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it's the last train." He passed on picking up tickets, and I settled back into
my seat. It seemed as if the last chance was gone, and I could not help but
wonder what would be written, so I observed mentally, " Well, you see your
prediction is wrong, do you not?" And then came to me what seemed to
be the height of foolishness, "Why, you will get there all right, just as
I told you." No explanation being vouchsafed, I fell to planning what
I would do in the city of Troy over Sunday, for I had no hope of
getting out.

After a while the conductor came back and took a seat just behind me,
and leaning over towards me he said, " So you would very much like to get
that train, would you ? " " Yes, sir," I said. " Well," continued he, " there


is just one way that is possible for you to do it, if you are a good runner and
willing to take chances." Of course I asked how. Said he, " I don't advise
any one to do it, but it is possible to jump off this train, for we stop before we
reach the Troy Dep6t, and run and jump on to that train while it is going out."
And he took a pencil and drew the railroads and the depSt (a Union one)
about like this [diagram omitted here].

And then he went on to explain : " We are not allowed to run into the
dep6t until the train for Saratoga and the one on the Fitchburgh and H. T. R.
have both pulled out, which they both do at just five o'clock. We should
arrive at our stopping place X at about five. You could get off there and run
across the Saratoga track and over to Z [a point on the Fitchburgh line] and
jump on to that train. There is a street from a point near X to Z."

At X, as our train stopped, I jumped from it and ran to point Z and caught
my train which was passing at that point.

When seated in the car I gave the pencil one more chance, and it was
written : " I see you are on board all right; don't you think I knew what I was
telling you ? "

I had no further trouble in reaching the desired place that night.

I will say that I was not aware of any of the material facts prior to their
appearing as I have stated them. I had not consulted any time-table or
otherwise learned as to the times on which these trains were to arrive or
depart : and / knew nothing of the train stopping outside the Troy Depot or of
the possibility of getting from it and running up the street and catching the
train I wished to take. I never had the slightest idea of such a thing until
the conductor laid the plan before me just as I have stated it. I was travelling
alone. I did not know the conductor or anybody that I saw.

I had no occasion to look up or inform myself as to trains at Troy for the
reason that I expected to travel on the West Shore Road instead of the N.Y.C.
and H.R.R. ; but I missed the train on the West Shore Road and so took the
N.Y.C. and H.R.R. as the best thing possible under the circumstances. On
the West Shore Road my journey would not have been through Schenectady
and Troy, but would have been to Rotterdam Junction on the West Shore
Road, and there I would have connected with a train on the Fitchburgh and
Hoosac Tunnel Road, all very nicely.

I think this experience is quite unique. Perhaps some one can explain it.


N.Y., November 8tA, 1894.

In accordance with your suggestion, I send you herewith a further state-
ment that you may subjoin. I think it covers your inquiry.

C W .

About two years prior to that I had travelled from Schenectady to Troy,
and out of Troy on F. and H. T. R. ; but at that time the train did not stop
outside of Troy Dep6t. I had travelled in years previous, that is, from five
to twenty years ago, several times on trains between Schenectady and Troy,
but none of them ever stopped outside of Troy Dep6t. I had not been in

since the trip of two years before. Prior to that I had been in that place

perhaps once in two years, for a day.

It might be well to add that no friend of mine at or elsewhere knew

any of these facts, to the best of my knowledge and belief. After arriving at


- I told my friends, but none of them had known of the matters. I feel
confident that no friend or acquaintance of mine knew I was to travel from
Schenectady to Troy, and that none of them had made or heard of a connection
in that way. From talks with them I know they did not.

874 A. From Proceedings S.P.R., vol. xi. pp. 432-37.
The following appeared in the Religio- Philosophical Journal for
November ist, 1890:


For some time past we have been holding spiritual stances, or circles,
regularly every Tuesday and Friday evening at our home in Cuba, Mo., and
have gotten and are getting many messages, truthful and otherwise, although
the untruthful ones are few comparatively and are generally so from known
causes, such as misunderstanding of question asked, inharmony in circle, &c.,
&c. Most remarkable was a " Prophecy and its Fulfilment," a hurried state-
ment of which appeared in the Better Way of October i8th. Two friends had
called in, namely. Charles H. Cottnam, bookkeeper for the firm of Newman
and Jones, general merchants, and James E. Hollow, jun., of the firm of
Hollow & Son, dealers in stoves, hardware, and furniture, both doing business
at this place. Then my wife and I sat around a small walnut centre table,
placing our hands on its top surface in' the usual manner, and in about ten or
fifteen minutes the table began to move, indicating the presence of our spirit
friends, or some intelligence with the power to move it, and answer questions
intelligently, as we found by asking. The lamp was sitting on a piano in the
corner of the room, turned down so as to make a subdued or mellow light, but
not so low but that we could see what time it was by our watches as we sat at
the table, or jot down the communications as they were spelled out.

Mr. Cottnam had a friend, Mr. Chris. Varis, a prominent hotel-keeper of
St. James, Phelps County, Mo., and a former resident of this place. His
disease was a chronic affection of the throat. Mr. C. had called on him a few
days previous and found him very weak and sinking fast. He could take no
solid food, and all the nourishment he got was by painful swallowing a little
eggnog or milk. His attendant physician, Dr. Headlee, of St. James, told
Mr. Cottnam that he thought Mr. Varis could live but a few days at most,
and from his appearance Mr. Cottnam was of the same opinion. After many
other questions were asked and answered, the table answering by tipping two
of its feet two or three inches off the floor, and then striking it again, once
for no, twice for don't know, and three times for yes, Mr. C. asked, " Do
you know my friend Chris. Varis, of St James, Mo.?" "Yes." "Is he
any better than when I was with him last?" "No." "Is he worse?"
" Yes." " Will I have time to get to him before he passes out if I take the
next train?" "Yes." "Will he live over to-morrow?" "Yes." "Do you
know when he will pass out?" "Yes." Then the table rocked back and
forth slowly, the feet striking the floor forty times, making forty distinct
raps, much to the surprise of all present, as we were expecting him to pass
out much sooner. We counted, and found that the time indicated would be
October 8th ; so to make sure we were right we asked, " Will he pass out on
October 8th ? " " Yes." " In the forenoon ? " " Yes." " Will a telegram be
sent to me on the morning of the 8th to that effect? " ' Yes."


A night or two after the above-described stance Mr. Cottnam sat at another
house with different sitters, and received the following confirmation of the
above. He says : " We had been sitting only a few minutes when the table
began to move. I asked, 'Is the spirit demonstrating a friend of mine ? '
' Yes.' (Indicated by three distinct tips of the table.) ' Will you spell your
name?' 'Yes.' The alphabet was called in the usual way, and the letters
signalled by tips spelled Ben Walker. ' Are you my friend, Ben Walker, of
St. Louis ? ' ' Yes.' ' I was not aware of your demise ; when did you pass
out ? ' Three distinct tips. ' Does that mean that it has been three days
since you passed out ?' 'Yes.' ' Is your body buried ?' 'No.' ' Will it be
buried to-morrow ? ' ' Yes.' ' Do you know my friend Chris. Varis ? ' ' Yes.'
' Will he pass out on October 8th ?' < Yes.' ' Are you sure of this ? ' ' Yes.' "

Mr. Cottnam was not aware of the death of Mr. Walker, and rather
doubted the truth of the message about him. The Globe Democrat of the
next day, however, confirmed the truth of his death, and stated that the inter-
ment was deferred until his son arrived from a distant city.

The prediction about Mr. Varis became an open secret, and was talked of
freely through the town from the morning of August 3oth until October 8th,
when' a telegram came over the wires informing Mr. C. that Mr. Varis died
that morning at six o'clock.

I append a letter from Dr. Headlee, the physician who attended Mr. Varis,
which corroborates the account just given. I also send the signatures of
twelve of our best citizens in further confirmation, and the signatures of the
sitters. Many more names could be obtained, but I judge the following to be
sufficient. S. T. SUDDICK, M.D.


ST. JAMES, Mo., October i8/!A, 1890.

DEAR DOCTOR, About a week previous to the death of Mr. Chris. Varis
I was in Cuba, and a friend was inquiring about him. I told him that on the
evening before I did not think he would survive the night, but on that
morning he had rallied a little, that the chances all were that he would not
last twenty-four hours. He then told me that he (Mr. V.) would live until
the eighth day of October, and that he would die on that day ; this he did,
dying at 6 A.M.

Mr. Varis was sick about seven or eight months, and for the last three was
expected to die at any time. Respectfully yours, S. H. HEADLEE.

CUBA, Mo., October i$th, 1890.

To ALL WHOM IT MAY CONCERN : This is to certify that we, the under-
signed citizens of Cuba, Mo., did, prior to the death of Mr. Chris. Varis, of
St. James, Mo., which occurred on the morning of the 8th of October 1890,
hear a prophecy to the effect that he would die on the morning of that day.

We heard that his death was foretold at a stance, at the house of Dr.
S. T. Suddick, in the town of Cuba, Mo., on the night of August the 29th,
or forty days prior to that event.

I received message for Cottnam October 8th, from St. James.

Telegraph Operator at Cuba.

JAS. E. HOLLOW, Jun., one of the circle of August 29th.


I. P. BRICKEY, Proprietor, Cuba Hotel.

E. A. EVANS, Real Estate Agent.

F. R. HARDESTY, Druggist.
W. T. HUNTER, Blacksmith.

C. H. COTTNAM, one of the circle of August 29th.

Dr. V. L. SHELP, Dentist.

Dr. J. H. MARTYN, Physician and Surgeon.

GEO. ASKINS, Hotel Clerk.

Mrs. LOUISE FARLEY SUDDICK, one of the circle of August 29th.

J. A. ROST, Shoemaker.

J. A. CAIMS, Clerk in Store.

B. F. JOHNSON, Notary Public.

The letter from which the following is an extract, and of which the
original was sent to Dr. Hodgson by Dr. Suddick, fixes the date of the


CUBA, Mo., August zgth, 1890.

D. E. PERRYMAN, Bonne Terre, Mo.

DEAR FRIEND, . . . soth. We had a nice little circle last night, in
our parlour, and good phenomena, so far as table-tipping goes. Myself, wife,
and two neighbours composed the circle. There were about a hundred ques-
tions asked, and all were answered correctly, so far as we know.

One gentleman was requested to go to a sick friend, and was told the
number of days he would live, &c. &c. S. T. SUDDICK.

(This extract appeared in the Re ligio- Philosophical Journal.} Dr.
Suddick says that the letter was returned to him at his own request, and
writes :

You will find that the first seven or eight lines were written August 2Qth
and the remainder of the letter on the soth, or part before and part after the

Mrs. Suddick sends the following account of the sitting :

CUBA, Mo., November qth, 1890.

Replying to your favour of the 5th inst., requesting my confirmation of the
" prophecy " of which my husband wrote, I can say that I was one of the
sitters : the stance having taken place at our house. There were two other
sitters besides my husband (Dr. Suddick) and self, namely, J. E. Hollow,
jun., and C. H. Cottnam. The message was given in answer to questions
put by Mr. Cottnam concerning his friend Mr. Varis. He did not call the
name of the latter at the time of the sitting, but only spoke of him as " my
friend," and I, for one, did not know at the time to whom he referred. (I think
perhaps the other sitters did.) I heard casually the next day through a neigh-
bour lady that Mr. Varis, of St. James, was expected to die at any time, and
associating the two incidents, I concluded he was the sick friend of whose
demise Mr. C. had been questioning the " spirits," and on inquiring found that
I had surmised correctly.

At the sitting Mr. Cottnam asked a number of questions about his sick
friend, among which were, " Will he be alive when I arrive there ? " " Will he


die to-morrow?" "Will he die the day after?" &c. After receiving negative
answers to the last two and perhaps the question whether he would live a
week was asked, I do not distinctly remember he requested the controlling
power to rap once for every day that his friend would yet live, and the table
rapped forty times: each of the sitters counted the raps as they were given
distinctly by the table rising on one side off the floor and striking down again.
On counting the forty days from that date we found that the time of his death
as prophesied would fall on the 8th of October. (The date of the prophecy
was August 29th.) Mr. C. asked if the 8th of October was the day on which he
would die, and the table rapped three times, the conventional signal for " Yes."
He then asked if the demise would take place in daytime or at night ; in the
forenoon or afternoon, &c., and received answers that it would be in the day-
time, and in the forenoon.

At several other stances, held at the home of Mr. Brickey and other places,
these questions were again asked, and the answers repeated that Mr. Varis
would die on the morning of October 8th, as at the first sitting. Of these dates
I am perfectly confident.

It may, and it may not, be superfluous to add, that, unlike my husband, I
am not a confirmed believer in the spiritual origin of those phenomena which
we have from time to time witnessed, such as movements of the table by some
unknown power ; intelligent answers to questions ; messages given through the
alphabet, &c., but have been undecided whether to attribute them to telepathy,
thought-transference, or some other unknown mental or magnetic quality re-
siding in the sitters themselves, or whether, as so many believe, it is really
through the direct agency of the disembodied.

Wishing your Society much success in its rational and most scientific way
of dealing with these occult problems, I am, very truly,


Dr. Hodgson has also received letters from Mr. I. P. Brickey, Mr. E.
A. Evans, and Mr. J. A. Rost, confirming the authenticity of their testi-
mony quoted above. Mr. Brickey states that it was at his house that the
stance at which the prophecy was confirmed was held.

Mr. Evans writes :

CUBA, Mo., November 8//4, 1890.

Touching the matter cited in yours of the 4th inst., I desire to say that my
signature subscribed to the published statement of Dr. Suddick, relative to the
prophesied death of Chris. Varis, of St. James, Mo., is authentic. Further, in
this connection I desire to say that I never attended a stance, as it is called, I
believe, in my life, have no experience in that line, and have no personal know-
ledge upon which to base belief nor unbelief of Spiritualism. But I was told
by parties that met at Dr. Suddick's residence, some weeks before the demise
of Chris. Varis, that by raps with, or on a table, I do not know which, they
were told that Varis would die in forty days, or October 8th, and he did die on
the date as given. EUGENE A. EVANS.

There remained an important question to determine : whether Mr.
Varis had known of the prophecy, making it possible that it had brought


about its own fulfilment. The following letter and statement give the
result of Dr. Suddick's inquiries on this point :

CUBA, Mo., December 2yd, 1890.

I received your recent letter several days ago, but thought it would perhaps
be more satisfactory to you and your Society for me to go and see Mrs. Varis,
widow of Mr. Chris. Varis, myself. So yesterday (Sunday) I boarded the noon
train, and on arriving found Mrs. Varis and her two daughters, young ladies,
very intelligent and clever people. On introducing the subject, just a shade of
vexation passed over Mrs. V.'s face, and she made haste to say, " We are not
Spiritualists, and knew nothing of the prophecy until we saw it in the Crawford
Mirror, at least two weeks after Mr. Varis' death. I was very much vexed, as
we believe nothing in such foolishness. . . ."

I explained that the parties who had signed their names to the paper had
not intended it to appear in the local press. Mrs. V. said she had felt very
badly about having her husband's name bandied about in that way in a news-
paper, but when Mr. Cottnam explained the matter, and Dr. Headlee said he
knew of the prophecy, and that the morning of the 8th of October had been
specified as the time in which he should die, a week or more before his death
occurred, she felt that there must be some truth in it, as she could not doubt
Dr. Headlee.

"Mrs. Varis, did your husband know anything about the prophecy before
his death ? "

" No, indeed," she said, " none of us knew anything about it until two weeks
after his death."

" Might not Dr. Headlee have said something to him about it during one of
his visits, without your knowing it ? "

" Oh dear no," she said, " I was always present at these visits, and know no
such talk occurred at any of them. No, I am positive Dr. Headlee never
mentioned it, and that Mr. V. never knew it."

I then wrote up the little memorandum enclosed, and she signed it, or rather
her daughter did, at her request, in my presence. . . .

I then went out and found Dr. Headlee, and he said in answer to my
questions :

" No, I know positively that Mr. V. knew nothing of the prophecy ; no one
in St. James knew anything of it but myself, and I did not want him to find it
out." S. T. SUDDICK.

To ALL WHOM IT MAY CONCERN : This is to certify that I am positive
that my husband knew nothing whatever of the prophecy of his death, made at
a spiritual circle held at the home of Dr. S. T. Suddick, in Cuba, Mo., on
August 29th last. We did not hear of it for about two weeks after his death.
We are not Spiritualists. [Signed] MRS. A. VARIS.

876 A. From Proceedings S.P.R., vol. vi. pp. 353-55.
In an article in Psychische Stiidien, March 1889 (p. 131), the editor
(Mr. Alexander Aksakoff), writes :

I am personally acquainted with the following case : My friend and fellow-
student at the Lyceum, Privy Councillor (Geheimrath) Baron Konstantin K.,
told me, twenty years ago, that at the time of the death of his uncle, Baron


Paul K., at Warschau, his will could not be found, though it was thoroughly
searched for ; and that it was discovered in a secret drawer (Fache), entirely
in consequence of a communication received by Prince Emile Wittgenstein,
in which the place was described.

In Psychische Studien for December 1889 (pp. 568-69), M. Aksakoff
gives further particulars as follows :

Since the previous notice of this case, I have made the acquaintance of Paul
von Korf, a son of Baron von Korf, who resides in the Port Strasse, St. Peters-
burg. He has given me the following account of the circumstances :

His father, General Paul von Korf, died at Warschau on April 7th, 1867.
It was known that he had made a will, but after his death it could not be found.
In the month of July 1867 his sister, the Baroness Charlotte von Wrangel, was
living with her sister-in-law, Madame D. von Obuchow, in the town of Plock
(pronounced Plozk), not far from Warschau. Her mother, the widow of
General von Korf, was travelling abroad ; and in her mother's absence she was
entrusted with the opening of her correspondence. Among the letters thus
received and opened was one from Prince Emile von Wittgenstein (also abroad)
addressed to the widow of General von Korf, in which he informed her that a
spiritualistic communication had been received by him in the name of her de-
ceased husband, indicating the place where his will would be found. The
Baroness von Wrangel, who knew how much trouble the absence of this will
had given to her elder brother [Baron Joseph Korf] who was engaged in the
administration of the property, and who was at that time in Warschau, went at
once, with her sister-in-law, to Warschau, to inform him of the important con-
tents of the letter of Prince von Wittgenstein. Her brother's first words were
that he had just found the will ; and when the letter of Prince von Wittgenstein
was read, it was apparent, to the astonishment of those present, that the place
indicated in the spiritualistic communication where the will would be found was
precisely that in which the Baron had at last found it.

Baron Paul von Korf promised me that he would look for this letter of Prince
von Wittgenstein's, which he had in his hand less than two years ago, when
arranging the family papers. But up to the present time he has not been able
again to find it. He fears it may have been unintentionally destroyed with
useless correspondence.

In a letter dated St. Petersburg, February 26th, 1890, M. Aksakoff adds
the following particulars, with two letters, of which translations are here
given :

I. Original letter from Baron Paul Korf (son of the Baron Korf whose will
is concerned) to M. Aksakoff, countersigned by Baron Paul's sister, Baroness
Charlotte Wrangel, and testifying to the exactness of the fact as stated in
Psychische Studien, 1888, p. 568.

PETERSBURG, January 2gfA, 1890.

SIR, I have read with great interest your communication, inserted in
Psychische Studien (p. 568), concerning the will of my late father. The facts
are there related with perfect accuracy. I am afraid that I burnt the letter of


Prince Emile Wittgenstein about a year ago, when I was arranging the papers
of my late father, which were at his country seat. Accept, &c.,


I add my signature to that of my brother, to confirm the contents of his

II. Copy of a letter from Prince Emile de Sayn-Wittgenstein, published in
the work, Souvenirs et Correspondence du Prince Emile de Sayn-Wittgenstein-
Berlebourg (Paris, 1889), vol. ii. p. 365.

WARSAW, July \-jth, 1867.

It seems an age, my dear parents, since I have had any news of you ; my
mother's last letter was dated June 5th. I have occupied myself much with
Spiritualism of late, and my mediumistic faculties have developed themselves
in an astonishing way. I write often with great facility in various kinds of
writing ; I have had direct communications from the spirit which haunts Berle-
bourg, a woman of our family who killed herself 102 years ago. I have, more-
over, obtained a very singular result. One of my friends, Lieut.-General Baron
de Korf, deceased some months since, manifested himself to me (without my
having thought of him the least in the world), to enjoin upon me to indicate to
his family the place where his will had been maliciously hidden ; that is to say,
in a chest of drawers in the house where he died. I did not know that the
family were looking for this will, and had not found it. Well, they found it in
the very place which the spirit had indicated to me. It is a document of great
importance for the management of his property, and for the settlement of ques-
tions which will arise when his children attain their majority. Here are facts
which can stand criticism. EMILE WITTGENSTEIN.

III. Prince Emile Wittgenstein died in 1878, at Tegernsee, in Bavaria.

IV. As to the date of the letter of Prince Sayn-Wittgenstein to the widow
of Baron Korf. Here is what I have been able to learn in a last interview with
his son, Baron Paul Korf. The marriage of his daughter, Baroness Charlotte
Korf, with Baron Wrangel took place at Warsaw, June I7th, 1867. A week

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