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THE SUNDAY HERALD, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 1S90.
PASSING BELiTi AT STUATFOHD.
Sweet bells or Stratford, tolling slow
In summer plonminft's golden rIow,
I licnr nnd feci tliy voice divine,
And nil my soul responds to tlunc.
As now I bear thee, even so
My Slinkcspcnro licnrd tlico lonir ngo,
When lone by Avon's pensive stream
He wandered in bis haunted dream;
Heard thee, and far his fancy sped
' Through spectral caverns of the dead.
And sought and sought In vain to pierce
' The secret of the universe.
As now thou mourncst didst thou mourn
On that sad day when bo was borne
Through the long nislo or honeyed limes
To rest beneath the chambered chimes.
He heard thee not, nor cared to hear 1
Another voice was in his car,
.And, Treed from all the bonds of men,
He knew the awful secret then.
Sweet bells of Stratford, toll and be
A golden promise unto me
Of thnt grent hour when I shall know
The path whereon his footsteps go 1
mitfam Winter in Harvcr's WccliVu.
A Strange Case of Hypnotism.
From London Truth.
The Rev. -Eneas liriggs, M.A., vicar of Little
Pcdlington, was one of those people who, in the
opinion of their friends, arc bound some day to
make their mark in the world. Gifted with a
fine presence, a full, rich voice, and a pair ot
piercing gray eyes, be impressed his acquaint
ances generally, and the female portion thereof
in particular, as being a singularly attractive
and iuteresting person. But the good man him
selfto do him justice was hardly conscious of
these advantages, or if he thought of them at all
It was solely with an ardent desire to utilize
them for the benefit of his fellow-creatures.
Brimming over with a large enthusiasm for hu
manity, he had flung himself with characteristic
zeal Into a study the development of which he
believed to be most intimately conuectcd with
the future of the human race; and while his cleri
cal brethren round about, indulging in hobbies
of an innocent though purely selfish nature, oc
cupied their leisure in cultivating according to
their different tastes roses or poultry or pigs
the Rev. -Eneas Briggs, with higher aims and
nobler purpose, cultivated the theory and prac
tice of hypnotism.
Already, in fact, his reputation as awill-curer
had spread beyond the narrow limits of his" own
parish, and had attracted to that formerly ob
scure place quite a small colony of patientsanx
ious to submit themselves to the treatment of a
.mau whose character and skill were beyond
suspicion. Never before had such a strain
been put upon the lodging capacity of Lit
tle L'edliugton; never before had so many
distinguished strangers afforded matter for
speculation to the minds of the inhabitants
Naturally, too, there was much diversity of
opinion in the neighborhood. Some declared
that the vicar could do no wrong, others scoffed
.and roundly asserted that the whole thing was
humbug, while not a few predicted that the
revereud gentleman "would get himself into
trouble before long, and shook their heads
gravely and thought of the bishop in the back
ground. But the Rev. -Eneas Briggs eared for none of
these thiugs; he knew that it is the lot of great
minds to be misunderstood, and he pursued his
career of philanthropy, content with the ap
proval of his own conscience. Everything was
going on well. Insomnia, gout, dipsomania,
and a host of other maladies too numerous to
mentiou, and long since given up by the medical
profession as hopeless, were rapidly yielding to
the irresistible "suggestions" of the Rev. Al.
Brings, when one morning, among the usual
-mass of applications lor advice on every kind of
ailment, from hydrophobia to hysterics, there
arrived the following letter, with the word
'urgeut" wiitten on the left-hand top corner of
7 l'lTZWILI.IAM.GAItDK.NS, LONDON, AV.
Kev. and Deah am: As u weak woman,
crushed beneath the weight of domestic sorrow.
1 ui)peul to you lor help . Between myself and
the loved one who shares my homo an estrange
ment has come which hangs like a dark could
over both our lives. The circumstances ot this
aid affliction are ol so distressing and dellcae at
uature that it would be most immlul to mo to
en tor upon them in a letter. Indeed, sir, I can
not do so; but as a clergyman and ouowho has
doubtless had experience ot the trials of life you
will, I trust, sympathize with und excuse my
reticence. I can assure you that the caso for
which 1 entreat your aid is no ordinary one; that
It will yield to u ttrunu moral influence, such as
you can exercise. I Unnly believe. Come, then,
i beg you; consent once, and all may j et bo well.
Ueliove me, youis sincerely,
P. S. I need not suy that expense is no consid
eration in u mutter ot this kind, and any remu
neration you may demand will bo gladly paid.
Now, In the chastened undertone of melan
cholythe air of mysterious reserve pervading
this letter there was somethlug which appealed
With posuliar force both to the feelings of the
Rev. E, Urjggs as a man and to his curiosity
as a mau of science. Successful as he had been
III all his hypnotic operations, he had not as yet
had any tpcclal opportunity of studying those
Intricate psychical phenomena, a fuller knowl
edge of which would, he was convinced, revolu
tionize the principle of medical practice. Such
an opportunity appeared now to have presented
Itself, Besides, as a minister of religion, It was
clearly his duty to respond to the cry of a soul
aching beneath some grief too poignant for
words to express.
He according discussed the matter with his
sister the sister who kept house for him, sewed
on his huttous, and shored the secrets of his
hoait. Lietitla Briggs was a homely embodl-
i ment of common sense. She had no great sym
pathy with her brother's enthusiasm, and she
utterly disapproved of this project.
"Remember, Kueas," she said, at the close of
. a lengthy discussion, "if you go you will go
against my advice. You ought eertaiuly to
'. make further inquiries before doing anything so
rash. There is something I don't at all like
. about that letter."
"My dear," ho replied, "there are some cases
!-aul this, I think, is one in which delay might
. bo fatal. You do not understand thebe thiugs."
Loitltia assuredly did not understand them,
Uut ho aw t'1 t further losistance would bo
uggluj, anil hit - ousoled herself by reflecting
that Mis Dov, r..-i, living at Fitzwilliam Gar
den, (ho had vi i Hied this point from a London
directory,) was evidently a wealthy and proba
bly an aristocratic person.
And so the Rev. E. Brlggs, having wired to
say that he would be at 7 Fltzwtlllam Gardens
at 11 o'clock ou the following morning, started
that very afternoon for London, and took up
Ills quarters for the night at the Grand Hotel.
He whs in the very bestot spirits that cvenluc
after dinner; it was a relief to get away for a
while from the hypnotic establishment at Llttlo
Pcdlington, and as In all probability the present
case would detain him for a few days In town he
purposed allowing himself some much-needed
relaxation. He could not, of course, think of
exacting any fee for his services that would bo
quite contrary tohispriuciples but even a labor
of love liko this was fairly entitled to Its travel
ing expenses, so that duty and pleasure would
go hand in hand. His anticipations, then, were
decidedly of a pleasant nature when ho retired
to bed at an early hour that night.
The morrow dawned a day destined to bo
forever memorable lu the annals of hypnotism.
Now, whether it was that the morning was
clooniy or whether it was simply a reaction
from tho excitement of the previous day, it is
certain that the Rev. Ai. Briggs felt much more
cautious and much less enthusiastic thau on the
eveuing before. As he sat at breakfast he re
read carefully the mysterious letter, the key to
which obviously lay in the word "estrange
ment;" ho thought over the various possible
causes of discord lu families, and constructed
several hypothetical cases, none of which offered
a very agreeable prospect. The depression
deepened as he journeyed -westward; the warn
lug voice of Lanitin "Theie is something I
dou't like about that letter" recurred to his
mind, aud his blood curdled as the possibility
dawned upon him that he mtsht be tho victim
of some hideous couspiracv. But the wheels of
the swift hansom rolled ou merciless as destiny
itself, and before many minutes Fitzwilliaui
Gardens was reached. Too late to draw back
now ! And as he ascended the Ave steps lead
ing up to the door of an imposing-looking
house the Rev. A. Briggs looked wistfully at
the receding figure of the cabman, and felt as
though he were losing a friend. He struggled,
uowever, against this weakness as unworthy,
and, bracing himself up morallv, he rang the
lu the few seconds which elapsed before tho
door could be opened the visitor's eye fell me
chanically upon the window on his left, aud he
noticed that the blinds were closely drawn.
There would have been nothing unusual in this
if the sun had been shining brightly, but con
sidering the dull, leaden condition of the outer
atmosphere there seemed to be something pecu
liarly funereal in the aspect of that window.
These meditations were interrupted by the ar
rival of a solemn man-servant, who, on hearing
the name of Mr. Briggs, conducted him at once
up stairs to the drawing-room a large and handsomely-furnished
apartment on the first floor.
Barely had the servant withdrawn when upon
the ears of the agitated clergyman there came
rising up, apparently, through the floor from
the room beneath the sound of a violent alter
cationshrill exclamations of anger on the one
side, varied at intervals by thesoothiug tones of
a feminine voice on the other.
"Good Heavens!" thought the reverend
gentleman to himself and "now, for the first
time, it flashed across him "What if it should
be a maniac adangerous and a raving maniac !"
And, sinking ou the edge of an ottoman, he
wiped the perspiration from his brow. He had
not nearly finished this operation when the door
opened, and Mrs. Doveton entered. She was a
lady of more than middle-age, with a gentle and
refined though melancholy expression of face,
and she wore a widow's cap on her head.
"It is so good of you to come, Mr. Briggs,"
she isaid, after the first salutations had been in
terchanged. "I fear you must think me pre
suming too much ou tho benevolence of a com
plete stranger, but if you knew what I havo
suffered. ' - ' Ah ! Mr. Briggs, when the
affection we prize most of all things becomes
alienated from us it is hard to bear, is It not?"
"Very hard, madam," ho replied, somewhat
uneasily, for he was thinking of that noise ho
had heard just before.
"Yes," resumed Mrs. Doveton, "over since I
lost my poor husband, five years ago, tho one
joy and consolation of my life has been lu
watching over tho dear creature he left to ray
keeping. Our love has been mutual, and wo
have been so happy, Mr. Briggs."
Heie Mrs. Doveton sighed and resorted to her
"And now," she continued, in tremulous
tones, "all is changed sadly, unaccountably
changed. My darling, my beautiful darling,
seems positively to hate the sight of me, and if
this strange, uudutiful aversion cannot bo over
come wo shall have to part so every one says.
' ' Oh ! Mr. Briggs, promise mo that you
will hynotize my precious Rosle, andVestorchcr
to her own tender, affectionate self !''
At this point poor Mrs. Dovcton'a emotion
overcame her, and she burst Into sobs. The
Rev. Ai. Briggs saw it all now; his quick per
ception intuitively supplied the gaps in this un
happy lady's outpouring of woe. His fears
about the violeuce of tho maniac were mitigated;
it was clearly a quarrel between mother and
, daughter, and those sounds ho had heard dis
quieting as they were had proceeded from a
young and peruana lovely girl, suffering from
some strange caprice or delusion. He was con
siderably relieved, and a deep feeling of pity,
not unmixed with a certain romantic interest,
tookpo6cssionof his soul. Ills self-conlldence,
"Come, come, my dear Mrs. Doveton," ho
said, with a combination of the spiritual director
and the medical adviser which was most com
forting, "come you must not despair. I will
see Miss Rosle, and I trust that, under l'rovl
dence, 1 may be the means of bringing her back
to her right mind."
Then they descended together to tho dining
room the loom whero tho blinds had been so
closely drawn. As they reached tho foot of tho
stairs and were about to enter a succession of
short, shaij), hysterical screams was audible
from within, followed by something which,
though not quite di6tiuct, sounded suspiciously
like the word d u I
Mrs. Doveton shuddered, aud clung to her
companion's arm as they paused for a moment
on the thieehold.
"You will be gontlo with her, Mr. Biiggs; will
you not V" iho whispered.
"You may rely on me, madam," ho replied.
"I use no forco but that of moral suasion. Poor
thing 1 l'oor thing 1 I did not know her symp
toms were so distressing hs this. I'erhaps, Mrs.
Doveton, it would bo best that you should leave
us alone; your presence might only agitato tho
Saying which, the Rev. Ai. Biiggs, concen
trating all the strength of his will, turned tho
handle nnd entered the room. Mrs. Doveton
closed tho door upon him and withdrew up
stairs to await the result.
Five minutes or sp elapsed. What passed
within that darkened room it is not for tho pro
fano to inqulro, but when tho Rev. Ai. Briggs
reappeared It was ovidcut that ho had under
gone some acuto mental strain. His faco wore
an expression which the most skillful physloguo
mist would have been puzzled to analyze, and
his gray eyes flashed wjth a peculiar light as he
advanced toward Mrs. Doyeton, who, rushing
forward to meet him, exclaimed:
"Oh I Mr. Briggs, it is true, then; you have
succeeded say you have succeeded I"
"Listen to me, Mrs. Doveton," ho answered,
in a tone which seemed strangely to subdue her
excitement; "are you prepared to accept fully
and Implicitly what 1 tell you?"
"Indeed I am; I never doubted your powers
for a single moment."
Then the Jlev. At. Biiggs took the lady's
hand, and looked steadily at her for a few sec
onds. Beueath his gazo her eyes grew lixcd,
her emotion disappeared, she became tranquil
"Now," he said, "now wo will come down and
It was an anxious aud a critical moment. As
they approached tho door the same screams and
the samo ominous monosyllable broke upon
their ears. But, wonderful to relate, this time
Mrs. Doveton no longer shuddered. Ou tho
contrary, turning round with a look of inex
pressible gratitude, she said:
"Oh I Mr. Briggs, how can I thank you 1 My
darling Rosic's voice speaks with all Its old
sweetness. Hark ! she calls mo to her; wo are
united again. I may go and see her now, may
"Yes, Mrs. Doveton, you may 6afely go In
A feeling of delicacy, no doubt, restrained
the Rev. Eneas Briggs from intruding upon the
first happiness ot their reconciliation, for ho
took up his hat aud left the house with some
"Well," he said to himself, when he had
fairly got into tho street, "of course, I could do
nothing with Rosie, but Mrs. Doveton was the
easiest subject I have ever met with. From a
moral point of view, perhaps, it was hardly jus
tifiable, but I was sorely tempted to make the
experiment. After all, It served tho silly
woman right; it was too bad to bring me all
this way for the sake of that miserable crea
ture. Yes, Rosie may have been a fine
specimen, but never in all my life havo I heard
anything so positively appalling as the lan
guage used by that parrot."
F.e returned to Little Pcdlington that same
evening, and Latitla, seeing that ho looked
tired, forebore from asking him any questions.
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