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Periodical: The Light of Truth

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Light of Truth, The.
An Exponent of the New Philosophy of Life, Here and Hereafter / Advocating Altruism and Moral Brotherhood / Advocating Altruism and Universal Brotherhood / Devoted to Spiritualism / A Sixteen Page Weekly Illustrated Paper Devoted to Spiritualism, Hypnotism and Other Occult Subjects / A Sixteen Page Weekly Exponent of the Philosophy of Life, Embracing Spiritualism, Hypnotism, Theosophy, Palmistry, Astrology, and Kindred Sciences / A Fearless and Progressive Journal devoted to an exposition of the Philosophy of a Spiritual Life.
1892-1907 Weekly
Cincinnati, then Columbus, then Lima, OH, and then Chicago, IL. Publisher: Light of Truth Publishing Co..
Editor: C.C. Stowell; Willard J. Hull; Mrs. M.T. Longley (i.e., Mary Theresa Shelhamer), James B. Townsend, A.F. Melcher, assistant editors.
Succeeds: The Better Way Succeeded by: Journal of Man
11/17, October 22, 1892-1907 (the volume numbering continues that of the Better Way). 8-16 pp., 16x11, 4 columns. $1.00 to $1.50 per year.

This succeeded the Better Way, changing only the name and leaving behind that journal's financial liabilities in the process. The inner workings of the journal, including the fraudulent financial machinations of its principals (who always touted the stock of their King Solomon's Mining Company) and its tolerance of shady mediums are set out in detail in the journal's competitor The Progressive Thinker. In essence, the principals raised money in stock, loans and subscriptions for their predecessor journal, the Better Way, and then fraudulently transferred the assets of that journal (the presses, subscription list and good will) to The Light of Truth for $500, freeing the new journal from the trammels and liens of its predecessor. See, e.g., Progressive Thinker, September 30, 1893. The new journal promptly attempted to float $25,000 in new bonds, secured by the same assets that it had acquired at a valuation of $500. The publishers of Light of Truth, of course, denied the allegations in detail too great to be easily believable, pointing to the growing number of subscriptions it was acquiring. See, e.g., Light of Truth, August 5, 1893. Willard J. Hull was an ardent spiritualist and active in the Cassadaga camp meetings of the 1890s. Townsend ended up in 1907 condemning spiritualism as a sect, an event which ended the journal, which was merged into the Journal of Man. W.E. Coleman, J.M. Peebles Lyman C. Howe, Jay Chaapel, M.J. Savage, Hudson Tuttle, and E.D. Babbit contributed to the journal, as did the spirit of Henry J. Newton (one of the founders of the Theosophical Society) and many other notables of the period. The journal also occasionally carried serialized novels intended for women. From May to September 1898, the journal carried a noteworthy series of articles by Helen Densmore on reincarnation and its place in spiritualism. At intervals the journal carried on its front page photographs of distinguished spiritualists, like Elliott Coues and Julia Schlesinger and of many lesser lights. In 1895 the journal acquired the services of Mary Theresa Shelhamer Longley (1853-1928) as its assistant editor and "message medium." She had acted in the same capacity for the Voice of Angels in 1878 and for the Banner of Light from 1879 to 1893. Advertisements for the books of Moses Hull, E.D. Babbit,and of P.B. Randolph. By 1896, the journal was touting itself in advertisements as "The Largest Spiritualist Weekly in the World," a claim that possibly was true, given the state of the Religio-Philosophical Journal and the Banner of Light at the time, but the claim was rejected by The Progressive Thinker, which cited in support the journal's bulk mailing weights. Beginning in June 1895, the journal also published The Light of Truth Library, issued on a bimonthly basis, which for $1.25 a year distributed the likes of The Light of Truth Band's In Higher Realms and The Psychic World, Albert Morton's Psychic Studies, and Mrs. M.T. Longley's, When the Morning Comes. It also published The Light of Truth Album with some 200 photographs of leading spiritualists and reformers. The advertisement in Now, July 1905, indicates that the journal was in the process of conforming to New Thought: "I am an advocate of the Spirit-Man, the real man who lives forever." By 1906 John Hazelrigg, the astrologer, was writing on the journal's front page on "Hermetic Law." Ohio Historical Society; WHi; Skidmore, Lily Dale (1897-1906, scattered but extensive), and NSAC.

Issues:Light Of Truth V11 N17 Oct 22 1892
Light Of Truth V11 N18 Oct 29 1892
Light Of Truth V11 N19 Nov 5 1892
Light Of Truth V11 N20 Nov 12 1892
Light Of Truth V11 N21 Nov 19 1892
Light Of Truth V11 N22 Nov 26 1892
Light Of Truth V11 N23 Dec 3 1892
Light Of Truth V11 N24 Dec 10 1892
Light Of Truth V11 N25 Dec 17 1892
Light Of Truth V11 N26 Dec 24 1892
Light Of Truth V11 N27 Dec 31 1892
Light Of Truth V12 N1 Jan 7 1893
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Light Of Truth V12 N7 Feb 18 1893
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Light Of Truth V15 N2 Jan 12 1895
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Light Of Truth V29 N14 Oct 5 1901
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Light Of Truth V29 N16 Oct 19 1901
Light Of Truth V30 N7 Feb 15 1902 Partial
Light Of Truth V34 N2 Jan 9 1904

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