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Shadow World,11 "The Tyranny of
the Dark," Etc-
In all my investigations I have al
ways paid only secondary attention
to the personality"- of the "spirits"
who wrote or spoke to me, for I was
always trying to discover the way in
which the "tricks" were done. I had
noted marvelous examples of mind
reading, thought-transference and
telepathy, and hence doubted and, of
course, must still "doubt" the value
of the messages which came to me
Nevertheless, in March, 1908, Hen
ry B. Puller, a Chicago novelist, and
myself held a series of sittings with a
psychic in Indianapolis, wherein the
personality of the manifesting
"spirit" became all-absorbing. The
experiments took place in a cheerful,
well-lighted cottage on consecutive
afternoons and without hocus-pocus.
I began these sittings alone and
with the idea of developing a highly
complicated case I wrote on a slip of
paper (while the psychic was out of
the room) these words;
"Edward MacDowell, give me proof
of your identity by writing a few bars
of the 'Sonata Nagica.' ''
This paper I folded and placed in
an inside pocket.
The psychic never saw It even at
Almost immediately after the
psychic's return I began: to jot down
on the closed school-slate which we
held beneath a small table in the
usual way pertinent messages for
MacDowell, accompanied by bars of
partially composed music.
Perceiving that the chief value of
the experiment was to he in the qual
ity of the music, I invited my friend
Puller, who is a fairly competent
musician, to have the sittings with
Almost at once the "powers" start
ed in to confound us both. One of
my sisters (whose name I had writ
ten on the slip) sent a very convinc
ing .'message and Fuller had "com
munications" from distant relatives
who had died, but we held to our pur
pose which was to secure from thai
chief "spirit" musical proof of his
Under test conditions in upra-?
normal fashion we got and recorded
a complete phrase of a little piece
which "MacDowell" said was the be
ginning of a composition to be tailed;
After the secqnd sitting "Mac
Dowell" whispered to us, apparently
from the air, and directed us to take
the piece to the piano.
He told Fuller how to play it.
He corrected it while Puller and I
held the slate ourselves.
The psychic was not even touch
ingif, For twohcurs of the last sitting
'MacDowell" was In complete control
of the situation. He was like him
self alert, concise, humorous, mas
terful. The music grew ever more
complicated, ever more characteristic
and the mode of its production ever
more mystifying, and when Puller
played the wailing, sweet and haunt
ing melody under the spirit com
poser's direction it seemed to me that
AT LAST I had secured one of the
most beautiful as well as one of the
most convincing proofs of immortal
ity, for the whispered promise was
that the fragment would be found
among the composer's manuscripts.
With all this material in hand I
hastened to New York to enlist Mrs.
MacDowelTs co-operation alas!
none of it seemed to be true. There
was no such fragment. There was
no such publisher such as the "spirit"
had named but there remained, one
very marvelous fact!
On one of the slates had been writ-j
ten tne name 01 jixrwara ju.cuoweir
in a fine, flourishing hand. I had paid,
very little attention to this, because
Edward always spelled his name
MacDowell and bis signature as I
knew it was bold and plain. Never
theless, when Mrs. MacDowell saw'
this, she cried out in astonishments