A rather more bloodthirsty story is told by Pietro Zampa about the Abbé Mermet. As a part of it is told in the Abbé’s own words I will translate from the Italian as literally as possible:
“In October, 1933, at Montbovas, a boy of about 18 years of age, while returning to his home, disappeared withoul leaving any trace. Having lost all hope the boy’s sister came to see me, bringing with her his photograph and a map of the district. My finding was as follows:—Your brother is dead. He went along this street and stopped here. At this point I find your brother, whose height is 1.55 metres, being carried, already a corpse, by a man whose height is 1.70 metres. Your brother has been stabbed with a knife near the heart. He has been thrown over the cliff and we shall find his body in the river Hongrin, not far from this spot in 4 metres of water. I suspect that robbery was the object of the assassin as I find neither gold nor silver on your brother’s body.”
Everything that the Abbé Mermet said proved to be quite correct in every detail and at a later date the boy’s empty purse was found in the River Sarine, some miles away. He had at his disposal a photograph of the boy, as a sample, and a map as a guide. With these the Abbe was able to trace the boy’s movements up to where he was killed and to where his body was thrown over the cliff, but the gaps in the story had to be filled in by means of questions. His method was to write each question on a separate piece of paper, each one being answerable by “yes” or “no”. Some of the questions were as follows: Was the boy killed? Was the boy shot? Was the boy stabbed? Was the boy killed by a blow on the head? Was the boy dead when thrown into the river? Was his body carried in a vehicle? Was his body carried by the murderer? and so on. From the answers received he was able to build up his story. I have already explained how the height of the people concerned could have been determined, namely by the use of numerals, in this case representing metres. If one could operate one’s pendulum as successfully as the Abbe one would be a veritable Sherlock Holmes and would not require the services of Doctor Watson.
I could give any number of similar cases but I feel that they will not serve any useful purpose as they are all “success” stories built up by a combination of both Radiesthesia and Teleradiesthesia.
In conclusion I should like to say that I hope that I have made myself quite clear in explaining tests and experiments. Had I endeavoured to explain the theory of some of the reactions of the pendulum I should not only have bewildered my readers but also myself.
While making experiments you will have failures but please do not let it worry you unduly; we learn as much, if not more, from failures than we do from successes. It is very necessary to keep records of experiments, even if they are, or appear to be, failures, so that those which do not appear to be “true” can be eliminated. For some inexplicable reason the pendulum will sulk or give strange reactions. These are probably due to some condition existing at the time which we have not noticed but may remember when we get a repetition of the strange behaviour of the pendulum.
I have already sounded a word of warning about carrying out tests and experiments in a crowded room and I sound it again. It is not fair on yourself or Radiesthesia because you are almost certain to fail and that might discourage you from further endeavour.
Some of my readers are sure to be the “exceptions to the rule” as regards the direction of gyrations and they will find that the pendulum does everything in the opposite direction to normal. It is not uncommon, about one in every four hundred I find, but the late W. H. Trinder was one and he was a truly wonderful Radiesthetist so there is no cause for any misgivings in that direction.
You may think that some of the things you have read about are fantastic, but what may appear to be fantastic today may be an accepted fact tomorrow.
Again, a word of advice about the care of your pendulum. Carry it about with you as much as possible. If it is put away see that it is not near any metal and do not lend it to anyone else.
- Chapter IX: MAPS AND PHOTOGRAPHS
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