A Spiritualistic Story From Wales


In an article relating to spiritualism in the February number of the

Fortnightly Review, a story was told which is here shortened. The

anecdote is given on the authority of a Welsh gentleman named Roberts,

who resided at Cheetham, near Manchester, and the scene of the adventure

is Beaumaris, the date 184--. The narrator was then an apprentice in a

draper's shop. His master was strict, and allowed his apprentice but

alf an hour for dinner, which he had to take at his lodgings, some

distance away from the shop. At whatever time he left the shop he had to

be back there punctually at half past twelve. One day he was late, and

while hastily swallowing his meat, his aunt being at the table, he looked

up and saw that the clock pointed to half past twelve! He was

thunderstruck, and, with the fear of his master before him, all but lost

consciousness, and was indeed in a dazed state for a few minutes, as was

noticed by those at the table. Shaking this off by an effort, he again

looked at the clock, and, to his relief and astonishment, saw that the

hands only pointed to a quarter past twelve. Then he quickly finished

his dinner and returned to the shop at the appointed time. There he was

told that at a quarter past twelve he had returned to the shop, put up

his hat, moved about in an absent manner, had been scolded, and had

thereupon put on his hat again and walked out. Several persons on the

one hand corroborated this story, whilst on the other his aunt was

positive that, although at that moment he had fallen into a strange fit

of abstraction, he had never left the table. This is the narrative,

attested by a gentleman now living. The year 184-- is not so far back;

perhaps there are still those residing on the upper side of the turf at

Beaumaris who remember the circumstance.

This tale in its nature is not unlike the others herein given. It

belongs to the supernatural side of life.

However improbable these stories may appear, they point to the notion

that spirits can exist independently of the body. The Irish fetch, the

Scotch wraith, and the Welsh Canwyll Corph, are alike in their

teaching, but of this latter I shall speak more particularly when

treating of death portents.