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While not denying Ihe extraordinary phenomena of spiritualism, Mrrßaupert denounces the practice of them as belonging essentially to the Black Ar£. Throughout the whole of his experience he obtained proofs that the character *of these spirits is immoral and of blighting influence' upon their victims. Although for a time they dictate high moral ■ principles, especially to those •who indulge in automatic writing, these invariably degenerate into sinister, blasphemous, or obscene suggestions. Hints are thrown out that morality is ■a matter of conventionality, that certain instincts are 'implanted in us in order to be gratified. Mr Eaupert asserts that ho has known many women ruined utterly in body and soul'by these debasing immoralities, urged " upon them when their will-power had been destroyed by opening the doors of their mind to ovil suggestion. As Mr Rau-; pert says (the " Chronicle " writer continues), _ the end of these expeiiments is in hundreds of cases the sanatorium or the asylum! Yet, in spite of the frightful' danger to the • nation,-there attempt to check the propaganda of spiritualists who, ■even though they may be inspired by high motivi'f), or by scientific" ideals, tire inducing men and women to adopt {• passivity of mind which opens the mystical doois ol the soul to the evil spirits iwlio piey upon weak-willed men. a'"d women, sapping their ethical- and physical health, and driving them into v.jc and lunacy and moral death.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8790, 10 February 1914

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THE BLACK ART. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8790, 10 February 1914