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They had quivered and wavered around us, giving us pet names, sweet sacred things, the intimate talk of the olden time.Graceful lights, signs of spirit power had hovered over us in the darkness. Now with those voices still haunting our memories we had slipped out into the material world— a world of glaring iron works and of twinkling cottage windows.John Fihilly.—Curious photograph by the State photographer.—The "Orsova." CHAPTER XI Medlow Bath.—Jenolan Caves.—Giant skeleton.—Mrs.Foster Turner's mediumship.—A wonderful prophecy.— Final results.—Third sitting with Bailey.—Failure of State Control.—Retrospection.—Melbourne presentation.— Crooks.—Lecture at Perth.—West Australia.— Rabbits, sparrows and sharks.I write these lines with a pad upon my knee, heaving upon the long roll of the Indian Ocean, running large and grey under a grey streaked sky, with the rain-swept hills of Ceylon, just one shade greyer, lining the Eastern skyline.So under many difficulties it will be carried on, which may explain if it does not excuse any slurring of a style, which is at its best but plain English.
Everywhere I found interest, though it varied from the heavier spirit of the sleepy cathedral towns to the brisk reality of centres of life and work like Glasgow or Wolverhampton.
CHAPTER X Christian origins.—Mithraism.—Astronomy.—Exercising boats.—Bad news from home.—Futile strikes.—Labour Party.—The blue wilderness.—Journey to Brisbane.— Warm reception.—Friends and Foes.—Psychic experience of Dr.
Doyle.—Birds.—Criticism on Melbourne.—Spiritualist Church.—Ceremony.—Sir Matthew Nathan.—Alleged repudiation of Queensland.—Billy tea.—The bee farm.—Domestic service in Australia.— Hon.
CHAPTER VII Great reception at Sydney.—Importance of Sydney.— Journalistic luncheon.—A psychic epidemic.—Gregory.— Barracking.—Town Hall reception.—Regulation of Spiritualism.—An ether apport.—Surfing at Manly.— A challenge.—Bigoted opponents.—A disgruntled photographer.—Outing in the harbour.—Dr. CHAPTER IX The Anglican Colony.—Psychic dangers.—The learned dog.— Absurd newspaper controversy.—A backward community.—The Maori tongue.—Their origin.—Their treatment by the Empire.—A fiasco.—The Pa of Kaiopoi.—Dr.
Mildred Creed.—Leon Gellert.—Norman Lindsay.—Bishop Leadbeater.—Our relations with Theosophy.—Incongruities of H. Thacker.—Sir Joseph Kinsey.—A generous collector.—Scott and Amundsen.—Dunedin.—A genuine medium.—Evidence.—The Shipping strike.— Sir Oliver.—Farewell.There was one memorable night when I walked forth with my head throbbing and my whole frame quivering from the villa of Mr. Behind me the brazen glare of Dowlais iron-works lit up the sky, and in front twinkled the many lights of the Welsh town.