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Note on Chapter 9. Earthbound spirits

  • THIS chapter may be regarded as sensational, but as a fact there is no
  • incident in it for which chapter and verse may not be given. The incident of
  • Nell Gwynne, mentioned by Lord Roxton, was told me by Colond Cornwallis West
  • as having occurred in a country house of his own. Visitors had met the wraith
  • in the passages and had afterwards, when they saw the portrait of Nell Gwyynne
  • which hung in a sitting-room, exclaimed, "Why, there is the woman I met ".
  • The adventure of the terrible occupant of the deserted house is taken with
  • very little change from the experience of Lord St. Audries in a haunted house
  • near Torquay. This gallant soldier told the story himself in The Weekly
  • Dispatch (Dec., 1921) , and it is admirably retold in Mrs. Violet Tweedale's
  • Phantoms of the Dawn. As to the conversation carried on between the clergyman
  • and the earthbound spirit, the same authoress has described a similar one when
  • recording the adventures of Lord and Lady Wynford in Glamis Castle (Ghosts I
  • Have Seen, p. 175) .
  • Whence such a spirit draws its stock of material energy is an unsolved
  • problem. It is probably from some mediumistic individual in the neighbourhood.
  • In the extremely interesting case quoted by the Rev. Chas. Mason in the
  • narrative and very carefully observed by the Psychic Research Society of
  • Reykjavik in Iceland, the formidable earthbound creature proclaimed how it got
  • its vitality. The man was in life a fisherman of rough and violent character
  • who had committed suicide. He attached himself to the medium, followed him to
  • the seances of the Society, and caused indescribable confusion and alarm,
  • until he was exorcised by some such means as described in the story. A long
  • account appeared in the Proceedings of the American Society of Psychic
  • Research and also in the organ of the Psychic College, Psychic Research for
  • January, 1925. Iceland, it may be remarked, is very advanced in psychic
  • science, and in proportion to its population or opportunities is probably
  • ahead of any other country. The Bishop of Reykjavik is President of the
  • psychic Society, which is surely a lesson to our own prelates whose
  • disassociation from the study of such matters is little less than a scandal.
  • The matter relates to the nature of the soul and to its fate in the Beyond,
  • yet there are, I believe, fewer students of the matter among our spiritual
  • guides than among any other profession.