The following famous narrative is taken from Mr. Robert Dale Owen’s collection, printed in his Footfalls on the Boundary of Another World, and The Debatable Land Between this World and the Next. It is quite a famous case and is vouched for by Mr. Owen.
It is as follows: “Mr. Robert Bruce descended from some branch of the Scottish family of the same name, was born in humble circumstances about the close of the eighteenth century at Torbay, in the south of England, and there bred up to seafaring life. When about thirty years of age (in the year 1828), he was the first mate on board a bark trading between Liverpool and St. John’s, New Brunswick.
“On one of her voyages, bound westward, being then some five or six weeks out, and having near the eastern portion of the Banks of Newfoundland, the captain, and the mate had been on deck at noon, taking an observation of the sun; after which they both descended to calculate their day’s work. “The cabin, a small one, was immediately at the stern of the vessel, and the short stairway, descending to it, ran athwart-ships.
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