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versity Aris Hotel. The circumstance has frequently been related to us by an inmate of the house at the time. The Cambridge philosophers, and, what is far more strange, several London officers, who were sent for, and who took every means for the detection of any mischievous tricks, were equally baffled; nor has the affair ever been, nor will it ever be, explained. We have no doubt that the circumstance we allude to, which is too long for publication here, is remembered by many now resident in Cambridge. These cases we admit were noises, not appearances. This however is immaterial.
But our object is not to adduce examples of really authentic ghost stories. They are numerous, and have been frequently published, nor are we aware that any solution of them has ever been offered, or any attempt ever made to explain them away. The reader is referred, among other collections, to one published by Mr. Jarvis, 1823, whose preface is well worth perusing. We would add, however, that we are ourselves in possession of more than one, which we think surpass all that we have seen published in strength of authentic testimony, circumstantial evidence, and collateral confirmation. These, however, we do not consider ourselves at liberty to publish, and consequently do not, of course, expect the reader to place any reliance in them.
Again. There are two points in connexion with this subject which yet remain to be noticed. First, that though ninety-nine stories may be resolved into cases of false perception, mere imagination, or imposture—and we have no doubt that the great majority of them may-still
, if the hundredth should be absolutely incapable of any such solution, it is sufficient to prove the existence of apparitions ; and, consequently, that the attempt to explain away some stories only, without disproving all, must ever be unsatisfactory. Secondly, that we willingly give up all accounts, however well attested, in which no coincidence followed the appearance ; because these might have been mere imagination, which subsequent coincidence will hardly ever allow us to admit possible.
To revert to our second proposition. Those who maintain the occasional appearance of supernatural objects (whether spirits, forms, or resemblances of the departed—whether real or unreal, it matters not,) argue that, if anything can be proved by mere human testimony, (a proof, by the way, always admitted as sufficient in other matters,) the reality of apparitions can. That a sceptic has no right to disbelieve a story, unless he can either prove it impossible, refute the evidence, or explain it away. That, in the words of Dr. Johnson, “ there is no people, rude or learned, among whom apparitions of the dead are not related and believed. That this opinion, which perhaps prevails as far as human nature is diffused, could become universal only by its truth. That those who have never heard of one another would not have agreed in a tale which nothing but experience can make credible.” That, if there be a spiritual world, as no one can presume to say what becomes of the disembodied soul, so no one can safely assert that it may not occasionally be seen by the living, for wise purposes unknown, perhaps, to us. In a word, that those who deny the existence of apparitions, necessarily deny it on grounds about which they are totally ignorant.
We would add a few words on the strong internal evidence which exists of the truth of such relations in general. Almost, if not quite, all authentic accounts agree in representing the form of some person to have appeared to another at the moment of the death of the former, which death has not been known to, or even in the least suspected by, the latter, till the news has afterwards arrived from some distant place where it happened. This is what we meant by coincidence. Again, in all the numerous and well accredited ghost-stories we ever read or heard, no instance has been mentioned in which the apparition has done any harm to the person to whom it appeared: yet nothing surely could have been a more tempting embellishment to a mere conceit. All too, we believe, agree in stating that no fear was felt till after the departure of the apparition—a strange and seemingly improbable statement. Now had these accounts been nothing but inventions, the authors of them would certainly have varied the tales. Close resemblance, or imitation, in fictions designed to impose, is almost always avoided.
The ancient philosophers—no mean authority, though heathens, in matters of mere human perception-offer explanations of such supernatural appearances without seeming to doubt, or to even have heard any doubt ever expressed, about the reality or truth of them. They speak of them as facts established and admitted by all. And would Æschylus have ventured to introduce, in two of his extant plays, the representations of ghosts on the stage, if the idea had been new or universally discredited ? In modern times, the most powerful and contemplative minds have believed in them. Johnson, Addison, Reginald Heber, with several others, have not hesitated to express their credulity on the subject. And why should they? The air is probably peopled with immaterial hosts, who watch, and for aught we know direct, all our actions. The knowledge of their existence would have the most beneficial influence over our conduct. As it is, this knowledge is denied us; but is not the occasional appearance (admitting it to be true) of what is called a supernatural object, a strong confirmation of the fact that spirits visit, if not inhabit, our world? Those who are in the habit of attending death-beds, are of opinion that airy forms frequently become manifest to the dying eye. This may be fancy ; but for our part we do not think so. We believe them to be really there. Deride not, reader.
Should these few observations arrest the attention of any one, so far as to induce him to consider the subject-for it is those only who never have considered it who indulge in a foolish and thoughtless laugh when it is mentioned—we shall not be inclined to blame ourselves, as others will blame us, for having directed his thoughts to a mere silly and imaginary chimera.
ANECDOTE OF A DOG. ARRIAN, in his curious and interesting Treatise on Hunting, gives the following pleasing description of his favourite dog, in language which we almost regret to spoil by translating:
“I myself once trained a bitch, of a dark tan colour, and of remarkable strength and swiftness ; so much so, that I have known her, when young, catch four hares immediately in succession. She is exceedingly gentle (for I have her yet, while I write this) and fond of man's company : never indeed was any dog so devotedly attached to me or to my friend and companion, Megillus. She is now too old for the chase, but she never leaves either the one or the other of us: if I stay at home, she stays with me; if I go out, she attends me; if I repair to the gymnasium, she follows me thither, sits by me as I exercise myself, and, on my return, bounds before me, frequently running back to satisfy herself that I have not turned out of the usual road; and finding she has not lost me, she looks up goodnaturedly in my face, and is off again. While I am engaged in my state duties, she accompanies my friend, and acts just in a similar manner with him. If either of us be ill, nothing will induce her to leave the bed-side for a moment; and if ever so short a time should have elapsed since she has seen us, she gently rears her fore legs against us, as if asking a kiss, and shews her affection by a low whine. When she sits by me at meals, she jogs me first with one paw and then with the other, to remind me that I must give her too some food. I never recollect any dog so clever at asking for a thing: she has a particular sound to express all her wants. Having been once beaten for a certain offence, even yet, if any one but mention the whip, she will run to him, and crouch down in supplication; then insinuatingly apply her nose to his mouth, just as if kissing him, and leaping up, hang from his neck piteously, and not let go till he ceases threatening her. Methinks I shall be pardoned for wishing to bequeath my favourite's name to posterity. Be it known that Arrian had a dog called Hormè—the swiftest, the most sagacious, and the most divine of its kind."
PARODY ON MOORE.
It is our painful duty to announce the decease of the Very Rev. Dr. Wood, Master of St. John's College, Dean of Ely, and Rector of Freshwater, Isle of Wight, which took place April 23, in his 80th year, He was elected to the Mastership of St. John's in 1815.
A. Mills, Esq., late of St. John's, was, March 14, elected a foundation Fellow of Queens'.
Davies' Scholarship.-E. Balston, Scholar of King's College, has been elected to an University Scholarship on Dr. Davies' foundation.
March 15.-At a Congregation the following degrees were conferred :Honorary Masters of Arts.Lord J. J. R. Manners, Trinity, second son of the Duke of Rutland; Sir H. Dryden, Bart., Trinity Coll.-Bachelors of Divinity._Rev. J. G. Johnston, Christ's Coll., and Head Master of Barnstaple Grammar School; Rev. G. Ingram, Queens'.--Masters of Arts.
-R. Wilson, Trinity ; E. Shortland, Pembroke; C. Spencer, Christ's.Bachelor in Physic.-T. Barton, Queens'.-Bac lors of Arts.-T. Thring, Trin.; T. Ridley, Catharine Hall; A. Kemp, Caius; E. Ridgeway, Jesus; E. C. Sharpe, J. Bennett, Christ's.
A grace passed the Senate, “to petition both Houses of Parliament against certain clauses in a Bill now under the consideration of the House of Commons, upon the subject of Ecclesiastical Duties and Revenues.” The petition was carried in the Black Hood House by 35 to 7, and in the White Hood House by 33 to 3.
The Chancellor's Medallists.- The Chancellor's two gold medals for the best classical scholars among the commencing Bachelors of Arts of the present year have been adjudged to A. S. Eddis and J. G. Maitland, both of Trinity Coll.
Bell's Scholars. The following gentlemen have been elected University Scholars on the Rev. Dr. Bell's foundation :-G. H. Ainger, W. Wilson, both of St. John's Coll.
CLASSICAL Tripos, 1839.-Examiners.-Richd. Shilletto, M.A., Trinity Coll. ; James Hildyard, M.A., Christ's Coll. ; George John Kennedy, M.A., St. John's Coll. ; Benjamin W. Beatson, M. A., Pembroke Coll.First Class.-Ds. Freeman, Trin. ; Penrose, Trin.: Maitland, Trin.; Eddis, Trin.; Woodham, Jesus; Hopper, Trin.; Bolton, John's; Mills, Queens'; Merry, Jesus; Simpkinson, Trin.-Second Class.-Ds. Yeoman, Trin; Leeman, John's; Christian, Pemb. ; Joy, Trin.; Brodrick, Trin.; Gell, Trin. ; Relton, Pemb. ; Sismey. Trin.; Mathison, Trin.; Martyn, John's; Bailey, John's: Laurence, Trin. ; Green, Jesus.-Third Class.-Ds. Humphreys, John's; Tucker, Emman.; Stewart, Trin. ; Watson, Emman.; Maunder, Queens'; Gordon, Trin. March
22.-There will be Congregations on the following days of the ensuing Easter Term :- Thursday, May 2, and Wednesday, May 15, at 11; Tuesday, June 11 (Stat. B. D. Comm.), at 10; Saturday, June 29, and Monday, July 1, at 11; and Friday, July (end of Term), at 10.
The following gentlemen of St. John's College have been elected Fellows upon the foundation :-Benjamin Morgan Cowie, Percival Frost, William Bishop, Samuel Blackall, and George Currey.
The following gentlemen have been elected scholars of Queens' College, in this University :-Reynolds, Bickersteth, Eller, Marie, Raw, Crabbe.
Caius College, APRIL 5.- Isaac Preston Cory was elected a Senior Fellow of this College. The Rev. Robert Murphy was elected Stokys Fellow. W. F. H. Jerrard was elected a Frankland Fellow; the Rev. M. Gibbs, Frankland Fellow; and John Tozer, a Fellow on the Wortley Foundation.
On Wednesday, April 10, the following gentlemen of Trinity College, were elected scholars of that Society :Law,
H. C. Jones,
The Gospel of St. Luke.
The 3rd Satire of the 2nd Book of Horace.
Homer's Iliad, Book 7-10.
New Works Published in Cambridge. The New Cratylus, or Contributions towards a more Accurate Knowledge of the Greek Language, by J. W. Donaldson, M.A., Fellow of Trin. Coll.
The Life of Aristotle, including a Discussion of some Questions of Literary History relating to his works. By the Rev.J. W. Blakesley, M. A. Fellow of Trinity College.
The Aulularia of Plautus, by the Rev. J. Hildyard, M.A., Fellow of Christ College.
Dynamics, or a Treatise on Motion, by Samuel Earnshaw, M. A., of St. John's College. Second Edition, enlarged.
A Treatise on Crystallography, by W. H. Miller, M.A. F.R.S., Fellow of St. John's College.
Sancti Patris Nostri Joannis Chrysostomi Archiepiscopi Constantinopolitani Homiliæ in Matthæum. By B. Frederic Field, M. A., Fellow of Trinity College. 3 vols. 8vo.
Schömann de Com. Atheniensium, translated. With an improved Index.
The Third Satire of the Second Book of Horace, with English Notes, and a New and Literal Translation.
Beatson's Exercises for Greek Iambic Verse, 2nd Edit. with additions.
A Treatise on the Differential Calculus, designed for the use of Students in the University, by J. Baily, M. A., late Fellow of St. John's College, and T. Lund, B.D., Fellow of St. John's College.
Cambridge Course of Elementary Natural Philosophy, being the Demonstrations of the Propositions in Mechanics and Hydrostatics, for the use of those who are not Candidates for Honours.
Juelli Apologia Ecclesiæ Anglicanæ ; accedit Epistola ad D. Scipionem de Concilio Tridentino conscripta.
In the Press. A Translation of Jewel's Apology of the Church of England, and of his Epistle to Dom. Scipio on the Council of Trent, with illustrative Notes. Homer-Books VII.-X. with English Notes. Sallust-a New and Literal Translation.
A New Literal Translation of Books VII.-X. of Homer, with Illustrative Notes.
An Enquiry into the present state of Trinity College, by a Member of the Society.
Exercises for Latin Prose Composition, by the Rev. B. Beatson, M, A., of Pembroke College,