Difficulties Overcome

"Even on this side, when we send telegraphic messages or use the

telephone, mistakes and misunderstandings are by no means uncommon

occurrences, and our letters sometimes create an impression in the mind

of the reader which we did not intend to convey. Is it any wonder, then,

that messages from the other side are imperfectly impressed upon, and

incorrectly rendered by, the medium? Most persons who have attempted to

transfer thoughts to mesmerized sensitives have realized that general

ideas can be transmitted much more easily than names, dates, or specific

words can be impressed upon or expressed by the subject. The wonder is,

not that so few names, ages, and special details are given by spirits to

and through mediums, but that, considering all the attendant

circumstances, so MANY 'test' messages are continually being given, both

privately and in public."