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Howard Brown
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Has anyone ever considered that the letter which Stephenson wrote in the PMG regarding the "Juives" and GSG..and the French being poor linguists,etc..may have been a expose' of the Occult Community?

Jeff Bloomfield's story about Edmund Gurney got me to thinking about this possibility.

Could Stephenson suddenly had an epiphany regarding the Occult/Psychical Communities following the very strange death of Gurney [ ruled suicide ] in June of 1888 at the Cricketers Inn ? Could Stephenson have seen enough of the shenanigans of Blavatsky and Co. and been aware of the tomfoolery of Gurney's assistant,George Smith,in which Smith rigged hypnotism experiments and of the riggings,Gurney was aware of. Could Gurney have killed himself out of awareness of these riggings?

In any event,could these two scenarios be responsible for a change in earlier conversion,if you will.....not necessarily to Woodhull's camp just yet....but an extrication of the occult community that Stephenson had been in and of for roughly 20 years up to that point..

The reason I bring this about is that the December PMG article can be seen as an expose of the occultist community, if one looks at what he did after being released from London Hospital in late 1888.

Its during 1889 that Mabel Collins responded to the tall tales of African adventure in the PMG by RDS. RDS and Mabel were to meet sometime after RDS' second release from London Hospital and prior to Cremers visit to Southsea,where RDS and Mabel were living in 1890, possibly in late 1889.

Most of the references during this period of time that pertain to Cremers,Collins,and RDS revolve around the Pompadour Cosmetique Co....Only the African Magic story in Lucifer magazine [ Nov. 1890] could be used as an example of involvement by Stephenson in the world of the occult.

This of course is not a claim that RDS actually DID have an earlier change from occult-beliefs than previously believed...only a suggestion.

Any comments or ideas?

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