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Her eyes are blue; but certainly there were in the world at this they are very different from all the moment some particular person blue eyes which I have ever seen. who does not exist just at present, Sometimes they are limpid, and but who may have existed, or who azure as the sky of a cloudless may be going to exist at some summer; other times they are future time, Alice would love deep, intense, and mysterious, like and be loved-passionately, poetithe inscrutable sky of evening. cally, as they love in the Arabian Their fascination is strange and Nights,' or in ‘Romeo and Juliet,' inexplicable, while they rest upon or in Tristan and Iseult.' Her you and hold you, if only for a eyes would then conceal nothing moment; and an indefinable some in their mystic violet depths, nor thing like a memory or a cherished behind their pensive drooping lids; regret remains when their look she would always be the same beauhas passed. You seem to have tiful Alice in every way, and her descried a dim, beautiful radiance friends would be just as sweet and in the depths of some alabaster dear to her, and she to them-only temple or edifice seen in a dream. such wonderful things would hapThey have always a peculiar in- pen, and all would be so different! ward look, a look to themselves; Yes; and her fairy has just whisand very often the great dreamy pered to me, indeed, that in a strange lids come quite down and coverage long ago, there was a certain them like two fair curved Venus glorious knight, who, after doing shells. If one could see them then, a great many noble deeds, such as no doubt a lovely secret would be the world had never witnessed known; but her wide, sweet brow, till then, dreamed of a peerless with its delicate sculpturing, will lady named Alice, who was so never reveal it; and her hair, with much more beautiful than any of its string of pearls, is like a long, the ladies in his country, that he noiseless night, full of splendid became for ever enamoured of this stars, and wonders which pass lady of his dream, and set off to away with its stars. What is the travel once more about the world secret of Alice's soul, the unknown in search of her; but that after meaning of her face, the mystery having visited many strange reof her eyes? Is it a memory of mote regions in vain, and penesomething that happened a long, a trated into many enchanted castles very long while ago? Or the know where there were spell-bound prinledge of a very wonderful thing cesses waiting to be freed by a that is going to happen, probably kiss; and after having, with the a long while hence ?
aid of Sir Launcelot, descended I am glad I came here to-night; into a lake where there was a I am certain now Alice does not sunken city, whose songs and care the least for any of those very chimes used to be heard quite proper-looking young men who distinctly by the fishermen on are always hanging about her, and still afternoons-he came back to whom her friends seem to approve his own land, as he had departed, of so highly. I doubt whether she save that the memory of that lady has ever seriously looked at one whom he had seen in his dream of them. Poor fellow ! if she did was still with him, and as powerful so, it must have been a strangely as ever; so that he could not love puzzling moment for him. I think any other woman all his life, and I have nearly read Alice's secret died with her name on his lipsnow. It is, I believe, this. If ‘Alys! Alys ! Alys!'
JUST AS OF OLD.
love in dreams last night Pass up the sleeping moonlit lands, The love-beams in her dear eyes bright,
A rosebud in her roseleaf hands. And round me, as I nearer stept,
I felt her fond arms steal and fold, While close against my heart she crept,
Just as of old.
The gray dawn broke, my love was gone,
The golden dream was past and dead;
Wherein my love lay burièd.
I bowed me to the morn-mists cold,
Just as of old.
But ever while I live alone,
This comfort comes and soothes my careWe two may meet, when all is done,
Far off in heaven's flower-garden fair. And by the light above, beyond,
Chastened, each other's face behold, Stainless, more pure, but true and fond,
Just as of old.
FRED. E. WEATHERLY, B.A.
MODERN MYSTERIE S.*
[T is now, I think, some fifteen I did not, however, accept his years
since I became ac invitation, as the American gentlequainted, quite in an accidental man in question was unable to sort of way, with some circum keep the appointment he had stances connected with alleged made to meet us. spiritual manifestations.
The astounding stories of my I was travelling on the South railway friend were not of a cbaWestern Railway, and when we racter to be easily forgotten by one reached the Basingstoke Station who, rightly or wrongly, had ala gentleman whom I had never ways been disposed to believe in before seen opened the door of my the existence, or, rather, in the carriage and stepped in. I was occasional and very exceptional seated alone in the coupé, and he appearance of what are commonly entered at once into conversation called ghosts, or apparitions. with me I don't in the least Not that at the time I speak of I remember what we first talked had any personal experience on about, but presume it was the the subject. Nevertheless, I then weather, or some equally original believed, and do still believe, in topic. We had not, however, been the occasional appearance of forms long together before my new more or less material, which, under friend began to unburden him certain conditions, may become self of a subject which evidently manifest to our senses. was uppermost in his thoughts. Some persons are, no doubt, He told me that he had wit more susceptible than others to nessed the most amazing pheno- superstitious influences, and are mena; that tables had raised disposed to take for granted a good themselves in the air, that knocks deal of the marvellous. I can, caused by invisible agency were with truth, say that I am not of heard in different parts of the the number. room, which responded in an in I have endeavoured in the telligent manner to questions put, course of my inquiries to take and that the medium (a myste nothing for granted. Many of the rious young man from America) experiments made in my presence was unquestionably in communi have been subjected to conditions cation with spirits. He added so strict that fraud or deception, that Lord Brougham, Professor even if intended, would have been Faraday, and other owners of simply impossible. In endeavourgreat intellects
amongst ing to describe some of them in those anxious to discover the the subsequent pages, I intend to source of the phenomena, and omit all reference to those made finally wound up
a somewhat in the presence of what may be exciting narrative by inviting me termed professional or paid meto his house to witness the mani diums. Not that I desire to festations. I thought this was impugn the bona fides of many very kind of him, and I have of those whom I have met in that been grateful to him ever since. capacity, but because I think my
* The Editor is not bound by the opinions of this article, but considers that in an age of progress the public should be afforded an opportunity of judging a question from all points of view.
narrative more likely to attract during the famous Gordon riots, attention, and, possibly, stimulate is a street called Eleanor Road, inquiry, if I confine myself to and a terrace of modest houses, non-professional media, and refer the precise name of which it is only to what I have witnessed in unnecessary to give. To West private houses, and in the presence Londoners Hackney is an out-ofof educated and thoughtful persons. the-way place. The cabman of
The feeling of curiosity in St. James's is rather foggy as to spired by the narrative of my the precise locality. He will go railway acquaintance subsequently all right as far as the 'Hangel' induced me to investigate on my (Angel) at Islington, as he terms own account; but I own that, it; but when he strikes a couple although I could not detect fraud of miles to the right, and gets on the part of any professional among quiet streets bearing a media, I was not satisfied — was strong family resemblance, and not, in fact, able to carry the in passes red brick houses of the vestigation far enough.
Queen Anne period that once It is not, perhaps, generally looked over pleasant fields, and known, but such is the fact, that still have trees about them, he is for some time past persons in the evidently out of his latitude, and best social position in the metro appeals to his fare to direct him. polis-members of the learned Admitting, however, that you get professions and of societies cele to Eleanor Road, and are provided brated for the successful pursuit with a proper introduction (withof scientific knowledge - have out which it is absolutely hopemet together in limited circles less to gain admission), you will for the development and elucida be received by a very amiable tion of the phenomena called family named Cook. The eldest • spiritualism. The manifesta daughter of the house (Florence) tions produced in their presence has not yet, I believe, reckoned are inexplicable and irreconcilable eighteen summers. This young with the known laws of sci girl is what is termed a meence. Matter is frequently passed, dium. Her appearance is intethrough matter in the presence resting. In complexion she is of those persons. Objects in one a brunette, and decidedly pretty. portion of a house have been She has none of that unhealthy removed and brought through spirituel appearance that one is locked doors to another, and not disposed to associate with persons only shadowy, evanescent forms, possessing her extraordinary gift. but apparitions materialised in all Her figure is slight and her respects to the human figure are manner engaging. She has not frequently seen, and touched, and a morsel of affectation about her, heard.
and is in every respect frank, In approaching this portion of girlish, and truthful. She states my subject I do not feel that that when a child she used to see reserve is necessary, as in one figures, and used to speak to them; instance at least I have permis and when asked what she was sion to give names, dates, and saying, her reply was, 'I am localities.
speaking to the people. These In the northern suburb of the statements were naturally remetropolis called Hackney, and garded as infantile delusions, and close to the historic fields where after a time were not repeated. crazy thousands once assembled Until two years ago Miss Cook
used to laugh at tales of table- end of it being carried through a turning, mysterious knockings, hole in the door and held by a and so forth; but she subse- person outside, or tied to a chair, quently became sensible of some so that if the young lady had external influence about her which moved the fact must have been she was unable to account for or immediately detected. She then control. Knockings were heard took her seat in the cupboard, in the house, inanimate objects the door was locked, the key were moved, and, finally, voices taken out and handed to a visitor, were heard, which did not ema- and the light was turned down, nate from any of the family, but enough of flame left to show Eventually, but not until after every object in the room. After some months had elapsed, the an interval of a few minutes a invisible agent of these myste- voice was heard carrying on a rious occurrences announced itself lively conversation, sotto voce, with to be a certain ‘Katie King,' and the medium. Presently but one promised, if possible, to show voice was heard, and the presumpherself. Shortly afterwards a face, tion was that Miss Cook had beor what was believed to have been come entranced. I then, for the a face, was seen in the breakfast first time, saw the spirit faces.' parlour.
There were, I think, three on It was about this time that this occasion. First came Katie I was enabled to be present at a King, a pretty face, with a strong séance, in the hope of seeing 'spirit general resemblance to the mefaces.' A daily journal celebrated dium, but rounder, and with, as for its sensational articles subse- I thought, lighter eyes. Then quently published a communica came a male face with black tion on the subject, to the accuracy beard and moustaches, and then of which I can bear testimony. a dark face like that of a Parsee.
In order to make the narra- Katie spoke to us and answered a tive of my own experience intel- variety of questions. The light ligible it will be necessary to was then turned up; but not to explain the conditions under which the full, and we distinctly saw the faces became visible to us. the colour of the eyes, the teeth, The breakfast-parlour in question and the motion of the lips. is a small room on the basement, On subsequent occasions other and in one of the recesses formed tests were imposed, to which Miss by the pier of the chimney is an Cook invariably submitted withordinary cupboard with folding out a moment's hesitation. Indoors. The shelves have been deed, in several instances she intaken out, and an aperture some sisted on the conditions being more fourteen inches by twelve has rigid than those we were disposed been cut in the wainscot just to adopt. An accidental circumabove where the doors open. The stance led to these additional predepth of the cupboard is just cautions. The young lady had sufficient to admit a chair, been tied with ordinary string the feet of which have been purchased at a shop in the neighshortened.
bourhood. On one occasion, the Before the commencement of the string, when cut off at the close of séance Miss Cook's hands were se-, the séance, was given, with the seals curely tied and sealed, her feet attached, to Lady A R-were also secured, and a string who, on examining it, found was passed round her waist, one what she believed to be a splice