June 3.—The laundress called, and said she was very sorry about
the handkerchiefs, and returned ninepence. I said, as the colour
was completely washed out and the handkerchiefs quite spoiled, ninepence
was not enough. Carrie replied that the two handkerchiefs originally
only cost sixpence, for she remembered bring them at a sale at the Holloway
Bon Marché. In that case, I insisted that threepence
buying should be returned to the laundress. Lupin has gone to
stay with the Poshs for a few days. I must say I feel very uncomfortable
about it. Carrie said I was ridiculous to worry about it.
Mr. Posh was very fond of Lupin, who, after all, was only a mere boy.
In the evening we had another séance, which, in some respects,
was very remarkable, although the first part of it was a little doubtful.
Gowing called, as well as Cummings, and begged to be allowed to join
the circle. I wanted to object, but Mrs. James, who appears a
good Medium (that is, if there is anything in it at all), thought there
might be a little more spirit power if Gowing joined; so the five of
us sat down.
The moment I turned out the gas, and almost before I could get my
hands on the table, it rocked violently and tilted, and began moving
quickly across the room. Gowing shouted out: “Way oh! steady,
lad, steady!” I told Gowing if he could not behave himself
I should light the gas, and put an end to the séance.
To tell the truth, I thought Gowing was playing tricks, and I hinted
as much; but Mrs. James said she had often seen the table go right off
the ground. The spirit Lina came again, and said, “WARN”
three or four times, and declined to explain. Mrs. James said
“Lina” was stubborn sometimes. She often behaved like
that, and the best thing to do was to send her away.
She then hit the table sharply, and said: “Go away, Lina; you
are disagreeable. Go away!” I should think we sat
nearly three-quarters of an hour with nothing happening. My hands
felt quite cold, and I suggested we should stop the séance.
Carrie and Mrs. James, as well as Cummings, would not agree to it.
In about ten minutes’ time there was some tilting towards me.
I gave the alphabet, and it spelled out S P O O F. As I have heard
both Gowing and Lupin use the word, and as I could hear Gowing silently
laughing, I directly accused him of pushing the table. He denied
it; but, I regret to say, I did not believe him.
Gowing said: “Perhaps it means ‘Spook,’ a ghost.”
I said: “You know it doesn’t mean anything of
Gowing said: “Oh! very well—I’m sorry I ‘spook,’”
and he rose from the table.
No one took any notice of the stupid joke, and Mrs. James suggested
he should sit out for a while. Gowing consented and sat in the
The table began to move again, and we might have had a wonderful
séance but for Gowing’s stupid interruptions. In
answer to the alphabet from Carrie the table spelt “NIPUL,”
then the “WARN” three times. We could not think what
it meant till Cummings pointed out that “NIPUL” was Lupin
spelled backwards. This was quite exciting. Carrie was particularly
excited, and said she hoped nothing horrible was going to happen.
Mrs. James asked if “Lina” was the spirit. The
table replied firmly, “No,” and the spirit would not give
his or her name. We then had the message, “NIPUL will be
Carrie said she felt quite relieved, but the word “WARN”
was again spelt out. The table then began to oscillate violently,
and in reply to Mrs. James, who spoke very softly to the table, the
spirit began to spell its name. It first spelled “DRINK.”
Gowing here said: “Ah! that’s more in my line.”
I asked him to be quiet as the name might not be completed.
The table then spelt “WATER.”
Gowing here interrupted again, and said: “Ah! that’s
not in my line. Outside if you like, but not inside.”
Carrie appealed to him to be quiet.
The table then spelt “CAPTAIN,” and Mrs. James startled
us by crying out, “Captain Drinkwater, a very old friend of my
father’s, who has been dead some years.”
This was more interesting, and I could not help thinking that after
all there must be something in Spiritualism.
Mrs. James asked the spirit to interpret the meaning of the word
“Warn” as applied to “NIPUL.” The alphabet
was given again, and we got the word “BOSH.”
Gowing here muttered: “So it is.”
Mrs. James said she did not think the spirit meant that, as Captain
Drinkwater was a perfect gentleman, and would never have used the word
in answer to a lady’s question. Accordingly the alphabet
was given again.
This time the table spelled distinctly “POSH.”
We all thought of Mrs. Murray Posh and Lupin. Carrie was getting
a little distressed, and as it was getting late we broke up the circle.
We arranged to have one more to-morrow, as it will be Mrs. James’
last night in town. We also determined not to have Gowing
Cummings, before leaving, said it was certainly interesting, but
he wished the spirits would say something about him.