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Periodical: The Better Way

Summary:  From Pat Deveney's database:

Better Way, The.
An Advocate of Spiritualism as a Science, Philosophy and Religion.
The Truth Shall Make You Free. Seek and You Shall Find It / Creeds Without Virtue Are Paltering Vanities
1887-1892 Weekly
Cincinnati, OH. Publisher: Way Publishing Co./Better Way Publishing Co.. Editor: Captain L. Barney; A.F. Melcher; G.H. Romaine; Sidney Dean, editor, C.C. Stowell, manager, A.F. Melchers, assistant editor.
Succeeds: Spiritual Offering; absorbed: The New Thought (bought from Moses Hull, 1889); Light in the West; Mind and Matter; Current Fact; Light for Thinkers Succeeded by: The Light of Truth
1/1, July 9, 1887-11/16, October 15, 1892.

Like several other journals, this had two issues called 1/1, the first being heavily laden with errors was redone and reissued the next week. Massive 8 pp., 48-column newspaper pages-about 3 million words a year. $2.00-$2.50-$1.00 a year. This advertised itself as the "largest and most eclectic spiritualist journal in the world." It was the largest, at least in physical size, but even its own estimations of its circulation failed to show it as equal to its more famous contemporaries. The American Newspaper Directory for 1891 showed its circulation as "exceeding 2,500," while the National Newspaper Directory the next year listed it as having a circulation of 15,000. The first number is probably closer to the truth. The journal is remembered today because it printed in its issue of November 7, 1891, the famous letter from Hannah M. Wolff-Mrs. Hannah McL. Shepherd) on her acquaintance with H.P. Blavatsky (later printed in The Religio-Philosophic Journal, January 2, 1892, and The Two Worlds, December 11, 1891) in which she told of Blavatsky's attendance at a seance in 1873 or early 1874 held by E.V. Wilson, her coloring of photographs and passing the work off as that of the spirits, and her use of opium and hashish. The journal, however, was far more important than that and covered in great detail the side of spiritualism that was largely excluded from the better-known journals of the time: the work of second-tier mediums or of mediums in the circuits of the smaller cities and towns, and regional developments, especially in the South (Melchers was from South Carolina). Melchers was brought in as editor at the end of January 1889 after a year-long debate in the pages of the journal over Barney's emphasis on Christian spiritualism. Barney went on to edit and publish the short-lived Onward in Cincinnati, and Melchers ended up as editor of Light of Truth. The journal also published articles by Hudson Tuttle, G.W. Kates, A.J. Swarts, J.D. Buck ("Christian Socialism for Today"), Ida C. Craddock ("A Period for Messiahs: The Ghost Dance and the Sun Myths in the Plains"), Lois Waisbrooker, etc. See the note under The Light of Truth for the financial irregularities of M.G. Youmans and C.C. Stowell, respectfully the president and secretary of the Way Publishing Company, the publisher of this journal, who transferred themselves and the assets of the journal to the Light of Truth in October 1892, leaving liabilities and shareholders of the Way behind. University of Illinois, Ohio Historical Society; Cincinnati/Hamilton Public Library; Western Reserve Historical Society Library; NSAC, Lily Dale.

Better Way V2 N27 Jan 7 1888
Better Way V2 N28 Jan 14 1888
Better Way V2 N29 Jan 21 1888
Better Way V2 N30 Jan 28 1888
Better Way V2 N31 Feb 4 1888
Better Way V2 N32 Feb 11 1888
Better Way V2 N33 Feb 18 1888
Better Way V2 N34 Feb 25 1888
Better Way V2 N35-36 Mar 10 1888
Better Way V2 N37 Mar 17 1888
Better Way V2 N38 Mar 24 1888
Better Way V2 N39 Mar 31 1888
Better Way V2 N40 Apr 7 1888
Better Way V2 N41 Apr 14 1888
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Better Way V2 N44 May 5 1888
Better Way V2 N45 May 12 1888
Better Way V2 N46 May 19 1888
Better Way V2 N47 May 26 1888
Better Way V2 N48 Jun 2 1888
Better Way V2 N49 Jun 9 1888
Better Way V2 N50 Jun 16 1888
Better Way V2 N51 Jun 23 1888
Better Way V2 N52 Jun 30 1888
Better Way V3 N53 Jul 7 1888
Better Way V3 N54 Jul 14 1888
Better Way V3 N55 Jul 21 1888
Better Way V3 N56 Jul 28 1888
Better Way V3 N57 Aug 4 1888
Better Way V3 N58 Aug 11 1888
Better Way V3 N59 Aug 18 1888
Better Way V3 N60 Aug 25 1888
Better Way V3 N61 Sep 1 1888
Better Way V3 N62 Sep 8 1888 Partial
Better Way V3 N63 Sep 15 1888
Better Way V3 N64 Sep 22 1888
Better Way V3 N65 Sep 29 1888
Better Way V3 N66 Oct 6 1888
Better Way V3 N67 Oct 13 1888
Better Way V3 N68 Oct 20 1888
Better Way V3 N69 Oct 27 1888
Better Way V3 N70 Nov 3 1888
Better Way V3 N71 Nov 10 1888
Better Way V3 N72 Nov 17 1888
Better Way V3 N73 Nov 24 1888
Better Way V3 N74 Dec 1 1888
Better Way V3 N75 Dec 8 1888
Better Way V3 N76 Dec 15 1888
Better Way V3 N77 Dec 22 1888
Better Way V3 N78 Dec 29 1888
Better Way V4 N100 Jun 1 1889
Better Way V4 N101 Jun 8 1889
Better Way V4 N102 Jun 15 1889
Better Way V4 N103 Jun 22 1889
Better Way V4 N104 Jun 29 1889
Better Way V4 N79 Jan 5 1889
Better Way V4 N80 Jan 12 1889
Better Way V4 N81 Jan 19 1889
Better Way V4 N82 Jan 26 1889
Better Way V4 N83 Feb 2 1889
Better Way V4 N84 Feb 9 1889
Better Way V4 N85 Feb 16 1889
Better Way V4 N86 Feb 23 1889
Better Way V4 N87 Mar 2 1889
Better Way V4 N88 Mar 9 1889
Better Way V4 N89 Mar 16 1889
Better Way V4 N90 Mar 23 1889
Better Way V4 N91 Mar 30 1889
Better Way V4 N92 Apr 6 1889
Better Way V4 N93 Apr 13 1889
Better Way V4 N94 Apr 20 1889
Better Way V4 N95 Apr 27 1889
Better Way V4 N96 May 4 1889
Better Way V4 N97 May 11 1889
Better Way V4 N98 May 18 1889
Better Way V4 N99 May 25 1889
Better Way V5 N1 Jul 6 1889
Better Way V5 N2 Jul 13 1889
Better Way V5 N3 Jul 20 1889
Better Way V5 N4 Jul 27 1889
Better Way V5 N5 Aug 3 1889
Better Way V5 N6 Aug 10 1889
Better Way V5 N7 Aug 17 1889
Better Way V5 N8 Aug 24 1889
Better Way V5 N9 Aug 31 1889
Better Way V5 N10 Sep 7 1889
Better Way V5 N11 Sep 14 1889
Better Way V5 N12 Sep 21 1889
Better Way V5 N13 Sep 28 1889
Better Way V5 N14 Oct 5 1889
Better Way V5 N15 Oct 12 1889
Better Way V5 N16 Oct 19 1889
Better Way V5 N17 Oct 26 1889
Better Way V5 N18 Nov 2 1889
Better Way V5 N19 Nov 9 1889
Better Way V5 N20 Nov 16 1889
Better Way V5 N21 Nov 23 1889
Better Way V5 N22 Nov 30 1889
Better Way V5 N23 Dec 7 1889
Better Way V5 N24 Dec 14 1889
Better Way V5 N25 Dec 21 1889
Better Way V5 N26 Dec 28 1889
Better Way V6 N1 Jan 4 1890
Better Way V6 N2 Jan 11 1890
Better Way V6 N3 Jan 18 1890
Better Way V6 N4 Jan 25 1890
Better Way V6 N5 Feb 1 1890
Better Way V6 N6 Feb 8 1890
Better Way V6 N7 Feb 15 1890
Better Way V6 N8 Feb 22 1890
Better Way V6 N9 Mar 1 1890
Better Way V6 N10 Mar 8 1890
Better Way V6 N11 Mar 15 1890
Better Way V6 N12 Mar 22 1890
Better Way V6 N13 Mar 29 1890
Better Way V6 N14 Apr 5 1890
Better Way V6 N15 Apr 12 1890
Better Way V6 N16 Apr 19 1890
Better Way V6 N17 Apr 26 1890
Better Way V6 N18 May 3 1890
Better Way V6 N19 May 10 1890
Better Way V6 N20 May 17 1890
Better Way V6 N21 May 24 1890
Better Way V6 N22 May 31 1890
Better Way V6 N23 Jun 7 1890
Better Way V6 N24 Jun 14 1890
Better Way V6 N25 Jun 21 1890
Better Way V6 N26 Jun 28 1890
Better Way V7 N1 Jul 5 1890
Better Way V7 N2 Jul 12 1890
Better Way V7 N3 Jul 19 1890
Better Way V7 N4 Jul 26 1890
Better Way V7 N5 Aug 2 1890
Better Way V7 N6 Aug 9 1890
Better Way V7 N7 Aug 16 1890
Better Way V7 N8 Aug 23 1890
Better Way V7 N9 Aug 30 1890
Better Way V7 N10 Sep 6 1890
Better Way V7 N11 Sep 13 1890
Better Way V7 N12 Sep 20 1890
Better Way V7 N13 Sep 27 1890
Better Way V7 N14 Oct 4 1890
Better Way V7 N15 Oct 11 1890
Better Way V7 N16 Oct 18 1890
Better Way V7 N17 Oct 25 1890
Better Way V7 N18 Nov 1 1890
Better Way V7 N19 Nov 8 1890
Better Way V7 N20 Nov 15 1890
Better Way V7 N21 Nov 22 1890
Better Way V7 N22 Nov 29 1890
Better Way V7 N23 Dec 6 1890
Better Way V7 N24 Dec 13 1890
Better Way V7 N25 Dec 20 1890
Better Way V7 N26 Dec 27 1890
Better Way V8 N1 Jan 3 1891
Better Way V8 N2 Jan 10 1891
Better Way V8 N3 Jan 17 1891
Better Way V8 N4 Jan 24 1891
Better Way V8 N5 Jan 31 1891
Better Way V8 N6 Feb 7 1891
Better Way V8 N7 Feb 14 1891
Better Way V8 N8 Feb 21 1891
Better Way V8 N9 Feb 28 1891
Better Way V8 N10 Mar 7 1891
Better Way V8 N11 Mar 14 1891
Better Way V8 N12 Mar 21 1891
Better Way V8 N13 Mar 28 1891
Better Way V8 N14 Apr 4 1891
Better Way V8 N15 Apr 11 1891
Better Way V8 N16 Apr 18 1891
Better Way V8 N17 Apr 25 1891
Better Way V8 N18 May 2 1891
Better Way V8 N19 May 9 1891
Better Way V8 N20 May 16 1891
Better Way V8 N21 May 23 1891
Better Way V8 N22 May 30 1891
Better Way V8 N23 Jun 6 1891
Better Way V8 N24 Jun 13 1891
Better Way V8 N25 Jun 20 1891
Better Way V8 N26 Jun 27 1891
Better Way V9 N1 Jul 4 1891
Better Way V9 N2 Jul 11 1891
Better Way V9 N3 Jul 18 1891
Better Way V9 N4 Jul 25 1891
Better Way V9 N5 Aug 1 1891
Better Way V9 N6 Aug 8 1891
Better Way V9 N7 Aug 15 1891
Better Way V9 N8 Aug 22 1891
Better Way V9 N9 Aug 29 1891
Better Way V9 N10 Sep 5 1891
Better Way V9 N11 Sep 12 1891
Better Way V9 N12 Sep 19 1891
Better Way V9 N13 Sep 26 1891
Better Way V9 N14 Oct 3 1891
Better Way V9 N15 Oct 10 1891
Better Way V9 N16 Oct 17 1891
Better Way V9 N17 Oct 24 1891
Better Way V9 N18 Oct 31 1891
Better Way V9 N19 Nov 7 1891
Better Way V9 N20 Nov 14 1891
Better Way V9 N21 Nov 21 1891
Better Way V9 N22 Nov 28 1891
Better Way V9 N23 Dec 5 1891
Better Way V9 N24 Dec 12 1891
Better Way V9 N25 Dec 19 1891
Better Way V9 N26 Dec 26 1891
Better Way V10 N1 Jan 2 1892
Better Way V10 N2 Jan 9 1892
Better Way V10 N3 Jan 16 1892
Better Way V10 N4 Jan 23 1892
Better Way V10 N5 Jan 30 1892
Better Way V10 N6 Feb 6 1892
Better Way V10 N7 Feb 13 1892
Better Way V10 N8 Feb 20 1892
Better Way V10 N9 Feb 27 1892
Better Way V10 N10 Mar 5 1892
Better Way V10 N11 Mar 12 1892
Better Way V10 N12 Mar 19 1892
Better Way V10 N13 Mar 26 1892
Better Way V10 N14 Apr 2 1892
Better Way V10 N15 Apr 9 1892
Better Way V10 N16 Apr 16 1892
Better Way V10 N17 Apr 23 1892
Better Way V10 N18 Apr 30 1892
Better Way V10 N19 May 7 1892
Better Way V10 N20 May 14 1892
Better Way V10 N21 May 21 1892
Better Way V10 N22 May 28 1892
Better Way V10 N23 Jun 4 1892
Better Way V10 N24 Jun 11 1892
Better Way V10 N25 Jun 18 1892
Better Way V10 N26 Jun 25 1892
Better Way V11 N1 Jul 2 1892
Better Way V11 N2 Jul 9 1892
Better Way V11 N3 Jul 16 1892
Better Way V11 N4 Jul 23 1892
Better Way V11 N5 Jul 30 1892
Better Way V11 N6 Aug 6 1892
Better Way V11 N7 Aug 13 1892
Better Way V11 N8 Aug 20 1892
Better Way V11 N9 Aug 27 1892
Better Way V11 N10 Sep 3 1892
Better Way V11 N11 Sep 10 1892
Better Way V11 N12 Sep 17 1892
Better Way V11 N14 Oct 1 1892
Better Way V11 N15 Oct 8 1892
Better Way V11 N16 Oct 15 1892

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