Review of Reviews,  12 (1895), 99–111.

The Progress of the World



Regular Feature, Editorial, News-Commentary


Psychical Research, Prognostication, Politics, Physical Geography, Societies

People mentioned:

Henry M Stanley , Élisée Reclus , Arminius Vámbéry , David Urquhart

    Comments that the 'only prediction' of the crushing majority achieved by the Conservatives at the recent general election was 'one obtained by no process of calculation, but by a communication which came by the much decried way of Borderland prophecy [...]. My hand was writing automatically very shortly after the close of the General Election of 1892. I naturally asked whether anything was known as to what would happen. I say nothing as to the alleged agency which gave the answer, beyond remarking that it did not profess to be either a Mahatma or my own sub-consciousness. The answer was clear and definite. My hand wrote that the Home Rule Bill, which had not then been framed, would be rejected, [and] that Mr. Gladstone would go [...]. I claim no authority for this prediction; I simply mention it as a communication which, although written automatically in 1892, was more in accord with the facts as they turned out than any forecast of our astutest politicians' (101–04). Also records that the 'geographers of the world are [...] sitting in Conference in London during the daytime, and amusing themselves at night in attending conversaziones, receptions, and all other junketings which a great capital can offer and geographers accept'. The sixth International Geographical Congress, organized by Hugh R Mill and John S Keltie for the Royal Geographical Society, is being held at the Imperial Institute in South Kensington, 'a building whose obvious utility would be enhanced if it were run more as if it were an Imperial Institute and less as a commercial speculation'. (111)

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