Herr Schmidt and his dying wife Lotta Schmidt, who visits Fritz in Rio de Janeiro
Type of spiritual experienceHallucination
A description of the experience
Adolphe d'Assier - Posthumous Humanity: A Study in Phantoms, translated by H. S. Olcott, George Redway, 1887 [also quoted in Dr Robert Crookall - More Astral projections]
An Alsatian family, comprising a husband, wife and little girl were on a voyage for Rio de Janeiro. ... The wife fell sick and succumbed before reaching port. The day of her death she fell into a syncope ... and when she recovered consciousness said to her husband, 'I die happy now, for now I am relieved of anxiety as to the fate of our child. I have been to Rio and found the house of friend Fritz. He was standing in the doorway. I showed him the little one. I am sure that on your arrival he will recognize her and take care of her.
Some moments later she expired. The same day, and the same hour, Fritz was standing in his doorway when he thought he saw, passing in the street, one of his compatriots, holding in her arms a little girl. She looked at him supplicatingly, and seemed to hold out to him the child she carried. Her face, which seemed extremely emaciated, reminded him of that of Lotta, the wife of his friend and compatriot Schmidt. The expression of her face, the singularity of her gait ... made a lively impression on Fritz ... and the circumstances of the apparition deeply impressed themselves on his mind, especially the hour and day.
Some time after that he saw his friend Schmidt arrive, carrying a little girl in his arms. The visit of Lotta was then immediately recalled to his mind, and before Schmidt could open his mouth he said to him: 'My poor friend, I know all! Your wife died on the voyage, and before dying she came to show me her little girl, so that I might take care of it. See, I have marked the date and hour!'
It was the exact moment and day noted by Schmidt on board the ship.
The source of the experience
Observation contributed by: Francis Keeble