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Dr Slade, the Spiritualist, a Woman.

About three years ago one of the most famous leaders in the spiritualistic ranks was Slade, the medium and lecturer. He was very daring in his exploits, and became notorious throughout the countryfor his audacity, and the number of peK|< sons whom he drew under his influenced He made a e msiderable amount of money in America ; and in the latter part of 1876 iie went to England, where he continued his career as a medium, and for sometime was a rival of Home, the lucky medium who mairied a rich woman, whom he had taught to believe in spirits. Finally Slade arrested, and was tried in Loudon on the 29th January, 1877, for fraudulently obtaining money by means of the unlawful power he obtained from his occupation as a medium. It was charged that as spiritualism was not a belief sanctioned by law, it was a delusion and a fraud, and that its use to extort money from the credulous was against public policy. The trial brought up the question as to whether .spiritualism was a fraud or not, and thd cases, which became the talk of the day, gave Slade a world wide reputation. He was found guilty of fraudulent practices and sentenced to three months’ hard'labor, but bis sentence was afterwards quashed on some technical ground. Slade came to Australia, and then returned to San Francisco. A few days after the steamship arrived a conversation was'overheard between the ship doctor and an intimate friend of his, in which the startling statement was made by the medical man that Slade, the medium, was a woman, and was as perfectly developed as any other of her sox. The physician gave the following account of the manner in which he made the discovery. The gentleman who oc- . cupied the state-room with Slade was a man well known in Pittsburg, Pa., where he has many friends. He was not an admirer of Slade or his doctrines, and did not have much conversation with him (or rather her). One day when in mid-ocean Slade was stricken down with something like paralysis when in his state-room. The other occupant of the room came in, and finding Slade ill and probably unconscious, began to remove his clothing and rub his (her) sides and chest to bring back the circulation of the blood. It was then that the discovery of Slade’s sex was made. When Slade recovered sufficiently to talk, she begged that the gentleman would not expose her. He said that he would not do so publicly, if she would acknowledge the truth to the physician of the steamer. Slade at last consented, and told the doctor all about it. He made an examination, which proved beyond doubt that she was a perfectly developed woman. One of the queerest parts of the story is that Slade wears a heavy moustache. She said that she had always wanted to be taken for a man, and had shaved her face daily when very young. She had kept up the practice until she had a very long heavy moustache, of which she was very proud, and which she took great care of. She could, she said, have had a beard and whiskers had she dressed them. The physician, it may be mentioned, is a man who is well known in San Francisco, and stands well among his professional brethren. After the story had been overheard, the person who heard it asked Slade’s room-mate if it was true, and be said every word of it was” correct. In corroboration of this story, the experience a well-known young Pittsburger, now holds an important Government ofiroe abroad, may be related. He had been reading “Footsteps on the borders of another World,” and other spiritualistic works, and was a partial convert to Spiritualism. He went to New York for tue purpose of seeing Slade, just before Slade started for England. - What took place at the interview was never fully bnown, but enough was said by the young gentleman to show that Slade had said or done something which was not to her credit, and which partially exposed her sex.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 8, 14 October 1879

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Dr Slade, the Spiritualist, a Woman. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 8, 14 October 1879