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Tingley 1899 US Crusade

Tingley 1899 US Crusade

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TINGLEY'S 1899 U.S. CRUSADE
(from
Universal Brotherhood 
magazine, July-Sept., 1899)CRUSADE NOTES.The Congress of the Universal Brotherhood at Point Loma wascontinued at the International Brotherhood League Colony until May5. Before leaving an itinerary was arranged by which the Leader andparty would visit the Lodges in California and the Northwest andmany others on their journey across the continent to New York. Withour Leader were E. A. Neresheimer, Chairman of the Cabinet of theU. B.; F. M. Pierce, Secretary General; H. T. Patterson,Superintendent of the International Brotherhood League; Iverson L.Harris, of Macon, Ga., Superintendent of the I. B. L. Colonies; ClarkThurston, of Providence, R. I.; Mrs. Richmond Green, of Easthampton, Mass.; W. T. Hanson, of Macon, Ga.; Mrs. Alice L.Cleather and Basil Crump, of London, England.SAN DIEGO.The first meeting was held in San Diego, in the Fisher OperaHouse, and was attended by a large and sympathetic audience. The
San Diego Union
gave an excellent report, from which the followingextracts are taken:The first speaker was Mr. E. Aug. Neresheimer, President of theTheosophical Society in America, whose remarks were business-likeand to the point. The same, however, can be said of all the other addresses, for all the representatives of the Brotherhood who haveappeared in public here and at Point Loma are endowed with unusualintellectuality, and their statements have been received with theclosest attention. In the course of Mr. Neresheimer's address hesaid:"There is a universal belief among all people that there is anunderlying principle upon which we all exist, and a sympathy betweenall men. This principle, although inculcated in every religion -Mohammedan, Brahmin, Buddhist, and all the others - has not beenpracticed. There never has been such distress among mankind as atthe present time. It was for the alleviation of this condition that theBrotherhood Organization was founded. We have a great army of people who are members of various sects of religion. Most of themare sound-headed business men who conduct the Organization on a
 
business basis and different from any other organization having thesalvation of mankind as a ground-work. No officer is paid a salary."Mr. Iverson L. Harris said in part:"The time has arrived in the history of the human race whensomething different must be done for the benefit of the human family.For that reason the recent Congress was held - it was held to presenta living picture of what might be. It was something unique."Mr. Basil Crump then spoke briefly, but none the lessinterestingly, upon the philosophy of life and its influence upon theyoung men and women of today. He referred to the custom "so longprevalent in England of keeping the young men and women strictlyseparate from each other in schools and society," "that men andwomen, to be helpful to each other, must not be educated separately.The moral standard, as well as the intellectual and spiritual, is raisedby the association of the sexes in education." He spoke of the drama"as a potent factor in educating mankind" - not the average drama of today, but as presented by the enlightened ancients, and as shownby a study of Wagner's methods. "In Greece the drama, dictated tothe people, not the people to the drama.'"Mr. W. L. Hanson, also of Macon, Ga., Secretary and Treasurer of the International Brotherhood League Colonies, said:"The real essence of religion and philosophy is common sense.The eternal welfare of man is the basis of action. Man should donothing mean or small, not because life is too short, but because lifeis so long. He should develop all sides of his being, and harmony willfollow as a part of his every-day existence."Mrs. E. C. Mayer, President of the Isis League of Music andDrama and Superintendent of the Lotus work, followed on the oldadage, "Know thyself," saying:"It has a simple sounding, but it suggests the most complexproblem. How many of you would live your lives over again along thesame paths, the same old weary way? And yet you are teaching your children to tread the same paths. In the Lotus work we are teachingthe children the immortality of the soul, the power of thought, and of self-restraint, or the power of silence, to look within, and not without,for knowledge."Mrs. Tingley, who was the last to speak, impressed theaudience by her intellectuality and the deep sincerity of her words.She cleared up much of the mystery that has prevailed concerningthe School for the Revival of the Lost Mysteries of Antiquity, by
 
remarking that the natural and sensible education of children is one of the mysteries to be solved in the School. From the very early life of the child up to the age of 12 or 15 the love of Nature is to be instilledin the receptive mind. Mrs. Tingley said that in all parts of the worldparents were waiting for the establishment of the School, evenMohammedans, Buddhists and Brahmins having taken a deepinterest in the institution.LOS ANGELES AND PASADENA.AN INTERESTING LETTER.The next place on the route was Los Angeles, where fivemeetings were held, all well attended and most successful. The newfeatures introduced in the meetings aroused the greatest amount of interest not only among members but the public generally. After LosAngeles came Pasadena, which is close by the former place. It washere that greater enthusiasm was aroused than almost anywherealong the route, the members' meeting, at which many of the LosAngeles members were also present, being particularly forceful.Brother A.M. Smith, President of the Chicago Lodge U. B.. writes asfollows:The importance of the meetings held at Los Angeles and atPasadena seemed to me to rank with that of the entire Congress andto be a distinct onward step, not possible yet to take at the time of theCongress. Indeed the whole time from the opening of the Congressto that date seemed a succession almost daily of great and importantevents transpiring, which in themselves constituted great strides inthe movement, each step so immense as to require all the inspirationof the past to interpret and even begin to comprehend its immensityand prepare for the next. You must have felt it and been taking thesestrides with us, even though not present. The onward march of themovement sweeping with wonderful and irresistible sweep and forcewas what impressed me, and the events so wonderful in themselvesnow transpiring indicating the challenge and the banner now thrownout to the world. Best regards. Ever yours,Alpheus M. SmithGREAT INTEREST IN SAN FRANCISCO.In San Francisco five days were spent. It was at first intendedto hold but one public meeting, but the rush was so great that otherswere immediately arranged for, and on the following evening an

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