Professor Lodge had not had the same opportunity of acquiring a critical standpoint as to such statements, as those whose knowledge of the place was more intimate.
[G] The words, in uttering which Lord Bute was thus affected, were, “Regem cui omnia vivunt venite adoremus,” an invitation in which he meant to include all intelligent beings.
Miss Freer, Miss Langton, and a third guest, chatting one night about 10.30 in this room, were startled by one of the familiar crashes outside. Miss Freer treated the matter lightly, fearing lest the lady in question, by no means a nervous person, however, should be alarmed; and receiving no reply turned to look at her, and observed that her lower jaw was convulsed, and that she was painfully struggling to recover speech.
[H] See Appendix II.
[I] See Appendix I.
A lady, known to readers of Proceedings S.P.R. as Miss A——, who is an habitual automatic writer, but whose social position removes her from the temptations and tendencies of the ordinary so-called medium, was good enough on March 10, 1897, to contribute the following automatic script in reply to a request from Lord Bute:—
“I do not much care for the influence of this house; it is most decidedly haunted, but not by any particularly good spirits, the haunting being carried on by mischievous elementals, and as far as I can make out there is some one who lives there through all the changes, who supplies a great deal of force, and who is not aware of the power. I think that a great deal more is added to what really takes place, as the hauntings appear to me to consist of disturbing noises, with now and then a case of apport, for the elementary forces are not sufficient to produce forms unless a great deal of outside force is given.
“The forms that would appear would always be different, as each mediumistic person would supply his own surroundings. The only one I am not sure about is the shadowy figure of an old man whom I have twice seen in rather a dark passage, and from his surrounding light I should say he may often be there.
“I think the noises would stop of themselves, at least the more disturbing part, if a less attentive attitude were taken towards them.”
These statements present certain interesting points as coming from one who had never seen the house, and knew nothing of its phenomena. “The shadowy figure of an old man in a dark passage” seems to point to the figure, possibly, of the Major, seen by earlier witnesses in the dark lobby—the only dark corner in the house—outside the door of the downstairs smoking-room, and whose voice was heard there by Miss Freer, Miss Langton, and Mr. T—— during the tenancy of Colonel Taylor.
An occasion upon which the phenomena might be described as those of “mischievous elementals,” and also of apports, is referred to in the summing up of tactile phenomena, though it did not occur during the tenancy of Colonel Taylor.