THE MYSTERIOUS LIGHTS IN MERIONETHSHIRE. What the Special Correspondent of the "Daily Mail" saw. Many references have been made lately to some lights of unknown origin and dazzling brightness that shine out by night on the hill- side in Merionethshire, about four or five miles from Barmouth. The reports were first made some six weeks ago, and were connected with the mighty revival that had broken out in a little chapel close to the hills. One of the members of that chapel, a Mrs. Jones, had been touched by the revival spirit, and it was said that the lights had something to do with her. The reports were dismissed as superstitious rumours at first, but they grew in exactness, and eventually unbiased visitors made it known that the mystery was indeed a fact, and that they could give no explanation of their cause. The Daily Mail sent down a special corre- spondent to investigate the matter. His tale appeared in that paper on Monday last week, and it is particularly interesting and weird. After re- lating his experiences on the day of arrival at Barmouth, when he saw nothing but heard much, he proceeds as follows In the broad daylight of Saturday morning I went again to the lonely farmhouse home of Mrs. Mary Jones, and found a pleasant-spoken, well-informed country woman of thirty-five, her hair touched with grey, her brown eyes alive with the light of the enthusiast. She did not associate the lights particularly with herself, she said, although it was true they had been seen during the time she was on her way to chapel, but, she added with low-voiced intensity, she knew they were Heaven-sent, and that they were connected with the revival. At seven o'clock that evening I was on my way through Egryn, watching the black hill-sides. I walked to Dyffryn, back again across the lonely meadows, and still saw nothing. At eight o'clock I had decided that the whole thing was a local superstition. Half an hour later my views had changed. At 8.15 I was on the roadside, walking from Dyffryn to Egryn. In the distance, about a mile away, I could see the three lighted windows of the tiny Egryn chapel, where service was going on. It was the only touch of light in the miles of country-side. Suddenly, at twenty minutes past eight, I saw what appeared to be a ball of fire above the roof of the chapel. It came from nowhere and sprang into existence instantaneously. It had a steady, intense, yellow brilliance and did not move. Not sure whether or not I was deceiving myself, I called to a man a hundred yards behind me on the road and asked him if he could see anything. He came running to me excitedly, and said, Yes, yes above the chapel,
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the great light." He was a countryman and was trembling with emotion. What the Lights are Like. We watched the light together. It seemed to me to be at about twice the height of the chapel, say 50ft., and it stood out with electric vividness against the encircling hills behind. Suddenly it disappeared, having lasted about a minute and a half. I leaned against the stone wall by the wayside and waited for further developments, the country- man leaving me and making his way alone. Again the chapel windows were the only lights in all the country-side. The minutes crept by, and it was twenty-five minutes to nine before I saw anything else. Then two lights flashed out, one on each side of the chapel. They seemed about icoft. apart, and considerably higher in the air than the first one. In the night it was difficult to judge distances, but I made a rough guess that they were 100ft. above the roof of the chapel. They shone out brilliantly and steadily for a space of thirty seconds. Then they both began to flicker like a defective arc-lamp. They were flickering like that while one could count ten. Then they became steady again. In the distance they looked like large and brilliant motor-car lights. They disappeared within a couple of seconds of each other. After this it was suggested that the lights would not appear again till Mrs. Jones, who was driving back from her service at Bontddu, was on her way home. I set off to walk the four lonely miles to Barmouth, stopping here and there for ten minutes to watch for fresh lights. The meadows and the open sea were whitened by the moonlight, the rocky hillsides alone were black. There was no house in sight, and the only sound was the continuous low-voiced gurgle of the water on the shore. Just after half-past ten I was startled by a flash on the dark hillside immediately on my left, and looking up I saw I was comparatively close to one of the strange lights. It was about 300ft. up the hillside, and about 500ft. from where I stood. It shone out dazzlingly, not with a white brightness, but a deep yellow brightness. It looked a solid bulb of light 6in. in diameter, and was tiring to look at. I ran at the stone wall by the side of the road, climbed it, and made a run for the light. It was gone before I had covered a dozen yards, and I could find nothing but the bare hillside. When I reached the road again I looked back along the way I had come, and saw in the road- way near the Egryn Chapel another of the bright lights. That is, baldly, what I saw. The lights are probably capable of some natural explanation, but I gave the coincidences for what they are worth. There is a little strip of marshy land close to Mrs. Jones's house, and, thinking of the will-o'-the-wisp theory, I asked if the lights had ever been seen here. I was told no. They were always seen on the hills in the neigh- bourhood of the chapel." The special correspondent is probably right when he says that there is some natural explana- tion of this strange phenomena. But until it is satis- factorily explained we must admit that there are still some things on earth, not to speak of heaven, not dreamt of in our philosophy. Nature is not yet an explored-out region, and whilst we would not, on the one hand, attach any religious meaning to these weird lights, neither would we on the other argue that they have no existence except in a diseased brain or intoxicated imagi- nation.