January 5, 1930.
Jan 5 - Feb 9
Victor; Mrs. Poole; Ada Turner; J. A. Hamilton; John MacDonald; Ewan; T. G. H.; Dawn; Mercedes; L. H.; W. E. Hobbes (Secretary). Teleplasmic hand photographed.
Promises of the Hand Simulacrum.
A hand has been given. (Plates show large hand simulacrum)
(An interim teleplasm given on January 5, 1930. This accurately predicted during a sitting of December 29, 1929.)
9:03 p.m. Meeting opens.
9:07 p.m. E.M. is in deep trance.
9:11 p.m. Writing begins and continues at intervals till 9:19 p.m.
9:23 p.m. E.M. moves from the cabinet and takes her place between W. B. Cooper and T. G. H. J. A. Hamilton enters the séance room and takes place beside Dawn. Dawn remarks that Stead came and put a beautiful cloth around E.M. while she was under. (That is, in trance.)
9:27 p.m. T. G. H. opened all the cameras. E.M. relates her visions.
9:38 p.m. All sing for Spurgeon.
9:42 p.m. All sing "Jingle Bells." Dawn is now under control by Walter.
Group do so, and Walters says, "eleven". W. B. Cooper reports that there is nothing on her face. J. A. Hamilton reports that there is nothing on her neck or arms.
9:43 p.m. Dawn 'hissing' like a steam engine. Pounds the table. We sing "Jingle Bells." Dawn stamps and shuffles in time. Ewan is under stress.
9:46 p.m. Walter: "Ready?"
T. G. H.: "I'm ready."
Walter: "Keep ready. Keep your eyes on the medium's face when you flash your light."
9:50 p.m. Walter arranges for the signal. Three knocks on the table with Dawn's hand, fire with the fourth knock. (The knocks were at about two second intervals). T. G. H. closes the camera shutters.
Much muscular exertion on the part of Dawn and Ewan. Ewan at times is deeply distressed. Walter arranges for the signal. Flash light released on signal two minutes later. Dawn distressed - takes deep hissing breaths.
9:52 p.m. Dawn is distressed and Walter says, "Sing! Sing! Keep it up." Much stamping and hissing (Walter's engine.) Also Ewan clapping and rubbing hands. All sing during these happenings.
Walter: "I wonder if you will be satisfied?"
T. G. H.: "Are you?"
T. G. H.: "What did you give us?"
Walter: "What I gave you."
T. G. H.: "Is it funny?"
Walter: "Kind of. It is something you couldn't do without. (indicates Ewan, who is clapping hands in semi-trance state. I gave you what he is clapping with." It's a riddle ... keep it up! (the singing). Someone gets in when you stop."
Walter: "All right. When you get like that it makes them all run. They stay around curious. When you get tense they cause trouble."
T. G. H.: "Didn't you have a guard?"
Walter: "Yes, we did; but not strong enough; had to get it over at once."
T. G. H.: "The picture of the face with Raymond; who is it?"
Walter: "I haven't seen Raymond since; he's very busy. I have been very busy; many new recruits."
T. G. H.: "Are they all taken care of?"
Walter: "Yes, they will all be taken care of."
T. G. H.: "Night school?"
Walter: "No night ... a great many are anxious to go right through, but they cannot until they have their passports; till they have left behind all the material."
T. G. H.: "Are there planes below the material?"
Walter: "No, the material is the lowest; but it can be shining. If you do to your fellow man as you would like him to do to you, you're keeping God's commandment. That is all that is necessary; that is all of the commandments rolled into one. Your preacher tells me that, but I know it is true."
10:00 p.m. Walter: "The preacher, Spurgeon, wants to hear you sing that song about Solomon."
All sing "Solomon Levi."
Walter: "He asks me to thank you; he laughs."
T. G. H.: "There's a good bit of the boy in him yet."
T. G. H.: "We will have a special sitting next Wednesday."
Walter: "When you sit, I will be there; your thoughts will summon me."
T. G. H.: "Thank you for the picture; we need your photo, Walter."
Walter: "You will see my photo soon, but not here; it will be from England."
[True. Dr. and Mrs. Crandon, sitting in London with the medium Hope, obtained a "psychic extra" of Walter on the photographic plate. Very firm test conditions. 1930 or 1931]
Walter: "You don't believe."
L. H.: "Yes, I do."
Walter: "Not all ... only part."
Walter: (he speaks of the difficulty of convincing people as to the reality of survival ). "But the next generation! The young ones will be convinced. Don't worry about the old ones ... I will be with you when you meet again. Don't forget to call the roll when she is under control before you sing."
10:21 p.m. Walter: "Sing a little song. I may chime in once in a while. I haven't gone, so be on your good behavior. If you are going too far, I will break up your sitting."
Walter now speaks in the direct voice. He says he will give Sister Lucy's picture someday."
[Two stereo photos of the "hand simulacrum" or "hand teleplasm" - hinted at by Walter at the two previous sittings. Walter's stated intention is fulfilled by production of hand simulacrum.]
Walter (direct voice; heard by all). Did you let Dawn's hands go since you sat down tonight?"
W. B. Cooper and J. A. Hamilton: "No; we held her hands all evening."
Walter: "Ewan was right."
(Note: Following the previous sitting, Ewan, when normal, told Mrs. Hamilton that he had the impression that Walter was going to give a picture of - and he held up his hand. He said after that he had had the impression that it was going to be a picture of Walter's thumb. Mrs. Hamilton reported this to T. G. H. but made no mention of his impression to either the medium or the rest of the sitters. L. Hamilton.) (See hand materialization of January 5, 1930.)
Intervals now given to Sister Lucy to speak. Walter returned.
Walter: "Go, as there are quite a few undesirables. People crowd in who are quite all right away, but I don't wish them to come through the medium. Break when I give the word and don't allow anyone through the medium. Our friend, Black Hawk, is here; he will help me. He is my right hand man. Good night, friends. So long. Break."
10:41 p.m. Light is turned on.
[Left side: Photo of 'hand teleplasm']
[ Photo of hand simulacrum ]
[ Photo ]
[ Photo ]
January 8, 1930.
(Special sitting) L. H.; Mrs. Poole; Dawn; Victor; T. G. H., Lillian; Ellen; Dawn; Barney; and T. G. H..
The "form" will be seated on a chair to Mary Marshall's (Dawn's) left. (See Lucy, March 10)
Usual E.M. controls and manifestations. Walter came through, talked, and worked, he said. Among other things he gave the following orders:
1. Dawn to drink a small glass of warm water about five minutes before the special sitting.
2. No meat to be eaten on the day she sits.
3. She need not remove all her clothes for special sitting so long as shoulders and arms are bare.
4. He tests out the strength of the red light; has T. G. H. turn up varying degrees of red light. Says the ceiling light is all that may be used from now on. No white light must enter the room.
"Materialization will be sitting on the chair beside Dawn, to the left. It may be an all-night sitting - no joking - it may take some hours. Dawn to be in a very deep trance - may have to keep her all night. Will give us plenty of warning.
January 9, 1930.
Katie asks that her medium (Mercedes) sit in a dress without sleeves.
January 12, 1930.
Mrs. Poole; Dawn; L. H.; Ada Turner; Ewan; Victor; Mr. Reed; Mercedes; J. A. Hamilton; W. E. Hobbes (Secretary).
Walter: working - much muscular activity on the part of Dawn and Ewan. Cold breezes felt by sitters near cabinet. Walter hints that they are preparing still another type of physical phenomenon.
Usual E.M. manifestations.
9:25 p.m. E.M. leaves cabinet
9:28 p.m. Walter comes through. He does not talk at first. Says "carry on." Appears to be busy. He asks after a few moments that Dawn's dressing gown be removed from the back of her chair where she has placed it. Walter intended to take it off himself, he said, but she did it first. It "interfered" on her chair. He also asks that we hold the hands very tightly.
"Good evening. You are all here."
W. B. Cooper: "All but the old man (T. G. H.)."
Walter: "He'll be the missing link. He has got a little bit of fluff?"
W. B. Cooper: "He's at a church meeting."
Walter: "Preserve us!"
W. B. Cooper: "He's picking a new minister."
Walter: "I hope they pick a good one. Oh, they are all good fellows - till they get up here to find their mistakes. Some of them are terrible; I could do better myself. But they are all right - some of them . There are lots of them up here."
W. B. Cooper: "What does Spurgeon think of the rest?"
Walter: "They have their pow-wows all together. They have their churches here but they don't have to preach the sinner's damnation like down here. Preach and teach - we all listen. They don't get any salary."
Walter now turns his attention to Ewan; tells him to go ahead, he has the whole place to himself. Walter now makes his "old engine' go, swinging Dawn's arms about like wheels, gets Ewan clapping hands and stamping about. A period of nervous excitement. L. H. reports feeling a cold breeze.
A strange thing now happens. Ewan get up to stand on the table. He says he is pushing up the ceiling for Walter. In a few moments he gets down but is still in trance.
Dawn is heard whistling and hissing through her teeth.
Walter: "Not yet; don't start. Keep perfectly still for a little while yet. We are working on something else just now, my friend. All right (to invisible). I am preparing the ground."
J. A. Hamilton reports that he is keeping contact but not always with Dawn's hand. He said later that her hand was withdrawn, evidently for a purpose.
Walter: "I think we are done for this sitting."
January 16, 1930
Letter from Dr. Hamilton to Dr. Clive McAlister.
... There is a paragraph on public talks given - to nurses and people at Portage La Prairie.
"... I am talking to a group of fifty or more in the YMCA at their breakfast club.
" ... I speak on January 30th at the University Students' Scientific club.
... At the British Medical Association meeting it is the intention to have a luncheon at the noon hour August 26th or 27th at which approximately five hundred are to have an illustrated lecture of an hour's duration following the lunch.
At the Association you are aware there is to be a 'Hobby Show", and for this, preparation of illustrations from the photographs will be presented, with explanatory notes.
January 19, 1930.
L. H.; Mrs. Poole; Mercedes; Ada Turner; Dawn; Mr. Reed; Victor; Ewan; J. A. Hamilton; W. E. Hobbes (Secretary).
Shortly after sitting opens Walter speaks in his supernormal voice. A few moments later all hear a loud, metallic sounding whistle. A moment later it was again heard - very shrill and metallic - a sound that could not be made by any ordinary human voice.
Walter presently states that he made it - by blowing with his own mouth through the medium,
W. B. Cooper and Dr. J. A. Hamilton state that her hands were held continuously. Walter states that in order to perform this phenomenon he'd taken a little teleplasm from her ear. Her throat is a little strained.
Following the sitting Miss Ada Turner (who had charge of undressing, sponging and dressing Dawn in her séance clothing) found a tiny trickle of blood oozing from each corner of Dawn's mouth. She also stated that she found nothing whatever concealed on Dawn's person that could have been used to produce the sound.
9:05 p.m. Meeting opens.
9:07 p.m. E.M. is in deep trance.
9:09 p.m. Writing.
9:26 p.m. E.M. moves out of cabinet, being normal, and takes place between W. B. Cooper and T. G. H. T. G. H. opens cameras, including Mr. Reed's.
9:35 p.m. Group number off. Dawn takes no notice.
Walter/Dawn: "I want you to meet my friends and then you can go. This is Patrick Hamilton - the tall one. This is Charlie boy. Here is George Wishart. This one is Richard Cameron, and this one is John Payne, and this one is Robert Moffat, and this Alex Mackay. This is Jamie Rennick; he wanted to go, and John Paton, too, and James Chalmers. Just look at them all; they are coming to help you and they are all friends of mine. James - Alex Mackie followed Livingstone and Robert Moffat. John Paton and Moffat are working in China now; but they came here tonight. Patrick Hamilton, that big chap, if you trace back you might have a slight connection. His father was a big bug with a handle to his name. He is here to give you a helping hand."
T. G. H.: "Does he know Gavin Hamilton?"
Walter (after a pause): "Yes, and Catherine too; but Gavin did not belong to the same line. I just wanted you to meet these friends of mine. He goes now to China, also Moffat and Paton. Jimmy (to invisible man), you are not needed now."
Group greet each as they are introduced.
Walter now speaks in his direct voice.
All number. W. B. Cooper is 'one', Walter 'twelve'. Ewan did not speak; apparently in trance.
9:46 p.m. Singing.
9:50 p.m. Dawn gave a peculiar whistle which sounded like someone blowing down a test tube.
9:51 p.m. Shrill whistle again,; like a whistle pipe; certainly not with the mouth. Singing and movements of medium.
9:56 p.m. Dawn quiet again. Walter says, "Stop the music. His taste is rotten (referring to record used). I'll tell you something; it took a lot of power to blow that bloody whistle!"
[L. H. re whistle: "The whistle was so shrill and came so suddenly that it made me jump from my chair with a start. It sounded as if it had been caused by something of a metallic nature. ]
T. G. H.: "How did you do it?"
Walter: "With my mouth through hers."
T. G. H.: "But it sounded like a train whistle; I wish we could get a gramophone record of it."
Walter: "No good; the world would say it was a whistle brought in. Did either of you let go her hands? (W. B. Cooper and J. A. Hamilton say they did not). She was talking just a moment before, wasn't she? So how did she get it in her mouth? Now I want you to arrange to have someone inspect each garment as she takes them off for me. (Miss Turner promises to do so). I told you I was trying a little experiment. I wasn't sure that I could do it. I brought in my apparatus through her throat."
"There were a lot of people here and they are all nice people. One of them had a book that he had written since he came over here. I told you if you could get the one kind of people it would be good - all in harmony. If they come just because they are inquisitive, it is no good. But if we have just a small part and all in harmony we can do wonders; lift the roof off; push the room out a bit. It is warm for my work here but I won't say anything. Something is wrong with Dawn."
L. H.: "She has lost a young friend by death, and is feeling badly."
Walter: "She should know better; but I know how they feel. The young girl will be all right."
T. G. H.: "The medium, Dawn, is very sensitive." (To control)
Walter: "Yes, it is a good quality, and also in bad one. I wish she would give herself a little more to me; I could use her to great advantage, and myself, for humanity. I have her vocal organs alright, but there are other parts of her I could use, but I can't just yet. I will get them . I don't mean any harm to her. I have a great struggle to get her to come here sometimes. You must not tell her, but it is very often my influence that forces her to come. I cannot work through her as they do others because she does not give herself to me whole-heartedly. I would like to use Mercedes but her physique is not strong enough. We will build her up and try later. She has many good points; but this one (Ewan) I will get him; and this one (Victor) too, but he (W. B. Cooper, a controller) is needed with his eyes open just now and his mouth open too, to catch the flies. That's where the flies go in the wintertime!" (Laughter.)
T. G. H. speaks of receiving a letter from the Old Country. Walter says the work has set them all wondering. They will criticize later. T. G. H. asks what Spurgeon's friends think about it. Walter says they won't believe no matter what you give. (T. G. H. asks about Sir Oliver Lodge. Walter replies that Sir Oliver did not take the pictures. Says further that Lodge's work is not the same as T. G. H.'s, but it's for the same end. (true).)
Walter says that by and by it will be the same as 2000 years ago.
Walter: "I will set the medium down now. (Dawn standing for some time, all during the conversation.). Talk, but don't get tense."
Walter gives some time to Ewan. "Punch and Judy" show for a few minutes.
Walter: "I will not do it again tonight (whistle). She would have a very sore throat. As it is, it will be a little bit strained. It will be all right. I take the ectoplasm from her ear and it hurts a little and she is afraid. She might not tell you, but she is scared - I am called away (said breathlessly). I must go. I will leave someone in my place. I have left someone in charge! So long!"
Short levitation experiment with Ewan and Mercedes. Sister Lucy speaks through Mercedes.
Lucy/Mercedes: "I just want to tell you people that Walter wants you to hear that after he has given the materialization he is after, he will give you my picture. I am not very notable, as I am not publicly known. It will be just another proof that I can come back and control another person. It will be mostly for your own sakes that picture will be given. The other men he brought are helping in the work. When this is finished there will be something more; if you will ask Mercedes to speak to Dawn about coming here more often than she does. It is very hard for her to give another period during the week. Walter is pleased with everyone tonight. You may feel a little out of sorts tomorrow as he took so much. But he says that the group is all he wants. Everyone is needed, and all are to feel satisfied that all is joy as well. I will go. Good night."
Black Hawk, without speaking, makes his farewell bows and call.
10:36 p.m. Sitting closes.
[Note: Walter's "mechanics" conclusive proof - to me - of the objective nature of the next state. L. H.]
Miss Turner's report on the "whistle" phenomenon
This is to certify that I was present at the sitting held Sunday,
January 19, 1930, at the home of Dr. T. G. Hamilton. Before going into the séance room I watched the medium disrobe, and then following the usual custom, I bathed with warm water the upper part of her body - the neck, arms, chest, and armpits. I personally examined both before and after the meeting the one garment which she wore, and can testify there was nothing whatever concealed about her person or clothes.
During the sitting a sound issued from the throat of the medium which resembled nothing human but rather the metallic, shrill shriek of an engine whistle. Afterwards when the medium passed again into the bedroom a tiny trickle of blood was visible at each corner of her mouth.
January 21, 1930.
L. H.; Mrs. Poole; Mercedes; Ada Turner; Dawn; Mr. Reed; Victor; Ewan; J. A. Hamilton; W. E. Hobbes (Secretary).
Jack MacDonald and W. E. Hobbes in the latter's living room about 8:45 p.m.. Reading lamp with one 40 W. lamp alight in it throughout the sitting.
Jack MacDonald sitting in an armchair facing away from the light and with the latter shaded so that no direct rays fell on his face, listening to music from the orthophonic which W. E. Hobbes was manipulating.
Pieces rendered were "Andante Cantabile" and "Largo" by Kreisler; selections from Don Juan by the Hart House Quartette and then a nocturne for orchestras.
"Nuages" by Debussy was played, in course of which Jack M. was controlled by Sterge, looked upwards and stretched his right arm up moving the hand as if imitating or tracing the movements of clouds in the sky. Towards the end of the piece, he punctuated the periods of the music by movements of the hand as if conducting.
Nothing was said by Mr. W. E. Hobbes, who immediately thereafter put on the record "In a Monastery Garden" during which Sterge also acted as conductor, quietly, and still seated.
This finished, W. E. Hobbes asked if he would like the other side of the record played but Sterge said "No" and a ...
[Sterge breaks off here and R. L. Stevenson takes over.]
"... stroke it and it would no turn to bite your hand ... Love there.
On a day when it rained - and it did rain! - the thimble-shaped roofs. I watched the shining bodies moving in the rain - a sight fit for the gods! A perfect thing, a body running in the rain. Water! ... and a veil of steam rising here and there. Bodies ... come out from the ferns and rushing by ... and their bodies would smell ... oh, it was fine! They smelled of the greenness."
"It was one of the places I loved the best, and when I get to it I would give you a description better than I have given tonight. Can you imagine that, my lady? (To Lillian H.). The white sands and the turtles crawling up, and the waves creeping up and falling back. It was wonderful! That is how I remember it."
Control here tries to speak in some unknown tongue, fails, and becomes very excited. Sitters try to calm him.
R. L. Stevenson: "I will take you back again. We'll sit down in a chair there and just talk ... and the food I give you to eat!"
Lillian H.: "What will you give me?"
R. L. Stevenson: (stutters, stammers, rails): "It's about my limit. I'm tired. When I come again I'll tell you about a little inlet, a little bay. The island in the sea. And it's a place where the sun is always shining."
"Well, I'll be off. I have had a good time tonight. I have no' been a Scot all the time. We have such a sensitive wee body here (medium) we cannot come too close; I don't want to impress him needlessly. Goodnight. God bless you."
Trance-vision: (Medium fully conscious) "I saw a darkish chap, saw his head and strong arms. He was rather a 'squat' type, but intelligent looking."
"I saw a man in white ducks. Saw the company sitting down (on the floor), heard a form of pipe, right hand holding up the bowl."
"Then I saw some chappies, some of the natives on a small group of logs tied together. I thought they were fishing or something like that. They had some sort of implement in their hands. I was in the water swimming or diving. I could see seashells in the water."
"Then there was a very lovely place somewhat semicircular. Could see the horizon in the distance. The waves came in, some were very long ... one after another in long rollers. Beach, sand and trees ... palms, or something like that, ferns. Dome shaped huts in places."
Medium, while describing vision said suddenly that he saw (clairvoyantly) a long thin hand, saw veins in it.
"Then I saw some place on a wet day. Everything was soaking. There the rain would hit things, splash off. Rain shining on everything. The people did not seem to mind. They walked (on sand?), but walked hurriedly, half sprinted, half walked."
Change in control took place upon the completion of which the new control was readily and joyfully identified by W. E. Hobbes as R. L. Stevenson. The latter also seemed delighted to have come through so easily and in light also. W. E. Hobbes asked what he could do to help R. L. Stevenson, who said "Talk to me." so W. E. Hobbes asked him about his present home and the two fireplaces which he had referred to on the previous occasion.
R. L. Stevenson: "Yes, there are two fireplaces - one with a cozy corner seat by it. That's for the guests. The other has lots of room to sprawl in front of it; that's for me." He also said he had a bit of a garden with millions of flowers in it, also shrubs and trees bearing flowers and fruit and "many birds who used the trees as pulpits from which to preach their sermons."
At this juncture W. E. Hobbes's little girl, Margaret, aged nine, called from a bedroom to know why the gramophone had stopped playing.
After W. E. Hobbes had settled her, R. L. Stevenson asked whether the bairn was a boy or a lassie. W. E. Hobbes replied, "A lassie, and she knows something of you. She has a copy of your Child's Garden of Verse" on her bookshelf," to which R. L. Stevenson replied "Children's Verses written for grown-ups."
W. E. Hobbes then remarked that his Margaret was a good kind child but that he did not get along so well with his son, aged 15. "However, I cannot complain as I did not agree with my own father when I was my boy's age."
R. L. Stevenson said, "And a good thing, too. It is better to be a small penny whistle than a big echo rock. If you put your head into a barrel and shout it may make a lot of noise but that is only yourself coming back."
R. L. Stevenson then said he had a few lines to give. W. E. Hobbes suggested getting a pad to take them down, but R. L. Stevenson said "No, no, it is just a verse or tae for your sel'."
However, W. E. Hobbes had to leave for a minute or two at this time as his boy came in, and on his return he brought a pad. R. L. Stevenson then gave the following verses:
"Said Silver day tae Silvan night
Dark phantoms circle from the light
Around about your throne they stay;
They cannot stand the light of day."
"Said Silvan night tae Silver day:
Light ghosts run about and play,
Searching about, their guise so light,
Their masks they drop if seen by night."
R. L. Stevenson: "You get the meaning of that?"
W. E. Hobbes: "I was more concerned about getting them down than their meaning."
R. L. Stevenson : "Evil spirits are abroad by day as well as by night; light ones by day and dark ones by night. It's pretty rough. You'll have to touch up the words a bit. Make it a jingle instead of jangle. Now I must go!"
January 24, 1930
News clipping of notice:
"Scientific Society to Hear Dr. Hamilton. This to take place on Thursday, January 30,"
January 26, 1930
L. H.; Ewan; Mr. Reed; Victor; J. A. Hamilton; Ada Turner; Mrs. Poole; T. G. H.; Dawn; Mercedes; W. E. Hobbes (Secretary).
Usual procedure and much muscular activity on part of the two main mediums. Walter begs us not to get tense.
Ewan in cabinet. Dawn outside
9:05 p.m. Meeting opens.
9:25 p.m. E.M. normal. Moves out of cabinet. Mary M.(Dawn) comes under hand control.
9:30 p.m. Group number. Walter (Dawn) says 'twelve' loudly.
Walter: "Good evening. No!, no! No!, you mustn't. (Walter appears to be speaking to invisibles) Go! Go! Go! No! No! Sing! Sing! That's right, go! That's good! Get around closer (to invisibles). That's right. That's right!"
9:37 p.m. Dawn shuffles and stamps with her feet; makes noise through her teeth. Sing! Sing! Don't get tense."
9:42 p.m. Walter: "There is a big bunch of people here. One or two want to get around the medium. There is something wrong."
W. B. Cooper: "The medium has a cold."
Walter: "Something else is wrong; we had better put the medium out of the cabinet and someone else in. Put Ewan in. Just a minute - just a minute. You want to put her right outside, anywhere, so long as she is outside the ring."
Ewan moves into the cabinet and Dawn comes out. Walter is talking through Dawn all the time. Dawn takes her seat on Ewan's chair outside and back of the group, almost opposite the cabinet.
T. G. H.: "What do you want us to do?"
Walter: "Sing, and don't get tense."
All sing "Solomon Levi", which Walter says has just the rhythm he wants. Dawn keeps time to the music with hand claps.
9:47 p.m. The movement completed, Ewan (in Cabinet) moves about considerably, taps and rattles with his feet; he breathes heavily and says "damn." Dawn's hands clapping ceases.
9:50 p.m. Ewan moving again and makes remarks about the "blasted engine." L. H. reports the side of her face tingling, threads crawling across it. Ewan says "wireless."
Walter: "It takes a lot of power; a great deal of it gets wasted; we have to have it just the same."
Ewan: (rubbing floor with feet and moving) "Poor Walter. He hasn't seen anything like this little engine. This is a little donkey engine."
Walter: "Go! Go!"
Tremendous commotion in cabinet; Ewan imitating engine. (See earlier sittings for Walter's engine.) Ewan's hands and arms moving vigorously; feet shuffling back and forth.
Walter: "Stop! Stop!" Ewan ceases movements.
Ewan: "Did you try to keep up with it? I was running as fast as I could."
Interval of quietness.
10:30pm. Dawn claps hand again.
Ewan: "Walter's going to get an eye opener."
Walter: "It does not matter about the eye opener so long as it doesn't close."
Nonsensical conversation between Ewan and Walter. Another period of muscular excitement on the part of Ewan. Walter angry because a little plan of his accidentally spoiled. Dawn now leaves the chair and moves about the back of the room. Walter purports to talk through her: "I have carried the chair to the end of the room. Don't let the band stop. (Sings this phrase). Don't let the band stop."
10:20 p.m. More muscular movement and excitement on the part of both mediums, Dawn and Ewan. Ewan out of breath.
T. G. H.: "Muscular exercise?"
Walter: "Yes, there is method in his madness."
Ewan: "I nearly got there."
Walter: "It's a long road. There is someone trying to get in. Sing!"
Sister Lucy now appears through Mercedes: "I am going to give you a little vision of the future with regard to the work. It is progressing favorably. Our good friend, the doctor ..."
Walter: "He is a real good one, the doctor, and it is right he should have his dues; when it comes to the time of paying, whatever shall he do?"
Lucy: "I see him lecturing; I see him lecturing to people all over. His name will be spoken of in places where he is not as well-known as where he is."
Walter: "He will be in two places at once."
Lucy: "How do you know that? Just know there are a few interested in what he is doing. In a short time there will be many, not a few. You all must make the transition sooner or later; and how much better it is to know that you will become a helper. The work that you are doing will give you a welcome; I see it. I am so anxious to impress you all that no matter how many hard words you hear - just go ahead. You have no idea what I see. This will be an open book to all."
Lucy (continues): "I have not much more to say."
Walter: "Sorry to interrupt, Sister Lucy, but I have to in order to hold my medium (Dawn). It is so hard."
Ewan: "One great man is coming; he will listen."
Lucy: "Just be patient; something is going to happen. Ewan is right. Very shortly someone will be here with you. From that time on all will be changed ... One who loves him will guide him through the petty strife of the material. I want to give a word of encouragement to our good lady; she is the one who makes sacrifices. Goodnight."
[Is the above a reference to 'John King'?
10:44 p.m. Singing.
Walter: "Someday, someday you won't have to come here to get stars in your crown." (Continuing very seriously).
"Friends, everyone; it is wonderful work! Everyone contributes. Do not think for one moment, my friends, that you do not contribute; you do in a wonderful way, everyone in the room. You give heartily and loyally. I thank you, friends, for coming here to help me. You thank me for coming to help you; but it is just a work that I have been allotted to do and to carry out with you, good friends. If I did not have you, I could do nothing."
"There are others that come to help, through me and through the medium. If I could only instill into her how trivial are the things she has to do compared with this work! There is nothing that she could do that is greater than what she is doing now. I am not with her in her home and I do not know what she does there. If only she would give herself up to me more! It would help the work better. If she would only give one more little inch!"
"Many a time I visit each and every one of you for something that I need. By and by things will explain themselves. If I could use that boy (Ewan) as I can use the medium (Dawn), we should not be long. I don't want you to think that I am not satisfied with the medium. I am, but she - Her reward is coming. If he could only realize that every time she comes here her reward would come sooner."
"We have prolonged the sitting. I have carried the cord half way around the circle, but I can go no further; we will just disperse."
Ewan: "Walter ..."
Walter: "Say on. Some day I will give you a drop that you would have difficulty in bringing him to. Some day we will give him half a drop. Goodnight, friends. So long."
January 28, 1930.
Much muscular movement by Dawn and Ewan, intermittently for nearly an hour.
T. G. H.: "What is the purpose of this muscular activity?"
Walter/Mary Marshall.: "To obtain needed energy."
Sister Lucy (through Mercedes): "I am going to give you a little vision of the future of the work. It is progressing favorably. Our good friend, the doctor ..."
Walter/M. M.: (interrupts) "He is a real good one, the doctor, and it is right he should have his dues; when it comes to the time of paying, whatever shall he do?"
Lucy/Mercedes: "I see him lecturing ... to people all over ... His name will be spoken of in places where he is not as well known as here. Just now there are few interested in what he is doing. In a short time there will be many, not a few ... You must all make the transition sooner or later, and how much better it is to know that you will become a helper. The work you are doing will give you a welcome ... I see it. I am anxious to impress you all that no matter how many hard words you hear, just go ahead ... This will be an open book to all."
Walter/M. M.: "Some day you won't have to come here to get stars in your crown. (Now very serious). Friends, everyone, it is wonderful work! Everyone contributes ... You give heartily and loyally. I thank you, friends, for coming here to help me. You thank me for coming to help you, but it is just a work that I have been allotted to do and to carry out with you. Without you I could do nothing."
January 29, 1930.
Present: Mr. Jack MacDonald; Dr. and Mrs. Hamilton; Mr. Hobbes.
Sterge comes through and talks and jokes for some time. Among other things he says that the medium "Ewan" would be all right; he would become important; he would do replacement work with the other medium.
L. H.: "Stevenson is making good progress." (Through Jack)
Sterge: "Yes, he has been around much lately. The feature of R. L. Stevenson's work is the background; a plan of the whole; he can repeat himself. I haven't such a background. I could not give references so easily as he can."
R. L. Stevenson comes through: "I'm coming along; I'll be here. (Broad Scotch accent impossible to record). I'm back and for a good time tonight. I've been traveling. (Clears throat). That's fine. Says he is going to take L. H. on a trip on a steamer)
To T. G. H.: "We'll gie him a wee cubby hole to sleep in and ten shillings a week. We'll no gie him shoes ... and a pair o' pantaloons and a couple of jackets for protection but tha's a' you're going tae get. Well, ye got to be pretty sharp."
R. L. Stevenson stutters and stammers: "David, David, Balfour, pretty ... Ballantrae ... (asks that the music be put on. (Loses control of the medium.)
R. L. Stevenson: "I'm back again. I didn't try the boat the night. It was more difficult than I expected. I would like to take ye. Can't ... can't ..."
Medium recovers complete consciousness and says that he saw an old house with overhanging eaves which seemed to be in an Old World city. He seemed to be out in the hills. He saw a man about 25, dark, with curved eyelashes."
L. H.: "Hello Sterge; what is the matter with R. L. Stevenson?"
Sterge: "That Stupid Boy (Jack MacDonald) is too tired. Tell him the welfare of his soul and of his body is more important than the welfare of the heart. Tell him no more sittings until you want him again. He must have special permission. I will give permission to Hobbes (to sit with J. MacDonald) but not often. He must go to bed. I will give him a bawling out tonight when I get him asleep."
Dr. Hamilton published an article titled as below:
TELEPLASMIC PHENOMENA IN WINNIPEG
Dealing with four amorphous teleplasms. Illustrated
February 2, 1930.
Dr. Hamilton had a question and answer session and showed some slides at the Y. M. C. A.
February 2, 1930. .
H. Green; Ada Turner; Dawn; Mrs. Poole; Mr. Reed; Mercedes; Victor; L. H.; T. G. H.; W. E. Hobbes (Secretary).
9:03 p.m. Sitting commences.
9:20 p.m. Usual E.M. phenomena; normal again at 9:20 p.m. She recounts her visions. T. G. H. opens the camera.
9:30 p.m. Group then number, Ewan saying "twelve". Group sing for Spurgeon. Black Hawk appears for a moment.
9:33 p.m. Dawn's hand is on the table. Walter says, "Keep it up," referring to the singing.
9:35 p.m. Lillian Hamilton reports cold around her legs.
9:45 p.m. Walter: "Good evening ... I wouldn't like to be as dumb as you are. You can all go home tonight and come back tomorrow."
T. G. H.: "Can you tell me what the three sharp knocks on the cabinet were?"
Walter: "Someone was there."
T. G. H.: "Why should they do that?"
Walter: "Why should they come at all? They wanted to attract attention."
T. G. H.: "Well, who were they?"
Walter: "Find out. Why the silence? (All start singing). When you stop singing and start thinking, you upset conditions. It is all right to stop when I am talking; but when I stop you talk or sing. You are getting on fine. Ask the little fellow, he will tell you."
9:53 p.m. Walter: "I am still here. I won't be here long. I have done a good deal of work tonight."
Walter: "We'll soon be ready now. Just a few more sittings. If we could have a few sitting straight one after the other we'd soon be ready."
T. G. H.: "Are the cameras to be especially placed? How high or low do you want them ?"
Walter: "You are taking the picture. I'm giving it to you. I will ring the bell and that will be the signal that I am ready and you can come prepared to wait until you get the picture."
T. G. H.: "Is the bell to ring at the end of the sitting preceding the picture?"
Walter: "Yes, so that you can bring your bed and breakfast. I'll tell you again, because the picture is almost complete. I want you to listen carefully to what I say: when you are getting the picture I want the medium to have nothing on of her own, no garment of her own whatever. Provide what you like but nothing belonging to her must be on her body or in the room at all. You must see that she does what I say and she must be examined by at least three people who are not connected with the circle. If they are strangers to the medium, so much the better. Do not tell her anything about this until the night (of the experiment). There will be sparks flying. We are almost ready and you have been real good. Keep up the good work. This is going to be something different. I will give you all the instructions - what you will do and what you will wear - the night I ring the bell; and I want you to follow every detail. I do not think we shall fail."
T. G. H.: "Will one flash be enough?"
Walter: "One, I think, will be sufficient. Bring in all the cameras you like. Get someone outside - an outsider's camera."
L. H.: "How about Mr. Pitblado?"
Walter: "Yes, he's a swell fellow. Bring him that night and tell him I said he's a good fellow. I want to see him again soon. He must come even if he has to put off his trip to the Old Country."
T. G. H. tells Walter about his lecture to the University students.
(Scientific Club, January 30, at University of Manitoba.)
Walter/Mary M.: "It's youth that will follow and carry on this work. Do you know that there are many, many souls here that do not know that they can communicate with their friends? They do not realize that they can penetrate the veil. They come; we get them by prayer."
T. G. H. asks about Gladstone.
Walter: "Yes, he's here. He comes to the earth plane. He's doing a great work. He is just as busy and even more so than when he was on the earth plane. He was never indifferent, and many and many a talk he had with his friends who had passed over."
Walter says that he is hoping to be able to later "do these things" by himself.
T. G. H.: "Then you are learning on your side?"
Walter: "Yes, we are learning. There are a great many processes through which we have to pass. It is a great school. Our friend (Ewan) has something to say. Come along, friend."
Mercedes is seen to be going into trance.
T. G. H.: "Come, Mercedes, Sister Lucy."
Sister Lucy: "Success will soon be yours. The light is breaking. Hold fast together and work together. At the next sitting you are not to eat after two o'clock. There is going to be a lot of power taken. Follow instructions - don't let anything slip. Come to the next sitting rested and prepared for hard work. Goodnight."
10:25 p.m. Sister Lucy returns to ask the group to sing "Draw Me Nearer". Group sing two verses.
C. H. Spurgeon comes through Dawn and joins in the singing in a very loud voice.
C. H. Spurgeon: "It is glorious to be with Jesus. Your friend intercedes. Come with the angels and join the great host on the small plane that you are congregated on now. There are vast numbers. Friends, never look away from Jesus, The Author and Finisher of your faith. Jesus is the Way, the only way. Goodnight, friends. I have taken a liberty in coming. Goodnight. Pray without ceasing. Pray in your little sanctuary. Pray as you walk the streets. Let your thoughts be a prayer to the Most High. Goodnight, dear friends."
February 5, 1930.
Present: L. H.; T. G. H.; Jimmy; Hobbes, and J. MacDonald as medium.
R. L. Stevenson's voice recognized. Asks us to sing "Auld Lang Syne"
W. E. Hobbes: "It is good to have had you here. Mrs. Hamilton regrets very much that we have been unable to have sittings for you the last few weeks and hopes to start again soon."
R. L. Stevenson: "That's all right. I understand. There is lots of time. Goodbye."
Sterge then returned and with J. MacDonald's, eyes closed touched W. E. Hobbes's right-hand which was resting on the arm of the chair in which he was sitting, saying "You couldn't do that Hobbes. Look." With J. MacDonald's eyes still closed he brought over his left hand to W. E. Hobbes's left, which was resting on the back of his chair, after which he took hold of W. E. Hobbes's left ear with J. MacDonald's right hand. There was no fumbling; it was done as if by a person with eyes open and head turned towards objects to be touched. W. E. Hobbes then asked Sterge how he had enjoyed the concert the night before, saying "I felt you were there." (Carleton Symphony band at Walker Theatre.)
Sterge: "Yes, there were some high spots and some low ones, too. I listened to it through you. The highest spot was perhaps when the soft instruments took the solo" - and he hummed the air. (J. MacDonald, through whom Sterge came now, knew nothing of the program or what it contained.)
W. E. Hobbes: "Is that piece by Meyerbee?"
Sterge: "No, I don't think so - not Meyerbee."
[Sterge was right. The piece he referred to was "Cabius", by James R. Gillette who was also conductor of the band.]
W. E. Hobbes: "I heard more comment among my friends on the two pieces by Debussy than any of the others."
Sterge: "Yes, and some criticism was not favorable that evening, eh?"
[He was evidently referring to W. E. Hobbes's encounter on the theater stairs with Miss Nell Wilson who had said she had enjoyed all except "The Shepherds Pipes", meaning "The Little Shepherd" to which W. E. Hobbes had replied that had she been familiar with the works by Debussy she would have enjoyed this, too.]
Sterge then said if W. E. Hobbes had any questions to ask he had better speak now, as he must go. W. E. Hobbes asked for Sterge's instructions for Friday. Sterge replied that the meetings at Miss Turner's must stop. He did not think he would let Jack go this week but he would see. There was too much sentiment there. This work should be scientifically carried out, but it was difficult for ladies to be scientific."
W. E. Hobbes: "Yes, but you need Harold - he gives promise, doesn't he?"
Sterge: "Yes, but if you want a piece of music you will give a 'certain price' for it, and if you cannot get it for that you're willing to let someone else have it. Isn't that so?"
W. E. Hobbes: "Well, we will endeavor to do whatever you want, Sterge, but we don't seem to be getting anywhere on Friday's sittings."
Sterge: "Go this week and I will find a way of ending it. You cannot do it, so leave it to me. If you try, it may cause trouble."
Sterge then left after saying "Au revoir" and J. MacDonald returned to normal.
J. MacDonald soon under control.
R. L. Stevenson: "A toast to the immortal memory of Robert Burns."
L. H.: "How are you tonight?"
R. L. Stevenson: "I'm good; I'm all right the night. I brought Rob the night, too. Colin is here too. Big Colin, I mean; the big fellow. Wee David is here, too. David is Colin's cousin by marriage, a distant relative, a distant cousin's relative. The dashed Scotch are all of one school anyway ..."
(A mood of sadness) "I solved the problem of youth."
He seems to be referring to his early death. "I am desperate tonight. My frame's shaking like a reed in the wind and like the weed, I am afraid my autumn time is come. Autumn is all too soon a season. Patience. How can I have it! How can I have patience? It may be good for life's troubles (sadly and regretfully), but I don't know ... tired ... I wonder what became of the old house and the old friends. I'm no' going back, not in this life. One can do everything, see everything, and it's no insurance that ye know everything. I'm back in the Islands of Rest! It's not hard to die here. I think any soul would be glad to be liberated here. I'm staying here. All I want is rest, rest. All I want is rest. With a new body I would have new courage. The papers - the papers - my papers - they are my papers, but they were taken over. Wait ... wait ... tell me ... tell me why ..."
R. L. Stevenson becomes excited, emotional, loses control.
Sterge returns: "He arranges that he will come first, then R. L. Stevenson, then Sterge, then R. L. Stevenson a second time.
R. L. Stevenson: "I caught up on myself. I was lost. I was putting my pictures through."
T. G. H. asks how the medium is getting on.
R. L. Stevenson: "He is coming pretty well. I gave him so many waves he must be seasick."
T. G. H.: "Could you tell us how you give him the picture?"
R. L. Stevenson: "I will try but you will be no' the wiser. We are going the night all right (on the long-promised voyage on the sailing ship). A square masted, square sailed boat, covered forward with a bit of canvas. We have the poles in bad weather, just enough to steer by; a wee rag up or ye can no' steer. The breeze is north by northwest and a bit stiffish, and the sea is rolling good and choppy. It's no' a long roll, undulations between. The old schooner has a square sail up and going fast enough at that." (The above are references to John King)
The thread of thought is interrupted, and T. G. H. speaks of his writing through E.M. T. G. H. remarks on the fact that the messages have always been so difficult to read.
R. L. Stevenson: "It's no' so much me as you think; she is gone, that's all". He says that he has three openings to come through - Dawn, the Irish fellow, and this one (Jack). See reference to "three strings to his bow" of previous sitting."
T. G. H.: "Are you getting away from us?"
R. L. Stevenson: "At times. What I need is a medium to meet me half way."
T. G. H.: "Was that the little medium's faculty, that you were able to give her the pictures?"
R. L. Stevenson: "Yes, she can come halfway but when she comes back she cannot remember and when I go to write she slips back and I can't get at her."
L. H.: "Well, how about the sail?"
R. L. Stevenson: "The boat is no' a rugged boat, no' a shell and no' a cruiser either. It is no' a vessel that the king would sail in."
['King' refers to John King.]
R. L. Stevenson: "I will give you some directions. Get me some music. Let the French lad through first, and then I will come and the French lad will finish. I was so near getting through definitely tonight! And now I am back where I started. I see what is keeping me back and I will look after it."
"I've been seeking you (T. G. H.) lately. You have a tongue like an Irishman. You are no' saying things you should not be saying."
T. G. H.: "Were you listening?"
R. L. Stevenson: "I was with you last night." (T. G. H. Had lectured to the Masonic Lodge men.)
T. G. H.: "How do you hear?"
R. L. Stevenson: "I could not hear it but I could get impressions of what you were saying. It was like standing in front of a fire hose. You gave them more than they could hold. Make the water good and deep and put in a few sharks to make the water splash!"
T. G. H.: "I hope we are doing some good."
R. L. Stevenson: "You are doing good all right. A prophet is no' without honor save in his own hamlet. You are beginning to prove that wrong. Build fortifications around; you will need them. Wait till we tell the story of Robert Louis! Then you will get what's coming to you. You will get the literary men after you; they are worse than the scientists. They are men with fertile brains and speedy pens and conceited as Beelzebub himself. I'll be going now; I've done my best."
February 6, 1930.
Dawn and Ewan both pound and hammer the table a great deal during first part of the sitting.
Walter: "It is good, good! Go on, go on! When we exercise him we work up the blood. We will soon be ready now. It is shaping beautifully. Take everything out of the room now that you wish to take. Prepare the cameras before we sit again. There is so much babble. It must be stopped. It is up to you. See that this door is sealed. Let someone put a seal on it. This number was done before. It is up to you to help me. I cannot fail if you here are with me. Instructions will be given you before you come into this room for the last time. We will be disappointed if it fails ... here. Guards are here. Forget all about it and you will not bring back faces out of curiosity. I would like Dawn to take a long rest before the "picture". I will try and get in touch with her. Say nothing to her except "it will not be long now". I would like to put Ewan in the cabinet and exchange places with Dawn. Do not wake him but help him."
Ewan in the cabinet stamps his feet rhythmically in time with the music. Under much stress.
All is quiet and Lucy speaks: "Calm after storm. I want to .... who was there since Ewan entered the cabinet: a man dressed in such clothes - long black cloak. He flung it aside and gave something to Ewan. Laughed. It seems he is to assist in the completion of the work." (This is John King seen clairvoyantly.)
Victor (W. B. Cooper) claims to see him also. Says he has high boots on.
Ewan (speaking as this newcomer, John King) "I don't know where I am - I am one of the helpers ... I brought them with me and here they stand, the remains of their ruffian barque ... Ho! This is my Island! I held the Island for the King!"
Walter closes the sitting using his supernormal voice.
February 9, 1930.
Lucy work continued.
Face to be seen in coming formation will not be widely recognized. Lucy speaks through Mercedes and intimates that the form will be composed of layer on layer of teleplasm.
9:01 p.m. Meeting opened.
Usual E.M. phenomena.
9:13 p.m. Group sing "Jesus Is the Road in the Weary Land", led by Dawn, who after chorus was sung says, "Thank God for the road."
9:17 p.m. E.M., controlled by Spurgeon, asked all to sing "Work for the Night Is Coming." Spotty says it is good work.
9:20 p.m. E.M. is normal again and takes her usual place. After T. G. H. opens the cameras Ellen recounts her visions. She remarked that L. H.'s mother is standing by her.
E.M. : "I was in a large house. There was nothing but shelves and shelves of books. There were great bookcases all on one side. R. L. Stevenson. was there and another man with a dark pale face and dark mustache."
"I got a sight of Burns, but he didn't stay. He was making fun about some other body. I was in this place. I was as tall as they were. I could even see the writing on some of the books. They were looking at some of the books here and there. The man had his elbow on the chair. I didn't get his name."
"I was with R. L. Stevenson sitting in the house no bigger than a (.......) R. L. Stevenson said off a piece but I don't remember what it was."
"I saw Livingstone dressed like a soldier, bronze, and he had on a hat and something around his chest. He was not pleased but he put this on. He was in this for the country. He looked some like a soldier."
"I got Stead. He was writing. He was in earth clothes. He was in a room well padded, a cabin, I think, padded in crimson plush. There was a mantel. Perhaps it was in a sailing vessel, not a warship. There was a kind of hallway outside the cabin just full of life belts. There was someone drowning. Stead helped her but she slipped away. They seemed to be helping, but got in each other's way."
"I saw Spotty." (Mrs. Poole's name for Flammarion, who had smallpox, leaving his face pitted.)
"I saw Spurgeon in a small place like a library. I don't remember much about him."
9:31 p.m. Group numbered off, W. B. Cooper being one, Ewan and J. A. Hamilton saying "nine". No higher number was given.
Group sing "There Is a Fountain". W. B. Cooper reports Dawn's head on the table.
9:34 p.m. Group numbered off again. Dawn gives number this time. All sing "Jingle Bells". Dawn whistles one monotonous note occasionally raising it and letting it fall. Phonograph plays "Golden Slippers."
Walter/Dawn: "Are all here?"
T. G. H.: "Yes."
W. B. Cooper: "And all hungry, too."
Walter: "I watched you. All right but two. I was testing you out just to see how you would do. I put you to the test, a real test; and I want to say that when I say 'don't eat', I mean something heavy, a three or four course dinner. A piece of bread and butter or biscuit is all right, but I don't want a dozen slices. I watched you each and every one of you at different times. You are going along fine. Who would you like in your picture?"