conditions. For this view Prof. Tag
gart knows no arguments.
Tho other moro probable vlow is
that tho process of gradual improve-
In tho second place It makes us
morally better. Tho memory of a
temptation, whether it has been re
sisted or not, under various clrcum-
stances, may help us in resisting p res
ilient can go on in each of us after th
death of our present bodies. If wo
adopt this vlow ho finds It only rea
sonable to tako one more step, and
to hold that this life will bo followed
by other lives like it, each separated
from its predecesor and its successor
by death and rebirth. For otherwise
wo should bo limited to tho hypothe
sis that a process begun In a slnglo
short earthly llfo thon should bo con
tinued In ouo Indefinitely long life
not divided by death and birth at all.
And to suppose without any reason
such a,siulden change from the order
of our presout experience seems un
justifiable. Single Lifetime Always Incomplete.
Our lives, too, tho professor finds
to bo not only Incomplete In their re
sults but fragmentary in their naturo.
All continually find that a process is
cut short by death, that one life holds
a fault without retribution, a prepar
ation without an achievement, wliilo
In other cases, where tho llfo has
lasted lougcr, tho process Is complete
hotwoen birth and doath. The moro
probable conclusion Is that tho pro
cess which Is worked out In an earth
ly llfo in tho one caso will bo worked
out In an earthly llfo In tho other
caso also, oven though death has In
tervened. Such problems as these nover-havo
been put with moro force than by
Browning. Both In "Uabbl Don
Ezra" and in. "Evelyn llopo" ho
out temptation. In tho third place,
It may tell us that people with whom
we aro thrown and now aro related
aro tho people whom we lmvo loved
in the past. And this may enter as
an element In our present love for
Can we be wisor by reason of some
thing which we have forgotten? Un
questionably wo can. Wisdom de
pends primarily on a mind competent
to deal with tacts and to form judg
ments, Tho acquisition of knowledge
and experience may strengthen the
mind. And a man who dies after ac
quiring kuowledgo, and all men ac
quire some, might enter Into his new
lifo deprived indeed of his knowledge
but not doprlved of tho Increased
strength and delicacy of mind which
ho had gained by virtuo of that
knowledge. And if so ho will bo
wisor in the second llfo bicauso of
what has happened in the first. Pro
gress, therefore, has not perished
Virtuo Acquired in Moral Contests.
So, again with virtue. And there
tho point perhaps Is clearer. For it
Is obvious that the memory of moral
vicissitudes Is of no moral value ex
cept In so far ns It helps to form tho
moral character, and that if this is
done, tho momory could bo discarded
without loss. Wo cannot doubt that
a character may remain determined
by an ovent which has been forgot
ten. "I have forgotten tho greater
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Many have undoubtedly remarked
at the apparent slowness in the fin
ishing up of tho Deubner building
on Broadway, now occupied by tho
Taylor Piano House. When it Is
fully understood as to all the details
it will be easily explained.
P. O. McGann & Sons were the
architects and builders. But the
complete designing was tho work of
For instance, the upper floor was
built according to plans suggested
by Mrs. Deubner. It consists of five
rooms, bath room, pantry and closets,
all fiinished In natural woods, ex
cept the parlor, which has the ma
hogany finish. The papering is of
tho very best tends greatly to tho
general beauty. In adition there is
a speaking tube which permits of
free conversation with tho office
floor. With the larso windows and
skylights, makes the rooms light and
Tho lower floor was designed by
Mr. W. C. Deubner and Mr. Taylor,
with the special points in view of
having convenience and beauty, and
no mistako was made. Tho front
room is tho general display room.
To the rear is a separate parlor for
the use of tho better grades of
Pianos, and Is so constructed that no
noise from the other rooms can in
terfere. Above is tho Talking Ma
chine room, designed witli the same
object In vlow. In fast, you can
have two pianos and a talking ma
chine going at the samo time without
interference. On tho same floor is
a lavatory also.
Tho electrical equipment is so ar
ranged that it is not necessary to
leave tho main ofllco to either light
up or put off tho light in any or all
rooms in the building.
To McGann & Sons, contractors,
mucn credit Is duo for the excellence
of tho work and Mr. Deubner is moro
Tho Taylor Piano House has the
building leased for Ave years. Mr.
Doubner Is one of the old resldonts
of the city and deserves much credit
for his enterprise in constructing
such a complete building.
Rntos 5c lino first time, 3o lino
each succeeding insertion
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Large warehouse just completed.
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adopts, at any rato for dramatic pur- number of good and ovll acts which I
poses, the hypothesis of a number of
earthly lives. If a number of oarthly
lives onco is grnutcd it would bo
gratuitous to suppose that this was
tho first of tho laug chain, and slnco
oven tho lowest man Is high nbovo
many living beings, thoro would bo
strong reason for bollovlng that It
was In provious lives that ho had
gained this relative superiority.
Again, ns a man grows up cotrnln
tendencies andqunlltlos inako thoin
solves manifest in him. Thoy cannot
bo duo entirely to his environment,
for thoy often aro dlfferont In people
whoso environment has beon similar. I
Wo call thOBO tho inau'a natural char
acter and nssumo that ho came into
oxlstonco with It. Now, whon wo
look at the natural characters of
men, wo find that they have a great
resemblance to thoso differentiations
lmvo dona iu this life. And yet each
must lmvo loft Its imprint upon my
And so if a man carries over into
his next llfo tho disposition and ten
dencies whlph ho has gained by tho
moral contests of this llfo of value of
thoso contests has not been destroyed
by the death which has destroyed tho
momory of them.
So with love. What is uniquely
valuable, the professor argues, is tho
relatlou to each particular person,
and not tho particular acts and feol
ings hi which that relation is ox
pressed. Much has been forgottoii in
any friendship, but tho friendship Is
sweet and truo and enduring by rea
son of tho accumulated results of
these forgotten episodes. So our re
lations with tho people that wo meet
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