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Judge's Unprintable Diary
by James Morgan Pryse
[Excerpted from an article titled "Side-Lights on T.S. History" by J. M. Pryse in The Canadian Theosophist
(Hamilton, Ontario, Canada), June 15, 1932. This excerpt appears on p. 125 of the article.]
The C.T. [The Canadian Theosophist] is in error when it states that "no one ever saw the alleged 'Diary' except Mr. Hargrove, Mr. J.H. Fussell and Mrs. Tingley herself." For Mr. Hargrove loaned me the Diary without my asking for it (and I wish to add, incidentally, that I regard Mr. Hargrove as a sincere and honourable Theosophist, though I cannot say that of the two other persons mentioned); and that Diary was not an "alleged" one, for it was all in Judge's handwriting. But though the writing was clear and legible I didn't read much of it. I've read a great deal in English, Latin, Greek, Sanskrit, French and Spanish, but that Diary belonged to a class of literature that I don't care to read in any language. It was too sentimental, mushy and spiritualistic for me to wade through it. Among other matters, it covered the period when Mr. Judge and Mrs. Tingley, his favourite spirit-medium, went into seclusion together at Mineral Wells, and in it there was much fulsome praise of her, while the estimable Mrs. Judge, who had been left in Brooklyn, whenever referred to was nicknamed "Kali" - after the most hideous Goddess in the Hindu pantheon. In sorrow for Judge I gave the Diary back to Hargrove mostly unread. I'd like to have burned it. Whoever has it now should consign it to the flames without delay. Even the Tingleyites have not dared to besmirch Judge's memory by publishing it.
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