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Mr. Smythe in the Bog
[Concerning Mr. Judge's Alleged Diary]
by H.N. Stokes
[Reprinted from O.E. Library Critic (Washington, D.C.), June 1932, pp. 14-15.]
The United Lodge of Theosophists' anonymous book, The Theosophical Movement . . . will not tolerate even the suggestion that Judge claimed to have had communications from the dead H.P.B. or that he was on intimate terms with Mrs. Tingley. . . . [The ULT book] spends pages in trying to prove that eight members of the New York E.S.T. of hitherto unblemished reputations, and several of them close associates of Judge, were either knaves or fools. . . .
[But the evidence shows that:]
1. Judge received various communications supposed by him to be from the spirit of H.P.B., endorsing a woman whom he designated by the sign "X". . . .
2. Judge was in the habit of writing to Mrs. Tingley, addressing her by the same sign "X" . . . and this even before the date of the H.P.B. scripts. He must therefore have known that H.P.B. was referring to Mrs. Tingley.
3. Others used the same sign "X" in writing to Mrs. Tingley after Judge's death.
4. [Ernest T.] Hargrove is cleared of the charge of "concocting" his quotations as is J.H. Fussell. Hargrove was fully justified in assuming that it was Mrs. Tingley whom Judge had in mind. . . .
To sum up. The evidence is that Judge received and accepted as genuine what he regarded as communications from H.P.B., dead nearly four years; that these, quoted by Hargrove and endorsed by several others who claimed to have seen the documents, were highly laudatory of Katherine Tingley and accepted as such by Judge, and that Judge conferred with Mrs. Tingley and sought her advice on certain matters contained in them. . . .
"The principal event of the [E.S.T.] meeting [of March 29, 1896] was the reading, by E.T. Hargrove, of a perpared one-page announcement signed by eight of Mr. Judge's closest assoiciates - individuals who were active in thw work of the Aryan [T.S.] Lodge of New York, in the American Section as a whole, in the conduct of Path Magazine, and in the crucially mportnat work of the E.S. . . . The signers were E.T. Hargrove, James M. Pryse, Joseph H. Fussell, H.T. Patterson, Claude Falls Wright, Genevieve Ludlow Griscom, C.A. Griscom, Jr., and E. August Neresheimer. . . .
. . . Those witnesses were all well-known Theosophists, all with good reputations, manifestly sincere in their point-blank declarations. . . .
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