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First S.P.R. Report on H.P.B.


The whole force of the evidence in the following case depends on what value can be attached to a recognition by moonlight of a person on a balcony above you.  Apart from this recognition, personation through the agency of the Coulombs would appear to be peculiarly easy in this case.

We give the case chiefly on account of the references to it by Colonel Olcott and Mr. Ramaswamier in Appendices I. and XI.


“Hints on Esoteric Theosophy,” No. 1, pp. 72, 73.


“Bombay, December 28th, 9 p.m., 1881.

“The undersigned, returning a few moments since from a carriage ride with Madame Blavatsky, saw, as the carriage approached the house, a man upon the balcony over the porte cochere, leaning against the balustrade, and with the moonlight shining full upon him.  He was dressed in white, and wore a white Fehta on his head.  His beard was black, and his long black hair hung to his breast.  Olcott and Damodar at once recognised him as the ‘Illustrious.’ (1)  He raised his hand and dropped a letter to us.  Olcott jumped from the carriage and recovered it.  It was written in Tibetan characters, and signed with his familiar cypher.  It was a message to Ramaswamier, in reply to a letter (in a closed envelope) which he had written to the Brother a short time before we went out for the ride.  M. Coulomb, who was reading inside the house, and a short distance from the balcony, neither saw nor heard any one pass through the apartment, and no one else was in the bungalow, except Madame Coulomb, who was asleep in her bedroom.

“Upon descending from the carriage, our whole party immediately went upstairs, but the Brother had disappeared.


“The undersigned further certifies to Mr. ------- that from the time when he gave the note to Madame Blavatsky until the Brother dropped the answer from the balcony, she was not out of his sight.


“District Registrar of Assurances, Tinnevelly.

“P.S. --- Babula was below in the porte-cochere, waiting to open the carriage door, at the time when the Brother dropped the letter from above.  The coachman also saw him distinctly.




(1)  A name by which Colonel Olcott's Chohan is known amongst us. --- H.X.