James Nugent, called Mountain Jim, visits Mrs Bishop in Switzerland to say good-bye
Type of spiritual experienceHallucination
Brace yourself for the condescending tone.
A description of the experience
Death and its Mystery: After Death – Camille Flammarion
Mrs. Bishop, nee Bird, a well-known traveler and writer, related the following incident.
While traveling in the Rocky Mountains, Miss Bird had grown to know an Indian half-breed, James Nugent, called "Mountain Jim, "and she had had considerable influence upon him. She writes: On the day of my departure, he was much affected. I had had a long conversation with him on the subject of this mortal life and immortality, a conversation which I had ended with some quotations from the Bible. He seemed to me to be greatly impressed, and had cried: “I'll not see you again in this life, perhaps, but I'll see you when I die”
I reproved him gently for his violence of speech, but he repeated the same words even more vehemently, adding: "I'll never forget your words, and I swear I’ll see you again when I die” On this, we parted.
For some time I had letters from him; I learned that his conduct had improved, then that he had fallen back into his savage custom; that he had been wounded in a brawl, then that he was better and was meditating plans of revenge. The last time I heard from him, I was at the Hotel Interlaken, in Interlaken, Switzerland, with Miss Clayton and the Kers.
Some time after this (it was in September, 1874) I was stretched out on my bed one morning, writing a letter to my sister, when, lifting my eyes, I saw Mountain Jim standing before me. His eyes were fixed on me, and he said to me in a low voice, but very distinctly: “Here I am, as I promised.” Then he made a gesture, and added, “Good-by!”
When Miss Bessie Ker came to bring me my breakfast, we noted the date and time of the happening. News of Mountain Jim’s death reached us some time afterward; taking into account the difference in longitude, the date coincided with that of his apparition.
The source of the experience
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Observation contributed by: Rosie Rock-Evans