This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1905. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER X PROPHETIC AND TELEPATHIC SCRYING Catherine de Medici--Due d'Orleans--Mrs B.'s mother's mayde--Thief-catching in Egypt In the historical and ethnographical chapters we have seen more than one hint of the reasons which made the crystal and similar visions so popular-- / their telepathic, or alleged telepathic, character. Savage scryer and civilised crystal gazer both allege that by the use of the crystal they are enabled to discover events which are happening at a distance, and some even claim that their visions give them the means of foretelling the future. In the volume on thought transference we have seen what minute precautions are necessary in order to make the experiments evidentially valuable. In the nature of things, the spontaneous thought transference, which is, as a rule, all that seems to be attained by crystal gazing, is less susceptible of rigid control, for the simple reason that the scryer is seldom able to see the person for whom he or she is looking, and that even where this does not hold good, and the person asked for appears in the crystal, steps have but seldom been taken, in PROPHETIC SCRYING 123 the cases actually recorded, to get from the subject of the vision a contemporaneous account of his or her proceedings. It is true that there is, as a rule, but little reason to distrust the post facto statements of the unconscious parties to the experiments, if in asking for details corroborative of the vision the inquirer is (as he should be) extremely careful not to suggest the answer for which he is looking, if, perchance, he regards the scry as prima facie telepathic. But, when all is said and done, the evidence is necessarily of a more rough and ready character than that for experimental thought transference, and is, further,...
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