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'I LIVED' APART FROM MY BODY! I LOOKED AND
- DEATH WAS DELIGHTFUL!"
Grand, Rapids, Mich., Jan.- 7. Is
every man; and woman double?
When We or sheseparate's'can one
part see the other part fromafar?
John C. Wheeler is a fine; ol& man
livings at, Ivanrest, a village . at few
miles' from here. As he;standsup in
meeting; with white hair anii patriarchal-
beard, and tells of thgj most
John. C. Wheeler.
remarkable experience of his life, he
makes an impressive figure.
"Yes," he said to me whenI asked
him about it for The Day Book, "I
believe I had the most wonderful ex
perience of any human being in the
"I have lived apart from my-body!
"I have been dead! And now I am
alive very much alive!"
Wheeler is certainly very much
alive. Over 70 years of age, he
stands with a spine as straight and
unbendable as a hickory, pole. His
eye is clear and his face the picture
"I was swimming in a lake when
suddenly I went down. It was sev
eral minutes before my companions
missed me. When they secured my
body I was unconscious. They sent
for a doctor half a mile away, and
when he came he pronounced me
dead. I was then taken to my boarding-place
and another doctor was
sent for who lived a mile away. He
too, pronounced me. dead after an
"Then they laid me out, covering
me with a sheet. The next day a girl
who was passing through the room
where I lay noticed a movement of
the cloth over my face and gave the
alarm. They came to me, chafed my
hands and body and I was soon able
to sit up among them.
"It was not the fact that I regained
consciousness after so long a time
that is remarkable, But it was the
fact that, while I was apparently
dead, I never was so much aliye in
my life. But I was apart distinctly
from my body. I coud tell the1 per
sons around me everything that had
happened when I was helpless to re
turn to life.
"During those hours T discovered
many things. Much was revealed to
me that would only sound prepos
terous to relate. But the one thing
I do remember clearly was the sensa
tion of dying.
"Being dead is delightful, of that
I am sure. After I had been engulfed
in the waters I seemed to float away
from my body and I soared away
above the waters of the lake. I look
ed down and could see my body, l
watched the rescuers find it and place
it on the bank. Then I floajed back,
to it and became a part of it.
"In that fleeting moment between
the conscious and the unconscious
state, the thought of returning to life
was repugnant and I knew that Jr