SINCE writing the body of this volume, two or three facts have come under my notice which I take this
means of noticing.
1. Henry Slade, being then resident
at Berlin, was visited by the Court Conjurer and Prestidigitator to the
Emperor of Germany, Samuel Bellachini, No. 14 Grossbaron-strasse, who
subsequently made affidavit before a public notary, Gustav Haagen, in
the following terms:—
Executed at Berlin on the sixth of
December, one thousand eight hundred and seventy-seven, and entered in
the Notary's register under the number four hundred and eighty-two, for
the year eighteen hundred and seventy-seven.
Signed and officially stamped.
Counseller and Notary.
I hereby declare it to be a rash
action to give decisive judgment upon the objective medial performance
of the American medium, Mr. Henry Slade, after only one sitting, and
the observations so made.
After I had, at the wish of several
highly-esteemed gentlemen of rank and position, and also for my own
interest, tested the physical mediumship of Mr. Slade in a series
of sittings by full daylight, as well as in the evening, in his bedroom, I
must, for the sake of truth, hereby certify that the phenomenal occurrences with
Mr. Slade, have been
thoroughly examined by me, with the
minutest observation and investigation of his surroundings, including
the table, and that I have not in the smallest instance found
anything to be produced by means of prestidigitative manifestations, or
by mechanical apparatus, and that any explanation of the experiments
which took place under the circumslances and conditions then
oblaining, by any reference to prestidigitation, to be absolutely
It must rest with such men of science
as Crookes and Wallace, in London; Perty, in Berne; Boutlerof, in St. Petersburg, to search for the explanation of this phenomenal power, and to prove
its reality. I declare, moreover, the published opinions of laymen, as
to the "how" of this subject to be premature, and according to my view
and experience, false and one-sided. This, my declaration, is signed and
executed before a notary and witnesses.
Berlin, 6th December, 1877.
2. Henry Slade having proceeded to
St. Petersburg in order to fulfil his engagement with M. Aksakof and
Professor Boutlerof, and to present the phenomenon of Psychography to
the scrutiny of a committee of scientific experts, has had a series of
successful sittings, in the course of which writing has been obtained in
the Russian language. At one recent sitting writing in six different languages
was obtained on a single slate.
On Wednesday, Feb. 20, accompanied by
M. Aksakof and Professor Boutlerof, Slade had a most successful sitting
with the Grand Duke Constantine, who received them cordially, and
himself obtained writing on a new slate held by himself alone.
3. The Rev. Thomas Colley thus
testifies, under date January 17, 1878:—
This afternoon I had a sitting with
Dr. Monck of a somewhat unique character. I had purchased this morning a
transparent drawing-slate; and, taking out one of the pictures, I wrote
my name on the edge of it, with a request that it and the five objects of the composite sketch might be
traced on the rough side of the ground glass. Not letting Dr. Monck know
what I had done, I placed the
marked picture between the five others—three before it and the glass, and two
behind it and the back of the frame. Then, taking it with me, and not allowing
him once to touch it, and scarcely to see it, as I took it from the
side-pocket of my coat, I placed it, with a lead pencil, beneath the
easy chair in which Dr. Monck was sitting (around the lower part of
which I had placed a carriage-rug, to make a sort of cameraobscura),
and held his hands, placing my feet on his feet, and my knees to his knees, as I sat facing him.
Under these conditions, not asking
orally for what I desired to be done, or intimating in any way to Dr.
Monck the nature or particulars of the experiment I was making, "Samuel"
took momentary control, and told me he had accomplished the matter,
affirming that not only had be drawn the marked picture and traced my
autograph, but also that he had written on the back of the picture these
words, "Take this to Serjeant Cox," particularly calling my attention at
the time to the fact that he had, in a peculiar way, abbreviated the
Control then instantly passed off;
and not relinquishing Dr. Monck's hands, or removing my feet from his,
with partially disengaged fingers I took the transparent slate as it was
pushed up from under the chair, and found a picture traced on the glass,
and my name over, written in my own characters. But this did not agree
with the picture next the glass; it manifestly was a copy of the drawing
I had marked and placed between the others. This was verified later
on in the day, for, taking the transparent slate with me, I went straight to the
adjourned debate on Psychography at the Psychological Society, and
handed it to the President (Serjeant Cox), who publicly opened it and
found the marked picture where I had originally placed it—the fourth
from the glass and third from the back; and on
taking it out and placing it under the
ground glass, the strongly-outlined lead-pencil sketch on this latter was
found accurately to agree with the drawing beneath. There also, by the
learned President (for I had for the moment forgotten the circumstance),
the writing on the body of the paper was found, referring to him: "Take
this to Ser. Cox."