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Do the Dead Return?

A Startling Story from Life

Crown Publishing Company San Francisco 1900

[Illustration: DR. LOUIS SCHLESINGER.]

DO THE DEAD RETURN?

A TRUE STORY OF STARTLING SEANCES IN SAN FRANCISCO

NOTICE

This work is copyrighted. Editors are warned not to make unlawful abridgments.

CROWN PUBLISHING COMPANY SAN FRANCISCO 1900

COPYRIGHT, 1900 BY CROWN PUBLISHING CO.

TABLE OF CONTENTS.

PAGE

INTRODUCTION 5

THE AUTHOR'S STORY 7

THE "EXAMINER" SEANCE 14

SOME STARTLING DAYLIGHT SEANCES 19

CHARACTER OF THE NARRATORS 55

INTRODUCTION.

Before this little volume is read a few words of explanation should be carefully weighed, for otherwise the reader might go away with many false impressions.

The author desires to say that every word here printed is absolutely and literally true. Nothing has been added or suppressed, but the entire truth has been expressed, usually in the exact language of the distinguished gentlemen whose narratives make the bulk of the book. In most instances the witnesses summoned wrote their accounts with their own hands, and the original manuscripts are still preserved.

Though many years have passed since the events recorded herein transpired, all who witnessed the phenomena are still alive, and all are well known and reputable citizens of San Francisco. It was only a few days ago that the author met Captain W. S. Barnes, who was District Attorney of the City and County of San Francisco in 1893 (the date of the occurrences with which the book deals), and he said: "What I saw in the presence of the medium has puzzled me all these years. I can truthfully say that the things that took place at Mayor Ellert's office are the most wonderful events that I have ever come upon. They are absolutely beyond my understanding."

The circumstances with which the narrative deals are an important contribution to the history of psychic research, and they are presented for what they are worth while the witnesses and actors in the story are alive.

THE AUTHOR.

San Francisco, September, 1900.

CHAPTER I.

THE AUTHOR'S STORY.

In the autumn of 1891, the author of this narrative was business manager of the Modesto (California) Daily News . One afternoon while he was engaged in an important consultation with the late Senator J. D. Spencer, one of the owners of the News , there was a knock at the door of the editorial rooms. In a twinkling an old gentleman entered; he was a venerable looking, long bearded man, with Hebraic features.

Before Senator Spencer and I could say, "Good day, sir!" the old man said something like this: "Gentlemen, I am Dr. Louis Schlesinger, the famous Spiritualist medium. It is well known that I can talk with the good angels, and I desire to have a series of seances here in Modesto."

"Our advertising columns are open," I said, "and we shall be pleased to announce your meetings at the regular rates."

"I have no money to spare," he replied; "but I think you will say something about me when I show you that man lives after death."

The Senator whispered to me (on discovering that the old gentleman was quite deaf), "I guess he's escaped from the Stockton Lunatic Asylum."

Stockton was but twenty miles away, and I assented, but said, "Suppose we sound him before we send for an officer."

So we agreed to give Dr. Schlesinger an opportunity to convince us that he was a man of rare endowments, as he pretended to be.

Coming to the point, it was arranged that the Senator should retire to the press room while I remained with the aged suspect.

"Take eight or ten slips of paper," said Dr. Schlesinger, "and write one name on each some of living, some of dead persons; and don't tell me or anybody on earth what names you have written on the slips. Roll them into little pellets and come back here with your mind at rest, for I am not insane, as you think... Continue reading book >>




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