Boston (Mass.) press recently devoted columns of conservative
space to describing the antics performed by the furniture in
the parish home of a Catholic priest residing in one of the
suburban districts of that center of the intellectual universe.
Tables and chairs waltzed about the room, and a brass costumer
threw itself downstairs, while an alarm clock behaved in a most
alarming manner, hurling itself across the room and then repeating
the stunt after being restored to its original position. The
several inmates of the house were duly impressed by these extraordinary
proceedings, but were unable to account for them. Perhaps you
can explain the mystery. What? (Psyche)
<ANSWER>--Reports of similar proceedings, in all parts
of the globe, indicate that the powers of darkness are becoming
very active. These peculiar manifestations can be attributed
to nothing else than to the operation of the demons that infest
earth's atmosphere. Let no one for a moment suppose that these
phenomena are produced by those who have died, and that these
are indications of an effort on their part to communicate with
their friends and relatives in the flesh. Our friends are asleep
in the tomb, wholly unconscious (`Ecc. 9:10`) and therefore,
could not be spending their time in throwing furniture around,
thumping on banjos, twanging guitars, and rapping on tables.
If our friends had nothing better to do on the other side, than
to engage in such silly antics, as these spiritual phenomena
usually are, we would do well to treat them with cold contempt.
The tendency of spiritualism is invariably downward; no one
has ever been influenced to the higher and nobler things through
the power of the demons.