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house, let us go and see it: no; there are 1 ing with her when the fatal moment (untwo large houses—one white, the other red' known to her) approached. Then she rose, Upon this Mr. Williamson proposed that and making an excuse, left the room, folshe should go into one of the two houses | lowed by her husband; when, on opening a and look about; she quickly recognized my door, a great gray rat rushed out, and she servant, went mentally into my room, and sank down in a fit of terror, and the predescribed a particular or two which were dicted illness ensued. In this case the preby no means likely to be guessed by her. vision plainly extended to an extraneous and When Mr. Williamson subsequently came accidental circumstance, which no calculation to visit me at Weilbach, he was forcibly or intuition of her natural bodily changes struck with the appearance of the two could have led her to. 3. But there are inhouses, which tallied with the account given stances which reach yet further. Dr. Foissac beforehand by the mental traveller. I have mentions the case of a Mademoiselle Cæline, not the smallest doubt she mentally realized who, when entranced, predicted that she my new abode. Then how did she do all would be poisoned on a certain evening, at this ? .... I cannot help inclining to the a given hour. What would be the vehicle belief, that in the ordinary perception of a of the poison she could not foresee, either at place or person, the mind acts exoneurally, the time when she first uttered the predic[beyond the body ;] that in visiting new tion, or on an occasion or two afterwards, places the mind establishes a direct relation when, being again entranced, she recurred with the scenes or persons. Then, in the to the subject. However, shortly before the simplest case of mental visiting, where the day she was to be poisoned, being quesscene to be visited is familiar to the inter- tioned in trance as to the possibility of rogator, I presume that the clairvoyante's averting her fate, she said, “ Throw me into mind, being in communion with his, realizes the sleep a little before the time I have scenes which his has previously exoneurally named, and then ask me whether I can disrealized. Arriving thus at the scene itself, cern where the danger lies.” This was done, the clairvoyante observes for herself, and and Mademoiselle Cæline at once said that sees what may be new in it and unknown to the poison was in a glass at her bedside : her fellow-traveller : and in the same way they had substituted for quinine an excesmay pursue (as in the mental visit made to sive dose of morphine. myself at Weilbach) suggested features of “Thus,” says Dr. Mayo, “there is a true the locality, and be thus helped to beat series of consequences to be deduced from about in space for new objects, and at whatever partial premises the clairvoyante length to recognize among them, and men. may happen to be acquainted with. When tally identify persons with whom she has | she has more data, she makes a wider calalready arrived at a mental mesmeric re- culation, again certain so far as it goes; but lation."
other premises influencing the ultimate result Still more astonishing is the faculty of may still have escaped her. So the utmost prevision manifested in the higher degrees | reach of genuine trance-prevision is but the of mesmeric trance. Cases of this kind are announcement of a probability which unforereferrible to three different heads :-1. The seen events may counteract.” case of Cazot, (mentioned by Dr. Foissac,) Such, in brief, are the mesmeric faculties, who had predicted, as usual, when his next and the modes in which they manifest themepileptic fit would occur, but ere the time selves. Wonderful they certainly are ; but, came round, was thrown from his horse, and unlike the more recoudite facts of science, killed, proves that the clairvoyant can fore- which yet readily obtain credence-unlike see what his living economy will be, other the velocity of light or the vibrations of the things continuing the same. 2. Dr. Teste air—the verification of animal magnetism is gives the case of a lady, his patient, who, within the power of all. It is the apparent when entranced, foretold the day and hour impossibility of the thing that hinders belief when an accident, the nature of which she in it: people think it so opposed to the could not foresee, was to befall her, and from whole course of nature, that they will not it a long series of illness was to take its rise. waste time in examining the matter. Let Dr. Teste and the lady's husband were stay. ( us see if we cannot remove this impression -if we cannot find in nature herself some- | my attention from a sight which appalls me. thing analogous to the mesmeric powers. I see my inside, and the strange forms of We trust in a few sentences to do this, and the organs, surrounded with a network of more than this—to show that nature often light. My countenance must express what develops in the human being powers not. I feel astonishment and fear. A physician only analogous, but identical, and even ex. who should have my complaint for a quarter ceeding in some respects any yet observed in of an hour would think himself fortunate, the mesmeric stages. The annals of natural as nature would reveal all her secrets to trance, of somnambulism, and catalepsy, him.” “Do you see your heart ?” asked Dr. furnish proofs redundant. Our only difficulty Petetin. “ Yes, there it is: it beats at twice is what to select.
-the two sides in agreement; when the Take the following :-M. Petetin attended upper part contracts, the lower part swells, a young married lady in a sort of fit. She and immediately afterwards contracts; the lay seemingly unconscious, and her arms, blood rushes out all luminous, and issues by when raised, remained in the air. Being two great vessels which are but a little put to bed, she commenced singing ; but apart.” pinching her skin, and shouting in her ear, But to proceed. One morning (still farther all failed to arouse her attention. Then it on in her case) the fit came on, according to happened that the doctor's foot slipped while custom, at eight o'clock. Petetin arrived arranging her ; and as he recovered himself, later than usual. He announced himself by half leaning over her, he said, “ How pro- speaking to the fingers of the patient, (by voking we can't make her leave off ainging !" which also he was now heard.) “You are “Ah, doctor!" she cried, “ don't be angry:1 a very lazy person this morning, doctor," won't sing any more ;" and she siopped. said she. “It is true, madam ; but if you But shortly she began again : and in vain | knew the reason, you would not reproach did the doctor implore her, by the loudest | me.” “Ah !" said she; “I perceive: you entreaties addressed to the ear, to keep her have had a headache for the last four hours: promise, and desist. At last it occurred to it will not leave you till six in the evening. him to place himself in the same position as You are right to take nothing: no human when she heard him before ; and raising the means can prevent it running its course.” bedclothes, he bent his head towards her “ Can you tell me on which side is the pain ?" stomach, and said in a loud voice, “Do you, said Petetin. “On the right side: it occupies then, mean to sing for ever ?” “Oh, what the temple, the eye, the teeth: I warn you pain you have given me !" she exclaimed: that it will invade the left eye, and that you " I implore you speak lower ;" at the same will suffer considerably between three and time she passed her hand over the pit of four o'clock: at six you will be free from her stomach. “In what way, then, do you pain.” The prediction came out literally hear ?" asked Dr. Petetin. “Like any one true. “If you wish me to believe you, you else," was the answer. “But I am speaking must tell me what I hold in my hand.” “I to your stomach !” “Is it possible ?" she see through your hand an antique medal.” said. He then tried again whether she could Dr. Petetin inquired at what hour her own hear with her ears, speaking even through fit would terminate. “At eleven.” “ And a tube, to aggravate the sound: she heard the evening accession, when will it come nothing. On his asking her, at the pit of on?” “At seven o'clock.” “In that case it her stomach, if she had not heard him, will be later than usual.” “ Yes: the periods “ No," said she; “I am indeed unfortunate." of its recurrence are going to change to so Here is transposed sensation.
and so.” During this conversation the paA few days after the scene just described, tient's countenance expressed annoyance, the lady had another attack of catalepsy, She then said to M. Petetin—" My uncle during which she still heard with her sto- has just entered; he is conversing with my mach, and also saw with it, even through an husband behind the screen ; his visit will intervening opaque body. Meanwhile her fatigue me; beg him to go away." The countenance expressed astonishment, and uncle, on leaving, took with him, by misDr. Petetin inquired the cause. “I am take, her husband's cloak, which she persinging, doctor,” she answered, “ to divert ceived, and sent her sister-in-law to reclaim
it. Here, indubitably, is clairvoyance and and well blinded besides, holding the knuckprevision.
les of one hand before her as a seeing Experiments were subsequently tried by lantern." M. Petetin upon eight different patients, all of another patient Dr. Prost remarks :of whom exhibited the same phenomenon of “Her intellectual faculties acquired a great the transference of the faculties to the pit activity, and the richness of her fancy made of the stomach, (epigastrium,) and to the ex- itself remarked in the picturesque images tremities of the fingers and toes; with the which she threw into her descriptions." As addition of a prodigious development of the she was telling her friends of an approachintellectual powers, and a presentiment or ing attack of catalepsy, suddenly she exforesight of their future diseased symptoms. claimed—“I no longer see or hear things in The following experiments show that taste, the same manner; every thing is transparent as well as sight and hearing, is sometimes around me, and my observation extends to transferred to the epigastrium. M. Petetin incalculable distances." She designated withsecretly placed pieces of cake, biscuit, tarts, out an error, the people who were on the &c., upon the stomach of one of these pa public promenade, whether near the house, tients, which was immediately followed by or still a quarter of an hour's walk distant. the taste of the particular article in the She read the thoughts of every one who mouth. When the substance was enveloped came near her; she marked those who were in silk stuff, no sensation was felt by the pa- false and vicious, (a faculty which is often tient; but the taste was inmediately per- remarkably exhibited by dying persons ;) and ceived on removing the covering. An egg repelled the approach of stupid people, who was covered over with varnish, and the pa bored her with their questions, and aggravatient felt no taste until the varnish was re- ted her malady. (Persons much questioned inoved. M. Petetin, we may remark, was when in trance, either natural or mesmeric, by no means an advocate of the Mesmerian generally complain of severe headache when system; of which, indeed, at the time he awakening out of it.) published his reports on these cases, he does | We commend these cases of natural trance not appear to have had the slightest experi- to general attention. They are selected and mental knowledge.
| abridged from the works of Mayo and The late Mr. Bulteel witnessed the follow. Colquhoun—the latter of which gentlemen ing phenomena in the case of a female in was the first to draw the public attention natural trance :- After a remark made to of this country to the claims of animal magput her off her guard, a line of a folded note netism, in his erudite work, “ Isis Revelata." was pressed against the back of her neck : These cases, we think, sufficiently prove that she read it. She used also to tell that per- there is nothing supernatural or impossible sons, whom she knew, were coming to the in the pretensions of animal magnetism; on house, while they were yet at some distance; the contrary, that the mesmeric state is and when persons were in the room with nothing else than natural trance artificially her playing chess, behind her, if they made produced. A comparison of the cases quointentionally false moves, she would ask ted will in fact show, that in “self-intuition" them what they could possibly do that for the natural trance equals the mesmeric,
A case treated by Dr. Despine at Aix-les- while in “ transposed sensation" it surpasses Bains. This was an epileptic patient, who it. In“ prevision” they are nearly on a par: had all sorts of fits and day-somnambulism, especially if we add in favor of the former during which she was not incapacitated for (as we now do) the well-authenticated prewaiting at table, though her eyes were shut. diction of the sudden death of the late king of She likewise saw alternately with her fin. | Wirtemberg, four years before it happened, gers, the palm of her hand, and her elbow, by one somnambulist, and six months preand would write with precision with her vious to it by another; the latter naming right hand, superintending the process with the very day (28th October, 1816) on which her left elbow. “These details,” adds Dr. he was struck by the fatal apoplexy. Lest Mayo, “are peculiarly gratifying to myself; our evidence in favor of natural “clairvoyfor in the little I have seen, I yet have seen ance and mental travelling" should be a patient walk about with her eyes shut, thought inferior to that of the mesmeric
trance, we shall close our case with one more that, at the very moment, she saw his son at instance, which we hope will be found de- the hospital with his chin wrapt in white cisive. The strange communion of the spir-| linen, and that, in the state in which sbe its at such a distance, and previously unac- then was, it was quite impossible she could quainted, cannot fail to arrest the reader's be deceived. Soon afterwards there came notice,
a note from Count Th— ; which, after Mademoiselle W- , a natural clairvoy some expressions of politeness and condoante, whose case is minutely detailed by lence, announced that a second list of the Dr. Klein, her physician, being on a visit at wounded had arrived, containing the name the house of M. St. — , was asked by that of his son, who had been struck by a musgentleman to turn her clairvoyant powers ket-ball on the chin, and was under medical towards his son, then serving with the treatment in the hospital, &c. French army in Russia. From that mo. These facts are related in the third volment Mademoiselle W- directed her ume of the “Bibliothèque du Magnetisme thoughts towards the young officer, and in Animal,” and “the veracity of the persons all her paroxysms, although she had never upon whose authority it is given," says Mr. seen him, she described him exactly as if sbe Colquhoun, “ lies under no suspicion.” had him before her eyes. She frequently asked his sister if she did not see him in a corner of the room; and one day, upon re. ceiving a negative answer, she said, “ Well
From "The Literary Gazette." then, ask him any questions you please, and
A TRIP TO MEXICO; I shall return his answers." The sister then asked all sorts of questions relative to family | OR, RECOLLECTIONS OF A TEN-MONTHS' RAMBLE
IN 1849-50. BY A BARRISTER. matters, which were quite unknown to the somnambulist, who answered them all in a Tuis is a pleasant readable book, telling manner so precise and accurate, that the in- in unaffected style how a gentleman went to terrogator afterwards declared that she felt Mexico, what he saw there, and how he came herself seized with a cold perspiration, and back. There is nothing new in it, nor is it was several times on the point of fainting enlivened by adventure : the traveller met with fright, during what she called the Dia- with no bair-breadth escapes, and seems to logue of the Spirits. On another occasion have made himself tolerably comfortable the somnambulist declared to the father that throughout his journey ; antiquities, history, she saw his son at the hospital, with a piece and natural history are alike neglected—the of white linen wrapt round his chin—that more's the pity-yet the narrative will be he was wounded in the face that he was read with interest, and may wile away not unable to eat, but that he was in no danger. unprofitably an idle hour or two. We are Some days later she said that he was now told in it how ordinary people like ourselves able to eat, and that he was much better. move about and spend their time in Mexico ; Some weeks afterwards a courier arrived and every body likes to know the ways of his from the army. M. St. — immediately neighbor, even though on the other side of went to Count Th— to inquire what news the Atlantic. he had received; and the latter set his mind The “ Barrister” takes to ship at Southampcompletely 'at rest, by informing him that ton, in a West India mail-packet, and crosses his son's name was not in the list of the the Atlantic with scarcely an alarm or even wounded. Transported with joy, he re- a discomfort, saving an occasional ill-cooked turned home, and said to Mademoiselle dinner. He lands at Vera Cruz; meets W- , who was at that time in her som with kindness and hospitality everywhere ; nambulic sleep, that for once she had not looks about him for three weeks in the fadivined correctly, and that, fortunately formous city of Mexico; visits mines and fachis son and himself, she had been completely tories and fairs; spends six months happily deceived. At these words the young lady among friends in the little town of Tepic ; felt. much offended; and in an angry and amuses himself by shooting wild ducks and energetic tone assured him that she was wondering at armadilloes and iguanas; sails quite certain of the truth of her statement in an American steamer, among a crowd of Yankee Generals and Colonels, in red worst- 1 pected, a fatal one to the plant, but before ed shirts, and trowsers tucked inside their it dies it always throws out shoots which boots, to Panama ; crosses the Isthmus and keep up the stock. The fermentation is usu
ally conducted in skins, and as soon as this finds his way back in the same snug buti;
• snug but is over the Pulque is fit for drinking. To slow West Indian packet in which he start- strangers both the taste and smell are hored.
rible, something of the style of rotten eggs; In Mexico he passed through the country but one soon gets accustomed to the flavor, where pulque is made, tipple for which a
The fresh sap, or aguamiel, is often drunk taste must be acquired, though the Mexicans
unprepared, but it is too humble a tipple to
be generally patronized. might retort the same remark were brown
| “These aloes are often of immense size. stout submitted to their judgment. We know The common leaves are eight or ten feet in some foreigners in Britain, however, who, length, more than a foot in width, and thick were their expulsion proposed, might peti
in proportion. The stem often shoots up to tion the House of Commons on account of
twenty or thirty feet or more, and is as thick
as a man's body.” their love of Barclay's Entire, after the example set by the old Spaniards in Mexico :
What would our dandy coachmen and “ We passed through the centre of a dis
footmen of London say to the aspect of trict in which the Maguey, or large Ameri- | their representatives in “the drive" of can Aloe, is extensively cultivated for the Mexico manufacture of Pulque. Pulque is the
“ The chief delights and amusements of common drink of all Mexicans, and answers
the Mexicans of the upper class are the to our beer, though more intoxicating. All
theatre and the Paseo or carriage promenwho once get accustomed to the smell and
ade. The latter is thronged every day, betaste, like it much, and it is even said to be
tween five and six, with carriages and riders ; come necessary to people, after they have
the carriages, many of them, very good, and used it for many years. When the Repub.
well-appointed, but drawn mostly by mules, lic was first established, many old Spaniards
and, except on Sundays and feast-days, ren. threatened with expulsion, petitioned the
dered ridiculous by the blackguard aspect of National Assembly to allow them to remain
the servants. I have actually seen a handin Mexico, the groundwork of the petition being that they had been so long accustomed
some carriage, containing elegantly-dressed
ladies, with a dirty rascal behind wearing a to drink Pulque, (not procurable in Spain,)
jacket, and with trowsers embellished by a that their lives would be endangered if they left it off. The manner of making this
vast aperture in the most conspicuous part
of them. On the days I have mentioned, drink is as follows: When the aloe is just
however, all the servants come out in livery; on the point of throwing up its huge stem
but from not knowing how to put it on or from its coronet of leaves, deep amidst which
keep it clean, their appearance is not greatly its broad basis had been for some time form
improved. The Paseo might, with a little ing, the farmer or gardener scoops out the
| care, be made a pleasant place enough ; but whole pith, leaving the outer rind, and thus
to reach it, one has to pass some horridlymaking, inside the circle of leaves, a bowl.
odoriferous refuse heaps; and the drive it. like cavity, about two feet deep and eighteen
self is either drowned in mud or ankle-deep inches wide, according to the size of the
in dust. The watering part is done by con. plant. This cavity is soon filled with the
victs, whom I have seen chained together by sap which should have gone to nourish the
the half-dozen, sluicing the road with water stalk, and as it flows, is removed several
from buckets, as if it were the deck of a times daily for some months, or as long as the tap yields.
ship." A portion of this juice (called honey-water, aguamiel) is set apart Should any of our readers feel inclined to to ferment and act as a sort of leaven or pursue the route of our traveller, the followyeast for the rest. This is called Madre-Pul- ing account of the inns he encountered may que, the Mother of Pulque, and when com
be serviceable, and induce preparation bepletely prepared, (which it is in about a fortnight,) a small portion of it is added to the
foreband : skins or tubs containing the fresh aguamiel, “In travelling, as I was now doing, it is and sets it fermenting in a day or so. A necessary to carry every thing with you that large plant is said to yield from ten to you may be likely to want. I did not know fifteen pints daily, and this for months. this when I left Guadalaxara, and fancied Others vary the process by putting a small that by bringing my bed I had done all that quantity of mescal into the cavity in the was necessary. I found out, however, that plant to mix with the sap as it flows in; and knives, forks, washhand-basins, &c., were this seems to answer very well. This pro- luxuries unknown on the road, and I was at cess of milking the Aloe is, as might be ex- first put to some straits for want of such ar