Saturday, November 7, 2009

A Spiritualist Incident Regarding the Whereabouts of an English Greyhound...



In her book "There Is No Death" (1891), Florence Marryat relates some very strange "spiritual encounters" that took place in her "home circle"... 


"There Is No Death" is being fully published on the GhostWritings Blog now, and here you'll find:  The Biography of Florence Marryat. One of the true stories told in "There Is No Death", is that of the Whereabouts of the English Greyhound...





Florence had a beautiful English greyhound called Clytie, a gift from  a deard friend of hers. Once this dog was often straying from her house to a rather objectionable quarter near Portobello Road, London. This quarter was composed of inferior shops, one of which - a fried fish shop - was an intolerable nuisance, and used to fill the air around with its rich perfume.
On one occasion Clytie stayed away from home so much longer than usual, that Florence was afraid she was lost and posted bills offering a reward for her. That evening, the spirit Charlie came to the table of her Spiritualist Home Circle, and said: “Don’t offer a reward for the dog. Send for her.”
“Where am I to send?” Florence asked.
“She is tied up at the fried fish shop in Portobello Road. Send the cook to see.”
Florence told the servant in question that she had heard the greyhound was detained at the fish shop, and sent her to inquire.  And indeed, the servant returned with Clytie... On making inquiries, the man in the shop had been very insolent to her, and she had raised her voice in reply. Then she had heard and recognized the sharp, peculiar bark of the greyhound from an upper storey, and - running up before the man could prevent her - she had found Clytie tied up to a bedstead with a piece of rope. She had called in a policeman to enable her to take the dog away...
"I have often heard the assertion that Spiritualism is of no practical good, and, doubtless, it was never intended to be so," Florence notes, "but this incident was, at least, an exception to the rule..."

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