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Merihyr Spiritualists' New Hall. The Merthyr Spiritualist Society has for a long period hold its meetings at different rooms in the town for want of a suitable place of its own; but this deficiency has at length been met and the members have provided themselves with a spacious and comfortably new hall on Tramroadside North, at the rear of the Mor- lais Castle. The building is constructed of cor- rugated iron upon stone foundations, and lined with match-boarding stained and varnished. It is well lighted on three sides, heated by a cen- tral stove, lighted by electricity, and has satis- factory arrangements for ventilation. There is a side room, or vestry, with stairs therefrom leading down to a store .room in the basement, and communicating with a lavatory. The new halJ provides comfortable seating for from 200 to 230 persons, and is very well adapted for the conduct of services or for the holding of en- tertainments. The side room, or vestry, will be available for seances, if that may be found desirable. The opening services were held on Sunday week last when, we are informed, there were large congregations, and some remarkable clairvoyant phenomena were obtained. Last Sunday was to have been a great day with the Society, as arrangements had been made for a visit, by Archdeacon Colley, Rector of Stockton, in Warwickshire, who has publish- ed a number of details of extraordinary per- sonal experiences in occult phenomena. The Archdeacon, it will be remembered, had a fam- ous action against Maskelyne, the well-known exponent of sleight of hand, over an offer to pay £ 1,000 if the conjuror could produce the phenomena described by the Archdeacon. The Archdeacon won his case. He was to have con- ducted the Sunday services, and to have lectured on Monday night upon "Psychic Science," with a number of slides of spiritualistic photographs to illustrate the same. Unfortunately for all concerned, during the week the Archdeacon was prostrated by an attack of appendicitis, from which he was not sufficiently recovered to travel on Saturday, and the result was a great disappointment to tha Merthyr Spiritu- alists and some others who attended on Monday night in anticipation of hearing and seeing something new to them in connection with this subject. Mr. H. W Southey, who had promised to preside, Bad to explain the circumstances under which the lecture could not be given. and Professor Timson, of Leicester, who had conducted the service on Sunday, afterwards gave a lecture on phrenology and the relations of the brain and nervous system to certain oc- cult phenomena-illustrated by a number of lantern views. He also submitted for inspec- tion about twenty photographs belonging to Archdeacon Colley, purporting to be the pho- tos of spiritual personalities. He read also a remarkable letter, of which the original is in the Archdeacon's possession, from Mr. Maske- lyne himself, in which the great conjuror stated that his own performances in imitation of spirit- ualistic phenomena were tricks up to a certain point, but beyond that there was something in them which went beyond his comprehension and control. The spectators thought it was all trick-but he (Mr. Maskelyne) know better. At the close the Chairman expressed a hope that the Archdeacon would experience a. perfect recovery from his illness, and soon be able to fulfil his engagement. Psychic science, in his opinion had long passed the phase of a subject for ridicule, though there were still a vast num- ber of persons who sniffed at it as matter un- worthy of a moment's attention. But that at- titude was being forced to the ground by the earnest and serious investigations made and still being carried on by gentlemen of the highest scientific attainments in Europe and America. Dr. Hewitt, a well-known French investigator, in his work on the subject, re- marked that there was nothing So tremendous as a fact. It was indestructible. There were facts, said the Chairman, beyond estimation attesting to the existence of a force, and an in- telligence directing the force, beyond anything that present physical science could account for. They could not be got rid of by denial. The question was whether they were of such a na- ture as to be worthy of any amount of investi- gation upon critical scientific lines in order to ascertain their real origin and meaning. He thought they were, and that any serious, in- telligent, and sustained efforts to discover the truth were worthy of all. encouragement. Physical science was making new discoveries every day—some of them of so sensational a character, such as wireless television, that he hardly thought that the marvels of spiritualis- tic phenomena could be much more incredible when properly attested. Besides that they contained the kernel of the supreme question for every human being—whether there was a life beyond the present, and whether there was a survival of human personality after the death of the body Votes of thanks to the lecturer and the chairman closed the proceedings. I

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