Punch,  40 (1861), 137.

Spiritual Bell-Ringing



News-Commentary, Drollery


Spiritualism, Sound, Time, Instruments, Supernaturalism, Methodology

    Invites the editor of the Spiritual Magazine to consider a Notes and Queries article describing the mysterious ringing of the new great bell in the Palace of Westminster. Suggesting that the erratic behaviour of the clock is due to 'supernatural' agency, states that 'The rule in all cases of this kind is to consider whether the marvellous occurrence can be accounted for on supernatural principles, because, if it can, the truly philosophical mind will reject the natural solution of the mystery, and adopt the other'.

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