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Jennie and Edith



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From Death Bed Visions – Sir William Barrett

Sent in by Dr Minot J Savage

In a neighbouring city were two little girls, Jennie and Edith, one about eight years of age and the other but a little older. They were school-mates and intimate friends.

In June, 1889, both were taken ill of diphtheria.

At noon on Wednesday Jennie died.

The parents of Edith, and her physician as well, took particular pains to keep from her the fact that her little playmate was gone.  They feared the effect of the knowledge on her own condition. To prove that they succeeded and that she did not know, it may be mentioned that on Saturday, June 8th, at noon, just before she became unconscious of all that was passing about her, she selected two of her photographs to be sent to Jennie, and also told her attendants to bid her good-bye.

She died at half-past six o'clock on the evening of Saturday, June 8th.

She had roused and bidden her friends good-bye, and was talking of dying, and seemed to have no fear. She appeared to see one and another of the friends she knew were dead.  ….. But then suddenly, and with every appearance of surprise, she turned to her father and exclaimed,

‘Why, Papa, I am going to take Jennie with me!’

Then she added, 'Why, papa ! you did not tell me that Jennie was here ! '

And immediately she reached out her arms as if in welcome, and said ‘Jennie, I'm so glad you are here’

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