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Turvey, Vincent – The beginnings of Seership – Two prophecies – an accident at Bournemouth flying week and floods in Japan



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The beginnings of Seership – Vincent Turvey

The two cuttings which follow are extracted from Light for July 20 and August 20, 1910 respectively.


In Light of July 9, p. 331, we mentioned the fact that Mr. V. N. Turvey had sent us three sealed envelopes, to be opened when he desired us to do so. We have now received his permission as regards the first of these, and on opening it in the presence of competent witnesses we find that on June 29 he wrote: "Accident at Bournemouth flying week held next month. Airman quite unconscious, and to look at it is death." Mr. Turvey was present at the Aerodrome on July 12, and saw the accident and the fall of the Hon. Charles Rolls which resulted in his death.

He writes:-

On June 22, I saw in the distance (in a violet psychic picture) the Needles, a stretch of water and a part of the English coast, I do not know Southbourne very well, as I am an invalid and hardly ever go out. I saw a biplane in the air. I saw it collapse. I saw a man stiff and unconscious. I saw death. I knew we were to have the airmen here. I therefore concluded the accident was to take place at Bournemouth. I, of course, did not know who the airman was, as the pictures do not always (in fact rarely) tell the names of places or persons, any more than do photographs. They are "pre-photos" But as I saw the man so clearly I judged him to be a big man seen at a distance. It did not occur to me that he might be a little man seen close to me, which was the actual fact, I could "sense" the figure was English. Those who know my bad health will admit it was a "miracle" that I was able to go to see the flying; my first visit to a public entertainment for eight years. I went on Tuesday to the Aerodrome, I was close to poor Rolls when he gave himself to save other people. It is not generally known that his biplane failed and dropped part of its tail in a garden before he passed over the enclosure in which stood hundreds of people. He tried and succeeded in clearing those people, but it cost the noble fellow his life. Just as he got into the Aerodrome the machine dropped like a stone. The telegraph board showed "pilot unconscious.” I saw four spirit forms fly across from the horizon, huge figures. I said "he is dead" Ten minutes passed and then the public were informed by the black flag, half-mast that a noble, grand-hearted Englishman had died. In my envelope No. 1. Mr. Editor, you will see that I say "unconscious -to look at it is death" Both statements, alas, are true. I think I shall not register any more prophecies. It is too much like advertising a faculty at the cost of pain to those who mourn, and if I were not pretty sure that the parents would not see Light I would tell you to burn the envelope unopened which I sent you on June 29.


In Light of July 9, page 331, we mentioned that on June 30, we received from Mr. Vincent N. Turvey three sealed envelopes (the contents of which were unknown to us), that we signed and dated them, and that they would not be opened until Mr. Turvey requested us to disclose their contents. On July 30 (page 359), we gave an account of the opening of envelope number one and the fulfilment of the prediction which it contained by the fatal fall of the Hon. Charles Rolls at Bournemouth. Envelope number two we have returned to Mr. Turvey unopened, at his request. On Tuesday morning last (the 16th) we received a telegram from Mr. Turvey: “Open envelope three; see to-day's Morning Leader, floods in Japan." In envelope number three we found the following prediction:-

Written June 29, 1910, by V. N. Turvey:

In near future, say within six weeks, appalling loss of life possibly running to hundreds, cause, seems a gigantic upheaval of earth and water, such as would be caused by tidal wave dam bursting, or earth-slide near a river. Place seems to be East. Warm or hot climate such as China or India.

On turning to The Morning Leader we found a telegram from Kobe, dated Monday, as follows:-

The official statement of the casualties consequent upon the floods gives the total number of drowned and missing as 1113. Altogether 125,000 houses were flooded and 200 have been demolished. There is no further danger to Tokio. Over 200,000 persons are receiving relief in Tokio alone. A Times telegram from Tokio, dated August 9, and published on the 10th, states that "unusually heavy rains have fallen in Japan and have resulted in floods. . . . Hundreds of houses are under water, and a number of students have been buried in a landslip at Shidzuoka."The date given would bring the catastrophe just within six weeks from the date of Mr. Turvey's prophecy.

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