TRUTH STRANGER THAN FICTION. 87 ity, but a question of fact. Whatever conclusions, if any, I may have arrived at on this question of fact* I see distinctly that I have been projected into a better position for judging of it than I occupied before; and that what then appeared an imposition, or a delusion, now assumes a shape which demands investiga¬ tion. “But I cannot expect persons who have not witnessed these things, to take my word for them ; because, under similar circum¬ stances, I certainly should not have taken theirs. What I do expect is, that they will admit as reasonable, and as being in strict accordance with the philosophical method of procedure, the mental progress I have indicated, from the total rejection of extraordinary phenomena upon the evidence of others, to the recognition of such phenomena as matter of fact, upon our own direct observation. This recognition points the way to inquiry, which is precisely what I desire to promote. . . . “ Our party of eight or nine assembled in the evening; and the seance commenced about nine o’clock, in a spacious drawing¬ room, of which it is necessary to give some account, in order to render perfectly intelligible what is to follow. In different parts of the room were sofas and ottomans, and in the centre a round table, at which it was arranged that the seance should be held. Between this table and three windows, which filled up one side of the room, there was a large sofa. The windows were draped with thick curtains, and protected by spring-blinds. The space in front of the centre-window' was unoccupied ; but the windows on the right and left were filled by geranium-stands. “The company at the table consisted partly of ladies and partly of gentlemen ; and amongst the gentlemen was the cele¬ brated Mr. Home. . . . He looks like a man whose life has been passed in a mental conflict. The expression of his face in repose is that of physical suffering; but it quickly lights up when you address him, and his natural cheerfulness colors his whole man¬ ner. There is more kindliness and gentleness than vigor in the character of his features; and the same easy-natured disposition may be traced in his unrestrained intercourse. He is yet so