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This statement of Martandrao Babaji Nagnath is the one referred to by Colonel Olcott, on p. 53 of his deposition. It must, however, we think, be regarded as of small value, because postmarks can be imitated, and it seems improbable that an unaddressed letter would have been stamped at the post-office and not subsequently missed. It is, of course, curious that a brother should seem to disappear on the spot, but Mr. Martandrao does not seem to have been very near. It seems curious in another way, that the brother should think it worth while to have the letter stamped at the post-office, when he was going to deliver it himself.
Hints, p. 103.
Statement of MARTANDRAO BABAJI NAGNATH, a Brahmin.
On another night a Brother came in his own physical body, walking through the lower garden (attached to Colonel Olcotts bungalow) and stood quiet. Madame Blavatsky then went down the wooden staircase leading into the garden. He shook hands with her and gave her a packet. After a short time the Brother disappeared on the spot, and Madame coming up the stairs opened the packet and found in it a letter from Allahabad. We saw the envelope was quite blank, i.e., unaddressed, but it bore a triangular stamp of Allahabad Post Office of December the 3rd, 1881, and also a circular postal stamp of the Bombay Post Office of the same date, viz., 3rd December. The two cities are 860 miles apart.
I have seen letter, or rather envelopes containing letters, coming or falling from the air in different places, without anybodys contact, in presence of both Theosophists and strangers. Their contents related to subjects that had been the topics of our conversation at the moment.
Now I aver in good faith I saw the Brothers of the first section and phenomena in such places and times, and under such circumstances, that there could be no possibility of anybody playing a trick.
MARTANDRAO BABAJI NAGNATH.
Bombay, 14th February, 1882.