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THE SEERESS OF PREVORST
. ■ ndcrful Experiences of Fredcrica Hauffe and Their Analysis by Present Day Psychic Reasoning By H. ADDINGTON BRUCE -V X DERN spiritualism., as every student of IV' i •"...• fascinating ii elusive subject ;- aware. •*" :,••-:'■ m the closing years of the first halt • ••;.. entury. Bui the celebrated Fox ■ revelations at that Tin* served to -.:.: an organized religious tern the • possibility of communication between :: ■: the world beyond, were by no means spiritualistic mediums Long before ' .'■ were those who professed to have : "things unseen and to act a; inter- LTWttrj th« .■•:.■ al ■ \ sight amid tht throng • : latter day similar jxjwers, the achievements of • • early adventurers into the unknown <■•.. surpassed by the best performances :■. gir*:- and their long line of successor :.."."•. i ■"..- true of the mediumship of a :• rrnar; ■ roan. Frederica Haune. who in the f he: rt pitiful, and tragic career is i with having displayed more varied and .-.'. supernatural gift- than the most re ! wonder worker of to-day. Like many :. mediums. -:>. was of humEle origin, her • '•■••ing a fi r«--t« r- hut in the Wurteniberg ,'.\-.j, « : Prevorst; and here, among - an ! • ban <al burners, she passed the r life Even while still a child she ■--... te-' wide spread attention on lain ]<- uliarities of ...... and ..- noticed that though ... gay • ■ casionally assumed a strangely -■ nous manner; that in her happiest ".:- subject to unaccountable fits of ■ . .:. ; shivering: and that she seemed ■ :. ■ merely to the eights and sounds of •■• t • influences unfelt by L those about - las: trait received a sudden and unex • ■.• " :::.•::: when, at the age of twelve or -he was -<.-.* to the neighboring town o: " -. "• '•• educated under the are of her ■•:.-•. .. worthy •■■:]>: named Schmidgall. The Grandfather's Discovery DFATHER SCHMIDGALL vrasan exceed- •.:: • --• :- : >u< old man; with a singular f< >nd : visiting solitary and gloomy place-, particu ■ rards: ..:.": he soon began to take the ■ birr. <>n such strolls But he~discovered, : :- amazement, that though she listened hty •• -'•.• tales he told her of the romantic -. • : ev< nts "ha* had occurred within the : :. with which the countryside was liber : wed. she was reluctant to explore those - wander among the grave- where he de '< -■ r* At first he Was inclined to ascribe uctanr* to v.-eak and sentimental timidity. pt-edily found reason tb'adopt an altogether •• • • ii. noticed tha: vrheneverjhe.took graveyards ■ : •• • hurches in which there ■ trail : rm became greatly agitated, •' • • - -L« -<•!:.« ■■■] rooted to the ground: and '•■:• • -- certain places, especially an old ■ r. ir, .. nearby ■.--;!•-. whi< h he ■ rmld not per ■• ■ enter, and the mere sight of which : •- ■ ;uaki and tremi 3e ■'The child," he .:•• "feels the - t resehce of the dead, and, hi ■•:'] »Z:<l by seeing the dead." herefore. more alarmed than surprised • :■ : lidnighi ! ng aft* r }.' had fancied her in rid ..-.><;:. she ran to his room and informed • had just titheld in the hall a tall, dark . ":.. sighing heavily^ passed her and disap • -'• ■. •■;".. With awe. not unmixed satisfaction. SchmidgaH rerncmbered that he ••:.*:■ selfsame "apj»ariti6n; but he pru ■ ■. !•:.•.. red to convince her that she had :..■ and -«nt her b..< k to her room, which. ■ ■ • ■ ■ ... Frfdcrica HaurTe's mediumship n But •• ■■• r..: years were to pass before she -.. ■":..•- r ; ... •i r gave evidence <t jKJssessing • '.■•"•!..:* ] owers otherthan by oc» asional dreams : phetic and rt-velatorj' nature^ In : he mean •-• •< • ;::• d ':.< r parents and moved with them •■•■ .■ r-t to Oberstenfeld, where, in her nine •••••. year she wa*i married It was distinctly a ' ■:••.-• nienc« . arranged without regard -:.• s, and the moment the engageineni was ■ ■ i •.. secluded herself from her friends and . .• r da% ; s and night- in weeping. For weeks " •' she went without sleep, ate scarcely any •. and became thir.. pale, and feeble It was ■• >: " v .a* she • ; d f«1 her affections in another -••-, ; •:• her relatives angrily denied -hi and Drawing by Joseph Clement Coll .■.. . . ■ . ere mistake! • ng d rated [tending 1 ...■ . . . • . . ... • rti ■ 1•- . - " ■ ■ Schi l< • ■ L 1 ndistani ■ - I ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ • ■ ■ ... I ■ " ighl . • nvu ■ ■ ■ • nd ■ ■ '• • - • ikin} ■ i . try as lit- i . ■ • • ■ •.: cure, pa sh« rt 1 . • ■ - tptn ■;• n - . ■ : . nl . . -...;■•■ ■ Enter the Grandmother AT this juncture aid was received from a most extraordinary source/ according to the story -he told her wondering friends. With benign visage and extended hand the spirit of her grandmother appeared t<> her for seven successive nights- mesmer ized her. and taught her how to mesmerize herself. The results of this visitation, if not altogether for tunate, were at least to some extent curative. There were periods when she was able not merely to leave her bed but to attend to household duties and in dulge in long walks and drives Bui it was painfully apparent that she was still in a precarious condition. From her infancy she had always been powerfully affected by the touch of different metals, and now this phenomenon was intensified a thousandfold. The placing of a magnet on her forehead caused her features to be contorted as though by a stroke of paralysis; contact with glass and nd made her cataleptic. ' >nee she was found seated on a sand stone benchl unable to move hand or foot. About this time also she acquired the faculty of crystal j^zin^r: that is to say, by looking into a bowl of water she could correctly describe scenes transpiring at a distance. More than this, she now declared that behind the persons in whose company she was she perceived ghostly forms, some of which she recognized as dead acquaintances. Unlike her grandmother, these new visitant- from •he unknown world did not provide her with the means of regaining her »st healt h ■■ In the c< >nt rary . from ... they first put in their appearance she ■.■..■ worse, suffering not so much from con vulsive attacks as from an increasing lassitude. She complained that eating was a .creat tax on her strength; and that rising and walking were out of tiie question. Unable to comprehend tin-, new turn of affairs, her attendant- lost all patience, declared that if she had made up her mind to die she might as veil do >" at on«e. and tried to force her to leave her bed Finally her parents intervened, and at their request she was brought back to Oberstenfeld. Here she found an altogether congenial .... ment, and for awhile showed marked improvement. Here too. and in a most sensational way, her mediumship blossomed ... fruition. She had been home for only a short time when the family began to be disturbed by my-terious noises for which they could find no cause A sound like the - ; ')ging of' was frequently heard, .is were frx>tsteps and knocking on the walls. Her lather. v particular, asserted that sometimes he felt a strange pressure on his shoulder or his foot. The impression grew that the house, which was part of the ancient cathedral of Oberstenfeld, was haunted by the -pints of its former occupants. The Ghostly Knight Militant ONE night; shortly after retiring to the room which they, shared ii Frederica, her sister. and a maid servant saw a lighted candle, apparently of its own volition! move up and down the table on which it was burning. The >:ster and the servant saw nothing more: hut Frederica the next instant beheld a thin, grayish cloud, which presently re solved into the f on of a man, about titty years old, attired in the costume of a medieval knight. Ap proaching, this strange apparition gazed steadfastly at her. and in a low but clear tone- urged her to rise and follow it, saying that she alone could loosen its bonds. Overcome with terror, she cried out that would not follow; then ran across the room and hid herself in the bed where her sister and the servant lay panicstricken. That night she saw no more of •he apparition; but the maid, whom they sent to deep in the bed she had so hurriedly vacated, de clared that the coverings were forcibly drawn oil her by an unseen hand. The next night the apparition appeared to Frede rica again, and to her all me. This time it seemed not ... but angry, and threatened thai if she did not rise and follow* she would be hurled out of the window. At her bold retort. "In the name of [esu do it!"" the apparition vanished, to return a tew nights later, and ..... .to show itself to iier by day as well as by night. It now informed her that it was the ghost of a nobleman named Weiler, who had slain hi brother and for that crime was condemned to wander cease lessly until it recovered a certain piece oi paper hidden :n a vault under the cathedral. On hearing 13 The Apparitions Urged Her to Ri*e and Follow Them.