CHAPTER VI. VARIOUS MEDIUMS AND MANIFESTATIONS. “Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same spirit. . . . Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?“ — St. Paul. THE number of persons in the United States through whom phenomena similar to those in the case of Mr* Home and of Mr. Foster have taken place, is now so large, that to mention them all would almost require a volume. Charles Colchester, young and of a fine personal appearance, but wayward and infirm of purpose, like many similar sensitives, gave us several sittings, at which he manifested remarkable powers, not unlike those of Mr. Foster. We know not how true it is, but Mr. Colchester told us, that on his meeting Hermann, the celebrated prestidigitateur, the latter said to him, “ If you can give me the name of my father, I will believe that your intelligence is preternatural ; for no per¬ son in America, I am convinced, knows that name/' Colchester at once wrote out the name, Samuel Hermann Radesky ; and Hermann said it was right. Mr. William Ambisy Colby relates (July 6, 1861) that he called on Colchester ip New York. “I first asked him,” says Mr, Colby, “ if he could tell me what I had lost. He told me I had lost a pocket-book with papers in it of no value; that it was picked from my pocket in a Broadway stage. I then told him that he was mistaken; for there was a paper amongst them of value. 1 Oh, no ! ’ said Colchester, ‘ I am not mistaken ; but it is you who are mistaken. The paper you have reference to is a check for $315, which, instead of putting in your wallet, you put