16 APRIL 1921, Page 13


• [To THE EDITOR OP THE " SPECILTOR."] SIR,—I am amongst the number of your readers who have carried out the tests proposed by Mr. W. W. Reid in the Spectator of March 12th. On the third shelf of my library the eighth book, counting from the right, was Osru: A Tale of Many Incarnations, by Sterns; the fourth and fifth books, counting from the right, were respectively Bnlwer's Godolphin and The After-Death, by Henry Brandon. It will be seen from the titles of these three books that I may well use for my own the words of your review of Lady Glenconner's book—viz., that I do not put forward a view of determined opposition expressed in neutral language. I have been for many years interested in psychical research. Godolphin, then, has more than Chapter XXVII. devoted to Astrology, and therefore to great spaces and to the stars, which is at it should be. The After- Death, if only in Chapters IV. and IX., does the same. The conditions of proximity are thus more than fulfilled.

On the cover of the other book the word " Osru" is printed in very large type, and there is therefore " something round connected with the book in question." On p. 14 of this eighth, book from the right and three-quarters down the page are these. words :— "It grew clear to me that each was frantically seeking something and that it was because they sought what they sought with such singleness of purpose that they were so inhuman to all who hindered them. And I said to the Shining One: 'What do they seek? ' " And the Shining One made answer : " Happiness." If Lady Glenconner had been directed to my book-shelves, would she have thought herself answered in the eleven last words of my quotation?-1 am, Sir, &c., A. H. CLARKE. 2 Fishpond Drive, Nottingham.