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Psychic facts, a selection from various authors, ed. by W.H. Harrison
Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: PHENOMENA I HA VE SEEN. By Cromwell Fleetwood Vablet, F.R.S., C.E. In No. 2520 of The Spectator, pages 1281 and 1282, there is a letter from Dr. Carpenter, who assumes...
Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: PHENOMENA I HA VE SEEN. By Cromwell Fleetwood Vablet, F.R.S., C.E. In No. 2520 of The Spectator, pages 1281 and 1282, there is a letter from Dr. Carpenter, who assumes that because there are impostors making money by bogus "spiritual manifestations," all "mediums" are impostors. He might with equal reason assert that, because fraudulent merchants are occasionally brought to justice, therefore all merchants are rogues. Twenty-five years ago I was a hard-headed unbeliever, and when it was asserted that tables could be made to gyrate by means of " electricity and magnetism," the absurdity was too manifest for discussion. " Spiritual phenomena," however, suddenly and quite unexpectedly were soon after developed in my ownfamily. Several coming events were correctly foretold, and I was naturally amazed; this led me to inquire and to try numerous experiments in such a way as to preclude as much as circumstances would permit the possibility of trickery and self-deception. Some of these investigations have been published in various journals, and in the proceedings of the Dialectical Society. Mr. C. F. Varley was for many years chief engineer to the Electric and International Telegraph Company before the English telegraphs were bought up by the Government. He invented important portions of the apparatus then and now in common use. He also took an active part in rendering Atlantic telegraphy an accomplished fact; and, in conjunction with his cousin Mr. Michael Faraday, and Sir William Thomson, was the first to discover and demonstrate the chief laws governing the transmission of electricity through long deep-sea cables. â”ED. Prior to this I had frequently experimented with mesmerism as a curative agent, and had met with three clairvoyants with whom I had made many experiment...
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