The following article was given to me by the late Jean Bassett as part of my research into Gordon. I presume it was given to Jean as background to her biography of Gordon, ‘On the Side of Angels.’ The article offers a fascinating insight into what took place on Physical Phenomena Week at the Arthur Findlay College and contains two great descriptions of Gordon’s physical seances and the evidence within them. Given the value of the article, I feel it should be shared for all to benefit, and I do hope you enjoy it. The author is unknown other than we know she is called Mary. If anyone knows the identity of the author, do let me know.
SNU President Issues ‘Scrapheap’ Warning on Spiritualism’s Future
In a rousing speech to the Spiritualists National Union’s annual conference at Sheffield, President Gordon Higginson urged delegates to rekindle the fervour of Spiritualism’s pioneers and carry forward their beliefs. The world was crying out for the message of Spiritualism but too often “we go on altering our rules, worrying about petty things instead of concentrating on the main issue concerning life itself and our purpose on earth.”
Gordon warned delegates that unless Spiritualists found a way of getting the fundamental philosophy of Spiritualism across, the movement would “end up like all past religions – on the scrapheap of the world.”