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230 DREAMSWHICHMAYBE REASONABLY [CHAP. VIII
at 5.15 all was over. The cause of death,

'

perforation of the stomach.'
On the Saturday night H. dreamt that Maggie had been taken danger-
ously ill ; the next evening when he went into the dining-room as usual
to have his smoke previous to going to bed, just after he entered the room
Maggie suddenly appeared to him. [Mrs. M.'s description of the appear-
ance exactly coincides with her son's account.]" He told me in the morning what had happened. I tried to persuade
him it was only an optical delusion, but he knew better. Whythe appari-
tion should have come to H. is most extraordinary, for he was not in the
least superstitious, nervous, or fanciful. The only way we can account
for it is that the telegram which the General sent off on Sunday never
reached us, and it was actually Wednesday, the day of the funeral, before
we heard the sad news, and she might have known this and come to tell
us that she was gone.

"
R. L. M."

Wefind from an obituary in the Leamington News that Miss R. died
on 2ist November, 1885, and that she

" remained perfectly conscious
until 5 o'clock, when she suddenly collapsed and died in a quarter of an
hour."

5. In the following group the reality is not only presented in a pic-
torial way, but the dream-scene corresponds (in whole or in part) with
what the eyes of the supposed agent are actually beholding. The major-
ity, perhaps, of the alleged dream-cases are of this pictorial sort ; but
most of them have to be set aside, on the ground either of inaccuracy of
detail, or of the connection of the dream with matters that have been

recently occupying the waking mind. Thus a widow whose husband was
killed by an accident at sea gives a circumstantial account of her coinci-
dent dream " a vessel, like her husband's, wholly dismasted the bare
hull merely being lowered by ropes down a beach, and all the crew
assisting

"
; and declares that the scene of her dream was exactly what

was described in the letter which afterwards brought her the news. It

appears, however, that the narrator had never seen the actual ship ; and

inspection of the letter shows that, except the dismasting, the details of
the. dream had no counterpart whatever in reality. Thus all that remains
is the simple coincidence of the dream and the death ; and such coinci-
dences, in the case of casualties at sea, must, as we have seen, be generally
excluded. Weapply this rule even where the date of the dream has been
immediately noted in a diary, and where we have every assurance that it
was unique in the dreamer's experience. Again, Mrs. Barter, of Careys-
town, Whitegate, Co. Cork, has kindly given us an account of a dream
which she had at the time of the Indian Mutiny. She seemed to see her
husband, then adjutant in the 75th Foot, wounded, and in the act of

binding up his leg with his puggeree, when four men of his regiment lifted
him up and took him into a battery.

"
I at once wrote it to him and, in

reply to my letter, heard that such an event had actually taken place."
The coincidence was extremely close, and Colonel Barter, C.B., has con-
firmed the account. He was carried into a battery by four sergeants ;
and he is nearly sure that his wife mentioned sergeants in her first account
of her dream. But, on being specially asked as to the puggeree, he stated
that he bound up his leg not with a puggeree, but with a black silk necktie.
This defect, combined with the fact that Mrs. Barter was in a nervous
state, and had another disturbing and quite unveridical dream about her

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husband during the same campaign, prevents us from allowing weight to
the correspondence. So, again, Mrs. Powles, of Wadhurst, West Dulwich,
has given us an account of a dream which her late husband narrated to
her at the time, in which he saw his brother, Dr. Ralph Holden, who was
exploring in the interior of Africa, lying under a large tree, supported by
a man, and either dead or dying. They learnt from another explorer,
Mr. Green, that Dr. Holden had died at just about that time, under a

large tree, in the arms of his native servant ; and Mr. Holden recognised
the scene of his dream in a sketch of the spot which Mr. Green had taken.
But to say nothing of the indefiniteness of the time-coincidence the
entourage is such as the idea of the death of an African traveller might
readily enough suggest, quite apart from telepathy ; and the sight of the
sketch would be precisely calculated to give spurious retrospective de-
finiteness to the dream-scene. And once more, a most vivid dream (with
a remarkable amount of correct detail, as well as several important dis-
crepancies) in which a coachman, sleeping at a distance from his stables,
saw a pony taken out, harnessed, and then after a time brought back, on
the one single night on which this ever actually happened, has been dis-
missed, as too much connected with the dreamer's normal train of ideas ;
though his master (Mr. J. S. Dismorr, of Thelcrest Lodge, Gravesend) and
another witness both testify to the fact that the dream was described before
the reality was known.

The following cases seem free from these objections, there having been
no cause for anxiety on the percipient's part, and nothing to suggest the
scene.

[Of the three cases then quoted two, 108 and no, are here omitted.]

For the next case we are indebted to Mrs. Swithinbank, of Ormleigh,
Mowbray Road, Upper Norwood, who is well acquainted with Mrs. Fleming,
the narrator.

" October i7th, 1882.

(109)
" Three years ago when staying at Ems for my health, one

morning after having my bath, I was resting on the sofa reading. A
slight drowsiness came over me and I distinctly saw the following :"

My husband, who was then in England, appeared to me riding down
the lane leading to my father's house. Suddenly the horse grew restive,
then plunged and kicked, and finally unseated his rider, throwing him
violently to the ground. I jumped up hastily, thinking I had been asleep ;
and on my going down to luncheon I related to a lady who was seated
next to me what I had seen, and made the remark,

'

I hope all is well at
home.' My friend, seeing I was anxious, laughed and told me not to be
superstitious, and so I forgot the incident, until 2 days afterwards I
received a letter from home saying my husband had been thrown from his
horse and had dislocated his shoulder. The time and place of the accident
exactly agreed with my vision. LAURAFLEMING."

[Asked whether she can recall other dreams of a similarly vivid and
realistic kind, Mrs. Fleming answers in the negative.]

Such incidents as these really belong to the class which may be de-
scribed as clairvoyant, and which I am reserving for the end of the chapter ;
but I have brought forward these few examples for the sake of a special

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