Books: Avocation in Ectopiffle

SIXTY YEARS OF PSYCHICAL RESEARCH (618 pp.)—Joseph F. Rinn—Truth Seeker Co. ($5).

In 1848, Margaret and Katie Fox, two mischievous little girls of Hydesville, N.Y., thought up a way to mystify their ma. In bed at night they tied an apple to a string and bumped it loudly on the floor. Hearing the sonorous raps, Mrs. Fox climbed upstairs to investigate, and of course found both children apparently fast asleep. Cried puzzled Mother Fox: "Is this a disembodied spirit that has taken possession of my dear children?"

A century later, thousands of men & women still answer Mrs Fox's query with a fervent...

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