WITH SOME ACCOUNT OF THE PHYSICAL
AND PSYCHICAL PHENOMENA.
WHICH HAVE OCCURRED IN
THEIR PRESENCE, IN AMERICA
T[homas]. L[ow]. NICHOLS, M.D.
AUTHOR, OF 'FORTY YEARS OF AMERICAN
[Davenport, Ira Erastus, 1839-1911]
[Davenport, William Henry
The Motive and Method of this Book—The Possible and the Actual—Facts and
BIRTH AND PARENTAGE.
Born where, when, and of whom—Family
Characteristics—Monitions and Prevision—Childhood—Startling
THE BEGINNING OF THE MANIFESTATIONS.
The Rochester Knockings—First Seance
of the Davenport Family — Great Excitement — The Pistol-flash and
Spectre—Sharpshooting in the Dark—Floating in the Air—Analogies and
Excitement and Persecution—Dance of
Breakfast Dishes— A gigantic Apparition—An invisible Scribe—An
astonished Furniture Dealer—A Self-writing Pencil.
ORGANISATION OF REGULAR
An Apology or Explanation—Marvellous
Manifestations— Tests applied—Boys floating in the Air—A striking
Test—March of the Family Crockery—Upheld by a Spectre—A Balancing
Feat—'George Brown'—A Murdered
Man's Story—A Boy carried off by a Ghost
'WE FLY BY NIGHT.'
Hands and Voices—Advent of 'John
King'—Required to leave Buffalo—Refusal and the Consequences—A
mysterious Night Trip of sixty Miles—Manifestations in Mayville—Another
Ghost and Murder
TESTS AT BUFFALO.
Keeping to the Facts—S. B. Brittain's
Experience—Visit of Rev. B.
F. Barrett—Statement of Stephen Albro and Mrs.
Taylor—Most surprising Wonders
DAVENPORT ON THEIR TRAVELS.
Beginning of the Binding Tests— Judge
Paine's ingenious Experiments—Thread and Sealing Wax—Sewed up in
Sacks—Invincible Incredulity—Tobacco Test at
Cleveland—Betting and Sailors' Tests at
Toledo—A German Philosopher at Ann Arbor—Tarred Rope and Waxed Ends at
Rochester—A Series of Trials
'Old Harvard'— Scientific
Incredulity—A University Commission—The Fox Girls—The Brothers examined—
Plenty of Rope—Prof. Pierce in the Cabinet— Phosphorus—What came of it
Lola Montes—A Row in a Garret—A Storm
of Feathers — A Scene at
Portland—A Mad-house Teat—Boxed up at Bangor—A Discomfited
Darling—Seeing is not always Believing
WONDERS IN MAINE.
A Riot and a Fight—'Capt. Henry
Morgan the Buccaneer' —Mr. Rand's Story—The Escritoire unlocked—Mrs.
A Bravo in the Cabinet—Jugglers and
Conjurors— Domestic Manifestations—The necessary Conditions— Tables set
by Invisibles—They eat Food like Mortals— Remarkable Testimony
IMPRISONMENT IN OSWEGO.
Mr. Rand and his Testimonies—Strong
rests at Oswego Prosecution and Imprisonment—An astonished Jailer — The
Prison Door unlocked without visible Hands Declaration and Affidavit
MISSISSIPPI AND BACK TO THE ATLANTIC.
Fastening a Committee—Sewed in
Sacks—Social Science Congress in Michigan—Beating the Telegraph at
Chicago—Bombardment of Fort Sumter—Dark
Lanthorns in the Dark Circle—A Fight
with a Spectre—A Confederate
discovered—Washington—Baltimore— Riots and Prosecutions
AT THE NEW
YORK COOPER INSTITUTE.
Immense Audiences—Report of the 'New York Herald' Report of 'The World'—Another Scene from the 'Herald' —A
Sporting Circle—Mayor and Aldermen—A Seance in
Brooklyn—Testimony of Mr. Tice
VISIT TO ENGLAND.
Character of the English—Past and
Present Beliefs—The Mission of the Brothers Davenport—Their
Confederates— The first Seance in London—The Press in a Difficulty, and
how they got out of it —Report of the 'Morning Post'—'The Times'—'The
Private Seances—Report of 'Master of
Arts' in 'Daily Telegraph'—'The Morning Star'—A London Minister —
'Morning Post'—Tests that ought to be satisfactory
Nobility, Savans, and Men of
Letters—Second Seance at Mr. Boucicault's—An admirable
Description—Needless disclaimers—The true philosophical Method
AUDI ALTERAM PARTEM.
The Press in opposition—Ugly Trash
for Bedlam—Common Conjuring—Fantastic Tricks and Farthing Candles
Miserable Trifling—Grotesquely absurd and stupidly meaningless—Reverend
Dobbs—Tedious, dull and vulgar—The Secret not worth knowing—Human Nature
and an awful Warning
What I think of the Brothers Davenport, and what I saw at a
Seance at the Hanover-square Rooms
'THE MAGICIANS DID
SO WITH THEIR ENCHANTMENTS.'
The 'Professors' Excited—Duty to Expose
Imposture Professor Anderson — Mr. Tolmaque — Challenges quibbled out
of—The Magicians resort to Tricks—Rope tying in demand—A Ten Years'
Contest—Testimony of an Amateur
THE TESTIMONY OF MR.
Six Months with the Brothers Davenport—Seance
in a Railway Tunnel—Convincing Manifestations—Personal
MORE FACTS AND
Mr. Coleman's Statement—He talks with
'John King,' and sees Divers Marvels—Astounding Phenomena—Mr. Howitt's
Testimony Facts and Tests — Genius and Science nonplussed
WHO AND WHY.
By whom are the Manifestations
produced, and for what purpose—Examination of Evidence—Conclusion