Punch,  28 (1855), 110.

'Guesses at Truth' in the Dark



News-Commentary, Drollery


Astrology, Charlatanry, Prognostication

    Ridicules two apparently correct predictions made by the publishers of the Prophetic Messenger of Robert C Smith ('Raphael'). Attacks the predictions for being so vague that they are bound to be fulfilled and insists that no Raphael is needed to make these predictions. Offers a dozen 'samples of our prophesying talent' which it feels are 'weak enough to print'. These include 'March: A gentleman's hat is blown off on Waterloo Bridge' and 'December: A little boy is taken ill the day after Christmas Day, and the Doctor has to be sent for in a hurry'.

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