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First S.P.R. Report on H.P.B.
The following has been communicated to us by the persons concerned, both of whom are well known to the majority of the Committee: ---
One evening, early in 1878, A. resolved to try and appear to B. at some miles distant. A. did not inform B. beforehand of the intended experiment, but retired to rest shortly before midnight, with thoughts intently concentrated on B., with whose room and surroundings, however, A. was quite unacquainted. A. soon fell asleep, and awoke next morning unconscious of anything having taken place. On seeing B. a few days afterwards, A. inquired, Did anything happen at your rooms on Saturday night? Yes, replied B., a great deal happened. I had been sitting over the fire with M., smoking and chatting. About 12.30 he rose to leave, and I let him out myself. I returned to the fire to finish my pipe, when I saw you sitting in the chair just vacated by M. I looked intently at you, and then took up a newspaper to assure myself I was not dreaming, but on laying it down I saw you still there. While I gazed without speaking, you faded away. Though I imagined you must be fast asleep in bed at that hour, yet you appeared dressed in your ordinary garments, such as you usually wear every day. Then my experiment seems to have succeeded, said A. The next time I come, ask me what I want, as I had fixed in my mind certain questions I intended to ask you, but I was probably waiting for an invitation to speak.
A few weeks later the experiment was repeated with equal success, A., as before, not informing B. when it was made. On this occasion B. not only questioned A. on a subject, which was at that time under very warm discussion between them, but detained A. by the exercise of his will some time after A. had intimated a desire to leave. This fact, when it came to be communicated to A., seemed to account for the violent and somewhat peculiar headache which marked the morning following the experiment; at least, A. remarked at the time that there was no apparent cause, physical or otherwise, for the unusual headache, and, as on the former occasion, no recollection remained of the event, or seeming event of the previous night.