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CATCHING A SPIRIT.

Mrs. Mary Eddy Huntoon, sister of Eddy brothers, the. famous materialising mediums, came to grief at North Adams on Monday night, and local editor J. H. Mabbett of the “ Transcript,” played the principal part in the affair. Mrs. Himtoon and her brother, Webster Eddy came from Chittenden, Vt., by arrangement with local parties, on Friday night, and took rooms over Quackenbush’s restaurant on State street. On Saturday evening they gave their first seance, which about fifteen attended, and there was the usual manifestations. Among the audience was Rev. Dr. Osborne, of the Baptist Church, and he and Mr. Mabbett laid their heads together for the exposure which worked so successfully on Monday night. The room was an ordinary sitting-room, with a bedroom adjoining, and from the bed-room a door led to a wardrobe. The bed-room was utilised as a cabinet, a dark curtain being hung up over the doorway, the door of which was pushed back. Colonel Potter and William Hodgskins examined the cabinet before the seance, but no one was in it when the manifestations began. An audience of nearly 30 were present, including eight women. Mrs. Huntoon was bound by Colonel Potter and sat alone in the cabinet when the manifestations took place. The seance lasted about an hour, and a number of figures appeared, one of them purporting to bo the grandmother of the Rev. Dr. Osborne, who was present. Mrs. Huntoon’s closing materialisation is always that of au Indian chief, who bounds out with a yell into the dimly-lighted room, in which nothing can bo distinguished save the “ spirit forms.” Mr. Mabbett has attended several of these seances at Mount Pleasant, and knew just when the Indian would appear, so that when he heard the whoop he sprang from the front seat, and caught the figure when about three feet frem the cabinet curtain. At the same instant Webster Eddy jumped for Mabbett and the spirit fell to the floor, Eddy endeavoring to get hold of Mahbett’s throat, while the spirit scratched his face vigorously. Rev. Dr. Osborne and Col. A. G. Potter, who had agreed to assist Mabbett, at once hauled away Eddy, but the editor did not relax his hold on the spirit, and finally brought out before the audience the Indian figure. At this juncture by a preconcerted arrangement, Officer Joel W. Hunter and Deputy Sheriff Walden, who had been waiting in the hallway for three quarters of an hour, broke in the door, and when the lights were turned up tlie Indian figure proved to be Mrs. Huntoon, her skirts and dress cunningly tucked up about her body, and her white drawers showing plainly, while she kicked, screamed, and cried to her associates for a pistol. The scene was one of the highest excitement and confusion. One woman rushed up and denounced Mr. Mabbett as a “shameless thing,” and entreated him to put down the medium’s dress ; while ho, excited by the confusion, called lustily, “ See her legs 1” “ See her drawers !” “ There’s the Indian materialisation for you !” After recovery from her hysterics, in which she prophesied her death before morning, she, out of sheer bravado, explained that there was no denying the fact that Mabbett caught the Indian figure, but that, inasmuch as the materialisation emanated from her, it likewise returned to her, and so, instead of keeping the materialisation, he found her in his arms. A few spiritualists present swallowed this as truth. Mrs. Huntoon was advertised for another seance last evening, and is announced to go to Lee, Tyringham, and o ther places in southern Berkshire fo®. SI « was in Sanclisfield and New Boston last winter, and had a good many believers there.— Springfield Republican.

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CATCHING A SPIRIT., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 46, 10 January 1880

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CATCHING A SPIRIT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 46, 10 January 1880

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