Science: Cash for Spirits

For years cash prizes have awaited the spiritualist medium who could produce any single phenomenon—spirit-writing on slates, voices from the beyond, table tippings, wax casts of ectoplasmic hands, etc., etc.—which could not be duplicated and explained by science or sleight of hand. Last week, to the standing offer of $10,000 made by the Universal Council for Psychic Research, the Scientific American added $5,000. Purpose: a renewed drive to expose a growing trade in ghostly fakery. As the world crisis gets worse, more & more fretful folk have fled to seance rooms, as they have also to astrologers' parlors (TIME, Jan. 27).


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