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P V; i BV W. L. ALDEN. .
P . . . Copyright, 1890, by W. U Alden.
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One day Frof. Van "vVafrcnor and 1
were walking' together on our way to
the poBtoMce, when we mot a resiment
of infantry. Of course we stopped to
look at them, for I don't suppose there
is a man living who doesn't like to look
at soldiers. Kven a rvteiinent of counter-jumpers,
dressed in a ridiculous uni
form, and playing at soldiers. Interests
me, and as for this particular regiment,
it was one of the best In the federal
army, and that's saying a good deal.
The professor looked at the men In the
critical noi l of way that everybody puts
on In such circumstances, and present
ly he said: "Colonel. Isn't It your opin
ion that a regiment that could march
two hundred miles a day would be
much more efficient than one that could
willy march twenty miles?"
"All other things being equal. It cer
tainly would," 1 replied; "but the sol
dier who can march a hundred miles a
day, not to speak of two hundred, Isn't
born yet."
"I think you are mistaken, colonel!"
paid he. "It's my Idea that by the use
of prop-T means it can be made Just as
easy to march at the rate of twenty
miles an hour as It is now to march at
the rate of four miles 'an hour."
"There you are again!" said I.
"You're thinking of pome invention that
is going t ) revolut'ovize the art of war
fare! My dear prolVssor! You've been
revolutionizing warfare ever since 1
knew you, but I have'n'J: noticed that It
lias been revolutionized to any great ex
tent." Well! nothing more was said on the
subject at Unit tiiiie,tbut about a ajonth
later Van Wagencr came over to iny
house one morning with a big basketful
of machinery and chemicals on his arm
and asked ine to lend him the use of my
backyard for-an hour or two. while he
revolutionized the art of warfare. Of
course, 1 told him he could do anything
In my backyard that he might want to
do, provided he didn't do It with dyna
mite or any other explosive, and lie as
sured me that this time there was noth
ing In the slightest degree dangerous
In what he meant to do.
"1 will explain the whole matter to
you," he hold, sitting down on a bench
In my back yard, and wiping his fore
head with a cloth stained with chemi
cals, for the basket was heavy, and the
day was hot,. "You remember we were
speaking tha Other day about the
marching abilities of Infantry regi
ments. Now, let me ask you what it Is
that makes it hard to work for a sol
dier tj march, or for any man to walk.
Isn't It-the force of gravitation, which
holds hint down to the ground, and pro
vents hinv from lining his foot except
by a muscular effort?"
"1 suppose it is," said I.
"Very good," said . Van Wagner.
"Now If you could red uce the force of
gravitation one-hnlf,'or, say, two-thirds
it would be' Just that much easier for a
man ,lo walk than'it Is In existing cir
cumstances, wouldn't it?"
"I admit it," said I. For It was al
ways necessary to admit Van Wagner's
premises, provided you wanted to carry
on a conversation with Ttltn.
"You ure really an Intedlligent man,
colonel!" Bald he, "although at times
you are lather slow to perceive the
merits of any valuable Invention. , As I
was saying, the thing to do:if you' want
to make walking or marching easier, Is
to reduce the force of gravitation. Now,
this is what I propose to do In the case
of every Individual soldier. Why no
one has hit on the same Idea long ago is
something I can't understand. But
that's the way with most inventors.
They never see what . is directly before
their eyes, but always look for some
thing that Is miles away."
As this was what I had said hundreds
of times to Van Wagener about his own
inventions, I began to think that lie
wasn't aa utterly unreachable as a
scientific man generally Is.
"I'lcnse to look nt my shirt for a
moment," continued the professor.
" isjnade of very thin
eloth coated with a coating of India rub
tier. Also, you will perceive that it Is'
made of two thicknesses of rubber cloth.
Joined together at the neck and the
waist, nnd that Just where the collar
buttons would ordinarily come at the
back of my neck, Is a small valve. Now
this shirt will hold as many cubic, feet,
of hydrogen gas as would te sufliclent
to lift a man of my weight, together
with eighty pounds of arms and ac
coutrements." "Don't you find the rubbor shirt
rather warm?" I asked.
"It is a little warm," he replied, "but
I can easily overcome that. Hesides.
the warmth of the shirt has nothing to
do with the question. The fact on which
I wish you to fix your mind Is that by
filling this shirt with hydrogen, I over
come the effect of gravitation. That is.
to say, I make myself as light us air."
"Then you mean a soldier shall lly
Ifistead of march?" I said.
"Not at oil," said Van Wagener. "I
simply propose to make him so ligtit
that he will be able to take steps thirty
or forty feet long, and to Jump over
hedges and streams with perfect ease."
I wanted to remind the professor of a
' Jumping machine that he had once in-
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vented, and that had ifeai-ly killed him
When he tred to use It. but I kept quiet.
"Now,, said my friend, taking off hla
coat amV waistcoat, and wiping off his
perspiration that wag streaming down
his face-ri will proceed to give you a
practical illustration of; the- value of
my invention,'nrst time I'
' v
have actually experimented with It, but
I have absolute confidence in its practi
cability." With that Van Wagener opened his
basket, nnd took out a sort of tin knap
sack with a rubber tube attached to It:
"This," said he, is the generator. 1
fasten this on my back, and you will
understand that If I were a soldier I
should carry It outside my knapsack. I
connect this tube with the shirt-valve,
and turn this little stop-cock. The
moment the stop-cock Is turned the gas
begins to generate and Hows through
the tube Into the shirt. When I have
gas enough to reduce my weight one
half, 1 shut off the supply.and march on
my way. taking steps twenty feet long,
and feeling almost as light as a bird.
Hut tirst. I must fasten these leaden
soles to my boots, so that I can be sure
of yreservng an uoright attitude. You
see, I shall be In Just the same condi
tion as a diver, the weight of whose
body Is reduced as he sinks in the water,
lie s obliged to wear shoes weighted
with lead, for without them he night go
down head first."
Van Wagener carefully lied his lead
soles to his feet, and then he buckled tho
generator on his back, and tried to turn
the stop-cock of which he had spoken.
He had so much ditllculty In finding it
that he asked me to turn It for him.
which, of course, I did.
Presently the gas beeaii to hiss us It
was generuted, ami the professor began
tf swell as his shirt gradually tilled..
When it was apareiitly about half
full he asked me to turn off the, gas. nnd
then he started to walk across my buck
yard. There is no denying that the
Wagener went across that yard taking
steps that were about ten feet long
and bounding gently Into the air every
time bis feet touched the ground. Si 111.
his walk wus to all appearance the
(irunkeliest walk thut has ever le.n seen
since the days when Noah made his
great invention of drunkeiiess. The
professor's Body was swinging forwards
and backwards and sideways, and was
mostly at an angle of. say, fifty degrees
with the ground. It was clear that If It
hadn't been for the lead soh-s fastened
to his boots, he would have done a good
deal of walking on his head. 1 followed
pretty close after him, and he evidently
enjoyed himself immensely, for he kept
calling out to me to notice how light he
was, and demanded to know whether he
hadn't knocked gravitation endways
with his gas machine. Kven when he
came down with both feet In a briar
bush, and stuck there until I pulled him
out by main force, leaving a large pro
portion of bis trousers In the bush, he
never .lost , his spirits. He had walked
twice around the yard When n little ac
cident hanionpd which Interrupted his
experiment. He came down with both
feet tin one cat's tail. Now Tonimle was
one of the best-tempered cats I ever
knew, that is to say so long as you
treated him with proper respect. He
was also the champion catftghter of
New Uerlinopollsville, nnd there wasn't
hardly a night that he didn't have n
match with some rival cat. and, us a
rule, he won it In two. or nt the most
three rounds. He was lyng nsp'ep
under n small rose bush when the pro
fessor came down on his nil. and It
Irritated, him, as was only natural. I
should have been Irritated myself If I
had been In his place. Heins mad nil
over, Tommle frees his mind with a few
remarks, and then he-makes n Jump for
the irofessor's shoulder, where he
stopped long enough to give him a
couple of good one on the check that
drew the blood, and then he went over
the fence in starch of a quiet spot whore
he coud make repairs to his tail. He
came up to the professor to sympathize
with him while he was wiping the blood
from his face, but he sang out to me not
to bring my cigar nnywhere near him,
for the gas was baking, and an ex
plosion night be brought about. I
could see that lis size was rapidly grow
ing less, and In a little while the gas had
all esca!ed through half a dozen holes
that the rat's claws hnd made In the
shirt, and the professor w as able to walk
like nri ordinary Christian.
"I can't do anything more." said Van
Wagener, "until I have mended the
leaks in my shirt." And then he used
a lot of scientific language about cats
in general, which was excusable In the
I said to him that Tommy was one of
the leading cats of New Herlinopolls-
ville, and was universally respected. As
for his getting angry when a sclentiMe
man with leaden soles landed on his tall,
that was only human, and he ought not
to blame the cat for It.
"I don't blame. him so much for get
ting angry," said Van Wagener, "us I
do for not taking any interest In science,
l!ut that's just the way with a cat. Any
rat-would sooner spoil an experiment
than not. A friend of mine who does a
goo'd deal of vivisecting tells me that he
has,- more trouble with cats than with
any. other animals. However, the mis
chief's done now, and there's no use In
saying anything more. "You'll admit.
I tlllnk, that my experiment was a great
'XII admit," snld I, "that any army In
the-, world would run away from an
enemy approaching in the- same style
as'you circulated round my yard.
"Wait till I have had a little more ex
perience," said the professor. "I did not
have quite gas enough In my shirt, and
my, shoes were not quite heavy enough.
When I find out the exact quantity of
gits. I ought to use, and the precise
weight that needs to be attached to my
feet, all that will he necessary will be
practice. I venture to say, that with
about three days of practice, I shall be
able to walk at the rate of thirty miles
an hour, with perfect steadiness, and
without the least danger of accident.
Tomorrow, at about this hour, I will
come back here with my shirt repaired,
and everything ready for a final and
conclusive experiment. I hope you will
have the goodness to lock up that ab
ominable cat, for I can't promise to suc
ceed Jn my experiment if that beast is
on hand."
"All right." said I, "the cat shall be
locked up. But I ask you what will
happen when your army marches across
country with their shirts Inflated with
gas? Cats are-awfully-common, and If
the urmy treads on a cat's tall there'll
be a panic that will be worse than a de
feat." Van Wagener didn't condescend to
answer me, but he marched out of my
yard with his basket on his arm, and a
glow of triumph in his face, which
struck me as being a little previous, in
view of all the facts.
Well! the next day the professor
turned up at the sajne hour in the very
bst of spirits.
This time he had extra heavy lead
weights to his feet, and when every
thing was ready, I turned on the supply
of gas for him, until he judged that his
weight had been reduced to ubout one
third of what it ordinarily was. Then
he gave me the word to turn off the gas.
and he started to walk across the yard.
His walk was only a little drunker in
appearance than it hnd been the day be
fore, but he certainly did get over the
ground at a tremendous rate. Every
time his feet touched the earth he
bounded nbuut ten feet into the air, and
came down again a good thirty feet
from where he had started. He went
the 1-ngth of the yard, which was fully
five hundred feet. In no time at all, and
us he passed me on the way back, he
was so excited that he tried to clap his
feet together, and to crow like a rooster.
1 don't say this was. c.tilte worthy of a
respectable sclentitio man, but allow
ance must be made for an inventor who
finds that his Invention works. Hut the
professor made the biggest mistake In
his life when he tried to clap his feet to
gether. In so doing, one of his lead soles.
which had been tied on by the professor
himself, with a sort of knot that was of
no murine!-of use, dropped oft', and Van
JV'agener went up into the all" like a
shot. I saw him trying to reach the
stopcock that shut oft' the gas from his
shirt, but be could Hot tlud it. and it
would have done bint no good If he had
found It. What that shirt needed was
some sort of safety valve for letting the
gas escape in case of accident, but Van
Wagener had omitted to furnish it with
any such valve. Without his lead sole
he was considerably lighter than the at
mosphere, and consequently there was
nothing to prevent him front going up.
There was a gentle breeze fiom the
southward, and as Van Wagejier rose
slowly and seemed to be drifting to
wards a tliiekly-huilt part of the town
1 was In holies that he would be able
to catch hold of some building and uold
on till some one could come to his aid.
Hp never said a word as he sailed up
wards, but I'm ready to bet that he
Would have given a good deal If the cat
could have jumped on him fronvlhe roof
of the house and punctured his shirt.
1 sang out to him to keep cool, which is
the easiest tiling to say to a man who U
in dltlictiltics, but he simply smiled a
resigned sort of smile, and disappeared
behind the house.
I ran out of the front door and chafed
the professor, keeping my eye on him
Just as a sailor keeps his eye on a 'man
who falls overboard, though there
wasn't any chance of sending a lifeboat,
or for that matter, a life-balloon, after
him. He drifted along at an elevation
of pcrhHp fifty feet, and presently I
saw that he was heading directly for
the I'resliyterlitn church. The church
itself was only about thirty feet high
from the ground to the roof, but It had a
steeple that was a good hundred feet 111
height, though it didn't look it. In fact
It looked as If It was lower than the
Kaptlst steeple, which (Was only elglity
tlve feet high, and the Presbyterians
used to w in no end of bets by Inducing
strangers to bet on the comparative
height of the two steeples. However,
that Is neither here or there. Van
Wagner drifted along amid the generul
enthusiasm of the inhabitants, who all
rushed out of doors to see him. and
Imagined that he had contrived some
new way of nuvlgating the air, and was
making a big success of it. Everybody
said that this time the professor had
made the greatest Invention of the cen
tury, and that New Heillnopollsville
i would have a chance to put up a monu
ment to him. after his death, that would
attract thousands of visitors. I said
nothing, for nothing that 1 could suy
would be of any help towards getting
the professor down to the ground In
safety, and I hadn't the heart to destroy
the reputation that lie had so suddenly
and accidentally made.
l!y rare good luck; Vnn Wagner hap
pened to hit the very top of the Presby
terlan steeple, nnd cuught hold of It
nnd held on for all he was worth. There
wasn't much to hold on to except the
lightning rod, for, of course, there
wasn't any cross there, and In the place
where a cross ought to have been there
was a big gilt pineapple ,whlch was too
Raa tbt Ckicsr Tints-IUnld.
big to put one's arms around. I never
could understand why a gilt, pineapple
was put there.' 1 asked the head deacon
about It one day, but he didn't conde
scend to answer me, and merely sug
gested that I haj better study the Scrip
tures. Now, I've been In the habit of
studying them ever since I was a boy,
but I never remember coming across
any allusion to pineapples. Some day
I'm going to Inquire into the thing and
get a satisfactory answer. My own idea
19 that when the commktete that was
building the church came to deciding
on a decoration for the top of the
steeple, old Deacon White, who was an
Importer of pineapples and bananas
and such, though he could advertise
his business by putting a big gilt pine
apple v.-here nobody could fall to see it.
lly the time I got alongside of the
church there were about two thousand
people, men, women and children there,
waiting to see the professor fall, and
speculating as to what extent he would
be smashed by the time he should strike
the ground. They were all In the best
of spirits, as folks generally are when
they are admitted free to some attrac
tive show, beacon White was the only
exception; he disapproved strongly of
Van Wagener's conduct.' and said that
it was little better than sacrilege. Of
course, I knew that the professor was
In no danger of falling down. - What he
wanted to do was to avoid falling up,
whenever It should become necessary
for him to let go his hold.' I saw that
the thing to do was to get a rope to him
as soon as possible, calculating that he
would have sense enough to know how
to use It. The difficulty was how to get
the rope to him, for the steeple was per
fectly smooth On the outside,' so thut
nobody could possibly climb It, ' and
there was no ladder In the town that
would reach half way up to the pine
apple. Pretty soon I saw my way. I
sent a mail to get two hundred feet of
stout line, and then I found a boy who
was flying a ' kite, and bought out his
whole stock for fifty cettts. I used to be
a midddling good kite flyer when I was
a boy, and It didn't take me very long to
nianuever that kite so thut the string!
fell across Van Wagener's shoulder, and j
I saw him seise It with one hand. Then ,
I bent the two hundred feet of line to
the kltestrlng, and shqolt It. as a signal
to the professor to haul' away.' He uiu
so. and in a little while he had one end
of the line in his possession, and he cast
the kite adrift, suing. and all.'
Any man who wasn't a scientific per
son would have known that 1 expected
Van Wagener to tie the .line to his
ankles, und let me pull hjni gently down.
But the professor never thought of thut.
He tied the line fast to the lightning rod,
and stat ted to slide down It. Naturally,
his Inflated shirt made that Impossible.
We could see him hanging on to the Hue
with both hands, and with his body
swinging out at right uugles, but In
spite of till he could do he couldn't man
age I i climb down the line a single foot.
The public got more excited than ever,
and the betting on the professor's ulti
mate fate was lively. But after a time
he came to the conclusion that he had
made a mistake, and I was never more
relieved in my life than when I saw him
climb back to his perch on the piue-
t. ri 1 1': till I 111
apple and begin to unfasten the line. Ho
kept me on the anxious seat for the next
ten minutes while he waited to rest,
and then I was delighted to see him
make the line fast to both his ankles.
I hauled away on my end till the line
was taut, and then Van Wagener let go
his hold, and I began gently to gather
him In. The crowd cheered when they
saw what was going on, and though
there was a good deal of wrangling
about the bets, which some people
claimed that I had interfered with by
providing Van Wagener with the means
of escape. Of course, there was some
thing to be said In support of this view
of the matter, for if it hadn't been for
me the men who bet that Van Wagener
would full and kill himself must have
won. However, the dispute was settled
by arbitration, and Deacon White, the
arbitrator, declared nil bets off, in con
sequence of my Interference, which, he
added, was entirely justifiable in the
circumstances. He wasn't a very so-
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clable sort of a chap, but he was a per
fectly square man In all business deal
ings, and the public had confidence In
It was a beautiful spectacle, the way
in which the professor came down as I
hauled in on the line. He kept perfectly
erect, but he also kept slowly revolving
on -his-ax te, as you might say. His arms
were stretched out at right angles to
his body in order to steady himself a
little, and the general effect of him was
that of an angel without wings in the
act of blessing the public. There was a
sweet smile on his face when he came
near enough for us to notice It, and his
eyes were closed, probably because he
felt a little dizzy, and that gave him a
peuceful sort of look that aroused uni
versal admiration. 'When he reached
the ground, 1 got a good hold of him
and slit his Inflated shirt with my pen
knife. Then, when the gas had all
escaped, I untied his legs, and, giving
him my arm. for he was more or less
weak with the excitement of his ad
venture. I took him home, followed by a
cheering nud. enthusiastic crowd com
posed of all the ieidlng citizens of the
.place, without distinction of creed or
' For my part I consider that Van
Wagner's Invention was a success, but,
curious': enough, he never mnde any
furthei r'-.iit rlments with it. You see
he ha:: --.t a pretty big scare when he
was drifting over the town and clinging
to the Presbyterian steepl", and the re
sult was that heweakend, as you
might say, on h'.s Invention. I never
could get him to speak of It afterwards,
and .when I saw that It really troubled
him to have me remind him of it, I
dropped the subject. Now, that Van
Wagner is dead, It is open to anyone to
take up his Invention and make a prac
tical success of It. I shouldn't be at all
surprised if Edison took It up some day,
for he Is a master hand at working out
other people's Ideas. Of course, I don't
Intend to meddle In the thing. The
world Is good enough for me as It stands
and If I had my way ther wouldn't be
anything fresh Invented for the next
hundred years.
Phenomena That Bewilder the W isdom
of MenHuman Efforts to Com
prehend Their Meaning.
A person placed under the Influence
of ether sometimes cries out piteously
during a surgical operation. An hour
later, having entirely regained his
senses, he declares that he was utterly
oblivious to the occurrence and felt no
pain whatever. A bookkeeper, troubled
over his failure to balance his accounts
rises In his sleep, goes to his office,
straightens out the error and then re
turns home. On reaching his place of
business next day he is as completely
surprised at the discovery as any one
else connected with the establishment.
A man, falling from a ladder, receives
a blow on the back of his head, and for
six weeks cannot spenk, fails to recog
nize his friends and shows a wonrful
change In disposition although evident
ly as intelligent and conscious as ever.
In short, he appears to be a different
person. Then suddenly a violent head
ache, which has bothered him during
the intervale, abates. He looks around
like one awakened from sleep, and asks:
"Where am l?" He has become him
self aguln, and has no recollection of
anything since he lost his footing on
the ladder. A good subject, having
been placed In a hypnotic trance, may
be made to believe himself a greater
actor than Irving, a finer singer than
either of the De Kezskes, or a daintier
verse writer than Shelley. The delu
sion Is as complete as that of the
worst lunatic In an asylum. But with a
snap of the finsrer the hypnotizer can
bring the fellow back to his normal con
dition. These nnd many other unusual and.
puzzling cases resemble, In one respect
at least, the more familiar experiences
of sleep and dreams (such as perfectly
healthy people may have) and of hys
teria and Insanity. They all suggest
that human beings possess various fac
ulties which may be active without
th'?lr being aware of It. Hence, a few
of the scientists who have studied the
matter carefully, have acquired the
habit of distinguishing, In their talk,
between the conscious nnd the uncon
scious self. They also call the latter the
"sub-liminal" self, because as they say,
it Is the pnrt of the mind which lies "be
low the threshold of consciousness."
Whether this part of a person's nature
Is a unit or is subdivided Into several
personalities Is a question on which
leading psychologists still differ, but
there Is now a general disposition to
concede the "subliminal" self great di
mensions and more startling possibili
ties than would have been granted a
few years ago
A wonderful power of obtaining In
formation by other than the ordinary
methods of communication Is among
the gifts In which some of these cold
blooded, skeptical scientists evince
faith. They do not believe that every
one pnssesse It. On the other hand, at
present, they are inclined to limit It to
a comparatively small class. But evi
dence on this point Is Inadequate. The
matter Is still under Investigation. It
Is svggested on the one hand that In
many. If not all. Instances there Is only
an exercise of usual sensibilities ex
ceptionally sharpened. That sort of
perception is called "hyperaestehesla."
But some of the facts are thought to
point, on the other hand, to the exist
ence of a distinct faculty, still in rudi
mentary state, perhaps, and found only
here and there; as- If evolution were
about to add still further the equipment
of man's higher nature. However this
may be, a dilligent hunt has been made
for years after stories of telepathy,
mind-reading, second sight, clairvoy
ance, crystal vision and so on, by the
Society for Psychical Research, and
great pains have been taken to obtain
oorroboratlon If possible
One of the most experienced and In
defatigable workers in that organiza
tion, Frederic W. H. Meyers, embodies
scores of these narratives In a paper
printed in the last report df the. pro- i
ceedlngs of the Society for PsyoWcal
Research. A few. are selected for- re
production here to Illustrate some-of
the supposed workings of the myster
ious faculty In qusetlon. .'
D. J. Parsons, a physician In Sweet
Springs, Mo., says he discovered years
ago that he was able to see things men
tally which had happened many miles
away and years before. He wrote In
lsui: "While In company, with Dr.
.Trotter, of Lexington, Mo., I could sec
before and near to him a. delicate hand,
on which was a dnrk red kid glove. The
hand was all the time in motion. I
called his attention to it, and he was
much surprised. I told him the hand
had a history, and if he had no objec
tion I would be pleused to know it He
said: "I was traveling In Canada on
the ears, and one day we ran u to a
train that had been wreckeiL-and about
the first thing that I r- was a young
ludy lying upon the ground dead. One
hand was nuked and one was cov
ered with a dark red kid glove.; In
stantly upon his uttering the words the
dark red kid glove and the hand had
Subsequently the Dr. Trotter here
mentioned sent a full account of the
accident und the conversation with Dr.
Parsons to on aflicer of the Psychical
Research In reply to Inquiries.
He corroborated the foregoing story
fully, adding that the gloved hanil
made a strong Impression on him,
"which has remained to this day, abcut
40 years." He was astonished at Dr.
Pearson's remark to him nearly 30 years
after the event, and even yet cannot
understand how that person should
have broached the subject. Inasmuch as
Dr. Trotter had never, to his know
ledge, mentioned tlte sight of the dead
girl to a living soul.
A well known member of the society
for Psychical Research In England, a
woman who veils her Identity from the
general public by the name of "Miss
X," has had many such experiences.
For Instance, on meeting for the tirst
time a mature gentleman whom she had
every reason to esteem highly, she per
ceived near him a vague but petslstent
image of a lad, wearing a terror-stricken
aspect nnd holding his arm up In self
defense. Later she learned In boyhood
at school, for some misbehavior, he was
obliged to "run the gauntlet." Mr. My
ers cited these two stories as suggest
ing the "udherence of phantusmal
scenes to a living person."
A large group of Incidents found In
this collection occurred almost exactly
at the same time when the "percipient"
received a corresponding Impression.
Shipwrecks, more trilling accidents, the
recovery of a lost dog and the position
In which a watch that had been dropped
In a haylleld a few hours before still
lay were paralleled by visions, either in
sleep or half-waking condition. Thus,
on the morning of October 7, 1SS5, the
wife of a Chicago man asked him, while
they were both dressing and before
either of them had left their sleeping
room, if he had ever known a person
named "Esdaile." He replied in tlte
negative. Then she narrated a dream
In which she saw a coffin on the lake
shore so marked. Later In the day the
man discovered In the morning paper of
that date an account of the disappear
ance of William E. Ksdaile, but with no
theory as to his fate. After elaborate
Inquiry it seems to be established that
this was the first public mention of the
fact that he was missing. For several
days the Chicago papers referred to the
topic, but suggested that he was alive
but Insane, and would be found. The
notion of suicide was scouted. On Octo
ber 10 Esdaile's body wus found. He
had been drowned.
In the great majority of cases the
vision came entirely unsought and un
expected. Sometimes it was the only
experience of the kind which that par
ticular person had had, and sometimes
the seer was accustomed to receiving
such Impressions. Very often they re
lated to people and things n which the
"percipient" had not the slightest inter
est, and of which perhaps he had no
previous knowledge.
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