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Dr. Fussell Replies
[Concerning Mr. Judge's Alleged Diary]
by H.N. Stokes
[Reprinted from O.E. Library Critic (Washington, D.C.), July 1932, pp. 16-17.]
Referring to the editorial in the May Canadian Theosophist (page 69) on "Mr. Judge's Alleged Diary", in which it was claimed by Mr. Neresheimer that he has in his possession the diary in question and that it does not contain the passages cited by Mr. E.T. Hargrove and others in support of Mrs. Tingley, the CRITIC pointed out (June Periscope) that Mr. Neresheimer offers no proof that he possesses the very same diary referred to and suggested that there might be several Judge diaries. The article reflects unpleasantly on Mr. Hargrove and on Dr. Joseph H. Fussell, now Secretary General of the Point Loma Society.
In the June Canadian Theosophist (page 126) Dr. Fussell replies, stating that there are at present a number of Judge diaries in the Point Loma archives and since he has on various occasions read the diary quoted by Mr. Hargrove, he can only conclude that the diary possessed by Mr. Neresheimer is not the one referred to by Mr. Hargrove.
Dr. Fussell also writes to the CRITIC in part as follows:
"In regard to Judge's 'Diary': There are several of Judge's Diaries that we have. I can lay my hands on three or four of these. The particular 'Occult Diary' referred to in the circular of April 3, 1896, I have seen certainly on two or three occasions during the past ten years, before K.T. passed on, and it was from this Diary that were obtained extracts published in the April 3d Circular just referred to. As Mr. Neresheimer says that such statements are not in the Diary which he at present has in his possession, it is therefore to me conclusive proof that he has not the 'Occult Diary' referred to."
We seem now to be approaching a final solution of this much discussed problem which will exonerate everybody concerned. It remains only for Point Loma to locate the document in its archives and to have it compared with the quotations made by Mr. Hargrove in the April 3d, 1896, circular by some entirely impartial outside persons and properly attested. We shall all, with the possible exception of the anonymous authors of The Theosophical Movement, feel much more comfortable.
In the same Canadian Theosophist (page 125) Mr. James M. Pryse states that he was loaned the Diary in question by Mr. Hargrove and that it was all in Judge's handwriting. He continues:
"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 of 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."
As Mr. Pryse is such a good recollector, perhaps he will recollect that he was one of the signers of the E.S.T. document of April 3d, 1896, endorsing Mrs. Tingley, and that at the meeting he made a little speech reported in the same circular (page 12), in which he said:
"I endorse what Mr. Hargrove has said to you [about the contents of the Judge diary]. And I wish to reiterate his request that in this critical time you should give us your confidence and unwavering support."
One could wish that Mr. Pryse and other antiques would unite in writing from memory a history of the period just preceding and following Judge's death, so that one could hear what they would have to say when confronted with their own recorded words at the time.
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