WRITING WITHIN ST SLATES SECURELY
ANDREWS, 66 Spring Street,
Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S.A., a valued correspondent of my own,
testifies to obtaining writing under conditions, if possible, even
more stringent. She obtained a message in answer to one written by herself
inside a slate, which she had tightly screwed together.
During my stay of over two months in
the house with Dr. Slade last summer, I took a folding-slate into my
bed-room, and with it a screw and a screw-driver—having previously had
screw-holes made in both frames. On one of the inner sides of this
double slate I wrote a few lines, addressed to a friend in spirit-life,
after which I placed a fragment of pencil within, and fastened the two
leaves securely together.
In this condition I took it down
stairs, and placed it on the top of the table at which the medium was
seated. Almost immediately we heard the scratching sound made by the
pencil in writing; and after the seance was over, on opening the slate
(which I did not do in the presence of the medium, but after returning
to my room, where I had left the screwdriver), I found a reply to what
I had written, signed with the Christian name of the spirit whom I had
addressed-whether written by this spirit or not I cannot say, and any
opinion I might form on that point would be worthless except to myself.
What I know is, that some power caused writing to be done on the inner side
of a folding-slate, which did not leave my possession, and which remained
firmly screwed together till I unfastened it.
Nor is this experiment unique. The
same result is recorded as having been obtained by the presence of one
William Petty, of Newcastle-onTyne. Mr. John Mould, of 12 St. Thomas's
Crescent, Newcastle, of the
firm of J. Mould & Co., corn-factors, thus writes under date December
I have been holding sittings with
William Petty in my own
house for slate-writing,
on a folding-slate, tightly
screwed together, and I
have had several most successful seances, but the most conclusive
obtained was on Wednesday night, when I put a sheet of my own note-paper
between the slates, screwed
them together, and, after
sitting ten minutes, I unscrewed the slate and found a side face drawn
on the paper, with a message written below. This experiment was repeated
with improved results in the
caligraphy of the spirit, who also signed his name.
The sitting was conducted in the
usual gaslight of our house. The medium never touched the paper, and
had nothing whatever to do with the experiment beyond holding the slate
under the table with one hand, while the other rested on the table. The
only sitters present were my wife and son and daughter.
The experiment, it will be noticed,
was twice repeated, and on the second time with better success than on
the first. The same words were written on each occasion. The paper was
initialled and dated, and the slates were so tightly screwed together
that the point of a knife could not be inserted between them. The Psychic was in his normal state throughout
the experiment, and no
muscular movements of any kind were noticeable, as he held the slate.
Mr. Mould informs me, in answer to a letter of inquiry, that he "had
subsequent experiments with the same Psychic, and obtained similar
results, with the additional
Slates Screwed Together.
test of having the screw which locked
the slates covered with gummed
paper, affixed to the frame of the slate by a seal…. The lad came alone to
my house: he never touched the paper, nor even handled the slates until
they were securely fastened." During every experiment there was "a full
glare of light streaming from a three-globed chandelier, and a large
fire." Mr. Mould adds that the persons present on each occasion were
confined to his own family, and concludes, "I cannot be sure of anything
transpiring around me if I must forswear the evidence of my senses on this
Mr. Mould is good enough to send me the
paper for inspection. It contains the sketch of a profile, and three lines
of writing. The latter is very tremulous, and was apparently written with
difficulty. In one case a
badly-formed letter has been afterwards corrected.