an apparitional experience was caused by telephonic communication from the deceased person, supplemented by mental construction of the percipient himself; but Myersobserved that the deceased person was present at the spot and caused certain peculiar effects when produced the apparitional experience in the recipients whose sensitivity of mind contributed to his vision of the apparition. A little later, Gurney himself reportedtwo cases in which the recipient saw the apparition with beard growth subsequent to hislast seeing the person alive, which the percipient did not know (See proceedings of SPR 1888-89 P. 412-415); and those cases negated mental construction by the percipient.The proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research (Vol. 36 (1927) p. 517-524 showthat, on November 16, 1905, James L. Chaffin, a farmer in North Carolina, executed awill, duly attested, devising all his properties to his third son, and thereafter, on January16, 1919, he wrote a new will, wholly in his own handwriting, devising his propertiesequally to his four sons. According to the law of North Carolina a will writtenthroughout by the testator's own hand would be valid, even if unattested. Nobody,other than the testator, knew the existence of the second will. On September 7, 1921,the testator died in an accident, and on September 24, 1921, the third son obtained probate of the first will, uncontested by anybody. About four years later, in June 1925,the testator's second son began to see dreams of his father by his bedside, and in adream by the end of that month
he clearly heard the apparition telling him how tofind the second will.
Following that information he discovered the second will.The Superior Court probated it in super session of the first will.
In this case
thecommunication of the apparition in dream could not be a mental construction of the percipient.
It showed clearly the continuance of the Soul of a deceased person.
'Deathbed visions' by Sir William Barrett, who was a physics professor in the RoyalCollege of Science at Dublin, is also noteworthy. The opening case in that book detailsthe circumstances that led the scientist to launch an investigation on deathbed visions.On 12
January 1924, Sir Barrett's wife, who was an obstetrical surgeon, was attendinga woman who was dying after a child birth. Suddenly the woman brightened up, andasked the surgeon whether she was not seeing the woman's (late) father near her. Thesurgeon could not see him. Then the woman became puzzled to see her sister also withher father. In fact, the sister had died three weeks ago, but the woman was keptuninformed because of her precarious health. Soon after the above visions, the womandied. Lady Barrett rushed home, very excited, to discuss the reality of those visions,with her husband. Sir Barrett was so impressed with the woman's vision of he sister'sapparition that he undertook a systematic investigation of deathbed visions of apparitions. He found that
many dying persons see apparitions of deceased relatives
to welcome them to their after life.Thus, investigations on appearances of apparitions have shown them to be nothallucinations, but real phenomena. They show not only existence of Souls, but alsotheir continuance after death of the body.1n 1885 the American Society for Psychical Research (ASPR) was formed in NewYork, and thereafter similar organizations arose in different cities – all for scientificresearches on survival of Soul after bodily death.By 1960, in America, sizable endowments began to come forth for researches on thesurvival of Soul, which indicated public enthusiasm in the matter. Many skilled3