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ments of good taste, allude to the tale she has dictated through this medium. That it is a story of powerful interest, all who read it will confess.
To many minds it will prove that her power is unabated, but every reader will perceive the characteristics of the Bronté family in the tale characteristics which cannot be imitated — which are individualized in that family, and breathe of the lone moor on which they spent their earth life, one of sad struggle of genius against circumstance and destiny.
THE LOCALITY OF THE SPIRIT WORLD, AND ITS MAGNETIC
RELATIONS TO THIS.
How near is the spirit world to earth? is a question often put by the inquiring mind. Some suppose it lies contiguous, just in the suburbs; others imagine the spirit world to be within the atmosphere of this earth; others again set it afar off in a given locality.
The last theory is correct, and the spirit world is really several billions of miles from earth; yet the suppositions are true in a certain sense), for the inhabitants of the spirit world are migratory, and there are many millions of thein living within the earth's atmosphere, drawn thither on errands of pleasure and duty.
But there is a spiritual earth revolving around its spiritual sun, just as this earth revolves around its
It has shape and form like this planet, and is indeed the spiritual body of the earth.
It existed before the creation of man on this globe, and was ready for the reception of the soul or spirit of the first human being who perished on earth. As a spirit's body is constructed from the spiritual emanations of man, so the spiritual globe is formed of the magnetic emanations of the earth. The refined gases which were thrown off during the process of the formation of the material globe which man now inhabits, form the basis of the spirit earth.
Each planet in the vast universe has its correspondent spirit world, and invisible magnetic rays are constantly exchanging between the spirit planet and its earth.
These magnetic currents or rays, like waves of silver light, constantly transmit thoughts from the spirit world to this.
All spirit is matter.
The spirit globe, being primarily composed of gases, in revolving around its central sun ultimates in a substance which is similar to the soil of your earth.
The same system which marks the development of the material world also is displayed in the development of the spiritual world.
Order is God. No spirit world can exist without form, neither can it exist without motion. Motion produces the spheroid, and the rotation of the spheroid produces atmosphere and diversity of surface; all these variations characterize the spirit globe.
When these facts are carefully reflected upon and understood, the majesty of the Creator assumes a magnitude most stupendous.
The astronomer searching through space for undiscovered planets and suns, has failed to fix his telescope upon these spiritual worlds, but the day will come when science will discover their existence.
The spirit world is not an arid desert. As I have said, it has soil. It is not a thin, vaporish flat, without depth or density; and its circumference exceeds that of the earth.
One of the component elements of its soil is magnetism. Its vegetation is of rapid growth and beautiful beyond anything that your planet can display.
As the atmosphere of the spirit world is not so dense as yours, and as the rays of the spiritual sun are not obliged to penetrate through so much cloud and vapor, the colors of all objects are sparkling and beautiful in variety and tone.
The specific gravity of the spirit upon his globe is not so great, comparatively, as that of man in the natural world. He can rise in his native air with little difficulty, and can dart with unerring accuracy upon the magnetic current flowing from the spirit world to the one he once inhabited.
The investigator in searching for the spirit world has but to direct his attention to the north star and his eye will embrace, unwittingly, the locality of that world. The north pole is the great gate which leads to it direct.
The aurora borealis or Northern lights is an electric current which flows from that world to earth, and is sent in through the great gate. The scintillations of these rays are caught up by the clouds and vapors and are repeated in many portions of the globe, and faint rays from them are seen even in this temperate climate.
ADAH ISAACS MENKEN.
HOLD ME NOT.
Up to the zenith mount!
Far into space
Sad, loving face.
Clasp not my garments so,
Love of my soul;
Where tortures roll.
Soil not my angel wing;
Keep not from rest;
Clasped to thy breast?
Hold me not, lover-friend
Earth I would fly;
In the blest sky!
Life brought but woe to me,
Even thy kiss