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chic -who I had seen perform such
wonderg in Los Angeles. This seance
was held in Prof. Dalbeare's own lib
rary. No one but ourselves, Mrs.
Dalbeare and the psychic were pres
ent. .Conditions were absolutely of
our own making except that the
room was dark.
The psychic, confined in her chair
by the silk threads, the ends of which
were held by Dalbeare and myself
fell into a death-like trance and
while in this condition and while ab
solutely motionless and silent, a large
tin cone, which stood upon the table,
was knocked about! Books were
thrown from the shelves behind the
Large hands appeared between me
and the light! And then, at last, a
voice came from a trumpet which
floated around the table!
For TWO SOLID HOURS this
voiqe, which claimed that it had be
longed to a confederate soldier, a
native of Missouri, kept us laughing
by the quaint and ready humor of
Prof. Dalbeare was profoundly
puzzled as well as amused by the
events. Pillows were patted and
tossed around; books hurled through
the air; my chair was tapped at a dis
tance of six feet from the psychic
and the cone moved with unerring
precision to whatever point in the
room we indicated!
The table was shaken as if by a
strong man and yet the silk threads
remained undisturbed and no, slight
est sound indicated a movement on
the part of the psychic!
Other "spirits" whispered through
the cone and some gave names which
the Dalbeares recognized; one came
to me, but I paid little attention to
that part of the performance.
When the lights were turned on
the psychic was disclosed lying as if
dead. Her arms were badly swollen
and the threads were deeply sunk
into her wrists. Her pulse was, very
irregular and SO PAINT we could
scarcely detect its beat, but.a half
hour's brisk rubbing and a cup of
coffee brough her back to normal'
She said she knew nothing of what
After Mrs. Dalbeare and the psy
chic had left the room I said, "Well,
professor, what do you make of
He gazed at" me with remote and
"I don't know! I don't know!'' he
answered in a hesitating voice.
Many years afterward I asked him
the same question and he gave the
DIARY OF FATHER TIME
The slavish obedience of the" hu
man race to the dictates of fashion
began to assert itself in' the earliest .
times which can be called human.
Far back in the distant past some
prehistoric "Beau Brummel" started
the craze by tatooing his body and
the fashion was quickly imitated.
Later on a king or popular hero arose
with a strangely-shaped head. Fond
mothers at once took pains to mould
their infants' heads, with the help of
boards lined with moss, into a sim
ilar shape. Then came the piercing?
of the nostrils, ears Kand lips; jthe
wearing of shells and beads, and
later man began to clothe himself in
the skins of wild beasts. Finally, dis
covering the, secret of manufacturing
cloth and tanning leather, he reluct
antly gave up mutilating his body,
and went to mutilating his bodily
"My dear sir' said the specialist
after a careful examination, "what
you need is plenty of exercise. In a
case like yours there is nothing bet-
ter than the automobile. It will --
"But, doctor," interrupted the pa
tient,' with a hopeless gesture, "I
can't afford one!"
"Didn't tell you to!" snapped the
specialist. "I meant dodge 'em.V
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