Tweedale, Reverend Charles – An auditory hallucination from their dead cat
Type of Spiritual Experience
NOTES on this case by Professor Ernesto Bozzano
In this example, the supernormal manifestation is purely auditory, which in no way diminishes the theoretical value of the incident, which is remarkable because of its collective nature. Indeed, the fact that two people perceived the same auditory impressions at the same time, by locating them in exactly the same place, is a guarantee of the supernormal veracity of the incident.
On the other hand, it is difficult to doubt the connection between cause and effect, that is, between the disappearance and death of the house cat and the supernormal demonstration that took place in Reverend Tweedale's house.
One may wonder whether the fact should be considered as a telepathic-spirit manifestation, i.e. postmortem, or as a telepathic case at the moment of death, this doubt being legitimized by the lack of information about the time the disappeared cat was put to death.
However, since the cat had been missing from home for a few days already and it is to be assumed that he was killed on the first day of his disappearance, this would make the telepathic-spirit explanation of the case more likely.
A description of the experience
Case 127. - (Auditory-collective.) It is mentioned in an article published in the Light, 1915, page 215, by Reverend Charles L. Tweedale:
Also quoted in Professor Ernesto Bozzano - The parapsychological manifestations of animals - 130 cases proving animal mediumistic abilities
About two years ago - I recorded the event in my diary - my wife and maid were sitting one evening talking in a small room in the house.
Suddenly, they heard a loud cat snoring near Mrs. Tweedale. Both located the noise in a specific place, touching my wife's skirt. It continued for some time. Then it stopped and we began to hear clearly in its place the delicate sound that a cat's tongue makes when it licks the milk.
Not knowing what to think, Mrs. Tweedale called her cat. Then, with the help of the maid, she searched the room thoroughly, but without any result. They sat down and resumed their conversation, but almost immediately there began to be heard again the noisy snoring of the invisible cat, followed by the other sound of a cat's tongue dropping a liquid. They searched the room for a second time, but still in vain.
It should be noted that, in recent days, our cat had disappeared.
When Mrs. Tweedale and the maid came to tell me what had happened, I told them: "It means we will never see our cat alive again". It was right: the poor animal had had the end of a great number of cats in this country, who are being killed wickedly.