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AT the crisvs of death at that terribl
moment when the soul is literall;
wrenched from the body-it is onl;
natural to supposo that many str?ng
things shoulrj happen. Mysterious psychic occur
rences have.in fact been noted at this time in al
history> and especially might we expect to fini
this in. the case of tho soldier slain upon th?
battlet'eld. In the hour of death his thoughts, hii
longings and his sympathie? would flow from him
together with his 1 <fo blood, and would turn t<
that dearest of ?11 places "Home" holding, I
may be, wife and chikl, mother or sweetheart
destined fWever to watch in vain for the returr
of him who had sacrificed his life for his eountrj
and hi- flag. This thought, this emotion, has ir
many a case seemed to set into activity sorrn
mysterious energy, which has been enabled tc
reach those wai'ing at home; and. in innumerabld
instances, "apparitions of the dying" have been
seen, or a famil'ar voice has been heard, or n
touch has been felt warning those at home of
what has just occurred.
The following cases are but a few of many
which might easily be chosen as illustrative of
thir phenomenon :
"On the morning of September 26, quite early. I
awoke from a ??ream to find my sister holding
me, and much alarmed. 1 had screamed out.
struggled, crying, 'Is he really dead?' When 1
fully awoke I felt a burring sensation in my
head. I eouM not sp-.'a!; for a moment or two. I
knew m_v sister was there, but I neither felt nor
saw her.
"In ?bx>ut a* minute, during which ."-he-said itit
eyas were staniaa?/ ?Vyond her, I ceased struggling,
cried out 'Hurry is dead; tHey have shot htm,' and
fainted. . When I recovered I und my sister ha.I
been sent away, and my aunt, who had alway?
looked after me. was sitting by my bed. In order
to soothe my excitement she allowed me to tell
her of the dream, trying all the while to persuade
me to retrard it ar a natural consequence of my
anxiety. When in the narration I said that he
was riding with another officer, and mounted sol?
diers following th"m. she exclaimed: 'My. dear,
that ??hows you it was only a dream, for you
know dear Harry is in an infantry, not a cav?
alry, regiment.' Nothing, however, shook m. be?
lief that 1 had seen a reality; and she was so
much struck by my persistence that she privately
made notes of the date and of the incidents, even
to the minutest details of my dream; and then
for a few days the matter dropped, but I felt
the truth was coming nearer and nearer to all.
In a short time the news came in the papers -
shot down on the morning of the 25th, when on
hi? way to Lucknow! A few days later came one
of his missing letters, telling how his own regi?
ment hal mutiniari, and that he had been trans?
ferred to a command in the 12th Irregular Cav?
alry, bound to Jo?b Havdock's force in the relief
of Lucknow."
The following experience is vouched for by a
well known army officer himself a "disbeliever in
such things" as his actual experience. A lellow
officer had been sent to South Africa for th? Boer
War. snd early one morning he woke up and saw,
as he says, "standing by my bed. between me and
the chest of drawers, a figure, which, in spite of
the unwonted dress unwonted at least to me -
and of a full black beard, I at once recognized as
that of my old brother officer. He had or the
usual khaki coat worn by officers in active ser?
vice. A brown leather girdle, with sword attacheil
to the left side and revolver case on the right,
passed round his waist. On his head he wore the
ordinary white pith helmet of service. I noticed
all the particulars in the moment that I started
from aleep, and rat up in bed looking at him. His
face was pale, but his bright black eyes shone sa
keenly as when, a year and a half before, they had
looked upon mo us he stood with one foot on the
hansom, bidding me adieu.
"Fully impressed for the brief moment that we
were stationed together at C -, in Ireland, or
somewhere, and thinking I was in my barrack
room, I said: 'Hello, P., am I late for parade?'
P. lo'iked at me steadily and replied, 'I'm shot.'
"'Shot!' I exclaimed. 'Good God! How and
"'Through tht- lungs,' replied P., and as he
spoke his right hand moved slo?vly up the breast,
until the lingers rested over the right lung.
"'What were you doing?' 1 asked.
"'The general Kent ma- forward,' he answered,
BBdJ the right hand left the breast to move ?lowly
ti. th? front, pointing a?vc r my head to the win
dew, and at the same moment the figure melted.
? rubbed my eyes, to make sure I wa.? not dream?
ing, and sprang out of bed. It was tnen 4:10 a. it.
by the clock on my mantelpieci.
"That day I looked for news fiom the war, but
found none. But the next day showi-d his name
among those killed ?t ling's Neck. The time cor
tesponded almost exactly to my seeing of th?
vision. I believe he visited me soon after hi?
dtath to tell me of his fate."
The following experience, 1 ??*?tmc the form of a
warning of danger, occurred in the Frnnco-Pru*
??an War of 1870:
"During th? Franco-Prussian War. about the
time of the battle of Gravelotte, a German lady,
whose son was in the German army, two hundred
wiles away fr.im hia home, found an impression
taking hold of her mind, with vast snd vivid force,
that her son was at that particular time in some
special danger? She tried, without success, to
shake off the notion, and
r.ight in prayer for him, n
itty and faith in the Divim - hid uucred
his name out loud r.o less thi .
"It was subsequently found out that on that
very night there had been no battle, ;u>r even nn
exchange of shots between the outposts. So, for
a while, the impression faded from her mind.
Put when the war was ov? r nnd her son cam?
home he told his mothei who, on lier part, had
i.ot mentioned the incident thai during n i
night, when he was sleeping out. without tfnt or
cover, he . eemed to hear her call ?>ut hi? name
most distinctly. Three times (his occurred, and
the third time he felt ii.stinctively impelled to
move his position. The nexi moment ).<? heard
the unmistakable 'whirr' c-f a shell sweeping
through the air, which all at once fell and burst
in the very place in which he had so recently been
In the following case the incidents were not
only seen but the words were heard. This fre?
quently occurs:
"On September 5'. at the siege <>f Mootan, my
husband, Major General Richardson, ??;. ; most
severely and dangerously wounded, and, supposing
himself dying, asked one of tt.e ofiic??r-< with him
to take the ring off his finger and send it to m<
At that time 1 ??a.- fully IM miles distant, at
Ferezopore. On the night in question I was lying
in my bed, between sleeping and waking, when '
distinctly saw my l.usband hem?: carried "if the
lirld, Reriously wounded, and heard his voice say
ing: 'Toke this ring off my Anger and senal it to
my wife.' All the next day 1 could net get the
sight or the voice out of my mind. In due time I
heard of General Richardson having bran severely
wounded in the assault on Mootan. He survived,
however, an?l is still living. The tune of the acci?
dent corresponded exactly with my vision of the
scene." General Richardson confirmed this a?
Belgium is now very much to the fote in public.
estimation. It may be of interest to mention hen
a senes of remarkable predictions ??Inch took
place some years ?go relative to the numbers
oiawn in the conacription or tii?- Belgian armv.
Professor G. Hulin, of the University of Ghent,
s?nl the facts t?. Professor Sidgwick, then presi?
d? nt of the Society for Psychical Reaearch. Five
crses of right numbers being predicted during
the years ItWa-'IM are given on good author)
the Rankers In the four cases being, respectively,
DO, 111, IM?'?, 111 and 111. The first case was an
exceedingly striking one, the "externalised" vision
of the anmbei M appearing to the subject and
producing a strong Impression in his miml, san
?incing him that he would diaw that number. In
the fifth cas?- the man who ?vas ??! ?naw first an?
nounced that his number would be 116, and on
Ining told that that was already drawn, said it
? aal! be 116, which turned out correct, rhe other
?,- ^l,> t ere ? erj similar.
For the following narrative l am indehted to
tl.e kindnOBS of London friend-. Of the good
faith of the narrators then- cannot be a doubt:
"In the month of September Captain (?. W.. of
the 6th Dragoon Gftards, went out to India to re?
join his regiment. Hi- wife remained in Fnglanal,
residing in Cambridge. On the night between No
vember 11 end 15, toward morning, sin- dienmed
thai i'.e saw her ] usbatid, lool ?ng snxioui and ill.
upon I lie in med'stely awoke, much agitat
, aj. ]? \ iHght, . nd, loi.aiinj: up, she
perceived the same fi^un standing by her bedside,
He Rppearrtl in his uniform, tin- band* pressed
h bres t. the hair dishevelled, the face
?lis large, dark eyes were Raed full
upon her. Their expres-ion was that of prest ex?
citement and there wns a peculiar twist of the
mouth, habitual to him when aeitated. She saw
him. evi n to each minute particular of his dress,
as distinctly os -he had ever seen him in life, and
sh'. rem mbi to have seer, between h's hnnds
the white of his shirt bosom, unstained, however,
with blood. The figure seemed to bend forward.
n, and to make an effort to spesk. hu*
'here wns no Found. It remaii.?d visible, the wife
think*-, for ?s Ion'.' a? a minute, and then Ils*
"Her fit.st uloa was to ascertain if she was ni
tually awake. Bh? rubbed her eyes with the shee'
ami felt that the touch was real. Her little
nephew was in bed with her. She bent over the
?-Irrpitifi* child and listened to its breathing. The
sound was distinct, and she became convinced that
what she had seen was no dream. It need hardly
be added that n? did not ngein go to sleep that
"\r xi morning she related all this to her mother,
expressing her eonvietion that, though she noticed
no msrkl of blood on the dress, Captain W. was
either killed or grievously wounded. So fully im
l ? ied was she with the reality of the apparition
thnl slie thenceforth refused all invitations. In
I', r mbei a dispatch whs published statine that
Captain W. had been killed in the afternoon of
? he 15th. Mr?. W. asserted positively that there
nm^t have heon a mistake, in spite of the state?
ment of the War <?flic-e. and thai her husband urn*
killed on the I ?'h. Investigations were made and
it was found that this was correct Captain W.
wa, killed on *hi afternoon of the 11th, and not
en the 15th, as stated. Thus, he appeared to his
wife ;? few hours alter his death. The wound
from which he died was not upon his e'nost, upon
which there wa*, no blood as indicated by the ap
pai 'tion."
The following n-rrative was received from Cap?
tain Kijxsi'II Colt, cf Goatbridge, N'. H.: ?
"I had a very dear brother, Oliver, lieutenant
in ih< 7th Royal Fusiliers, lie whs about nine
teen year- old and had at that time bei n soi-i'1
nn" th* before Rebastopol. I corresponded fre
quently with him. and my last letter reiu-hed him
jus) as ne was about to receive the sacrament
from a clergyman who has since related the ract
ip me. Having done this, he went to the in
IrenehtaenU and never returned, hs a few hours
afterward the storming of the Redan commenced.
l?e, no the CHptam of hi? company falling, took
him place and led hi- men bravely on. He had
jii-.' led diem within the walls, though already
wounded in l?verai placas, when a bullet struck
him on Hie righl temple and h. foil among heap?
of others, where he was found in a sort of kneel*
ng posture i being propped up by other deHil
bodie ' .hirty-six hour, afterward. His death
took place, or. rather, ho fell, on September 8.
"Th.-t ni(.-ht I awoke suddenly and saw, facing
the window ot my room, by my bedside, sur
ronnded by S lighl sort of phosphorescent mist, as
it were, my brother, kneeling. ? tried to speak,
but could not. 1 buried my head in the bed
Remarkable Instances of the Apparent Communication of Deai
Soldiers with Surviving Friends?The Theory of Tele?
pathic Communications Discussed bv a
Student of Such Phenomena.
clothes -not at all afraid, but simply to collect
my ideas, because I had not bean thinking or
dreaming of him, nr#!, indeed, had forgotten all
abo'it whit I had written to him a fortnight be?
"I decidid that II BtUBt be fancy the moonlight
playiag on the taWffi, or something out of place.
Hut on U?')k:n'* u;i there he was again, looking
lovingly, imploringly and sadly at me. I tried to
speak, but found myself tongOc-tied. I could not
utter u sourd.
"I sprang out of bed, glanced through the win?
dow, and saw that there was no moon, hut that it
was very dark and rai/iing hard by. the sound
against the panes. I turned and still saw poor
Oyiver. I ?hut my eyes, walked through the
room and reached the door. As I turned the
handle before leaving the room I glanced back
once more. The anparition turned it.: he:ul :.nd
imam looked ?anxiously and lovingly at me, and I
saw then for the first time a wound on the right
temple, with a >ed stream from It. "
waty pale tint, but transparent-looking, and so
was the reddish mark. !t is almos impossible to
describe the appearance- I only k. ?-.v I sh-ill
never forget it. I left the room snd went into my
friend's room, and remained there ilie rest of th?
night 1 told him why. I told others in the house,
hut when I folal my father lie ordered me not to
repeat 'such nonsense,' and especially not to let
my mother know,
"On the Monday followrng we received a note
from Sir Alexander Milne, telling of the storm?
ing of the Redan, but no particulars. I told my
friend to let me know if he saw the name among
tin killed and wounded before I ?lid. About a
fortnight later he came into my bedroom with a
very grave fai'c. I said. 'I suppose it is to tell me
the news I expect ?' and he said, 'Ves.' Both the
colonel of the regiment and one or two officers
?vho saw the body confirmed the fact that the ap
pearanc?- Was much accniding to my description,
and thr- death wound ?vus exactly .?here I had
seen i'. . Months later a small prayer hook
and the letter I had ?vntt'-n him were returned to
Inveresk. found in the inner breast pocket of the
tunic which he wore at his death. I ha?e ?hem
The following interesting case occurred In
Ameriea :
"In the montl o, N'ovember Sir lohn 8her
brooks and General Wynyard wen- sitting before
a dinner in their barrack room at Sydney Cove.
It WBS dusk, and a candle wa< placed on the table
at a little distance.
"Suddenly a ligure, dressed in plain clothes and
.? goo?! round hat. passed befor? the fire. While
passing Sir .1. Sherbrooke exclaimed, 'God ble.-as
my soul, what's Ihaf' Almost at tbe same mo?
ment Colonel W. said. 'That's my hi other. John
Wynyard. nnd I am quite certain lie i- dead!'
Colonel W. WBS much ??gitat->d and paced up and
down the flier. Sir John said. 'The fellow has s
devilish good hat; I wish I had it!' i Hats were
not to he got th?-re. and theirs ?ere worn out.?
They immediately got up. took a candle and went
into 'he bealroom into which the figure had en?
tered. They searched in every corner, to no effect.
t f'Ionel W. r. mained distressed and uneasy, fully
convinced of the death of his brother. Three days
brought them the news that he had been killed
nt precisely the time of the apparition's appear?
The reader may fancy that these are exceptional
cn.es, and that there are, probably, so few of
thorn that they ran be accounted for by some
theory of chance coincidence. It has been proved
mathematically that this is not the ease The
Knglish Society for Psychical Research collected
more than thirty thousand cases in its great
"Census of Hallucinations." published some yean
ago, and from the returns calculated the proba?
bilities, on the theory of chance coincidence. The
number of coincidental cases were found far too
rumeroun to explain on such a theory. The com?
mittee, after much careful investigation, was
forced to the conclusion that "between deaths and
apparitions of the dying person a connection ex
?-? which is not due to chance alone. This wc
hold as a proved fact." This solemn conclusion
ope s up the road for much speculation. Once
the actual fact ?? established wo are -*ntitled to
ask: "What is the nsture of this eonntetiea?
What are these figures, seen at the moa?* 4
death? Of what re they composed, ?r.d how ?_
why do they appear?"
The last word of psychical sciene? upon ?^
momentous question is some-hat as folle**
While it is possible that a few of then? ?<?__?
may bo objective, outstanding ?ntities tht-mk
f.rms, astral bodies, etc., as ji Vnown j>y a^
ability, on occasion, to move material ebj?e%_
it is certain that, in the vis' majority of m__.
trey are not objective, b-r ? r#t tlmstm,
c !, but mental, things. They are *o-callH turn,
pathic hallucinations.' Th?y *re 'i. iture? ?f *fc_
brain, without real existence; ;,,.- they tmyet.
theless owe their origin ar| existence, so la me
to some source beyond the br of the pira?
perceiving Ov-m. Let me explain a ' ??'- a,,
It has been shown possible 1 1 i'er to to?
other mind, by a pro? al '"lefraplw
visual impressior s a 1 srd, a figwt .
scene, etc. This being * nr.ly n?lar-fl m
suppo-e that the imacc of ? ??? on might I?
transferred in the same a \ '-t.iiolB
happens! Each person h*- ? id - jhcosfct?-**,
?meres'-ion of h:s owr. sppca 1 At th? a?
ment of loath 01 som< ng] cristo
added energy i- given ?? th ? u'th? bu?
capable 0/trans n "nfiiapi.
and this centre, thu .< t_ ntrnay
to ?he one attuned to reci iv -npra.
sion is sent. It may be rece iricas eaj-i
as a vi'ual impr? n ?bdrtur?
impression ia voice. . ".presiios '1
re.-itrainin*? hand . etc They sri the saae a
oritrir.. The distant brain transir ( .:* meSMft
It is variously externalized or rendered objwtirt
lapnaren'.ly a- the reeeit i-*eh*r*
the theory of so-called tolfj-athie h a! lac in atit-M.
Many a Roldier has *.'? , '?? a?_
saee of love, his ]>,<< !.. , ! word*?!
hope j>nd comfort to the 1 ome, Huj
a heart has thu e i< nuily
a war in history where - ich 1 ??.-? hire set
been recorded. It I ? ? 'rat is tW
nro-ent war numetous i?. Uldafl
taie place , Some have ac n plstt al?
ready. And many more will ' *?! CoBSOttei
with war and the battl ' ',r'- m?\
strange psychic experienc ',ent/^
Will doubtless disclose tin ? "?:?-'?'"? *|9**r
thev ar* of great inter? ?"'??-1J ,t**'
then?. Lot us wait and ?? i
SUCH nicknames ai the "Death or Glory
Hoys." the "Black Watch" or the I2d High?
landers and the "Tigers." so called because
the Leicesters have a tiger for their reg?
menta? badge, are well known and commonly usa-d.
but there are others, mentioned by "Tit-BUs,"
?rhich are extremely curious, such as the "Sna.i
,,i." the "Cherry Pickers." "StraWboatB" ?nd
"Pontius Pilate's Bodyguard."
Tin "Snoopers" ara the Fast Yorkshire Regi?
ment. a"'1 this title || one of great honor, a!
though it .??Hinds frivolous enough. On B memo?
rable occasion their ammunition gave out, and. in
ordinary course, there was nothing to be done but
t?. turn and Hec or stand still to he shot or taken
prisoner?. However, although they had no car
triaiges they refused to budge, and continued te
?nap their triggers in the faces of the enemy with
such vigor that the., were dubbed the "Snapp-rs"
ever afterward, much to their credit.
The "Cherry Pickers" are probably not so proud
ni' their sobriquet because, although it is no dn
praee to them, il is flo particular honor, it is sur
prising how many regimental nickname-' belong
to ?ha i ei nil of the Peninsular War. and this is
on of them. It applies to the llth Hussars, who
hiiva- b-.'iii known hy this name exactly a Matar?
bj reason of the fact or liction that a number
of men of that regiment were captured by the
enemy in an archard actually engaged in refresh?
ing then- parched mouths with cherries. "Straw
boots," which is the nickname of the 7th Dra
gocn (?uards, doe* not sound very euphonious, but
it is a finer title than many a high sounding one.
It recall? a time of devotion and bravery and
fortitude in very diatressiasj circumstances. It
aru, m fact, bestowed upon them by their admir?
ing compatriots when they returned from War?
burg, for, their boots being completely worn aiff
their feet, they had bound them round with
-traw to keep out the wet and cold.
The 1st Foot have been called "Pontius Pilate's
Bo'yguard" time out of mind. At one time the
regimeat was temporarily in the French service
? -
ai1-' a earn] I rhethsi ?se?
v?i ?-? i,..- n older c? n tkl iset
Pirardj "? ?*?*
i?.ii! :-? n mil '-' !iir,"*!?a
lr ihman, ?? h? amil| prets*
<b" flood, snd whei ?"'- t!l,t "**
of that naine i- m I of 'he ??"?J*
?l?a-d. "Did innybi i i M'.rphy eig
OUI ;. boat iv his
In he sama Piesidf rtf
ment claimed I Resmg
they ?ver- on du ' *1"" ***
? ?
the? ?ver- on dut) on tl " crg' ??
? .w?
been. To this fac? ??rtorted ?
they ais?? were then l< .???.???. tee?
they were acting, while ' Picard* mes ?*p
H'lecp, as Pontiai 1' 'l'ai

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