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The Shadow World - Hamlin Garland

The Shadow World - Hamlin Garland

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The Project Gutenberg eBook, The Shadow World, by Hamlin GarlandThis eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and withalmost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away orre-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License includedwith this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.orgTitle: The Shadow WorldAuthor: Hamlin GarlandRelease Date: September 13, 2007 [eBook #22593]Language: EnglishCharacter set encoding: ISO-8859-1***START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE SHADOW WORLD***E-text prepared by Bethanne M. Simms, Martin Pettit, and the ProjectGutenberg Online Distributed Proofreading Team (http://www.pgdp.net)THE SHADOW WORLDbyHAMLIN GARLANDAuthor of"The Captain of the Gray-Horse Troop""Money Magic" etc.New York and LondonHarper & Brothers PublishersMCMVIIICopyright, 1908, by Hamlin Garland.Copyright, 1908, by the Ridgway Company.All rights reserved.Published September, 1908.FOREWORD
 
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."
 
"I don't believe even in telepathy," asserted Mrs. Quigg, a verypositive journalist who sat at his right. "I think even _that_ is merecoincidence."Several voices rose in a chorus of protest. "Oh no! Telepathy is real.Why, I've had experiences--""There you go!" replied Mrs. Quigg, still in the heat of her opposition."You will all tell the same story. Your friend was dying in Bombay orVienna, and his spirit appeared to you, _à la Journal of PsychicResearch_, with a message, at the exact hour, computing difference intime (which no one ever does), and so on. I know that kind of thing--butthat isn't telepathy.""What is telepathy, then?" asked little Miss Brush, who paintsminiatures."I can't describe a thing that doesn't exist," replied Mrs. Quigg. "Theword means feeling at a distance, does it not, professor?"Harris, a teacher of English, who seldom took a serious view ofanything, answered, "I should call it a long-distance touch.""Do you believe in hypnotism, Dr. Miller?" asked Miss Brush, quietlyaddressing her neighbor, a young scientist whose specialty waschemistry."No," replied he; "I don't believe in a single one of these supernaturalforces.""You mean you don't believe in anything you have not seen yourself,"said I.To this Miller slowly replied: "I believe in Vienna, which I have neverseen, but I don't believe in a Vienna doctor who claims to be able tohypnotize a man so that he can smile while his leg is being taken off.""Oh, that's a fact," stated Brierly, the portrait-painter; "that happensevery day in our hospitals here in New York City.""Have you ever seen it done?" asked Miller, bristling with opposition."No.""Well," asserted Miller, "I wouldn't believe it even if I saw theoperation performed.""You don't believe in any mystery unless it is familiar," said I,warming to the contest."I certainly do not believe in these childish mysteries," respondedMiller, "and it is strange to me that men like Sir Oliver Lodge and SirWilliam Crookes should believe in slate-writing and levitation and allthe rest of that hocus-pocus.""Nevertheless, hypnotism is a fact," insisted Brierly. "You must havesome faith in the big books on the subject filled with proof. Think ofthe tests--""I don't call it a test to stick pins into a person's tongue," said Mrs.Quigg. "We newspaper people all know that there are in the hypnoticbusiness what they call 'horses'--that is to say, wretched men and boys,women sometimes, who have trained themselves so that they can hold hot

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