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I now pass on to a sitting in April, 1860, where all was harmony; where we were friends accustomed to the pheno
It was in the drawing-room of one of our members of Parliament, the room was lighted up as usual, and it was about eight o'clock, p.m. After tea, seven of us went into the back drawing-room referred to-we sat at an ordinary sized loo table.
VIBRATION.—The table trembled, and then moved about.
Music.The accordion played very sweetly, “Home sweet home," and then it was rapped out-that, was for J.J. (self), then was played an exquisitely beautiful melody with echoes the echoes were repeated ten or twelve times—the delicacy of touch was exquisite when the air was played ; and then, with the higher octave was played the echo; which sounded as if it were in the far off distance ;-ech-o! Mr. Home held the instrument by the white rim, his other hand was on the table.
BELL.-For the first time, in five years experience, the bell was brought to my hand. I placed my hand beneath the table top, horizontally, and close to the top; the handle came sliding into the open palm; with a firm pressure I then closed the hand, laid hold of the bell, brought it up, and showed it to the sitters.
TOUCHING.—Mrs. B. had her dress pulled several times, and the deceased person named who did it.
Mrs. - the hostess, had the feeling on the side of her knee, as of her late son resting his head on her when tired; and soon it was rapped out, “ Mamma, soon I will be able to let you feel my
hair.” MOTION.—All our chairs began to tremble, or vibrate, as if on a steam boat. Mr. Home's chair was drawn from the table with him on it. Mrs. was also drawn a little. Suddenly a chair in the centre of the room began to slide towards the table, it passed between Mr. Home and Mrs. up to, and occupied, the position Mr. Home had previously. He then came from where he was, sat at the back of the empty chair referred to;-off started the empty chair, and went into the recess at the window, and then it rose several times, so that the seat of the chair was above the table. The spirit hand was seen lifting it up. All the sitters were delighted ;the hand then appeared above the table, and took the pencil off a piece of paper.
Rising.–The loo table I was sitting at, rose up vertically from the floor-considerably higher than my head three times ; our finger ends hindering it from rising higher, and then it de
cending gently, like a feather. The summing up of the sitting may be thus given :
ist.—That the loo table rose off the floor three times, about two feet and a half.
2nd. -A hand bell was carried from Mrs. -'s left hand under the table to my right hand, all other hands being on the table.
3rd.—Exquisitely played music with the accordion.
4th.-Sounds in answer to questions close to my hand on the table—some feeble, some so loud as to sound as if done with the knuckles energetically.
5th.--My chair vibrated as if in a steam-boat during a gale of wind, when the machinery shakes the vessel.
6th.— I saw a chair come between the table and the window, where no one was, and I saw that chair elevated above the table; and after the circle was over, I went round and saw the chair-back resting on the window-frame, and the front resting on the edge of the table. It was one of the drawingroom chairs.
I will now give another series of incidents which occurred in the same room on the 7th of May, 1860, and doubtless the personal evidence I have given will be sufficient, so far as I am concerned.
PERSONAL:Mingling with those interested in witnessing evidences of spirit power, I gladly accepted an invitation to meet a few friends on Monday, the 7th of May, 1860, at a house at the West-end. At a quarter after eight o'clock, we went into the adjoining back drawing-room, and sat down at a loo-table. There were nine of us—Mr. Home being one of the number. Immediately the table commenced vibrating and gently lifting itself off the floor. I say lifting itself, because no human beings in human clay were the actors. Notbing occurred for a few minutes, during which conversation was kept up, and then the table gradually rose of the floor about FOUR FEET, or rather more than a foot beyond our outstretched arms, the hands of which had rested gently on the table before its ascent. It then descended. The accordion was asked for by the raps. Mr. Home took it in his right hand, by the rim at the bottom of the instrument, leaving his left hand on the table, and then were played some beautiful voluntaries, exquisitely attenuated, yet clear and melodious. They then came out gradually fuller, and yet more full, till
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It was then rapued out by the sounds—“Go to the window;" we re, and moved the loo-table to about eighteen inches from the window. I may in passing, state that the room was about thirty-seven feet long, by about twenty-five wide, and about fifteen feet to the ceiling, bountifully supplied with the usual drawing-room furniture. We sat down again, but more closely, so as to allow a vacant space at the side of the table, opposite the window. The sounds then gare out “Put out the lights,” which was done. We found that though the room was dark, except from the light of the fire, yet the light from the window was sufficient for us to faintly see each other, and as we became accustomed to the degree of light, we could see each other distinctly. The window-blind then commenced moving up and down—no one near it-evidently to tone the light; and while we were remarking the singularity of the phenomenon, and how high it went, all looking at it, suddenly it sprung up to the top, and then came gently down to its original position. Mr. Home felt something on his head, and found it was a leaf. Suddenly the leaf of a geranium' was taken and dropped into the lap of a lady sitting at tho table. We heard the snap as if breaking off the stem of a flower, and immediately came down past the left ear of my friend, and on to his knee, a sprig of geranium; while he hold it up for us to see, I expressed a wish to have one, when a sprig camo past my right ear on to my knee. I picked it up, and while showing it, another came past my face as if from tho ceiling. The geranium plant was in the room seve
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STATEMENT BY MRS. as to events which transpired at her own residence. “May 3rd, 1860.-A lady was present with her son, who became nervous at the manifestations, never having witnessed any before; the spirits, therefore, would not manifest with so much power as usual until she left us, though she witnessed the rising of the table in the air and the touch of the spirit hands. After she and her son had taken their leave the table moved away from the remain. ing seven of us, and we followed it; suddenly it rose in the air, and without any help from us was placed on a large sofa that stood before the window. The spirit told us by raps to move the sofa away, which we immediately did, and the table then moved away of its own accord up to the window where the hands had appeared to us on former occasions. The shutters were opened and the candles extinguished by their desire. Mr. Home sat next to the window, and I sat next to him with Miss H on my other side. After sitting a few minutes quietly I felt a form glide behind me; it touched my chair, placed two hands on my shoulders, and then drew the heavy silk curtain from a window behind me (we sat in a bow formed by three windows) and folded the drapery round me like a cloak. The hands and arms which enfolded me felt as palpable as human arms would feel. On one of the party guessing the name of the spirit, it was answered in the affirm. ative by three startling raps, which shook the table, and felt as if produced by a bar of iron-no human hand could have knocked with such force. As I was intently listening to catch any sound, and straining my eyes to see any form that could make itself visible, my comb was taken out of my hair by a spirit hand, and laid on the table at a distance from me. By tiny gentle raps my darling spirit child told me that he had taken it. Then a hand rose under the window, and pulled down the blind. We distinctly saw the fingers clutch the string-this is a green, transparent blind, through which the light can flow softly. The hand then made graceful gestures, and pointed upwards, and when it disappeared it was followed by another, and then by a child's hand. Suddenly I was touched on the shoulder as if by some one standing behind me and wishing to draw my attention. I thought it was my daughter, and turned to speak to her, but I found no one. I had hardly turned round, when my left shoulder was
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* I know tho persons who were present.–J.J.