boldly borrows and appropriates the mental stock of others. In all
lands it depends upon, and bases its faith on media, whom it teaches
man to accept as oracles, yet no two of whom tell the same story,
or see facts alike. George, Peter, and Thomas, communicating
through Medium A, in latititude 16, have no recollection of com¬
municating yesterday with the same party through medium B, in
latitude 17-30. We, in our investigations of the recondite, occult
and mystical; — ay, even in matters of mere finance, such as specu-
tion, buying, selling, contracting, or even in purchasing tickets in a
lottery, prefer the better agency of a surer power — because it never
lies, falters, prevaricates, and it ever tells the same story of the same
thing, to all alike, no matter what the latitude or longitude may be!
But stop we here ? Oh, no ! for by the same instrumentality we
enter the Slumber of Sialam, and with keen glance and quickened
consciousness, scan, and leisurely survey realties denied to " Media,"
and with sure and rapid gaze trace the awful and majestic rush of
hurricanes of glowing galaxies,—the wintry storm of falling worlds !
— lamps of God flickering in the Vault! starry eyes glimpsing down
into the Deeps! — pregnant earths waiting patiently to be delivered
of the Humanity gestating in their bosoms.
Seers, ancient, mediaeval, and modern, alike, inform the world
that the supernal country is peopled by all grades of persons from
the low and brutal barbarian to the high and polished civilizee;
which, if true, proves that intellectual power and capacity is not a
passport thither, nor a perquisite of immortality; for there are
myriads — nqt merely of people — but of armies of savage races,
tribes, and nations dwelling in that starry land.
Moral goodness is not the touchstone or key either; for no amount
of that alone will warrant success, or prove the " Open Sesame " to
the farther gate of the grave, nor be potent enough to ensure a man's
safe arrival at the golden portals of disbodied glory ; for of all men¬
dacious people ; of all pullers of the longbow ; all perfected liars —
on the authority of those who claim to know about it — the disem¬
bodied ones are champions, able to give long odds, and then heavily
discount all embodied falsifiers from Judas Iscariot, and Peter, who
denied his Lord, down to the level of— who you like. It is not