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though she has only 'the rudi
ments of a musical education.
She sings songs that she has
She tells her friends the secret
' records of their lives.
She describes events taking
place hundreds of miles away.
Miss Bessie is the 20-year-old
daughter of Charles Stewart, a
farmer living five miles south
west of this village. These
strange things are done while she
is in a state of trance which phy
sicians are unable to explain.
During the past year she has
often fallen into this state, re
maining in it from twb days to
a week. She seems transformed
into another person in fact, she
acts the part of several persons.
"She thinks herself a man at
'times," said her father. "She
takes long steps, deepens her
voice, affects mannish airs,
smokes and swears. She will fill
my pipe, with tobaccof strike a
match and puff away with entire
"Her last serious attack came
at the time of the Titanic disaster.
" She was depressed by the horror.
I was astounded one evening to
hear her singing an improvised
dirge and playing a perfect ac
companiment on the organ.
. "She declared one evening she
was going to aiball. Sheulressed
herself in a party gown, came in
to the par-lor, took off her opera
cloak, held out her arms to an
imaginary partner and waltzed
about with absolute grace.
"One night she recited Bob
.Taylor's lecture, 'Castles in Air I
without missing a single word.
When she recovered from her
trance sh'e.knew scarcely a single
line of it.
"A neighbor died one night.
She told us about jt. before the
news- was brought to the house.
"Time and again she has read
the newspapers and magazines
outdoors in the evening, often
aloud, when I could not see my
hand six inches in front of my
face. We have watched her read
ing by lamplight and have turned
off the light, but she has contin
ued to turn the pages of her book
at regular intervals."
Bessie is a tall, slender girl,
with brown hair, a . High white
forehead and a touch of pink ih
her cheelcs. She looks'strong and
healthy. Her trances do not seem
to have affected her general
health. She feels no bad effects
She became ill through" over
work at Kirksville, Mo., normal
school, where she attended classes
1909-10. She then left home to
teach in Waco, Tex.
On her return she began to re
veal these strange powers.
Dr. T. H.,Hughes nerve spe
cialist of St, Louis, Mo., says her
brain is normal, but that her nerv
ous system is disordered. He at
tributes the trouble to mental
overwork. The case was recently
discussed at a Missouri physi
cians institute at Kansas City.
Dr. T. H. Winans of Mexico, Mo.,
who had attended her, read a
paper on her case.
"Only clairvoyancy, an unex
plainable phenomenon, can'make
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