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courses,' which was for a long time very marvellously preserved, &c., &c."
The question might arise, who was the ancient man, and how foolish to frighten a man that way. The answer is, the ancient man might be the grandfather, who had watched over the book he had so set his heart on, and carefully concealed; and the wisdom of frightening, was proved by the translation being effected, and by the moral results the whole case must have had on the House of Commons and the public.-R. T.
NEWS BEFORE THE REGULAR TIME.-In ancient history, often the news of a battle, which has decided the fate of a kingdom or empire, arrives no one knows how, and yet is in due course found true—taking the deductions of reason from the incidents of apparitions appearing to, and uttering sentences to susceptible individuals, the mystery is solved. Plutarch, in his Lives, mentions several such incidents—we copy two: “Paulis Eme. lius destroyed the Macedonian power at the battle of Pydna : on the fourth day after the defeat of Perseus, as the people were at the equestrian games at Rome, a report was suddenly spread in the first seats of the theatre, that Emelius had gained a great battle over Perseus, and overturned the kingdom of Macedon. The news was made public in a moment—the multitude clapped their hands, &c. Afterwards, when it appeared there was no good foundation, the story dropped ; but in due course, a few days after, it was confirmed beyond dispute.”
AGAIN.—“When Luceus Antonius rebelled against Domitian, Rome was much alarmed, and expected a bloody war in Germany; but on a sudden, a report was raised and spread over the city, that Antonius was vanquished and slain, and that his army was cut to pieces. Such a run had the report, that the magistrates offered sacrifices to the Gods; but on enquiring for the author of the report, he could not be found. It was afterwards found that the battle was actually fought and won the same day, though the field of battle was more than 20,000 furlongs from Rome.”
CÆSAR AND ANTONY WERE RIVALS.—“ Antony had in his house a fortune-telling gipsy ; this man told Antony that the star of his fortune, however glorious of itself, was eclipsed and obscured by Cæsar's, and by all means to keep at the greatest distance from that young man. • The genius of your life,' said he, is afraid of his ; when it is alone its port is erect and fearless; when his approaches, it is dejected and depressed.'
Indeed, there were many circumstances that seemed to justify the assertion; for in every kind of play, whether they cast lots or cast the dice, Antony was still the loser. In their cock-fights, and quail fights, it was still Cæsar's cock and Cæsar's quail."- Plutarch.
BRUTUS AND Dion.-Plutarch, in comparing the characters of these two great men, says they both were cut off by an untimely death before they could carry the purposes which they had pursued with so much labour into execution. The most singular circumstance attending their death was, that both had a divine warning of it, in the appearance of a frightful spectre. Brutus, a little before he left Asia, was sitting alone in his tent by a dim light at a late hour. The whole army lay in sleep and silence, while the general, wrapped in meditation, thought he perceived a something enter his tent. Turning towards the door, he saw a horrible and monstrous spectre standing silently by his side. What art thou ?" said he, boldly ; "art thou God or man, and what is thy business with me?”. The spectre answered, “I am thy evil genius, Brutus! Thou wilt see me at Philippi.” To which he calmly replied, “I'll meet thee there.” When the apparition was gone, he called his servants, who told him they had neither heard any voice nor had seen any vision. That night he did not go to rest, but went early in the morning to Cassius and told him what had happened. The night before the battle which closed his career, the spectre again appeared at Philippi, assumed its former figure, but vanished without Speaking
Dion, when the conspiracy was on foot, had a monstrous and dreadful apparition. As he was meditating one evening alone in the portico before his house, he heard a sudden noise, and turning about, perceived a woman of gigantic size at the end of the portico, in the form of one of the furies, as they are represented in the theatre, sweeping the floor with a broom. In his terror and amazement he sent for some of his friends, and informing them of this prodigy, desired they would stay with him during the night; but he saw it no more. Soon after his son threw himself from the top of the house and was killed, and Dion shortly after was assassinated ; and, strange to say, Calippus, the instigator of the murder, was afterwards slain with the very sword Dion was assassinated with.
CHRISTIAN.-Philip, while at Jerusalem, saw an angel who
spoke to him, telling him to go towards Gaza. As he went, the Treasurer of the Queen of Candace passed along in his chariot, reading a book. Then the Spirit or Angel said to Philip, “Go near and join thyself to this chariot,” and a conversation arose between Philip and the Treasurer, which ended in his baptism at a pool of water they were passing ; and as they came up out of the water, the Spirit from the Lord caught away Philip; that is, lifted him up and carried him away, as St. Teresa, Home, Gordon, Torphican, and others have been taken up in the air; but in Philip's case carried him away, no difficult matter when once he was up in the air.
St. Paul, St. Peter, St. John, and others saw apparitions, or angels. (See Section on Angels.)
CLASSICAL history teems with narratives of apparitions.
THE APPARITIONS seen in London in 1855 and 1860, prove that angels have bodies which touched human beings, and lifted solid substances; and these facts prepare the mind for the phenomena as developed in subsequent sections.
DR. R., 1860.-In a few minutes X. and I both distinctly twice saw, as did every one else present, a hand like that of a dark mulatto woman's, rise up to the level of the table, in the open, únoccupied space between the table and the window, and take up a pencil laid on a piece of paper, and draw on it what afterwards we found to be a leaf and an eagle's head. I am most positive, and so is X., that this hand belonged to no one in the room, that it could not by any possibility so belong. Whether owned by angel, spirit, or demon, I know not.
APPARITIONAL: On Wednesday last Jane Wilson was brought to the Warneford Hospital, Leamington, as an inpatient. She was very ill with diseased kidneys, but in no immediate peril of life. She was accompanied as far as the Leamington station by her brother, and parted with him there. On Thursday evening, the 11th of October, she went to the closet, but soon returned in the extremest terror, and trembling all over. She declared she saw her brother lying dead in the closet. From that time she became worse, and died last Saturday, the 13th. Meanwhile, on Friday the 12th, tidings reached the hospital that her brother had met his death by hanging; but, owing to her weakness, the news was kept from her, and she died without any confirmation of her apprehension.—Yours respectfully,
N. W. WYER. Bute House, Leamington,
15th October, 1860.
R. CATHOLIC, 1412.-Joan of Arc, born 1412, was from the age of thirteen subject to frequent hallucinations (so called) of the organs of sight, hearing, and smell. Thus, luminous trains of surpassing brilliancy, and visions of angels were seen by her at noonday; strange voices were heard by her when she thought herself alone; and fragrant odours were perceived by her when some of her spiritual visitors made their appear.
She solemnly asserted and stedfastly maintained that those angelic beings frequently appeared to her, and spoke to her; that she saw them with her corporeal eyes, and that she only acted in conformity with their counsels.-See VOICES,
SOCRATES had his good dæmon, who was true to him. She appeared in transcendent glory a few days before he left his body, assuring him that she waited his entrance to the spiritworld.-Herodotus.
SPIRIT-LIGHTS. JEWISH. Moses.—“ An angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush; but though the bush burned with fire, the bush was not consumed.” So the Jew dare not say, it is wrong to witness spirit-lights.
CARISTIANS.—About one hundred and twenty Christians, called disciples, met together in a house at Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost—they were all in harmony—and suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house with the sound; and there appeared in the room cloven tongues, like as of fire, and they rested on each of the persons present; and the result was, that suddenly they found themselves possessed of the power to speak foreign languages, &c. So the Christian dare not say, it is wrong to witness spirit-lights.
CLASSIC.—Pericles had his vessels of war surrounded by lights while sailing against his enemies. So classic devotees dare not say, it is false to assert the existence of spirit-lights.
SPIRIT-LIGHTS AND APPARITIONS.—Mr. James Scott, of Carbondale, Pa., with whom we recently had an interview, related to us the following, among other interesting facts of spirit manifestations, which have lately occurred in that town: "A special circle was convoked one evening, in compliance with the previous request of spirits, the latter promising to give, on that occasion, demonstrations that would satisfy all doubters. After the circle became seated, the medium became entranced, rose from her seat, and requested two sceptical ladies in the circle to follow her. She led them into a bedroom, and closed the door, rendering it perfectly dark. They had not been there long, before they saw a light descend spirally from the ceiling, and rest upon the top of the bed-post. It soon, however, left the bed-post, and assumed the distinct form of the head, face, and part of the breast of a child. One of the ladies instantly recognised it as a child which she had lost some time before. So perfect was the recognition, that in the depths of maternal affection she was about to grasp it in her arms, when the medium restrained her. They wailed a few moments, when another light descended from the ceiling, and extended itself across the bed, and finally assumed a form which the other lady recognised as her sister-in-law who had passed into the spirit world. They gazed upon the two figures for some