There comes to our table this morning from a New York house a pamphlet of ninety-six pages, with various pictorial illustrations on the above subject, and a request that we forward five dollars and obtain a course of instruction which will enable us to hypnotize everybody and make them do exactly what we want. The pamphlet states that ten thousand persons are now taking this five-dollar course of instruction. How many of these ten thousand are scoundrels no mention is made, but most probably among them will be found gamblers, thieves, and worse criminals, all of whom will be constantly trying their power on men, women, and children; and the result is quite likely to be seductions, robberies, kidnappings, murders, and perhaps premature burials of persons not dead.

In the early history of New England this dangerous art would doubtless have been considered to be the work of the devil, and those who practised it would have been promptly hung.

We do not go so far as that, but do think that all who read our paper and all who read the other twenty thousand newspapers and magazines which receive our paper every month, should be warned against this danger; that scientific men should tell everybody how to best avoid it, and that laws should be enacted in every state to punish those who use it for criminal purposes by life sentences to our state prisons.

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The Lectures
May 15, 1902

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