Recovered from Montana Post supplement March 17, 1866, p. 5.]
Mark Twain on Spiritualism
As I have said before, it is safest to stick to the old regular plan of salvation
and not speculate in these new and unprospected wildcat religions. I regard
spiritualism as wildcat -- and shall continue to do so until they get down on
it deeper, and show wall-rock on both sides, and prove that they have got a
ledge. A man, named McCoy, went under yesterday, poor fellow, and has been sent
to Stockton. He was a Friend of Progress, but Progress was no friend to him.
She overthrew his reason, and left him in no respect superiorto the beasts of
the field and the birds of the air. This is a sort, of progress which a person,
entirely impartial, would call retrogression. McCoy prospected the new faith
at the recent "seances."
[Reprinted in American Literary Realism, Vol. 47, No. 1, Fall 2014, p. 92-93.]
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