2 JANUARY 1932, Page 23


[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.]

Sin,—I have just read with great interest your correspondent's letter on " Water Divining " in the current number of the Spectator. The estate referred to (Bramblehurst) belong; to my mother, and the purchaser was my father. I have never heard that Mr. Bell used a diviner to find our water supply, but about fifteen years after he bought the place my father found the supply inadequate and employed a diviner to find more. The diviner found a good supply at a d:ptii of about seventy feet.

I was at school at the time but my father told me about it and said that when he held the twig nothing happened, but when the diviner placed a fore-finger on each of his wrists, the twig turned. I note that Mr. Bacon Phillips says that fifty years ago this divining was considered a " black art." As my father bought Bramblehurst in 1885 I regret to think that Mr. Phillips countenanced the use of such things in his parish

. [This correspondence is now closed.—En. Spectator.]