The Mail (Adelaide, SA : 1912 - 1954), Saturday 20 September 1952, page 26

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In Cloremont (WA) lost week Bishop Muschamp conducted a an a family claimed they had been haunted by a ghost now dead, who formerly owned the house. woman,

special service in a house apparition resembling the

T-HERE have been ?*? stories other in of recent years Australia.
the When Norwegian at ship, Templar berthed crew Newcastle (NSW) members from the bo'sun down complained the ap headless a of parition was in Nazi uniform man the sick bay. haunting

mediums Previously be prosecuted as and vagabonds for conducting seances. could rogues There than 20
are now more

spiritualist

and

psychic research bodies in are Australia. They every spread through
State

and

membership

have of

a

total

thou

Crazy?
Lady Binney,
the former

wife of of Governor Tasmania, said that dur she ing the five years spent at 90-year-old Gov House she had ernment heard a ghost voice call ing in the night many people and Sheer times. fantasy? effect mate the nalisati o n s Before damning stories as ridiculous, con spirits of state sider this reasoned which can ment of Dr. Raynor John be D.Sc (Oxon.). MA son, in graphed, and in some of Master (Lond.), stances, actually touched. Mel College, Queen's Is there any scientific 'EviUniversity: bourne support for spiritualism, apparitions is it that dence or 'mumbo merely is have seen been very jumbo'? Believers strong indeed.' presented Isn't a Dr. Johnson with this challenge pro philosopher. He's list of dreamy duce a undeniably hard-headed atomic brilliant a scientists and physicist! molecular and thinkers of world stand in spiritualism Interest ing who have, this cen the supernatural is and tury, openly supported the cult. rapidly growing in Aus tralia as them are result of the Sir a Among Arthur Conan inflow British big of Doyle (Doctor of Medicine and migrants since the war. famous author). Sir Oli is the world England ver Lodge, D.Sc. (a father stronghold of spiritualism. of wireless), Sir William is There the movement Barrett (Professor of so powerful that it was Physics at Royal College able to force the House of Science, Dublin), his to pass of Commons an wife, Lady Barrett (Dean effect legalising in Act of London School of 'belief in communication Medicine for Women), Sir with the dead.' William Crookes (Presi

sands. is claimed Spiritualism by its practitioners to go step further than or one thodox religion and actu ally prove by mental and Bhysical phenomena that tiere is a spirit world. Mediums to purport place earthlings in voice communication with dead William Crookes (Presi dent of the Royal Society, the Chemical Society, the Institution of Engineers, and discoverer of six ele ments). All these people con ducted scien their own tific before experiments themselves announcing
as

converts.

In ments small

Australia, experi have been on a scale, and few prominent people have ro credence given any

psychic

phenomena.

There however, are, several unique cases. The late Bishop Gerard

Trower,
North
swore
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first west

Bishop

of

Australia,

co this personal experience in the Bishop's

Palace,
,

Broome claimed

(WA).

he woke with one the evening feeling someone was in and the room, called out, 'Who's there?' An apparition stepped into the light cast by the

He

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It was window. a Jewish in full regalia. Rabbi The apparition then dis integrated. A dream or jLjjallu cination? TheVTftghop niither. insisted it was (The Bishop's palace had once been the. home of a Jewish pearl buyer named who Davis, had been lost at sea.) is the There bishop's word for alleged that incident.

garet,
were

14, and Katie, 11, scared by strange rappings. night, Katie One

her said: 'Copy Splitfoot.' A rap came

snapped

fingers that,

and Mr.

snapped
Three

three
raps
were

back. Katie times.
replied.

Spiritualists present, things, as other among proof of their beliefs, the experiments of Sir Wil liam Crookes, Sir William and Lady Barrett, and Sir Corian Doyle. Arthur Those are of Crookes the fascinating of most
all.

Neighbors

this Victorian case been to sworn by people. many The daughter of Mr. Brown, Junor prominent citizen, Melbourne who later Alfred married Victorian Deakin, famous Premier, had two sons by her first marriage Hugh and Frank. The sailing boys went on Port Phillip Bay and Two did not return. days later the family sought the services of a medium. Allegedly the son Hugh 'came through,' and an has

But

which 'yes' a with If the rap. answer was 'no,' there be silence. would A recorded quiz took place along these lines: Are a spirit? Rap. you murdered? Were you to
the
answer was

It was found 'spirit' would questions any

called in. that the
answer

Rap.
this house? Rap. the bedroom? Rap. By trial and error ques tioning the inquiriers to claimed discover the 'spirit's' body had been five years be murdered fore, and had been buried in the cellar.
A In In

He began investigat ing spiritualism to prove it a fraud and pronoun ced it to be genuine, pro ducing before his death in 1919 a series of scienti fic papers the subject. on It must be remembered one was that Crookes of the most distinguished scientists of his time, re ceiving a knighthood and Royal Society gold medals for his work in chemistry He was and physics. also invested with the Order of Merit. His experiments centred a child medium round named Florrie Cook, aged when the investiga tion began This girl, allegedly, had the power to go into a trance. vapor
15,

team
cellar.

of

men

due

up

nounced brother drowned.
a

he and had He added

strange-looking

his been that shark

arm. had taken Frank's later, Weeks a rare, deep-sea shark was caught 27 miles from Melbourne. In it were the arm bones a of man and Frank's wristlet watch. Alfred Deakin was so convinced of this incident as a proof of spiritualism that he became the leader of the movement in Vic

found timbering and under that charcoal, quicklime, and human hair and bones. From that point deve loped modern spiritual ism, attracting to it some of the leading thinkers in the world.

the

They

Ectoplasm

a

The Fox sisters became internationally famous. the sisters were tested by a panel of Ame rican University profes sors. They produced raps to questions. Professors claimed the girls were of capable cracking their knee joints will, as at some people can crack their fingers and toes. Later in life, both girls confessed to having faked
the raps, but In 1851

which to appears stream medium's a from mouth as and which can sume sol form and even idity from come would form her and a girl who called herself Katie King.

Crookes
other who

and

scientific

many observers

questioned

'spirit,' the said she had been 12 old when Charles L years beheaded was and that she had died at the age of 22.

toria.

their when first contact made was with a spirit by a fluke little in the hamlet of near Hydesville. New York, hi 1848. incident has been The A heavily documented. investigation was State into it. made that a facts are Bare Fox moved family named cottage. into a 'haunted' The daughters, Mar 14, and 11,

Spiritualists say movement started

scientists consi her beautiful. She never appeared unless Florrie Cook, the medium, left alone in a bare was

The

dered

room.

Margaret
confession

took
later.

back

her

The
sisters

story
is one

of the Fox obviously a
as it

tangled
on

exists

is a the record and permanent battleground for those for and against spiritualism.

materialising she into the walk where the laboratory scientists stood. She would even appear was though the medium tied to the floor. She 6 in. taller was than the medium, years
older,

After would

far

more

attrac

older, tive,

far

more

attrac different had
were
ears

magician
gist,

had and colored hair. The medium pierced marked.
'spirit's' ears

spent

and escapolo many years

for earrings.

The
un

exposing spiritualists. found of He means doing most of the myste rious things mediums and
their assistants could do. He used a hook on a
secret belt

Katie King: materialised into solid such form that her pulse could be felt and locks cut from her hair, it was claimed. 75. Her pulse rate was That of the
90.

to make tables move manu and factur e d pnotograpns oy
tne

score.
'

medium

was

always
scientist

another and followed Katie King back into the room from which she had come and always found the medium the on alone

Crookes

He was expert at producing spirit writings on slates. His best trick
materia a to make was lised 'spirit' walk up

floor.

The
scientist

word
and

of

a

great

other men many for all this. Yet, tended two men Crookes'

that of vouches who
at

seances,

Volckman Sir and W. both Sitwell, George claimed they had grabbed hold of the 'spirit' and it that was the medium who was sup posed to be in the other

found

room.

insisted the young a clever very minx who had completely tricked a brilliant scien
girl
was tist.

Both

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle visited Australia in 1920-1 on a lecture tour to popularise spirtualism. He broke all lecture at tendance records, draw ing over 50,000 people to 25 meetings. insisted that as a He medical scientist he had sought to debunk spiri tualism, been but had it. captured by He had been many times in voice his with communication own dead son through mediums, he claimed, and had discussed with him things intimate which only he and his son knew about. the famed Houdinl. and

walls and along ceilings in a darkened room. For this he employed two to hand hand balancers, the bottom member of the team jet swathed in being in black, the top one white. Conan Doyle sought to Houdini convert by get ting bis departed mother to speak to him through a medium. Mrs. Houdini. via the medium, gave her boy a regular lecture in Eng lish, a language she had never learned to speak in her lifetime. The American Psychic Research Society says 98 cent, of claims to per false. psychic are power the other 2 per But cent, have the got even scientists baffled.
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