Imagens das páginas
PDF
ePub

out of the pores, and comes through the sleeve of the jacket, shooting out all around when you draw your hand down his arm.' W. C.'s arm was now quite stiffened, catalepsed, as it is termed, but still awake, * and said that he could feel his arm powerfully attracted to E. W. as if drawn to him by a wind. His arm was now touched by a spectator, to ascertain its stiffness, when E. W. instantly called out “You should not let him do so—he has taken away nearly all the fire; I saw the blue fire run to his hand, up his own, and now there is but little of it left. But when I had made another pass, E. W. said, it is come again. And when I had demesmerised the arm by blowing upon it, E. W. said, “there! look! the fire is all gone again—you have blown it all away!'”

Fearless of the eye of scrutiny, Mr. Dann announces that E. W is Edward Wisenden, a young man 19 years of age; who has spent the greater part of his time at New Romney, in Kent, and at a small village near Maidstone; he has had but little opportunity of obtaining a knowledge of the world.”

The writer has not heard that the blue fire has been visible anywhere out of Kent.

* Mr. Dann does not appear in this particular to express himself with his usual perspicuity; unless indeed he really means to say that the arm was awake and vocal. In the nomenclature of Science, as in the language of poetry, the eye-not the tongue-is set down as the organ of language; and the annals of Mesmerism show that hands and feet may be qualified for fulfilling the functions of eyes and ears.

DELICATE INVESTIGATION.

“ Make me to see it; or, at the least so prove it,

That the probation bear no hinge, nor loop,
To hang a doubt on.”

Othello.

Once upon a time it happened that Mr. Dann was anxious to know what his wife was doing at that particular moment; and he requested Mr. Wisenden to go and see. Happily for the peace of the family, the envoy found the lady " at work;” but an incident occurred immediately after his arrival, of which he gave an account n the following words;

“A customer coming into the shop, I saw her give a woman something, but did not observe what it was, and the woman gave her some halfpence for it; yet when she gave it over the counter, I saw a cockroach run from it towards the woman, when she squeaked out, being frightened.”

And so it actually was; but it is obvious that experiments of this nature ought always to be conducted with very great caution.

ANNIHILATION OF TIME AND SPACE.

“ See him set on to London. So swift a pace hath thought, that even now You may imagine him upon Blackheath."

King Henry V.

The annexed narrative of a Trip to London, performed by Mr. Wisenden “ while in the sleep,” is from the pen of the gentleman who wrote the history of the discovery of the blue light. Bodily, the traveller “has never been in London, or ever read any account of its public buildings."

“I desired E. W. to go to London by the railway. He soon entered on the rail. After about three minutes had elapsed, he called out, 'Hallo! I have overtaken you, have I?' I enquired what had happened. He said, 'I have just passed the train on the rail.' Soon after this he shivered, and buttoned up his coat, saying, “I don't like going under ground, it strikes so cold!' but immediately unbuttoned it again. In a short time he said, “I have got to the end of the rail; which way shall I go? for its all confusion here.' He then passed over London Bridge, describing it as a large and handsome structure; and here he noticed a very lofty building, which proved to be the Monument. At my request, he ascended to the top, complaining that it made his legs ache. He then placed himself on the flame—and gave me a very pretty description of all that he could see; saying that the people appeared to be very small.' He then descended, counting the steps as he came down. I now told him, that when last in London, a young woman threw herself from the top; when my patient immediately said, 'I cannot see how she could do so, there is no place for her to get out at, it is all enclosed like a cage. From the Monument he went up King William Street, into the Bank of England, giving a description of some of

go inside.

the offices—of large quantities of writings deposited in a strong iron closet, on shelves--and of a great quantity of sovereigns in a chest, in another closet, the closet and the chest as being of iron, and the date on those sovereigns to be 1842. But as I was not able to say whether his observations on the Bank were correct or not, I directed him to St. Paul's. Passing on, he said, “I cannot get along, there are so many people in the way; the streets are full of people and carriages, and such a noise!' Presently he said, “Oh, I suppose this is St. Paul's, a very large building with iron fencing round it; which way shall I go in? But stop! is there not a clock? Oh, here it is; how high up! It is twelve minutes past ten. I will now

Oh! is not this a large place? Talk of buildings—this is one!' I then directed him to find a way up stairs; he did so, and found the wheelwork of the clock, giving a description of it and of the large bell, saying, “How large it is, and so thick! I would measure how thick, but have not time now -it is wider across than I can reach—I suppose this lump lifts up when the clock strikes.' (Operator.-I have never seen the clockwork or the bell.) He then went into the body of the building, not by the stairs, but at once,

and gave a description of some of the monuments—but it being nearly eleven o'clock, Saturday night, I woke him up.”

Mr. Dann is of opinion that “the aerial clairvoyant transit must be made through the strata of the atmosphere, occupying the space between the mast-head of a ship and the water's edge;” and he supports this opinion with arguments of a very cogent character. But he gives no opinion as to what part of Mr. Wisenden it was that performed the journey; it seems to have been something material, inasmuch as it experienced great inconvenience from the pressure of the crowd in Cheapside. Yet how was it—travelling so rapidlythat it did not experience inconvenience from the pressure of the atmosphere ? Had Mr. Dann subjected his patient to a skilful cross-examination on this point, he might have elicited information that would have opened the eyes, and stopped the mouths, of all the sceptics in the world,

HEROD OUT-HERODED.

“ All hail, great master! grave Sir, hail! I come

To answer thy best pleasure ; be't to fly,
To swim, to dive into the fire, to ride
On the curl'd clouds."

Tempest.

When the writer suggested the possibility of getting a distant interior view of “ Her Majesty's Palace at Pimlico,” by means of the new light, he was really not aware that the deed had been done —but it has. The following revelation is enough to “ fright the isle from her propriety;" its circumstantiality is perfectly astoundingecce iterum DANN. On the 13th of July, Mr. Dann

put E. W. to sleep again,” and directed him to go to Westminster. Reachin the Bird-cage Walk, E. W. said, “ “ This is a very pretty placeI don't want to be hurried on. I can see yonder some iron-gates, is that Buckingham Palace, the place you want me to go to?' I said, yes; when he paused, and said, “I don't like to go in here, for there are soldiers walking to and fro—such tall men—I don't like to pass them!' I told him they would not touch him, when he presently said, 'I have passed those tall soldiers, and got to the steps, but I don't want to go inside. By persuasion he enters, and exclaims, 'How grand! this is not a fit place for me!' I persuaded him to stay and look about him, when he soon finds a large room, and said — What a grand place this is! I can count fourteen gentlemen and ladies round a table, and one man appears to be older than the rest; he has a long visage, and is dressed like a soldier. There are some ladies, and one of them appears younger than the others; and that young lady has a watch at her side, on the outside of her clothes; the face is turned inwards; it is six minutes past ten by it. I will now look at that gentleman's—it is in his waistcoat

« AnteriorContinuar »