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SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE has
found in America, it seems, a
young woman who promises to
make his visit here more worth while
than he anticipated.
The young woman in question was until
she accidentally met Sir Arthur quite
a normal young debutante, exceptionally
pretty and talented, but seemingly not
otherwise unusual.
air Artnur, nowever, aiscoverea mai
she was psychic or spooky, according to
the way one feels toward manifestations
of the unreal. And then began an extraordinary
chapter In this young woman's
life.
She is Miss Kate McCausland of St.
Louis, Mo. The very name suggests the
old pioneer families of the city that was
first made especially famous by the
Nancy Lee, but which has many other
claims to dignified prominence as the
pearl of' the Mississippi Valley. The
name is linked with those of the Chaoteaus,
the Papins and the Valles and
others of the early French settlers, whose
^nononflo rta affll arp thfi
arbiters of St. Louis society
and fashion.
Miss McCausland is, the
daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
L. R. McCausland. BBT
McCausland avenue
is one of the ^
grandfather and \
Papin avenue la ^
a memorial to her &\
grandmother. Her
mother was long
one of the guiding - ^
spirits of the St.
Louie Woman's
Miss McCausland,
after her graduation
from college, was given w|g|^g|p
what used to be called the ^
"grand tour"?a finishing ^5%
trip around the world.
Then she went in for art
and other intellectual pas- f w
But always was she sub- L
ject to weird moments? Jy
moments when she felt, to fffa
use her own expression, |?*;'
"as if something from f*
some strange other world
was pulling at me." She
knew nothing of spiritual*
Ism. She never investigated
the psychic. She
knew she was intuitional
and, in the stronger phrasings
of the day, "that she
often had hunches." One of
these, for example, was experienced when
her cousin, the famous Isabelle Valle of
St. Louis, whom Mrs. W. K. Vanderbilt
once described as "the most beautiful
young woman in the world," announced
her engagement to James Hope-Nelson,
scion of the distinguished and wealthy
family of that name in England. Miss
Kate declared then that she was sure her
cousin, who also had been a sort of elder
chum to her, would never be happy in
this marriage. She urged her to cancel
the engagement. "You will not be married
more than five years at most," she
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wariicu net.
When Miss Valle urged her cousin to
explain her grounds for such a prediction
Miss Kate could only say: "I don't know,
hut when I think of your marriage that
strange feeling comes over me?It is as if
some one were trying to tell me that you
should draw hack, that you will not be
happy." ?
And it turntNt out Just as she had predicted.
This was decidedly surprising,
for the marriage of Miss Valle and HopeNelson
seemed to be a true romnnce.
They met lu England while visiting mutual
friends at a house party. The
young Englishman at once paid court
to the girl, who was theu attracting
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Mi** McCaualand at home with two of hi
non-psychic "pets."
wide attention both in America and
abroad for her beauty and winsoqieness.
}-ffc followed her to America and even
brought hie family over that they might
see the American girl in her home surroundings.
The wedding was a notable
event, being solemnized under Papal
dispensation by Archbishop Glennon in 1
the Archbishop's splendid palace in St.
Louis.
Members of Miss McCausland's family
always remembered this remarkable in- I
cident of intuition and never afterward
ridiculed those "strange moments" when, 1
to Miss Kate, it seemed as If "some one
from another world were trying to talk" <
to her. ' <
While studying to be a sculptor in New
York Miss McCauslatid met nt a social
affair Dr. ITereward Carrlngton, the
chief investigator of the Society for l
Psychical Research. Dr. Carrlngton was \
presented hy Mrs. Hope-Nelson, who had i
divorced her husband some time before. 1
Mrs. Hope-Nelson laughingly Informed i
Dr. Carrlngton that her cousin, Miss (
Kate, might well he worth "Investlgat- i
ing," and explained that she aesmed to
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in the center
and other guest* at the now
famous luncheon tendered him in
New York by the
American Psychical Institute.
Those in the photograph are.
left to righf:
Dr. Hereward Carrington, Ph. D.,
Secretary-, of the Institute;
Lady Doyle,
Mrs. Oliver Harriman and
Gen. Daniel Appleton.
have a knack of "feeling" things
which were wholly mysterious to
others.
Dr. Carrlngton was interested.
He begged of Miss McCausland
that she call some time at the
home of the society and visit its
laboratories. It was while <she
was making this call?impelled
by curiosity and something of
amusement?that she was asked
r Into a reception room there to be
presented to the famous visitor?
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Miss McCausland was very Interesting
to Sir Ar^iur. She was invited to be
present?one of six guests?at the private
seance given by the author, which
was one of the outstanding features of
his visit to New York.
It was at this seance that Sir Arthur
discovered to his own satisfaction that
Miss McCausland was "mediunjistic"?
one of the truest mediums, he Is re
ported to have declared after the seance,
It had been IiIb good fortune to discover.
Just what were the circumstances are
not revealed.
They remain shrouded in the secrecy
that envelops the other occurrences at
this famous private seance.
When it was over Miss McCausland announced
to her friends that she would
Immediately make arrangements to go
to Europe, virtually as Dr. Doyle's protege,
there to undertake n course of
studies under eminent psychical scientists
allied with Sir Arthur. Arrangements
were made for Mrs. Thomas
'randell, widow of a former Washington
lttache, to accompany her os chaperon.
In London Miss McCausland first will
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submit herself to Eva Sey, one of the
prominent "mediums" frequently em
ployed by Sir Arthur in his weird demonstrations
at home. She will then submit
to a thorough course of psychic tests?
and will endeavor to become Sir Arthur's
chief assistant in developing his theory
of spirit photography. It is said she already
has made attempts at this weird
photography with successes that promise
much to the spiritualist.
"I am simply overwhelmed," says Miss
McCausland. "I never was a spiritualist
and never gave that sort of thing a
thought. I did attend a seance or two before
I met Sir Arthur, hut these were
just the usual occasions?mostly fun,
such as are frequently 'stager!' hy young
people. We looked upon the whole thing
as a farce and were mostly concerned in
detecting the trickery which we were i
sure was being practiced before our very
eyes. I still am sure those seances were
merely tricks?for they were not at all
such occasions as that of Dr. Doyle's.
"Even when I was a child I used to
feel those rather strange sensations,
which became more pronounced as I grew
older. I remember one evening, just before
midnight, turning over in bed and
seeing my cousin, who had become Mrs. |
Hope-Nelson, standing inside the door of i
my bedroom. She wore her hat and a
traveling cape and held a handbag. One
hand was stretched toward me and ahe
was smiling. ? < i
"I was certain my cousin was In Kng- ,
land. I had heard from her there Just a ,
short time before. I leaped out of bed |
to greet her, and when I threw out my |
hand to clasp hers I fell forward?there ,
was nothing there. 1
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was declared to
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4.' _ ||| her that her ?
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"I was so shocked it was some time be- fi
fore I could calm myself. I was as weak- n
ened as if I had recovered from a faint. E
At breakfast the next morn inn I told of a
the Incident to my people. They were tl
inclined U> 1H1111II HI me?lu uwiaic I nail (i
been dreaming. They would not believe a
I actually had awakened. They said I 8I
had not gotten out of bed at all. t!
"But we still were at the brenkfast Hi
table when a telegram was delivered me.
It was from New York. It announced, a
tersely, that Isabel had arrived the after- n
noon before from Europe and was taking ft
the train that night for St. Louis, and h
would I meet her at the station. b
Of course I Just put it down as some- w
thing extremely odd?eerie and all that,
but nothing worth speaking much about. D,
Most persons to whom I related the incl- I
dent were Inclined to look at me curiously "1
?to think I was laying It on pretty thick. J
"Another time I was visiting a former s|
college chum in Springfield, 111. That
afternoon I had received a long letter w
from my mother, who wrote me every day
uhon T ivih nwnv- no matter whether far ?
or near?and I had answered it. I walked |
with my friend to the railroad station to
post the letter in the train box?to make f)
sure it would he taken up and put aboard ?
the mail train that was due to pass ir
through in half an hour or so.
"While I was walking home with my "
fi
friend, and when I was some eight or n
nine blocks from the station, something
seemed to clutch at me. I stopped still fi
and closed my eyes. I saw my mother in ''
bed, ill. Just as distinctly as If I were
In the room I saw the door open and one o(
Df the servants come in and l^an over cm
mother's bed. I saw the pictures on the lr
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IcCausland, the American girl,
i being sent to Europe
erself to become a "medium."
J fortune is the result of
'onan Doyle's discovery of her
inge psychic qualities.
all and medicine bottles on the night
ible by the head of the bed. And I
nderstood that she had been ill only a
hort time; that it was a sudden attack.
"When I opened my eyes I was tremling.
My friend caught me by the arm
nd shook me and cried out, 'What is the
latter, Kate? You are positively white!'
don't think I said a word?I just turned
n my heel and started running toward
he depot. My friend started after me,
ut I ran faster and soon left her, an
Btonished, puzzled girl, blocks behind,
'he train was in the depot when I
reached the station. I
brushed through the train
gate, not daring to stop
long enough to purchase a
ticket. As soon as I was
aboard it pulled out.
"Then, of course, I thought
how foolish I was. I asked
pjy| the conductor what the
first stop was, and if I
y couldn't get off there and
lake a suburban train back
to Springfield. He told me
the train did not stop until
it reached East St. Louis?
just outside St. Louis itself.
* So I had to remain aboard.
"I thought, first, when I
arrived in St. Louis of going
to a hotel. I was fright
ally early and I thought I would alarm
ly people by turning up at that hour,
lut 1 overcame this reluctance and took
cab to my home. I met a servant on
he stairs. Mother had been taken sud*
enly ill the afternoon before and was in
critical condition. A telegram had been
ent me at Springfield?just about the
Ime I started to run for the train to
tart back home.
"T cannot explain it, of course. There
re many other such instances I can re
tfll. Sir Arthur would allow me to tell
1m only a few of them. He persuaded
imself I was what he calls 'mediumlstic'
y his own tests. I cannot say what they
ere. The seance was private.
"1 am tremendously eager now to tind
ut just what it all is about. I feel as if
were about to enter some unknown
;ihere; it is so mysterious and alluring,
ust what Sir Arthur's plans are I do
ot know. They will depend largely, I
iippose, upon how I survive further tests
nd how I develop uuder the tutelage to
hich ho has recommended me."
ln\\i ?I,A j-.ln.w1r, raw. /.fRolnl
of tli?* Weather Bureau concludes
that the ordinary cyclones that
averse our country from west to cast
re not more than two or three miles
i depth, although their diameter Is many
undreds of miles In other words,
heir motion does not affect the upper
ngiong of the atmosphere. In the case
f hurrlcances he finds that the depth
greater, amounting to as much as
ve or six miles. But higher currents
low directly across the cyclonic and
nti-cyclonic areas which produce
Lorms and fair weather at the surface
r the earth. Some of this investigator's
inclusions upset former ideas concernig
the circulation of the atmosphere.

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