Mrs Horne – Infant Jamie and his Mother hear the celestial music of the departing spirit
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
A Casebook of Otherworldly Music – D Scott Rogo
Case No. 41 - Mrs. Horne
This old case (Journal S. P. R., Volume VI, page 27) graphically illustrates Myers's contention that this music may be connected to the personality of the individuals concerned. The case is recounted by the percipient's daughter:
It is nearly thirty years now, but it is as vividly impressed upon her memory. She was sitting in the dining room (in a- self-contained chair) which was behind the drawing room, with Jamie my eldest brother, on her knee, who was then a baby scarcely two years old. The nurse had gone out for the afternoon, and there was no one in the house except the maid downstairs. The doors of the dining room and drawing room both happened to be open at the time. All at once she heard the most divine music, very sad and sweet, which lasted for about two minutes, then gradually died away. My brother jumped from my mother's knee, exclaiming, "Papa, Papa," and ran through the drawing room.
Mama felt as if she could not move and rang the bell for a servant, whom she told to go and see who was in the drawing room. When she went into the room, she found my brother standing beside the piano saying, "No papa." Why the child should have exclaimed these words was that papa was very musical and used often to go straight to the piano when he came home.
Such was the impression on mama that she noted the time to a minute, and six weeks after, she received a letter saying that her sister had died at the Cape, and the time corresponded exactly to the minute that she had heard the music. I may tell you that my aunt was a very fine musician.