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Mr. E. A. Neresheimer's "March 29, 1896 Testimony"
about Mrs. Katherine Tingley
[Excerpted from EST Circular of April 3, 1896, pp. 15-17
I have a few remarks to make with regard to the Outer Head or chela [Mrs. Tingley] of whom you have heard. Mr. Judge several years ago put me into communication with that person, and I think it is my duty to inform you of the fact. As you have heard, you will be made acquainted with the person after the expiration of one year.
I will also tell you that the important work that was done at the last Convention was done by the guidance of the Masters, that it was through this person that the instruction was given to us, and I will read you one of those communications which I received from this person long before the Convention and long before any of us had any idea what should be done in order to accomplish that which was ultimately brought about. The communication referred to was received on March 5th, 1895, 10 o'clock a.m. It was in the ordinary handwriting of this person (nothing mysterious about that) and was in the following words:
"March 5th, 1895. This course should be adopted at the Convention; it cannot be avoided. If any time is wasted much will be lost; a split should be declared in such a way that it will leave the door open for the others when they wish to restore harmony. America must insist that it can no longer submit to such friction, intolerance and untheosophical work.
"It declares itself independent until the disrupting forces bring the fight to a close. Unless this is done another year will pass in turmoil and strife and the chief aims of Master's work retarded.
"You must fix it so that it will be well planned and no mistakes.
"Consult with -------- at once.
"San Francisco and Boston will join heartily; others will follow.
"Under no circumstances must Mr. Judge know of this."
Now this will give you a little insight as to how far we are connected with the Lodge. To my certain knowledge there is a great power exercised in this movement. We may appear to be little, each one of us, but more certain work can be done by every one if he is, in a certain sense, passive enough to put aside his personality in order to enable the Master to do that little which can be accomplished through him.
These few people on the platform are trying to put themselves in such a position in order that they maybe servants of the Masters. Of course you realize as well as we do that we cannot now give you all the information that we have in our possession, although we may be ever so desirous of doing so; and perhaps it is little and perhaps it is much. I think it is a great deal, and it shall be our endeavor to make you acquainted will all we know, although it is not possible in the few moments that we have to ourselves to give you all. Consequently, if you personally choose that we act in accordance with the desire that has been laid down by the Rajah, and accept us as Council for the E.S.T., then we shall give out from time to time all this information as soon as we can possibly handle it. It is the desire of the Rajah that those people who are on the platform, and others who have also been named by the Rajah are to be the Council of this movement in America. We are to receive our instructions, whatever there be, from the Outer Head, with whom, as I previously stated, I am acquainted and so are the others.
I wish to say that the matter of the E.S.T. and the re-acceptance of this School, its Outer Head, and its management, will be submitted to each member, and they each will have plenty of time for consideration, twenty-one days being given to decide and to give answer as to whether each will accept this Council and Head under these considerations or not.
I corroborate everything that has been said by Mr. Hargrove. I was present when the papers of Mr. Judge were examined, and I have seen all the documents to which he referred.
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