“Mr. Kingsland: I would like a few suggestions as to letting Theosophists know as to these scandalous things: for instance, there are the monthly papers, there will be some notice of it in these journals, but all Theosophists do not take these journals.
Mr. B. Keightley: There is this objection to be raised against it, that you only advertise a book of that nature.
Countess Wachtmeister: Yes, everybody goes and purchases it. I think the best plan is to take no notice.
Mr. B. Keightley: The thing that will be done, if Judge is wise, is to simply not to refer to the book, but show up Burgoyne as a fraud.
Mme. Blavatsky: Then, if there are the same laws in America as here, you told me the more a statement is true, the more it is libelous, and he may bring an action against Judge (William Q. Judge). It seems if you speak the truth you are taken up as a confederate. You are always nicely situated.
Mr. Old: I think if Judge were to just write to some of the local papers and make a thorough expose of the man, and just conclude by saying he proposes to publish a book – which will be his book – you could still mention the book, and everybody would fly at it, but they would know how to take the contents in the face of these facts.
Mr. B. Keightley: I don’t think anybody will take any notice of the book.
Mr. Kingsland: Unless any paper puffs it up; then we should write a counterblast.
Mr. Old: I think the great question in America today is, what is a Theosophist? Here is this man and that man, all pseudo-theosophists, who claim to be the Theosophist, representative members of a society which does not exist, but which nevertheless is Theosophical. I don’t wonder at all the Americans raising the question, what is a Theosophist?
Mme. Blavatsky: Hiram Butler founded the Esoteric Society, and allowed people to believe he was a Theosophist. Now he has been pounced upon by the police for all kinds of very queer-looking tricks, and he had to run away from Boston, and he went to California.
Countess Wachtmeister: I think all Theosophist ought to protest when they see anything of the kind.”
H. P. Blavatsky