Canon Bourne’s two daughters and his coachman – a joint hallucination of an accident of their father
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Journal S.P.R. Volume vi p129 [ as quoted in Tyrrell, G N M - The Personality of Man]
A certain Canon Bourne and his two daughters were out hunting, and the daughters decided to return home with the coachman while their father went on.
"As we were turning to go home," say the two Miss Bournes in a joint account, "we distinctly saw my father waving his hat to us and signing us to follow him. He was on the side of a small hill, and there was a dip between him and us. My sister, the coachman and myself all recognised my father and also the horse. The horse looked so dirty and shaken that the coachman remarked he thought there had been a nasty accident.
As my father waved his hat I clearly saw the Lincoln and Bennett mark inside, though from the distance we were apart it ought to have been utterly impossible for me to have seen it. . . . Fearing an accident, we hurried down the hill. From the nature of the ground we had to lose sight of my father, but it took us very few seconds to reach the place where we had seen him.
When we got there, there was no sign of him anywhere, nor could we see anyone in sight at all. We rode about for some time looking for him but could not see or hear anything of him. We all reached home within a quarter of an hour of each other.
My father then told us he had never been in the field, nor near the field in which we thought we saw him, the whole of that day. He had never waved to us and had met with no accident. My father was riding the only white horse that was out that day."
The cause which set the telepathic machinery in motion in this case is obscure. No accident had happened to Canon Bourne.