204 The GlyphcB Bhatteh.
— would they were mine ! — if kept free from promiscuous hand¬
ling, treated judiciously, and rightly used, are capable of more
psychic marvels than all the mesmerists on the globe ! Very few of
any grade are imported, save when expressly ordered ; the risk of
breakage in crossing the seas and by inland carriage being too great
to admit of larger consignments, even were it possible to have such,
which it is not.
Full directions for their general use and care are given in the
book called " Seership," a work devoted exclusively to the subject.
But those of the superior grades require suplementary advisements
concerning their treatment, ist. They should—when not in use,—
be kept either with face to the wall in a dark place, else be covered
with a board or plate (usually furnished with them) so as to exclude
every ray of light. But about once a month they should be exposed
to the full blaze of the sun for at least an hour; while a similar
exposure, but of longer duration, to moon or starlight, invariably
increases their power, and quite often adds new ones. The larger
ones may be used by a room full of persons at the same time ; being
fixed immovably, and the people arranging themselves so that each
can see the broad white-black river flowing continually across the
surface ; but no one, save the owner, should either touch, or sit, or
stand closer than from four to seven feet or more; and when the
seance begins, no word should be spoken, no movement made ; and
it ought to open with a prayer to the Most High, while special
invocations, for any given purpose or purposes, may be made to
lesser potential intelligences. Those which are now in this country-
are of an extraordinary character and degree of power ; their illumi-
nant surface has never been equalled ; while their true cuspic-ovoid,
the mirrors, and demanded to know the sex of her unborn child. The reply
came instantly — "A Boy ! and a great one! a vast soul! — the king-seer of five
THOUSAND TEARS ! "
The result, so far as sex was concerned, was absolutely true; and there is but
little doubt that the rest will prove equally so. This same lady was the only true
mystic of her sex I ever saw in America. She was the best mirror-manipulator
on the earth, and owned—still owns all the genuine ones on the continent.
Through her I have obtained specimens of such rare value, that to part therewith
was like the loss of the right eye. ,