CHAPTER III. MANIFESTATIONS THROUGH MISS KATE FOX. “ The spiritual world Lies all about us, and its avenues Are open to the unseen feet of phantoms That come and go, and we perceive them not, Save by their influence, or when at times A most mysterious Providence permits them To manifest themselves to mortal eyes.” — Lojigfellow. E come now to a narrative of phenomena so remarkable * * that they will probably excite many an exclamation of incredulity, although the authority on which they rest is above suspicion. We have already had occasion to quote the testimony of Dr. John F. Gray, of New York. He was one of the earliest and most persevering investigators of the Hydesville phenomena. To us he has been personally known for more than a quarter of a century; and he is well known to a large circle of intelligent patients in the great city where he has had a lucrative profes¬ sional practice until, a few years ago, he retired from active occupation. Dr. Gray accepts the spiritual hypothesis as the only one covering all the phenomena he has witnessed. His reasons for believing that spirits communicate with men in the body are thus stated in a succinct summary of the results that have come to his knowledge during the last twenty years : — <£I. Phenomena of a physical nature not referable to the laws of physical relation; such as the moving of ponderable bodies, independent of earthly 'mechanics ; the production of a great variety of sounds, also independent of any known or conceiv-