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Much the same remarks as we have already made about Appendix XXVI. apply to the following account.
Hints, &c., p. 101.
Statement of Mr. KAVASJI MERVANJI SHROFF, a Parsi Gentleman,
On Tuesday, the 7th February, 1882, at about 6 p.m., I was at the headquarters, Breach Candy, of the Theosophical Society. The party consisted of Madame Blavatsky, Colonel Olcott, His Highness the Rajah of Wudhwan, his Minister, Mr. Ganpatrow N. Land, Rawal Shree Hari Singhjee of Sehore, Mr. Dorabjee H. Bharucha, a fourth-year medical student, and the Secretary, Mr. Damodar K. Mavalankar, and myself.
We sat in the open porch of the upper bungalow, looking out upon the ocean. The conversation related to the sad ignorance of the Aryan philosophies which prevailed among the people of India. Various remarks were exchanged, and Madame Blavatsky was speaking with some feeling about the past treatment the Founders of the Society had suffered at the hands of many who ought to have been warm friends. Suddenly she stopped, looked fixedly out into the compound, rose to her feet and then reseated herself. She said one of the Brothers was there listening, but we could see no one except ourselves. Presently, to the great surprise and astonishment of those present, a note, darting across the open space around, came in a slanting direction and dropped on the table that stood by the Dewan Saheb. It was addressed to all whom it may concern, and its contents referred to the subject of our conversation. Then she informed me that she had received a letter from a gentleman at Lahore. She wished me to read that letter. A search was made for that letter, which could not be found in her papers. She then assured us that she still felt something more would occur. She then wished us to go to the guest-chamber inside the bungalow, but before the whole party entered, she asked the Rajah and myself to first go into the room with a lamp --- it was now dusk --- and to examine the place thoroughly. We did so, and were satisfied that no one from outside could possibly have any communication. The wooden ceiling of the room was perfectly intact. The windows and doors were closely fastened. After our careful examination was over, and we had satisfied ourselves that everything was right, she directed the whole party to enter the room, and the only remaining open door was also shut. The party stood around a table on which I had placed the lamp. She then asked us to form a ring, each held the hand of one standing by him, so not one of the party had his hands free. We stood still in that posture for perhaps a minute, when, to our great amazement, there dropped a letter addressed in my care to the active members of the Theosophical Society. The envelope contained the missing Lahore letter above referred to, and a separate note of a full page written in a red crayon in a large bold hand, and also quoting expressions that had just fallen from us in the porch outside. The letter descended from above us fluttering in the air and dropped at the foot of one of our party. We all agreed that even if it had been desired there could by no possibility have been any trick of hand in this case.
K. M. SHROFF.
We certify to the correctness of the above statement.
Daji Raj Rhakore Sahib of Wudhwan;
Rawal Shree Hari Singhji Rupsinghi,
Cousin to H.H. The Thakore of Bhownugger.
Gunputrow N. Land,
Karbhari of Wudhwan.
Dorabji Hormusji Bharucha,
Student, Grant Medical College.
Damodar K. Mavalankar.