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The U.L.T. Speaks
by Joseph H. Fussell
[Reprinted from The Theosophical Forum, March 15, 1933, pp.208-210.]
In an organ of the United Lodge of Theosophists, The Theosophical Movement, published in Bombay, India, and bearing at the top the motto: "There is no Religion Higher than Truth," in its issue of 17th July, 1932, there appeared on page 69, under the heading 'Theosophical Activities,' and just a few lines below 'the true advice' given by the U.L.T. organ in Los Angeles ending with the sentence: "What worth is brotherhood so long as nothing tests it?" there appeared the following paragraph which speaks for itself and which we quote verbatim:
"Much has been heard, especially recently, about the appointment of Mrs. Tingley, by Mr. Judge, as his occult successor. Those who have been familiar with Mr. Judge's teachings, and especially those who have studied with judicial impartiality the whole proceedings of the ascent to power of Mrs. Tingley knew that such talk and claim were sheer fabrications. That claim was mainly sustained by a reference to Mr. Judge's Diary, which, it was said, contained Mr. Judge's appointment of Mrs. Tingley. That Diary has been in the possession of Mr. Neresheimer who has now issued a statement for private circulation in which he says that the said diary contains not a word about the appointment of Mrs. Tingley. The whole story has been carefully narrated at pp. 654-670 in The Theosophical Movement, A History and a Survey and this statement of Mr. Neresheimer but brings additional reasons to disregard the 'succession' story. We agree with Mr. Smythe who writes on the subject in the May Canadian Theosophist that Mr. Neresheimer should 'publish in full his account of this affair.' But what is more important is that he should publish the photographic facsimile of the entire diary. Mr. Judge's own words, signs and marks will remove, as nothing else will, the black spots his misguided followers put upon his fair name."
On December 12, 1932, the undersigned addressed to the responsible publisher of the above issue of The Theosophical Movement, the communication printed below. The 'copy of the letter which I am mailing today to The Canadian Theosophist' mentioned therein refers to the one printed in the preceding article under the heading: 'A Theosophist's Amende Honorable.' The letter to the U.L.T. organ in Bombay follows:
"D.C. Townsend, Publisher, December 12, 1932.
The Theosophical Movement,
The Theosophy Co. (India) Ltd., 51 Esplanade Road, Bombay, India.
"Dear Sir: In your issue of The Theosophical Movement, Vol. II, No. 9, dated 17th July, 1932, on page 69, under the heading 'Theosophical Activities,' you published about half a column based largely on an article in The Canadian Theosophist, issue of May 1932, in which were quoted extracts from Mr. Neresheimer referring to what your publication calls 'the appointment of Mrs. Tingley, by Mr. Judge, as his occult successor.' Commenting, The Theosophical Movement says:
'Those who have been familiar with Mr. Judge's teachings, and especially those who have studied with judicial impartiality the whole proceedings of the ascent to power of Mrs. Tingley knew that such talk and claim were sheer fabrications.'
"I enclose herewith a copy of a letter which I am mailing today to The Canadian Theosophist, giving the facts in the case; and I hereby request The Theosophical Movement specifically to withdraw its charges and to give to the facts contained in the enclosure the same publicity that it gave to its defamatory article first above referred to.
"Very truly yours,
JOSEPH H. FUSSELL,
In answer to the above, the U.L.T. organ in Bombay, The Theosophical Movement, in its issue of the 17th January, 1933, published the following:
"We have received from Mr. Fussell, Secretary General of the Point Loma Theosophical Society, a copy of a long letter addressed to the Editor of the Canadian Theosophist. We are requested to publish it, because of our remarks in the July issue about Mr. Judge's alleged diary and Mr. Neresheimer's statement about it. Mr. Fussell says that other diaries exist, besides the one to which Mr. Neresheimer referred. We repeat what we said then - let photographic reprints of the numerous diaries be produced so that the Theosophical world may judge for itself. Was it not Mr. Judge who said - 'He laughs best who does it last, and time is a devil for grinding things.' "
The call to produce photographic reprints of the numerous diaries of Mr. Judge, whether official, semi-official, or private, is unreasonable and to do so is unnecessary, besides being very expensive. The undersigned, as shown in his letter to The Canadian Theosophist printed just above, stands ready at any time to show to any responsible Theosophist for personal examination under proper conditions any one of the documents referred to or involved in the matter of the libelous charge which The Canadian Theosophist has so properly retracted, as, indeed, any Theosophical journal upholding H.P.B.'s spirit of justice and brotherly love would do without being summoned to do so.
Oakley House, Bromley Common, JOSEPH H. FUSSELL
Kent, England, Dec, 12, 1932. Secretary General.
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