19 MAY 1923, Page 22

Child Mediums. By Irene Hernaman. Introduction by G. K. Chesterton.

(St. Dominic's Press, Ditchling. Sussex.) This admirably written little pamphlet calls attention to an evil almost as great as that of the Red Sunday Schools. If the authors have their facts correctly it seems that an organized attempt is being made by certain spiritualistic societies to train English children between the ages of ten and eighteen to become mediums. Spiritualistic Sunday Schools, called Lyceum Schools, are being set up all over the country, and in them children ar taught how to " trance," i.e., to induce in themselves some sort of loss of consciousness in order that their bodies may become possessed by spirits, offering them as " instruments " through which " they can

make their loving presence and message known." Surely children should be protected from so terrible a mental and moral risk, if necessary by law.