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IGARDENING GOSSIP. I

HE WAS A KING MAKER.

A WONDER OF THE WORLD.

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HISTORICAL DANDIES.I

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OUR ,.SHORT STORY.

¡SPIRIT WORLD SECRETS. I

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¡ SPIRIT WORLD SECRETS. CURIOUS CONFESSION BY A MEDIUM. The New York Herald prints exclusively the confession of Mrs. Leonora E. Piper, a famous spiritualistic medium of Boston, whose services had been used by the ^Society for Psychical Re- search in its investigations of the supernatural. She declares that her trance stances furnish no evidence whatever of the possibility of com- munication with the other world, and she frankly attributes the bewildering phenomena to telepathy and hypnotism. These statements pos- sess profound significance, for on Mrs. Piper's so- called Spirit messages," the great English society based its claims to communication with those beyond the grave. Mrs. Piper now announces her withdrawal from the society, and says that in the past I must truthfully say I do not believe that the spirits of the dead have spoken through me when I have been in a trance. My state was investigated by scientific men at Boston and Cambridge, and by the English Psychical Re- search Society when I was taken to England to be studied. I am not a Spiritualist, and I consider I have been only an automaton. Many curious incidents were connected with the sittings of the Psychial Research Society. They first heard of me in the simplest fashion, I was then living in Boston, as a maid-of- all-work. I told the servant of Professor William James, of Harvard, that I went into queer sleeps in which I said many strange things. Professor James at once expressed the wish for me to con- nect myself with the Psychical Research Society. In that way the work began first. When I sat in the chair and leaned my head back I went into a trance state. The action was attended with some- thing of a struggle. On coming out I said dis- connected things and then began to speak broken French phrases. I had studied French for two years. I was one of the first studied by the Physical Research Soci ety. Then a literary man who had died-one called Pelham in the reports of the society--was impersonated. Friends of his felt assured that he talked to them, using my voice, or by automatic writing, while I was in a trance. I never heard of anything being said by myself during a trance which might not have been latent in my own mind, or in the mind of the person in charge of the sitting, or in the mind of the per- son trying to get communication with someone in another state of existence, or of some companion present with such a person, or in the mind of some absent person alive somewhere else in the world."

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I -THE FRENCH COLLIERS.

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AN ARCHDUCHESS'S ROMANCE.

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