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ANIMAL MAGNETISM: PREVISION.
From the Spectator.
[Skeptical as we are on this subject, we have no hesitation in printing, without comment, the following case; which proceeds from a gentleman well known to us for habits of careful observation and for scrupulous veracity. We admit it as a record of a singular fact, whatever may be the explanation of which it is susceptible.]
TO THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR.
Clapham New Park, 18th January, 1844. DEAR SIR: - Puzzled by the conflicting statements put forward on all sides regarding Animal Magnetism, I resolved a year or two back, to seek by personal experiment a solution which I had in vain endeavored to arrive at from the opinions of others. The result convinced me, not only that Animal Magnetism is a truth, but that it is one which, although productive of danger in the hands of inexperienced persons, may be turned to the happiest account as a remedy for many human ills.
Have you courage to give insertion to the following case? It is so singular that I can hardly expect any one to receive it without considerable hesitation; and yet, as I am able to pledge myself to the strict accuracy of its details, and to the respectability of station and high moral worth of the parties to whom it refers, I feel desirous that it should be widely known.
On Monday the 25th December, I magnetized Mrs. H- a married lady, twenty-eight years of age. She had been magnetized at intervals during the preceding year, altogether about six times. Upon each occasion she had manifested some degree of lucidity; and in the only instance when the experiment was tried, she had answered readily to the action of my hand upon the various phrenological organs. On the present occasion I magnetized her solely for the improvement of her health, as she was suffering from weakness and a pain in the breast, the result of a confinement eight weeks back. In other respects her health was good. In less than two minutes from the commencement of the magnetizing process, she passed into a state of somnambulism. I then addressed her-"How do you feel?" She made no answer. I repeated the question two or three times, without success; but in a few moments she exclaimed, with an expression of great anguish "Oh, pretty well: but I shall soon be dreadfully ill."
"And will it not remove the other suffer
ings ?""No." Then, after a pause, she added-" it cannot remove them entirely; but I think it may mitigate them."
"At what time after the attack should I commence the magnetic passes?"-"In about half an hour."
"How long will the attack last?"-" From an hour to an hour and a quarter. It will be dreadfully severe; but it will not prove fatal. I shall have more of them. I have much suffering to undergo."
"When will the next attack take place?"— "I cannot see."
"What description of passes should I make on Wednesday, in order to relieve the heart?" -"Commence just under the heart, and make long passes to the feet."
"During what time am I to continue them?" "About five minutes. You must also make passes across my back, if possible."
"How long will it be before you cease to suffer from these attacks ?"-"About eight months."
"Will magnetism benefit you during that time ?"-"Materially."
She still manifested much apprehension and anguish. "Come," I said, "you must not be sad. I am sure that you can bear pain with patience; and, as it will all end well, you must not give way to despondency."
"Ah!" she exclaimed, "I think of my children, and my husband-I know what he will feel."
I now ceased speaking to her for a minute or two: afterwards I said, "You must tell me if you desire to say any thing more, or if you would rather sleep?""I think you had better awaken me."
I demagnetized her accordingly. She awoke instantly, and (as on all former occasions) totally unconscious of having uttered a single word. She said, however, that she was not so much refreshed as usual, and that her head felt as if she had been engaged in the most intense thought. To relieve this, I magnetized her again for a few minutes; and when she was again awakened, she stated herself perfectly restored. I then took my leave; previously agreeing with Mr. H that no intimation should be given to his wife of what had
"When shall you be ill? now, while you are being magnetized ?"-" No, in two days time." "At what hour?"-"Three in the after-passed. noon."
"Can nothing be done to avert it ?"-" Nothing."
"What will it result from? an accident, or natural causes ?"-"Natural causes."
"Can you tell me any thing that should be
On the following day, I saw Mr. H—; when he stated, that during the preceding evening his wife had enjoyed excellent spirits, and that she still continued in a satisfactory state. On the Wednesday morning, he told me that he had left her in apparently good
health, excepting that she seemed in a state of depression which almost caused him to apprehend that her prediction would be verified. She was herself, however, free from any anticipation of evil.
In the afternoon I proceeded to her house, intending to reach it about half-past three, which according to her prediction would be half an hour after the commencement of the attack, the time at which she had stated that magnetism should be resorted to. Having, however, little expectation that my services would be required, (since I was inclined to regard her forebodings merely as the result of a momentary sadness,) I did not pay any particular attention to punctuality, and it was twenty-two minutes to four when I arrived.
I found her extended upon a sofa, in the severest agony. Her pain drew from her repeated cries, and I learned that she had been seized with a violent spasmodic affection.
I immediately commenced making the passes below the heart, which she had directed during her somnambulism on the preceding Monday.
"Does that give you relief?"—"Oh yes; it greatly relieves the heart."
I then raised her to a sitting posture, and commenced the passes across her back.
"Oh! that gives still more relief-it takes it entirely away from the left side; but the general pain remains the same."
She sank, apparently still suffering most severely from attacks of pain in the epigastric region, which seemed to threaten suffocation. She began, however, after I had made a few passes, to experience some short intervals of ease. During one of them I asked, "At what time were you attacked ?"-" Half an hour or three-quarters of an hour before you came; nearer three-quarters of an hour."
"Was it sudden ?"-"Quite. I was in the passage, and was obliged to call one of the servants to help me to this room. It seemed to suspend animation. In about twenty minutes, or more, it attacked my heart; the blood seemed to fill my head, and I was much alarmed. It continued till you came; my sufferings were dreadful: but now the pains seem no longer to affect the heart."
She still continued to experience paroxysms, which I was only able partially to relieve. At intervals she exclaimed, "Oh, how fortunate you happened to call. I feel as if you had
She complained of fulness of the head, and directed me to make two or three passes over her forehead; which gave her instant relief. At length, at about six or seven minutes past four, the pains seemed rapidly to subside. She fell into a calm sleep, her countenance assuming an expression of perfect composure; and from this, at about twenty minutes past four, she awakened in good spirits, and, although greatly exhausted, perfectly free from pain.
She continued to dwell on the “fortunate”
circumstance of my having called; and I left her in the full belief that the visit had been an accidental one.
Since the above occasion she has been magnetized several times; and she now predicts with rigid accuracy the state of her health for On the 7th of this several consecutive days. month, she announced a slight attack to occur at eleven o'clock in the morning of the 11th, which would not extend to the heart, and another severe attack at three P. M. on the 15th, in which that organ would again be compromised. On both occasions the prediction was fulfilled even in its minutest particulars.
I may mention, in conclusion, that until the attack above described, she had never experienced any indisposition in which the heart was supposed to be in the slightest degree affected. I am, dear Sir, very faithfully yours,
HYMN TO THE SEA.
From the Dublin University Magazine.
ROLL on, roll on, thou "melancholy sea,"
Blue sea, I chide thee not, though I am sad,
Roll on, roll on, ye light and sportive waves,
Bear on that barque, and take her safe to port,
Too oft our lov'd ones find an ocean bed-
ORIGIN OF THE NAMES OF
J. FLAXMAN, R. A.-An advertisement in our usual columns intimates the contemplation of a somewhat tardy act of national justice and gratitude, by the erection of a portrait-statue to the memory of one of our greatest sculptors, John Flaxman. Like all the men of the highest genius, though to a certain degree appreciated in his lifetime, far inferior artists carried off the more stering proofs of public consideration, and he existed to produce works which give him immortality. His designs and relievos were too far above the bust or figure, or fanciful trifle, to meet with the applause of the million, and the few who could judge of their worth were too few to reward their At last, however, a mecreator as he deserved.
ANCIENT MONEY. A treasure of old silver coinage of Edward I. of England, and Roberts and Davids of Scotland, has been found in a piece of ground near Closeburn, Dumfriesshire. It is reported to amount to 10,000 coins, and the cannie folks around to have made a pleasant harvest in collecting it.-Lit. Gaz.
STATES.-Maine was so called as early as 1638, from Maine in France, of which Henrietta Maria, Queen of England, was at that time proprietor. New Hampshire was the name given to the territory conveyed by the Plymouth Company to Capt. John Mason, by patent, November 7, 1639, with reference to the patentee, who was Governor of Portsmouth, in Hampshire, England. Vermont was so called by the inhabitants in their declaration of independence, January 16, 1777, from the French cerd, green, and mont, mountain. Massachusetts from a tribe of Indians in the neighborhood of Boston. "I have learned," says Roger Wil-morial is proposed for him, and we cannot doubt liams, "that Massachusetts was so called from the will be sufficiently supported. It is true the fine, Blue Hills." Rhode Island was named in 1644, pale, intellectual-looking man did not want for in reference to the Island of Rhodes in the Medi- bread, but wealth was not his, and it is full time terranean. Connecticut was so called from the that we offered him a stone, hallowed by our feelIndian name of its principal river; New York in ings and admiration.-Lit. Gaz. reference to the Duke of York and Albany, to whom this territory was granted. Pennsylvania was named in 1681, after William Penn. Delaware, in 1703, from Delaware Bay, on which it lies, and which received its name from Lord De la War, who died in this bay. Maryland, in honor of Henrietta Maria, Queen of Charles I, in his patent to Lord Baltimore, June 30, 1632 Virginia was named in 1584, after Elizabeth, the virgin Queen of England. Carolina, by the French in 1564, in honor of King Charles IX. of France. Georgia, in 1772, in honor of King George III. Alabama, in 1817, from its principal | river. Mississippi, in 1800, from its western boundary. Mississippi is said to denote Kie, whole river, that is, the river formed by the union of many. Louisiana, so called in honor of Louis XVI. of France. Tennesee, in 1796, from its principal river; the word Tennesee is said to signify a curved spoon. Kentucky, in 1782, from its principal river. Illinois, in 1809, from its principal river. The word is said to signify the river of men. Indiana, in 1802, from the American Indians. Ohio, in 1802, from its southern boundary. Missouri, in 1821, from its principal river. Michigan, named in 1805, from the lake on its borders. Arkansas, in 1819, from its principal river. Florida was so called by Juan Ponse le Leon, in 1572, because it was discovered on Easter Sunday; in Spanish, Pascus Florida.-Sim-idea monds's Colonial Magazine.
M. GUIZOT.-M. Guizot's facility for going to sleep after extreme excitement and mental exertion is prodigious, and it is fortunate for him he is so constituted, otherwise his health would materially suffer. A minister in France ought not to be a nervous man; it is fatal to him if he is. After the most boisterous and tumultuous sittings at the Chamber, after being baited by the Opposition in the most savage manner-there is no milder expression for their excessive violence— he arrives home, throws himself upon a couch, and sinks immediately into a profound sleep, from which he is undisturbed till midnight, when proofs of the Moniteur are brought to him for inspection. Madame Guizot, who lives with her son, is upwards of 80 years of age; never was there a more vigilant, tender, nervous mother. Her husband lost his life upon the scaffold of the Revolution, and nothing can divest her of the
but that her son will undergo the same fate. This keeps her in perpetual alarm, and whenever she hears there is to be one of those violent discussions which but too often disgrace the French Chambre des Deputés, she watches for the return of her son with the greatest anxiety and misgiving.-Court Journal.
AN EXPLOSION OF SUBTERRANEOUS WATER took place lately in the district of Vizeu, in Portugal, by which the soil was torn up, and earth and stones flung to a great height into the air, for the distance of more than a league, between the small river Oleiros and the Douro. All the culti- BRITISH GUIANA.-From a prospectus publishvated land over which the water flowed was de-ed at the Royal Gazette office, Denierara, and forstroyed, and in many places it created ravines forty feet in depth, and thirty fathoms wide. It carried away and shattered to fragments in its course, which was of extreme rapidity, no fewer than fifty wind and water mills, choked the Douro with rubbish, and caused the death of nine persons, including one entire family. On the same day a similar explosion took place in the mountain of Marcelim, in the same district, arising from the same source, but branching off in the direction of the river Bastanza.-Correspondent of the Times.
warded to us, we learn that a society for the promotion of agriculture and commerce in that important colony is now being formed. Public rooms are to be established in Georgetown, with library, museum, and models; and premiums and grants of money are to be awarded for the advancement of every branch of agriculture, manufactures, and trade So excellent an institution cannot fail to produce great benefits, and the wealth of the colony will enable its members to carry it on with liberality and spirit.-Lit. Gaz.
ROYAL BIRTHDays in April.—It is remarka- | boat reached the group of granite rocks near Asble how many Royal personages now living date souan, which form the cataract. The first gate their births in the month of April. The 25th was easily passed; but in the second, owing to ult., the day on which her Majesty celebrated the violence of the current, it hung for ten minher birthday, is the anniversary of the births of utes, vibrating, but almost stationary, and in dantheir Royal Highnesses the Duchess of Glouces-ger every moment of being dashed on the rocks, ter and the Princess Alice. In other Royal fam- only four paces distant. It was a fearful strug. ilies of Europe, several birthdays occur during gle: but at last, by carrying out rope in a smal! the month of April-viz., her Majesty the Queen boat, the pasha himself and three sailors obtainof the French was born on the 26th of April, ed a purchase on an island, and succeeded in 1782; the Queen of the Belgians on the 3d of bringing the laboring vessel through. Three April, 1812; Queen Christina of Spain on the hundred Nubians witnessed, and some of them 27th of April, 1806; the Emperor of Austria on with poles assisted in this triumph. The third the 17th of April, 1793; the Queen of Portugal gate (as these narrow passes are called) was suron the 14th of April, 1819; and the Sultan on mounted, and the anchor dropped off the village the 19th of April, 1823.—Court Journal. of Messid, within sight of the famous island of Philo. The exploit was attempted in 1838 by SOMNAMBULIST. We give the following almost Mahomed Ali, but defeated at the second gate; incredible account of a somnambulic exhibition and now the passage is shown to be practicable from the Paris Globe. After noticing some pre-it will often be repeated, and produce important wvious exhibitions of the same nature by M. Mar-effects in this part of the world.—Lit. Gaz. cellet with the somnambulist, the "young Alex
is," the Globe says:-"We will now speak of
the exhibition at the hotel of the Viscountess de RAFFAELLE TAPESTRIES.-Of the two sets of Saint-Mars. M. Victor Hugo, who was present, tapestries from the Cartoons, wrought under the had prepared at home a sealed packet, in the cen-inspection of the artist and his pupils Von Orlay tre of which he had placed a single word, print-and Coxis, one is in the Vatican; and that now ed in large characters. The somnambulist, after before the public is the second, sold from Engturning over the packet every way, spelled land into Spain after the martyrdom of Charles alowly-p-o-1-i, poli, and then exclaimed, 'II., and now happily restored to us, at least for a do not see the letter that immediately follows, season. Mr. Tupper, the British consul, obtainbut I perceive those which come afterwards, —ied the series from the Alva family twenty years -q-u-e; eight letters;-no, I now see nine; ago, and from him they became the property of it is at, politique, and the word is printed on their present exhibiter. light green paper. M. Hugo cut it out of a They are in wonderfully fine preservation, pamphlet, which I now see at his house.' Simi- faithful to the originals, fresh in color, and lar experiments were frequently repeated, and spirited in every thread and stitch. Of the nine always with the same success, at the house of M. in existence, there are here seven corresponding Charles Ledru, where they took place especially, to the Cartoons at Hampton Court, and two in order that Lord Brougham might witness them. others, viz. the Stoning of St. Stephen and the His Lordship was quite astounded at seeing Alex-Conversion of St. Paul, of which the Cartoons is playing at cards with his eyes bandaged, and reading through several sheets of paper. But the last experiment was of a nature to remove all doubt. What word have I written there?' said Lord Brougham, presenting his closed hand. Chester,' replied the somnambulist. The Hon. The Stoning of St. Stephen is the smallest of Mrs. Dawson Damar then said, 'Can you tell me these productions, being only 13 feet wide and what I placed on the guéridon of my salon before 12 feet 10 inches high. The martyr is on his I left home? Yes, madam, I see there a medal-knees, and his earthly suffering radiated with the lion. What does it contain?' 'Hair.' Whose hope of immortal glory. One of his barbarous hair? That of three personages-the Emperor executioners stooping to lift a large stone is a Napoleon, Wellington-as to the third, I cannot tell his name, but he died before Napoleon, and was an Englishman-a sailor.' The Hon. Mrs. Damar then named Lord Nelson. Some days afterwards, Viscount Jocelyn having presented a box well wrapped up to the young Alexis, the The Conversion of St Paul ranks among the latter instantly said that it contained only one ob-six largest tapestries, being 18 feet 3 inches in ject, that it was red, and came from a distant width, by 13 feet in height. It is a glorious comcountry. He ended by saying that it was a piece position, full of stirring life, passion, and energy. of coral cut into a death's head.--Court Jour-The supernatural light from heaven, the prosnal.
are lost; but as the death of Ananias and Paul preaching at Athens could not find room, we have the former novelties in their stead, and to these we would direct the marked attention of visitors.
grand piece of drawing; and another figure casting a rock at his devoted head is equally a splendid anatomical and expressive study. Other parts are almost as remarkable for skill, beauty, and contrast.
trate Roman leader, the amazement of his soldiery, the confusion of man and horse, the antique architectural forms of Damascus, the variety and richness of Oriental costume, and the angelic group over all, render this representation admira
STEAM ASCENT OF THE FIRST CATARACT OF THE NILE. We have mentioned the accomplishment of this great feat, an epoch in science and its African power. It seems to have been effect-ble even among those wonderful works its comed principally through the energy and presence of mind of Achmet Menikli Pasha, the new governor of Soudan, who was ascending the river to the seat of his rule. In six days from Cairo the
panions, with whose astonishing mastery over every difficulty and perfection of art we have become familiar. Of itself it would be a great exhi❘bition for every lover of the fine arts.-Lit. Gaz.
SCIENCE AND ART.
rity; and the obelisk, in packing cases, arrived in Table Bay in the month of August, 1841, where it was safely landed under the guidance of Colonei Lewis.
HERSCHEL OBELISK AT THE CAPE OF GOOD | with a request that those gentlemen would kindly HOPE" An Account of the Erection of the undertake the necessary superintendence of the Herschel Obelisk at the Cape of Good Hope, ac-work; a request to which they acceded with alaccompanied by the Report of Colonel Lewis, and a Plan of the same," by Thomas Maclear, Esq. The following is an abstract.Sir John Herschel, during his residence at the Cape, was President of the South African Literary and Scientific In- The following is the report of Colonel Lewis stitution. When he was about to leave the colo- on the erection"In excavating the foundation, ny, the members expressed a desire to present which was of black sand, it was found necessary him with some token of remembrance; and, at a to go down 4 feet 10 inches to arrive at the ironfull meeting, a few days before his departure, a stone gravelly bed, the substratum of the country gold medal was presented, with the impress of about Feldhausen. The masonry foundation was the institution on one side and a suitable inscrip- formed of concrete, built up in courses of 12 or tion on the reverse. The feelings excited on that 14 inches, and composed of iron-stone gravel, and interesting occasion strongly evinced how much lime-mortar, well grouted together. On this mathe members regretted the loss of their president sonry bed a granite platform 9 feet 6 inches square and their admiration of one whose talents place was laid, and the small column fixed by Sir John him so far above ordinary men, and whose private Herschel on the site of the 20-feet reflector. This life was a pattern of every domestic virtue. The mark was removed for a few days, in order to sum subscribed having exceeded the expense of bring the masonry foundation to a proper height, the medal, another subscription-list was opened but the mark was relaid with mathematical corwith the intention of raising a fund for the pur-rectness by Lieut. Laffau, Royal Engineers. Prepose of placing a substantial structure on the site of the 20-feet reflector in the garden of Sir John's late residence at Feldhausen. The proposal was accordingly laid before Sir George Napier, who entered warmly into the project, and placed his name at the head of the list annexed to a handsome subscription. In the course of a few days the sum subscribed amounted to £190. At a general meeting, held on the 28th of November, 1838, the erection of the obelisk was finally determined on; and a committee was appointed to carry its erection into effect. A fruitless attempt to procure a granite column at the cape, of proper workmanship and within the resources of the Committee, led to the adoption of a suggestion that one of Craigleith stone, from the quarry near Edinburgh, might be obtained without difficulty, and of superior finish. A resolution was accordingly passed by the Committee, which, together with a plan of the proposed obelisk, was forwarded to Professors Forbes and Henderson, of Edinburgh,
viously, however, to relaying the Herschel mark, the suggestion of the Committee of Construction was adopted of placing under it several silver and copper coins, a few inscription medals, and medals of the South African Institution, struck in silver for the occasion; and on the obverse were engraved some notices, statistical and geographical, of the colony; the discoveries of Capt. Ross in the South Polar Regions in 1841; and the operation of remeasuring the are of the meridian in 1842. These subjects were beautifully executed by Mr. Piazza Smyth, assistant-astronomer, and hermetically sealed in glass bottles. Also there were deposited a map of the colony and engravings of nebulæ observed at Slough from 1825 to 1833, by Sir John Herschel, and a plan of Mr. Maclear's triangulation connecting the site of Feldhausen with the Royal Observatory, and the site of La Caille's observatory, in Strand-street, Cape Town. The bottle was carefully fixed in a block of teak-wood, scooped out on purpose. When the