March 31, 1935. Sunday
Mar 31 - May 15
[Letter from Mrs. Hamilton to Margaret:]
"... I'm just going up to the W. G. H. in a few minutes to see Daddy. He will probably be there for another ten days at least. He is much, much better, his breathing is now practically normal and his pulse rate down a very great deal. And is he chirpy and talkative now! He really is enjoying (as we all do) having his friends make a fuss over him. Poor dear, it's coming to him.
"... Today was Sacrament Sunday and Glen and I went ... Jimmy still does not favor the idea of church-going; he likes the idea of two and three discussing things religious better - he must find his own way, as we all must do.
"... Miller and his bride were at church this morning. I like her a lot - wish Glen would get as nice a girl - strength of character and poise - two fine and lovely qualities."
Mention of coffee bread made by Elna - new gloves - very nice brown kid gloves - $2.25 - also a pair of black velvet spats - good for the ankles after a winter.
"... Glen is really wonderfully busy - did (with the assistance from older young surgeons) two appendices last week - both doing fine. Then he had a baby to circumcise - also fine. A woman who had an early abortion - very ill but she also is coming along nicely. He does seem to inspire confidence in many and is no doubt well-trained - better in fact than many of the older fellows who have neglected to keep moving upward.
"... I must go - Jim is driving me up to the W. G. .H and wants to 'get moving' ... will send you my beloved Myers" (Glen's copy, which you can keep until you can afford to buy your own.)
March, 1935. Tuesday
[Probably out of sequence. W. D. F.]
[Letter from Mrs. Hamilton to Margaret:]
"... Dear Goggie ...
"... Your letter came yesterday. So sorry you had the grippe - I have always thought it would be a good thing if you would buy a real all-wool sweater and wear it whenever you feel the least bit cool about the house. I haul mine on and off about twenty times a day - I never allow myself to get too hot or too cool - hence have very few colds. Really I believe that's the secret of avoidance of these pests. That and keeping rested.
"... You probably got too tense and inwardly excited - you had better ask Sterge to dash to your aid when you feel one of these inside tensions coming on - I feel that if there is one thing more than another our unseen friends can effectively do it is that they can come to our aid in the matter of giving strength, poise and calmness - a sort of inner strength not otherwise attainable. I know, because like Louis in the matter of goodness and prayer, "I've tried it". (See Balfour unabridged) You must get to know R. L.'s life thoroughly soon - you will enjoy it - get a book from the library and go to it.
"... The amplifier has had one try-out - last Sunday's sitting - Jimmy stayed in Daddy's room (the loud speaker is there) and got it nearly all and this in spite of the fact that the voice was the poorest it's been for a long time - Norman being far from well and several of the others also under the weather. I'm sure it's going to be a great help. It will be 100% valuable in recording the Ewan-Schrenck voice which comes now at the Wednesday sitting. If all goes well I will send you a copy of the notes taken by it on that night. We are very proud of Jim's work and give him a kiss for it when you next see him.
"... Daddy is still not very well - so very, very tired - this low blood pressure seems hard to combat - he is at work but I feel that he may have to take a holiday. Glen will soon be on the job and that is a comfort.
"...Glen is thin but looking so cheerful and bright - the tonsil removal undoubtedly helped him. I wonder if any of yours are left? We will have to see when next you return. He has 150 patients - all kinds, to help look after - we're hearing from several X General patients that "That young Hamilton is a wonderful doctor." I hope he hears that often for it means a good practice someday. He has fallen out with his golden haired Goddess; she didn't want to hear "anything about sickness or the hospital" - so that was that - and I'm not sorry - very nice but too much of the half-society type.
"... Glen is trying to persuade Jim to go into medicine, too -- take his junior B. SC. Next year and then on. He thinks there is more chance of making a living than in trying to be a professor and hunting for University positions. There is something in it, but Jim must follow the bent that is in him."
Mentions Mitzie the cat and her little male issue - he fell off the shed roof.
[In late March, 1935, T. G. H. was admitted to hospital, suffering from a serious heart condition.]
April 7, 1935
[Dr. Hamilton died unexpectedly of an acute angina attack at about 1:45 p.m., April 7, 1935.]
April 8, 1935
[Letter of condolence on the death of Dr. Hamilton from May E. Pitblado to Mrs. Hamilton:]
"... My husband and I wish to tender our very deep sympathy in your great sorrow."
"... We had not heard of the Doctor's illness and were terribly shocked by his passing ..."
"... We have been sitting here, talking of his life and many interests ... his integrity and of his absolute devotion to the problem in hand."
"... You both have been so courageous and have carried on your work in spite of difficulties - no man ever had a more devoted helpmate than you have been."
"... May God comfort you in these dark days."
May E. Pitblado
[Many letters of condolence in the days following Dr. Hamilton's death.]
April 8, 1935
[From the front page of the Winnipeg Free Press]
Psychic field of research loses leader
Dr. T. Glenn Hamilton
noted investigator and former MLA
victim of a heart ailment.
Dr. T. Glendinning Hamilton, internationally known authority on psychic research, former member of the provincial legislature, of the Winnipeg School Board and one-time president of the Manitoba Medical Association, died Sunday afternoon at the General Hospital, aged 61 years.
He had been ill about three weeks. A fatal heart ailment, angina pectoris, was the cause of death.
Surviving him are his widow, two sons, Dr. Glen F. and James D. of Winnipeg, and a daughter, Mrs. Margaret Bach, of London, Ontario.
The funeral will be held Tuesday at 2:30pm from King Memorial United Church, where Dr. Hamilton was for many years a willing and devoted worker. Reverend D. G. Paton will officiate. Funeral arrangements are in care of the A. B. Gardiner funeral home.
Here since 1891
A resident of the West for more than 50 years, he had lived in Winnipeg since 1891, when his family came here from Saskatoon.
He was born of Scottish-Canadian parents, at Agincourt, Ontario, November 27, 1873.
Nine years later, his father and a brother came west to Saskatoon. His mother, young Glen and the rest of the family came the following year.
One of the first four families to settle in Saskatoon, they lived there through the hectic times of the Northwest rebellion, the 50th anniversary of which is being celebrated this year. Among Dr. Hamilton's early memories were the number of convalescent soldiers who found such a pleasant and hospitable home under the Hamilton roof.
Shortly after the rebellion, the father died and in 1891, Mrs. Hamilton, in order to secure better educational advantages for her children, moved to Winnipeg.
Young Glen received his education in Winnipeg, attending Winnipeg Collegiate Institute and the University of Manitoba, graduating in medicine in 1903.
Dr. Hamilton 's sense of community duty exerted itself in early life. He was for ten years, a member of the school board and was its chairman in 1912-13. He was also the first chairman of the Winnipeg Playground Commission.
Soon thereafter he was elected president for 1921-22 of the Manitoba Medical Association, in which he had previously been honorary secretary. Subsequently he was treasurer of the association, and was on the executive of the Canadian Medical Association.
Also in 1921 he was elected to the presidency of the University of Manitoba Alumni Association.
[There is a picture of Dr. Hamilton with a top caption "Notable life ends." And a bottom caption saying "Dr. T. Glenn Hamilton, one of the foremost investigators in the field of psychic research in the world, a former Manitoba MLA, one-time president of the Manitoba Medical Association and chairman of the Winnipeg School Board, who died Sunday afternoon at General Hospital.]
Begins psychic study
Dr. Hamilton was for many years on the honorary staff of the General Hospital and was lecturer in clinical surgery at the University of Manitoba. He carried on a staunch fight for the maintenance of medical standards and fought every move to lower them. He was active in the passage of Mothers' Allowances legislation.
By lectures, newspaper articles and magazine articles, he revealed the secrets of the phenomena of the psychic realm, before audiences in the cities of Winnipeg, Toronto, London, New York, Boston and Washington, to name a few.
Had many noted friends
Dr. Hamilton counted among his friends, such men as Sir Oliver Lodge, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Baron Schrenck-Notzing, of Munich, L. R. G. Crandon, of Boston, and other foremost figures in the study of psychic phenomena.
His probings were scrutinized by J. Malcolm Bird, official investigator for the American Society of Psychic Research, who was convinced, after taking elaborate precautions during the séances, that the movements were genuine telekinesis, and that not an element of fraud entered into the experiments.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Lady Doyle visited Dr. Hamilton after his work had gained him international prominence and attended some of the small gatherings of Dr. Hamilton and his friends. Of his attendance at the gatherings, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle writes, in part:
Doyle tells of visit
The medium is a small, pleasant-faced woman from the western highlands of Scotland. This circle which contained ten persons, including my wife and myself, placed their hands, or one hand each, upon a small table, part of which was illuminated by phosphorus so as to give some light. It was violently agitated and this process was described as 'charging it.' It was then pushed back into a small cabinet with an opening in front. Out of this the table came clattering again and again, with no sitter touching it. I stood by the slit of the curtain in subdued red light and watched the table within. One moment it was quiescent, a moment later it was like a restless dog in a kennel, springing, tossing, beating up, against the supports and finally bounding up with a velocity which caused me to get quickly out of the way."
From the experiments in telekinesis, involving table lifting and turning, Dr. Hamilton moved on to a study of teleplasm, or ectoplasm, the mysterious emanation from the body of the medium during a state of deep trance.
Thin cords of ectoplasm were seen in many of his photographs, running from the medium to various objects in the room. The cords were quite apparent in his photographs taken during the bell-ringing experiments, during which a bell in a box, far removed from human contact, began to ring. The teleplasmic cords ran from the mouth of the medium to the Bell box.
During his long investigations, he took some remarkable photographs, photographs that showed ectoplasm flowing like great masses of cotton batting from the mouth, nose and ears of the medium. He took pictures which showed, surrounded by ectoplasm, likenesses of deceased individuals that could not be mistaken for a likeness of anyone else.
Takes remarkable photo
One of the most famous teleplasmic pictures he ever took was that of a likeness of a young man wearing a soldier's cap. It was not until some time afterwards that he learned of its marked resemblance to the face of the dead Raymond Lodge, son of Sir Oliver Lodge. Sir Oliver Lodge later confirmed the remarkable likeness.
In the case of the "Raymond" photograph, it was to all intents the same face, with one exception; it was the face of a man older than Raymond when he died. The experiment was conducted several years after Raymond was killed.
Dr. Hamilton, among his other activities, was a Mason and an Odd Fellow. He was senior elder at King Memorial Church, had been a member of the Canadian Club, and had been a member of the Board of Governors of Wesley College.
He was considered by many students not only to be the foremost authority on the phenomena in Canada but also on this side of the Atlantic, and is one of the outstanding men on the subject in the world.
Dr. Hamilton was convinced that unseen intelligences were behind the supernormal movements of material objects. There could be, he knew, no human agency that would be able to surmount the elaborate fraud precautions which he employed.
He believed the phenomena the product of laws as yet unexplained, but nonetheless real.
"We have," he once wrote, "as yet succeeded in obtaining only the faintest glimmerings as to the nature of the laws bringing these remarkable manifestations into existence, but this fact neither makes them any less real, nor, for that matter, any more mysterious, than the phenomena of everyday life."
Convinced of Survival
Dr. Hamilton was chary about stating his conclusions from his investigations, if he had reached any great number, but according to his friends, was definite on one. That was that there was survival after death. The telekinetic phenomena, the ectoplasm, the table rapping, the "spirit" photographs, were all, he believed, due to a continuation of the personality, in some form or other, after death.
He was in preparation of a book on his investigations. Among his writings on the subject have been a series for the Winnipeg Free Press, a series in the London Daily Sketch, numerous articles in the Journal of the American Society of Psychical Research, and in the quarterly of the British College of Psychic Research.
When the British Medical Association convened in Winnipeg in 1930, he lectured to it on psychic research.
April 8, 1935
[From the Free Press Editorial Page]
Dr. Glenn Hamilton
There will be wide regret in Winnipeg and beyond at the sudden passing of Dr. T. Glen Hamilton at a comparatively early age. His was an unusually interesting career and useful in many different fields. In recent years he had gained an international reputation as an investigator of psychic phenomena, but before that he had an honored place in the city as a prominent member of the medical profession and a very public-spirited citizen. For nearly half a century he had lived in Winnipeg, and while practicing his profession he had found time to take part in many community activities. He was chairman of the school board after serving on the board for years. Then he was a member of the legislature. His sympathies were indicated by the fact that he was the first chairman of the Public Playgrounds Commission and was one of the active supporters of the Mothers' Allowances legislation. In his own profession, he was a lecturer at the medical College and became the president of the Manitoba Medical Association.
His remarkable work in the way of psychic research began some seventeen years ago. His investigations were of a purely scientific character. He was co-operating with other investigators in Great Britain and the United States in pioneering in what was believed to be a new branch of science. His sincerity and the extreme care with which his investigations and experiments were conducted, were generally recognized. In spite of popular incredulity, he reported amazing manifestations purporting to be of the spirit world, and there was great interest amongst investigators elsewhere in the results which he obtained.
Dr. Glenn Hamilton was a worthy citizen of Winnipeg, and the value of his work in a particular branch of scientific research in which he engaged will be more fully shown in future years
April 10, 1935
[Letter of condolences from James Leslie - teacher to Dr. Hamilton when he was about 13 years old - to Mrs. Hamilton. He appears to have lived at 1029 Corydon Ave - Winnipeg]
"... I feel impelled to write you a short note to express my sympathy with you and family at this time. I know you are assured not only by faith but by direct proof, "There is no death; there's immortality", but a glowing, vital personality has gone from our plane of existence in which physical sense is the means of contact. There is a deeply felt feeling of vacancy which nothing can overcome.
"... It is likely T. G. will get in touch with you but probably not until the inescapable feeling of sorrow has assuaged. The difficulties in communication seem to be great. I am convinced great effort will be made.
"... A few years ago T. G. in conversation with me said he had decided that the best service he could render was the pursuit of research to show the actuality of spiritual things. How persistently and well he did this, many know. This would have been impossible without your whole-hearted and enthusiastic cooperation.
"... In all the throng at the funeral, I may have been the only one who knew him as a boy. He was about 13 years of age when I went to Saskatoon. The whole family were exceedingly kind to me and there were circumstances which made me greatly value this. I have been at the funeral of each of the boys. (I find I must still think of them as boys). It is no exaggeration to say the world is a better world because the Hamilton boys lived.
"... I am as interested as ever in psychic matters, though on account of my difficulty in hearing what was said at gatherings, made me drop out - I can hear fairly well except where there are other noises: it is the resolving of sounds that troubles me. As I am somewhat over the three score and ten years, I may expect some disabilities. I am thankful that I had the privilege of attending several hundred sittings at your home, when the phenomena were new to us all.
"... I am sure that in and over all there is a great intelligent Power and that some day with fuller knowledge we will see the goodness of God in all things. He who careth for the sparrow does care for us.
"... I just write to let you know that I feel the loss and am thinking much of your loneliness. Please do not think it necessary to reply to this. You have so much else to do.
(Signed: - sincerely, Jas Leslie)
[Handwritten on other side of above:
From one who knew T. G. H. as a boy.
James Leslie (Member of the English S. P. R.)]
April 11, 1935. Thursday
[From the Elmwood Herald]
Death of Dr. T. Glen Hamilton
Ends a Life of Marked Achievements
[Under a picture of Dr. Hamilton the following caption:]
[Graduate in medicine, 1903 -Ten years service on Winnipeg School Board -- first Chairman Public Playgrounds Commission -- member provincial legislature 1915-1920 --
Dr. Glenn Hamilton
(By R. B. M.)( Dr. Ron B. Mitchell)
Though by virtue of his investigation of psychic phenomena and through the high public offices he had held, Dr. Glenn Hamilton's name and fame were known not alone in Winnipeg and Manitoba, but also in the United States, Great Britain, and even more distant lands, it was in (words missing). It was Elmwood that held his affection. So much of his active life was spent there. Thither he came as a newly fledged doctor in 1903, there he carried on practice for over 30 years, there his children were born and brought up and it was in King Memorial Church, where his funeral service was held on Tuesday, that he worshiped and served as elder for many years.
The writer's acquaintance with Glenn Hamilton began in the old Winnipeg Collegiate in the nineties. His mother, left a widow on the Saskatoon homestead, with its memories of 1885, had brought her boys to Winnipeg, where there were greater opportunities of education. The acquaintance was continued in the Manitoba Medical College from which he graduated in 1903, and ripened into friendship through frequent associations on committees, hospital staff clinics and hospital boards. The qualities that won him the friendship of many were honesty and sincerity, equanimity, fairness and public spirit. He had that rarest of gifts, common sense, to a high degree. There is probably no subject which has aroused more bitter controversy than psychic research, yet even those who could not follow Dr. Hamilton to his conclusions never doubted his sincerity or ceased to admire his determination to investigate psychic phenomena along scientific lines. It was these qualities of mind and heart that made him internationally famous in this field, and won him the friendship of some of the most distinguished men and women of the day. This high sense of duty led him to accept public offices which entailed a tremendous amount of work and grave responsibility - Member of the Legislative Assembly, chairman of the Winnipeg School Board, president of the Manitoba Medical Association, member of the Executive Committee of the Canadian Medical Association - and in all of these offices he rendered signal service. His work and life stand so close to us that we cannot rightly appreciate them at this time.
Our hearts go out to his widow, his daughter, and his two sons, so deeply bereaved by his passing.
A congregation which taxed the seating accommodation of the main auditorium and galleries assembled in King Memorial United Church Tuesday afternoon for a common purpose - to pay a final tribute of respect to the memory of one of Winnipeg's leading citizens, Dr. Thomas Glendinning Hamilton.
Following an illness of some three weeks' duration. Dr. Hamilton succumbed in the General Hospital Sunday afternoon at 1:45. His condition was not considered unduly serious and strong hopes for his partial recovery, at least, were held, but the end came quite unexpectedly. A fatal heart ailment, angina pectoris.
Dr. Hamilton leaves to mourn his passing, at a comparatively early age of 61 years, his widow, two sons, Dr. Glen F. and James D. who reside at the family home, Kelvin Street and McIntosh Avenue, and one daughter, Mrs. Margaret Bach, of London, Ontario, who traveled to Winnipeg for the funeral service. To the bereaved family the sympathies of a wide circle of friends and acquaintances have been extended.
The Funeral Service
It was fitting the service of Tuesday afternoon, April 9, 1935, should be conducted in the church building in the construction of which he took, in an executive and advisory capacity, such a leading part. The service was conducted by Reverend D. G. Paton, Minister of the congregation assisted by Professor W. T. Allison, of the University of Manitoba, and one of Dr. Hamilton's most intimate friends. Dr. Alison read the scripture passages and led the congregation in prayer. The hymns used, favorites of Dr. Hamilton were "Dear Lord and Father of Mankind" and "The Sands of Time are Sinking."
Using as his text Second Samuel 3:38 - "Know ye ... that there is a prince and a great man fallen today in Israel." - Reverend D. G. Paton paid tribute to Dr. Hamilton's honored place in church life, his long years of service to the community and the city, his standing in the medical profession and his international reputation in the realm of psychic research.
"We are met in the church he loved. He was among the early members of the congregation. He was elected to the eldership 28 years ago and has served on the session continuously since that time. He was one of the three trustees. He was one of the men who gave the land on which King Memorial Church now stands. He was the first and only chairman of the building executive ... in the midst of strenuous activities in many spheres of life he found time always for the church. Deeply religious and standing firmly on the ground of the historic faith, he loved the church and gave generously of his time, his substance and of himself."
Interpreting greatness, in the vocabulary of the Christian faith, as a quality which was determined by service rendered, the minister referred to Dr. Hamilton's long years of kindly and skillful medical activity. "He spent his life in helping sick people back to health and with outstanding ability working those works of a physician and a surgeon which, to those outside of the medical profession, seem to be miracles - and maybe are. His was a familiar figure in many, many homes where he was known not only as "the doctor" but as more than that - a tried and trusted friend."
Making reference to the medical profession as one on which there falls "the white light that beats upon a throne." - a profession that is esteemed and whose members are public figures - known and discussed, and held in honor, Reverend Mr. Patten said Dr. Hamilton had stood the test and would be remembered always in this community and city as a beloved physician - true to the best traditions of the princely calling.
"In more recent years," he continued, "the doctor had won for himself another place of authority and prestige. In the realm of psychic research, he was an internationally known figure. In the very nature of the case where a new method of investigation was being followed, there was criticism, sometimes hostile criticism. Two things in this connection should be said. First, that among those who knew him, his integrity has never been in question, while among those who did not know him but had examined his experiments critically, no suggestion of deceit or fraud had at any time appeared. Secondly, he held an unshakable conviction, intensified as his experiments went on, in the survival of personality after death. His endeavor was to find proof whereby to convince those who doubt the validity of human instinct and religious belief, and to demonstrate, if possible, that life does continue. Curiosity was not his motive. His approach was that of a devout man of science. It is possible that some years hence when man's area of knowledge will have enlarged to embrace more fully this new field, Dr. Hamilton's name will be remembered as one of the pioneers who had ventured much in order that humanity might more fully know."
Briefly reviewing the many activities of the deceased, the speaker closed with an appeal to all to see in Dr. Hamilton's life a challenge. For medical men a challenge to stand true to those fine traditions of the family doctor which the older generation of physicians had so finely exemplified; for the people in the community, a challenge to be public-spirited, interested in the best things and to be alive to the needs of citizenship; for the younger men of the church, a challenge to "take up the torch of devout and earnest churchman-ship as the older generation lay it down ... and to be builders of the kingdom of our God, as he had been during his lifetime."
The choir of the church was present and led the services of praise.
[There seems to be a break here ...].
Subsequently, he was treasurer of the association, and was on the executive of the Canadian Medical Association.
When the British medical Association convened in Winnipeg in 1930, he lectured to it on psychic research.
Dr. Hamilton was a veteran member of the Wellington Lodge Number 23, I.O.O. F., having joined the Lodge on the night of institution in November, 1905. Members of the Lodge and of Louis Rebekah Lodge attended the funeral service in a body. He was also a member of the Masonic order.
An eminent figure in the medical world, in the study of psychic research, in church work, in political life of his time, Dr. Hamilton will be remembered by the great numbers of people who knew him as a friend. His deep-rooted convictions - and he had many - he did not betray. On the contrary, he propagated them by an approach which was courteous, by sound reasoning and pondered thought, and a marked absence of all times of the temperamental and of anything approaching arrogance or harshness.
Dr. Hamilton had been for many years convener of the Music Committee of the session and in this capacity formed a close contact with the work of the choir.
The floral tributes were arranged against the center choir rail and bedecked the casket.
At the close of the service and as the casket was borne from the Church, members of the deacons court formed a guard of honor. The cortège proceeded to Elmwood Cemetery, where burial was made in the family plot.
The honorary pall-bearers were: Dr. Neil John MacLean, Isaac Pitblado, K. C., H. A. V. Green, Dr. A. R. Winram, Dr. R. Rennie Swan, Dr. Alexander Gibson, Dr. W. W. Musgrove and Dr. Bruce Chown.
The active pall-bearers were: Messrs. A. H. Brown, J. B. Leggatt, T. R. Bach, R. J. Kirk, H. Sharp, and H. A. Reed.
April 12, 1935
At home - Friday morning
[Letter from Margaret (Peg) to Jim (her husband, Jim Bach?)]
"Your lovely note came yesterday. I passed it on to Mother. I know she's very touched by your kindness - she understands how you feel, and loves you for it.
I must tell you of the wonderful sitting I had with Harold and Jack out at the Allisons last night. It was Mrs. Allison's idea. There were the three Allisons, Marg and Grace MacDonald and Jack, Ada and Harold, and me - a lovely group of Dad's oldest friends. We met in the library, where Dad and all of us have had so many happy hours 'chewing the fat' with Dr. Allison - Hence the atmosphere was very conducive to Dad's coming. Harold went into trance at once and took on his control, David, who told us of Dad's passing. He described it as being one of the easiest, the most beautiful he had ever been privileged to witness - He said Dad knew what was happening, and just took a deep breath, closed his eyes on this world, and opened them on the next. Isn't that a lovely thought? I was so happy to hear this, because it would have been so horrible if Dad had suffered. (He did have an attack, as I told you, which started about noon - at 1:00pm Glen dropped in to see him and noticed that he looked ashen, where before he had been so rosy and happy. Then Glen went out and came home. While Glen was on his way home Dad became worse, and Dr. Bill phoned home to get Glen. Well, Glen came in 10 minutes later, and phoned the hospital. Mom said his face was gray when he told her that Dad was very, very sick and had a chance. Glen tore back to the hospital, but Daddy had slipped away by the time Glen got there.)
"Well, the point of all this is - David said the very first thing Dad did was to meet Walter and come back here to see what the seance room looked like from "the Other Side!" Isn't that like Dad? David said he was a little surprised that his first thoughts were of mother - but his work always had first place in his heart and so naturally it would be the first thing he'd want to see.
"A most amazing and interesting thing happened Sunday afternoon. While mother was lying on Dad's bed waiting for Glen to phone back from the hospital - (this was between 2:00pm and 2:30pm) she suddenly heard voices coming through the amplifier, which Jim had turned on. She said her heart just thumped because she knew the voices meant something. She glanced at the clock. 2:20pm, but at that time she had not been told Dad had passed over, (He did at 1:45pm) so she got up and tried the seance door to make sure it was locked, as it was, of course. She couldn't make out what the voices said, but she could distinguish that there were two and they sounded very eager, and they continued to be heard for three or four minutes. Isn't that simply amazing? And it fits in with what David, through Harold, told us last night, about Daddy and Walter hiking over here, and Walter showing Pop all his apparatus, including the voice machine, and Dad asking all sorts of pertinent questions!! Another point is this, that only Mother and Jim knew of these voices, and she didn't tell me about hearing them Sunday afternoon, until last night, after I had told her all about our wonderful sitting!!
"To continue with the sitting - David said that Dad was with us in the church. Mother sensed two presences, which we were told afterward, were Dad and Arthur, and the strange thing is that Mom had to keep comforting Dad! Naturally, Dad felt badly at parting and Mom had that feeling through it all, that it was Dad who needed the help more than she. That is quite true. Mom was telling me just now that for all Dad's strength, when Arthur died, Dad just broke down and cried like a baby, and looked to her for strength and help - Well, Mom felt very strongly from the time he passed, and during the funeral, that he needed her help. It was the thought that Dad was depending on her, that kept her up, and something, some power, gave her the strength to pass on to him, for she felt him leaning on her so.
"Where was I? Oh, yes. David went on to say the Dad is well, happy, and so delighted with what he is finding, and so eager that he won't take time for even a little rest - he's afraid he won't have time to see everything! Isn't that like him?
"After David talked, Harold took on Dad's control. This was the biggest event for me since I've been in psychics. Dad's attempt was splendid. He found it difficult and the medium stuttered a great deal, but the first thing he succeeded in saying was "I was proud of you all!" So I told him we did it for him and that we couldn't have let him down by showing grief which truly we did not feel, and that we were so proud of him. He went on to talk of his psyche being "across the border", and that he wasn't making a very good job of his control, but that it was his first time, and that we hadn't given him much time. He kept patting my hands, and rubbing them, all the time he was endeavoring to speak, and during the time he did speak. Then, when he became fatigued from this new effort of controlling, he said "I'd better go. I'm tired now. But he pulled me to him, and did something that quite clinched if for me - a little gesture that was characteristic of Dad - he pulled my head towards his with his right hand, and kissed me on the cheek - tears streaming down the medium's face. That way of greeting, or saying goodbye, was the way Dad always did - I could tell, though, that he felt badly. You know, it is hard to part, and especially when he hadn't seen me. You know, Dad, for all his restraint, was the most emotional and feeling of the bunch of us. He just couldn't hang on to himself when it came time to say good-bye through Harold and he let his true feelings show. I felt badly, too - just for a minute. Then Harold fell to the floor, sobbing, gasping. Sterge, through Jack, told us that it was a nervous reaction on the part of the medium, to Dad's first efforts at control; but, I know, too, that it was a reflection of the way Dad was feeling at the moment, for he loves deeply and quietly, and only once in a while does his feeling burst forth, as it did then, on being temporarily with me, for a little while.
"Harold came out of trance at once, and stopped sobbing, but couldn't get his breath, kept gasping and choking. This kept up for just a minute, and then Harold, between gasps, said "Oh, here's the doctor! He's bringing me out of it just as he did in the sittings! And now here's doctor Jim on the other side!" Can you believe it, Harold, in about 60 seconds, was perfectly normal and quiet! He saw Dad then go into the corner of the room and look at the books, and then stand with a book in his hand, turning the pages and beaming at us all with a merry twinkle in his eyes. Harold said he looked as clear to him as he ever did in life. He had on his dark gray suit, with things sticking out of the pockets, and he looked so rested and happy and Harold said his face was radiant - Later, as the sitting progressed, Dad was joined by uncle Jim and Arthur and the three of them stood in the corner behind me for over half an hour.
"My, I can't tell you what this all means to me! I know you understand. But it has given me such a lift that I feel ready for anything! It has meant a very great deal to the Allisons, for Dr. Allison has been completely knocked out, and for the last few days, told me he hasn't been able to do any work. This will give him great help. My, I wish you
could have seen Jim's and Mom's face when I was telling them after I got in last night. They were both shining with a gladsome light! You know - it's the greatest privilege in the world to be able to speak to our friends and keep in touch this way, through such fine boys as Jack and Harold. The whole of life takes on completely new meaning when one's faith in the next life is so firmly founded.
"There is a great deal to do here - I'll be more than busy for my time here. Our biggest test and one which only Mother and I can do, is to go through a whole grip-ful of notes which Dad had been working on for the book, and compile them and arrange them for the book. It's a tremendous job, and our greatest responsibility. Once, though, we can get over having so many visitors, and can settle into routine, we'll be able to get something definite done.
"Glen is developing every day; and so many, in fact, all the doctors that know him, are offering their help in any and every way possible. Glen is being kept on at Swift's as their head accident doctor; he has been appointed examiner for the Religious Education Board to examine prospective deaconesses at $3.00 a head, and yesterday one of the older Elmwood men who is retiring shortly said he'd try to get Glen on as the Health officer of E. St. Paul Municipality. So many of Dad's patients tell Glen that they'll have the young doctor now and carry on, that it's all most heartening. I am not in the least anxious about the future - we are all doing our best, more than that we cannot do, and our friends are helping us from "across the line."
"Do you know yesterday I smiled so much that my face muscles were tired and sore? How's that for keeping your chin up?
"I am a little tired today. Still haven't caught up on my sleep, and I've been going hard, and I find meeting so many people a great strain. But I'm fine. You mustn't worry.
"Talked to Dot yesterday, and to your Mother and Dad, of course, on Tuesday after the funeral. I'm going over to see them all next week.
"My dear, I miss you so, just long to be with you, but you do know I'm with you in my thoughts constantly. Do write. Tell me what your dreams are, and write lots. The time will go quickly. I'll soon be back with you. As ever."
April 17, 1935.
Dawn; Mercedes; Dr. Bruce Chown; Langtry Thompson; Bessie Shand; Gladys Chown; L. H.; Margaret H. Bach.
9:15 p.m. Group in place, all sing "Unto the Hills".
We are barely started when Mercedes exclaims: "Here is the doctor!"
She passes into trance and T. G. H. controls her: "You carry on. I'm watching you! Don't move that chair! (Puts his chair back into the circle.) It's nothing at all! Nothing at all! Just like in the bedroom, and you here ... just like in another room! I can see you; and it's just as I was told by all the controls; just as I was told! There is nothing strange!"
Dr. Bruce Chown: "You've come through very early!"
T. G. H.: "I just wanted to place this chair. I won't take any energy to make myself known individually. I just say to all of you that I'm here. Ewan isn't here, is he?"
Dr. Chown: "No. He had an important engagement for tonight. But he'll be here next time."
T. G. H.: "I understand; but just don't let him go. Just go on ... sing!"
All sing "Lead, Kindly Light" for J. A. Hamilton.
Mercedes (normal): "I can see Dr. Jim here, along with two other men. I don't know them ; to my knowledge I have never seen them before. Dr. Jim is standing right in front of Dawn, with these men on either side. They seem to be looking at the top of the cabinet. You may receive instructions to alter the cabinet. J. A. Hamilton seems to be working along with these men. One of these I seem to have seen before: he looks like Sir William Crookes. J. A. Hamilton looked around at every one of us."
Group number, then sing "Jingle Bells."
Dawn stands; remains standing for about twenty seconds, then under control says: "Good evening, friends. I am very glad that I am privileged to be in your circle. I have been here on one or two occasions, although I have not taken any active part in your work. I was brought here some little time ago, and was quite interested in what was going on; and I am glad that I am here again, and will come again and again if I may be allowed to do so. If I am afraid that I cannot give very much support to the work that is being done, my privilege and honor it is to be with the late brother who left your midst some time ago. I am his guide."
[Is this Judge X? See IS SURVIVED A FACT and LETTERS FROM A LIVING DEAD MAN - handwritten notes in the margin.]
L. H.: "Are you the same one who came before?"
Langtry Thompson: "Did you not come with Katie and John?"
Control: "My identity would be of little use to you in the material. I have been so long on this side that my identity is a thing of the past; in fact, I do not even remember it. But I was privileged to be the guide of one whom you know, and will be here some time. I cannot tell you much concerning him and his condition, because I do not know him. But there are many friends who know him, and many whom you do not know, who know him. He is not lacking in friends. He is making good use of his time; and no doubt will be a frequent visitor, even when you are not here. He was in this room before you came. He has brought others to see his work. Some understand it; others do not, like myself. But I will make myself familiar with it.
He is making satisfactory progress and is an apt pupil and anxious to learn. He has a beautiful library. Just as you prepare for a baby when it is coming, so too in his home: those who loved him in the material have placed their gifts in his home, and he has a beautiful library. All these gifts he has have been prepared by those who love him. And for you, too, when you make the change, gifts will be prepared. There were many to meet him; a great company. When I was brought forward he was a little afraid, but when I was made known, he was not lacking in willingness to come with me. I was not his guide on earth: although I was brought to this place, so that I had the pleasure of seeing him before he made the change. You may be surprised to know that a great many of us over here were surprised when he came over so soon. But he is here; and we will make good use of him; and he will make good use of his time.
Now I must go. This instrument is only loaned to me. I must make a channel for myself, if I am to come all the time. So I will say 'Goodbye' for the present."
April 18, 1935.
[Typed sheet - A session of the King Memorial Church honors Dr. Hamilton - April 18, 1935]
[Note: This sheet is quoted in part only - some material being omitted as already covered adequately in other notes.]
"... The Session desires to place on record its deep sense of loss in the removal from our midst by death on April 7th, 1935, of Dr. T. Glen Hamilton.
"Dr. Hamilton was associated with King Memorial Church almost from the beginning of the Congregation's life. He was elected and ordained an elder in the year 1907 and for twenty-eight consecutive years was a faithful member of this Session and of the Congregation. He was wise in his counsel and conciliatory in his attitudes, ever holding the interest of the church in mind.
"He was a trustee of the church property and was generous in his gifts. He was one of the donors of the land on which our church edifice now stands and as the first and only chairman of the Building Executive Committee and deeply interested in the completion of the structure, his name goes down, in memory inseparably linked with this, the church he loved, and for which he gave so sacrificially of himself...
..."a member of the consulting staff of the Winnipeg General Hospital ... a member of the board of the United Church Hospital at Vita, Manitoba ... Latterly he gave much time to and attained outstanding and international distinction in psychical research. Through all his years among us and in the midst of his manifold activities he remained the beloved physician and the loyal friend ...
"... The funeral service was held in King Memorial Church on Tuesday, April 9th, with sorrowful friends from many walks of life thronging the church to capacity ...
"...The Session extends its deep sympathy to the bereaved family, and congratulates them on the triumphant belief in the survival of our dead - a belief so strongly held by him whose loss we so deeply feel. He was in thought and deed a follower of Jesus, and in the Father's House of many mansions he continues his life of service."
D. T. Paton - moderator
J. Kinnaird - clerk
April, 1935. Saturday afternoon - at the office.
[Letter from Margaret in Winnipeg to her husband Jim in London, Ontario:]
"Hello there, Jim:
"... Mother and I are up here busy getting copies of the newspapers away to friends in England and Europe. My, we've been busy: there's such a lot to do, and we've had a constant stream of visitors since Tuesday.
"... We had a wonderful sitting with Jack last night. I'll send you a copy in a day or two, which I want you to keep for my scrap book. Daddy came and spoke most beautifully with us. What he said was of a very personal nature, of course, but it did comfort us all, and especially friends like the Browns, who haven't quite the complete assurance we have of the reality of the next life.
"... I'm afraid I haven't time for other than just a note. I'm feeling fine, but still very tired, and with just a touch of cold, brought on by fatigue. I plan to go to bed tonight after tea, and stay there until I feel like getting up. All I need is about 12 hours unbroken rest. I haven't yet been able to get over to see your folks, although we talk every day on the phone. Perhaps I'll be able to run in now to Eaton's and say hello to T. R.
Mentions an article in the Elmwood Herald - also about having the windows cleaned at their house in London. Mentions the bugs.
"... With your trips intervening, it will make the time pass quickly until we can be together again, and I have so very much to do here that I know the weeks will fly by."
"...Wednesday night is Inspection Day. As the sitting takes place Tuesday night I have promised Glen I will go with him and Phyliss to see it. Jack's sitting, by the way, did not take place Friday as he went with Langtree to Kenora for the holiday week-end. We will, however, sit as usual this Friday and you can see what happens.
"... Daddy came through Ewan last Wednesday. He still seems to feel the sudden parting very keenly and wants us to send out our help to him in encouragement. Mercedes was given a wonderful vision of his library and saw him sitting in it very, very plainly, she said. In fact, she seemed to be sitting beside him. He looked well and vigorous and told her he was beginning to enjoy his new life, especially his library, which he has talked about through every single medium he has come through. He talked also about his theories of energy and life in quite a decidedly characteristic manner. His house, he says, seems to interpenetrate the home here and yet he insists that that must not be taken too literally. If only he could get a medium trained in physics and higher maths he thinks he could give the clue that Einstein is looking for he says. My, if only you were here to get it all down - all the other recorders are so inadequate after you, my dear. (They) miss most of the high points so that I have only the gist of what he said - not the actual words.
"... Did I tell you that the Norman sittings are off for the summer, and probably for good, so far as coming here is concerned. Yes, I told you in my last, and how loathe R. L. Stevenson was to go. But in the end it will be for the best, I think, They will not work harmoniously with Ewan and without Ewan the big work ceases.
Mentions another cat brought home by Glen - being named Watless - (nickname for Walter)
P.S. We are still talking of coming to see you, but nothing definite yet. Will let you know in plenty of time.
May 1, 1935.
Dr. and Mrs. Bruce Chown; Ewan; H. Shand; Bessie Shand; Langtry Thompson; Mercedes; Dawn; Lou Campbell; L. H..
Mercedes on couch in very deep cataleptic trance. Ewan deeply entranced. Dawn also cataleptic for a short time. Medium is examined by Dr. Bruce Chown.
May 5, 1935. Sunday.
Norman sitting. Norman; Dawn; H and B Shand; Lou Campbell; G. Snyder; Ada Turner; Lou Thompson;Daisy Muir; L. H.; Margaret H. Bach.
R. L. Stevenson. Voice excellent.
May 8, 1935. Wednesday.
Dawn; Mercedes; Dr. Bruce Chown; Lou Campbell; Langtry Thompson; H&B Shand; L. H..
Mercedes on couch, only slightly rigid. Katie speaks; says good work done. T. G. H. speaks through Mercedes, giving evidence re operation on thumb.
Cameras and equipment to be ready.
Verbatim records of the Lillian Hamilton - Dr. Bruce Chown series of experiments.
1935 - 1936
May 8, 1935. Wednesday.
Dawn (Mrs. Mary Marshall); Mercedes (Mrs. Susan Marshall); Lillian Hamilton; H. Shand; Bessie Shand; Dr. Bruce Chown; Mrs. Lou Campbell; Mr. Langtry Thompson;
Gordon Chown, recorder.
8:25 p.m. Circle in.
Dawn (normal): "I'm busy seeing lights."
8:40 p.m. T. G. H./Mercedes (in trance): "There is nothing I can't fix! His fingers are hurt in a machine. I stuck the finger on again. That's one case I had.* I can't tell you when. I'm in the dark about time. I can see what you are doing. You should be ready."
Dr. Bruce Chown: "Will we have Metcalfe focus the cameras?"
T. G. H./Mercedes: "I am pleased with the results. Some people would ask why I come and say such trivial things. (Sitters give hearty approval). Margaret has gone?"
L. H.: "Yes, she left tonight, at six."
T. G. H./Mercedes: "Harry is away?"
L. H.: "He is out of town."
T. G. H./Mercedes: "Dawn is good now. I wish we could get something."
Langtry Thompson: "With you there, we will; we can't help it!"
Bruce Chown: "How do things look from your side?"
T. G. H./Mercedes: "The cloud wasn't so thick .... Sing! ..."
Walter/Dawn: "Good evening."
Bruce Chown: "All dressed up for spring? (Banter follows). How about horse races?"
Walter/Dawn: "First horse past the post wins! Don't all talk to the doctor at once when he comes. The connecting strings are confusing. Speak one at a time. He is but a baby now; not an able-bodied man. We must go slowly. There is not sickness here but much that is undesirable. Each one of you has sensitive vibrations that move when each one speaks. You can fire all your questions at me."
[Implication is that Walter, having been on the Other Side much longer, is not as sensitive as T. G. H., who has so recently made the change.]
Walter/Dawn: "Who is the leader of this circle? Ham always did the talking when he got the chance!"
L. H.: "Dr. Bruce Chown will conduct of the group."
Walter/Dawn: "I will get a name for you ... How did you like the picture you had taken of the casket?"**
L. H.: "What picture?"
Lou Campbell: "I'll explain later."
Bruce Chown: "What did you know about this, Walter ... How about Metcalfe?"
Walter/Dawn: "That's up to you. I'll give orders when the time comes. This is the business of John and Katie. Be prepared. Have everything done. The room will have to be sealed as with the LUCY picture; no lights after everything is in readiness. Have the top (ceiling) light for low, medium, and high."
Bruce Chown: "Could we have low light at all times at sittings?"
Walter/Dawn: "Ask John. When cameras are focused, place a small piece of paper in the cabinet higher than the medium's head. Take a flash - not all the cameras: just those that take the inside of the cabinet. Your cameras are in good range and you should have a try-out first. I will arrange the structure. You can use a white light. When Ham was here I told him to be ready. Be ready, but not expectant."
9:10 p.m. L. H.: "Metcalfe will come and focus the cameras. He can stay downstairs during the sitting, and stay to develop any plates."***
Walter/Dawn: "He is a friend of yours. It is all right. The loss of the doctor for you is felt; someone must take his place on the earth plane. You may recall I told you I would be having him over here. That was the beginning of the slackening of the cord. Some cords are cut quickly like mine.**** But his race was run. His cord had gone the length. ***** Mercedes can be examined."
Bruce Chown: "She is moderately rigid; arms bend easily; she is not as rigid as last time ... Two years ago we had a series of photos showing ectoplasm diminishing. Could we have it coming and going?"
Bruce Chown: "With the ectoplasm coming, could the flash affect it?"
Walter/Dawn: "We can do that. I will cover that which has not been exposed to the light."
Bruce Chown: "It does not need to be a form."
Walter/Dawn: "We have had that, and can again. The medium must be examined outside the room (re-verifying previous conversation re orders.) The scrutineer must examine the room before and after. While in trance, she (Dawn) must not be touched when ectoplasm is coming."
Langtry Thompson: "What about keeping contact?"
Walter/Dawn: "You must keep contact with hand or foot. Ectoplasmic hand does not contain bone. Spirit hands are different. There is no bone in me. I am using the body of the medium."
Bruce Chown: "Could we place a sheet of ectoplasm some distance from the medium, with a connecting cord? We want to get a more exact knowledge of ectoplasm."
Walter/Dawn: "Not with this medium. I can have it projecting from my sister ("Margery" Crandon). The energies from everyone are different from the ectoplasm of the medium."
Bruce Chown: "Have you any further developments for photographic investigation?"
Walter/Dawn: "There is fear and criticism at the present time. There will be great developments in years to come. Get young people interested. This work is a seed frozen in the ground. Then comes the thaw, the growth, and the harvest. With the knowledge of this work you will be able to help others when you make the change. Others who do not realize it enter the bodies of those still on the earth plane ... I stand aside."
9:40 p.m. Katie/Mercedes: "Good evening. I have done a lot of work tonight, in spite of Ewan's absence. We have connected up things and made adjustments. Ewan is most necessary. He can't keep away. The cords are too tight around him. We will see that he is under control. Remain in this order until further notice. This medium will need all your love and kindness soon. There is a cloud across her material life."
Walter/Dawn: "I will arrange the structure. You can use a white light. When Ham was here I told him to be ready. Be ready, but not expectant."
9:45 p.m. Circle closes.
Notes * Refers to an actual case T. G. H. had in 1924 (See Medical Paper). Facts known to Bessie Shand, Lou Campbell, Lillian Hamilton, but unknown to the mediums.
Notes ** Lou Campbell had asked a friend to take a picture of the casket as it left the church. This friend took it from the gallery, with disappointing results; so nothing had been said about it to Lillian Hamilton.
Notes *** Because of Metcalfe's unfortunate experience with fraudulent mediums, it was thought advisable to keep him outside the séance room. But as he was a professional photographer his offer of his services was greatly appreciated. In the past, T. G. H. had always done all his own developing and printing.
Notes **** Walter was only 27 when he died as the result of a train accident, where he was caught between two locomotives and badly scalded with live steam, in 1911.
Notes ***** See séance records of late 1934 and early 1935, where hints are clearly given by the entranced-controls of T. G. H.'s death.
May 15, 1935. Wednesday.
Dawn; Mercedes; Dr. and Mrs. town; H&B Shand; Lou Campbell; L. H..
Cameras have been focused Tuesday evening by Metcalfe, a professional photographer. T. G. H. seen by mediums. R. L. Stevenson speaks. T. G. H. thanks Mercedes.
May 15, 1935.
Dawn; Mercedes; Langtry Thompson; Lillian Hamilton; B and H. Shand; Lou Campbell; Dr. Bruce Chown; Gladys Chown, recorder.
8:35 p.m. Circle in.
Almost immediately Dawn laughs hysterically for a prolonged time.
T. G. H./Mercedes: "Hello, Lillian! (Voice is guttural). Have you got the wet towel in?"
L. H.: "Yes."
T. G. H./Mercedes: "Sunday night Dawn's arms were bruised. Don't use force. Use the wet towel, Lillian. It's "One-Eye." Just let the leader of the circle touch her."
Bruce Chown: "The voice is good, tonight."
T. G. H./Mercedes: "It's good to come."
Bruce Chown: "How about a design for a séance room?"
T. G. H./Mercedes: "There aren't too many bats left in my belfry. I still know material conditions, having come over so recently. When I've been here long enough to forget, I'll be giving orders."
Walter/Dawn: "Good evening."
Bruce Chown: "The lights are fixed up."
Walter/Dawn: "Let me have low, medium and high." (Bruce turns on red ceiling light as per request.) That's fine! (enthusiastically). I'm delighted with that! Put it on occasionally ... Ham is very eager to get through. He comes all the time. He is with you at every opportunity; and he's with the boy (Glen) that's practicing (medicine). Let Glen take promptings from T. G. H. Don't let him hurry, but take his time. He has better opportunities than his father had in his time."
L. H.: "Will you take a message back to T. G. H.? Glen has had (done) two operations."
Walter/Dawn: "I'm sure he (T. G. H.) was with him. This room, and his boy, are his two great objects. (Concerns).
Bruce Chown: "Has T. G. H. any suggestions to make?"
Walter/Dawn: "Yes. The camera on the left should be closer - just about as high as your head, and to your right. Yes, closer to the box ... Ewan's controls are here - six and two threes. Puncinello is a good name for you."
Bruce Chown: "Then I'll call you Judy."
R. L. Stevenson/Mercedes: "Ye cann' tramp on a Scotch thistle. His father said to him - Ye canna tramp on a Scotch lily. We used to say in Edinburg: "Ye can sit on a shamrock, ye can sit on a rose, but not on the thistle." Can ye converse in Doric?"
Bessie: "For shure, a wee bit!"
Bruce Chown: "What's the difference between Gaelic and Doric?"
R. L. Stevenson/Mercedes: "Gaelic is a language; Doric is slang. Each town has a different accent. Isn't that right, T. G. H.? Good old Scotch Glendinning".
Walter/Dawn (who has been interrupting a great deal): "Did you know I had Scotch in me?"
Bruce Chown: "It sounds like it - Walter Stewart(Stuart). Your sound, Stewy." (Stewart is Walter Stinson's middle name.)
Walter/Dawn: "I punched a fellow's nose once for calling me 'Stewy!"
R. L. Stevenson/Mercedes: "The Lass of Killiecrankie." (Group sing it!). If I wanted to give you an entertainment I could bring Jack Lorimer. I've met him since I came over. He's a comedian." (Sings "The Lass of Killiecrankie" and the Shands join in.)
Circle sings "Polly Wolly Doodle" and "Casey Jones" for Walter.
Walter/Dawn: "He (T. G. H.) was having a talk with the Door Mat (Dr. Crandon).
Bruce Chown: "What was he talking about?"
Walter/Dawn: "Ah, now, just a little conversation."
Bruce Chown: "How is the Door Mat?"
Walter/Dawn: "Fine. He had a cold but he's all right now. He knows all of you (Bruce Chown). No welcome on that Door Matt; just the dog. Ham was seeing him, and you will hear about it. Ham was visiting through friends. He just got through, and no more. You will get news. He comes here most of the time. "I'm telling you" he says, "Good Scout!" I said: "Sport!"
9:30 p.m. "The light is good. Who takes that? T. G.?"
Bruce Chown: "We just found the switch. Did T. G. H. want anything else checked?"
Walter/Dawn: "One or two cameras can be discarded. I'm learning from him; only don't let him know ... John is going to take this medium."
Circle sings "All the Nice Girls Love a Sailor."
L. H.: "I can see Katie's light."
Katie/Mercedes: "Good evening. I'll speak first. John can stay there. It is not advisable for him to take this medium. I will give you his thoughts. He wants his instrument. (Harry in Ottawa).
Bruce Chown: "He will be here next week."
Katie/Mercedes: "It is no fault of Ewan's. It is like having your own work all set up and the main instrument missing. The important link is not there. Conditions of the material step in. Be patient with us. I have been very pleased with what has been done. I am not taking my medium into a deep state of trance. I was with the man who was seeing to your cameras (Metcalfe was in on previous night.) William (Stead) is concerned about one.(camera) We are very anxious that this work should be a success. A lot of time has been spent on it. Though William Crookes has not used the medium, he is an overseer to this work. He is pleased with the lighting arrangements. He wants you to see the materialization. Before, it would not stand the light, as well as being photographed."
"Close the circle while things are good."
The doctor had something to say.
Walter/Dawn: "Punchinello, come here!"
Bruce Chown: "All right, Judy!"
Walter/Dawn: "Called her Light Heart."
T. G. H./Mercedes: "Take Mercedes' hands, Bruce. You tell her not to take those red pills; take the brown ones. Keep them going all the time. The red ones are cheaper. Good! Thanks for coming here."
Dawn and Mercedes come out of trance at once, without effort.
Bruce questions Mercedes about her medication; but does not consider it evidential, having come through herself."