This book is a faithful record, so far as I can make it, of the mostmarvellous phenomena which have come under my observation during thelast sixteen or seventeen years. I have used my notes (made immediatelyafter the sittings) and also my reports to the American PsychicalSociety (of which I was at one time a director) as the basis of mystory. For literary purposes I have substituted fictitious names forreal names, and imaginary characters for the actual individualsconcerned; but I have not allowed these necessary expedients tointerfere with the precise truth of the account.For example, _Miller_, an imaginary chemist, has been put in the placeof a scientist much older than thirty-five, in whose library theinexplicable "third sitting" took place. _Fowler_, also, is not intendedto depict an individual. The man in whose shoes he stands is one of themost widely read and deeply experienced spiritists I have ever known,and I have sincerely tried to present through _Fowler_ the argumentwhich his prototype might have used. _Mrs. Quigg_, _Miss Brush_,_Howard_, the _Camerons_, and most of the others, are purely imaginary.The places in which the sittings took place are not indicated, for thereason that I do not wish to involve any unwilling witnesses.In the case of the psychics, they are, of course, delineated exactly asthey appeared to me, although I have concealed their real names andplaces of residence. _Mrs. Smiley_, whose admirable patience underinvestigation makes her an almost ideal subject, is the chief figureamong my "mediums," and I have tried to give her attitude toward us andtoward her faith as she expressed it in our sittings, although theconversation is necessarily a mixture of imagination and memory. _Mrs.Hartley_ is a very real and vigorous character--a professional psychic,it is true, but a woman of intelligence and power. Those in private lifeI have guarded with scrupulous care, and I am sure that none of them,either private or professional, will feel that I have wilfullymisrepresented what took place. My aim throughout has been to dealdirectly and simply with the facts involved.I have not attempted to be profound or mystical or even scientific, butI have tried to present clearly, simply, and as nearly without bias aspossible, an account of what I have seen and heard. The weight ofevidence seems, at the moment, to be on the side of the biologists; butI am willing to reopen the case at any time, although I am, above all,a man of the open air, of the plains and the mountains, and do notintend to identify myself with any branch of metapsychical research. Itis probable, therefore, that this is my one and final contribution tothe study of _the shadow world_.HAMLIN GARLAND.CHICAGO, _July, 1908_.THE SHADOW WORLDIA hush fell over the dinner-table, and every ear was open and inclinedas Cameron, the host, continued: "No, I wouldn't say that. There aresome things that are pretty well established--telepathy, for instance."