Dr Minot Judson Savage - Can Telepathy Explain ? – 01 The ghost who told him he was going to die
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
From Can Telepathy Explain ? – Dr Minot Judson Savage
There is one other case which is of a very extraordinary kind. It occurred about a couple of years ago here in the immediate vicinity of New York. There was a certain young man who had been studying abroad. He had been at Heidelberg University. He was of anything but an imaginative temperament. Tall and stalwart in build, he had a reputation as an athlete. His favourite studies were mathematical, physical, and electrical. He had returned home from abroad, and so far as anybody knew was in perfect health. He was at the summer home of his mother. It was his habit after dinner to go out on the piazza and walk up and down while smoking his pipe. One evening he came quietly in, and without talking with anybody went up to bed. The next morning he went into his mother's room before she was up, and laid his hand on her cheek in order quietly to awaken her. Then he said: "Mother, I have something very sad to tell you. You must brace yourself and be strong to bear it." Of course she was startled, and asked him what he was talking about.
He said : "Mother, I mean just what I am saying. I am going to die, and very soon." When his mother, shocked and troubled, pressed him for an explanation, he said : "Last night, when I was walking up and down the piazza smoking, a spirit appeared and walked up and down by my side. I have received my call, and am going to die. ' The mother, of course, was seriously troubled, and wondered whether anything might be the matter with him.
She therefore sent for the doctor and told him the story. The doctor made a careful examination, said there was nothing the matter, treated the whole thing as a bad dream or an hallucination, told them to pay no attention to it, and said that within a few days they would be laughing at themselves for letting such a thing worry them. The next morning the young man did not seem quite as well as usual, and the doctor was sent for a second time. Again he said there was nothing the matter, and tried to laugh them out of their fears. The third morning the young man appeared in still poorer condition, and the third time the physician was summoned. He now discovered a case of appendicitis. The young man was operated on and died in a couple of days. From the time of the vision until his death not more than five days had gone by. Some time after this experience the mother visited a psychic here in New York. She made no previous appointment, but went as a perfect stranger and waited her turn. The son claimed at once to be present, and told his mother a whole series of very remarkable things, which by no possibility could the psychic ever have known. Then, in answer to the question, "Who was it that you saw that night? " (the question being purposely so framed as not to seem to refer to anybody out of the body) he at once replied: "It was my father."
The father had been dead for some years, and the mother had been married again.