News founder-editor, Maurice Barbanell, attended an Estelle Roberts
physical seance in Teddington (Middlesex,
England). He records in his book This is Spiritualism that the medium's spirit guide,
known as Red Cloud, brought forward a spirit girl
who wanted to relay a message to her mother, who
was still on Earth.
Through a lightweight aluminium
seance trumpet a young girl's voice 'very slowly,
but distinctly' said, 'My name is Bessy Manning.
I died with tuberculosis last Easter. I have
brought my brother, Tommy, with me; he was killed
by a motor car... Tell my mother that I still
have my two long plaits. I am twenty-two, and I
have got blue eyes. Tell her I want her to come
here. Could you bring her? She is not rich - she
is poor... She is so unhappy.'
When Mr Barbanell said,
'I must know where she lives' - without
hesitation Bessy replied, '14 Canterbury Street,
Next morning, Mr
Barbanell sent a telegram to Mrs Manning at the
spirit-supplied address, telling her of what had
taken place. There was no reply, so he
telegraphed again. Two days later, he received
two letters from an overjoyed Mrs Manning: the
first expressed her happiness on having received
the first telegram, and in the second she
aplogized because Mr Barbanell had needed to send
another, explaining that she lacked the money to
reply by anything other than a letter.
She confirmed that Bessy
had died the previous Easter from TB, and later
verified that her son, Tommy, had been killed by
a car nine years earlier. 'Oh, the glorious
happiness to me and mine! I have to thank you for
the great joy you have given to me. How can I
ever thank you enough?'
considered this communication as 'flawless
evidence for the after-life. No theories of
telepathy or the subconscious mind can explain it
away... Mrs Manning had never met Estelle
Roberts, or corresponded with her or any member
of her family'.
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these remarkable events, Mr Barbanell paid for
Mrs Manning to travel to London and he drove her
to Teddington in Middlesex to attend a
direct-voice physical seance with Estelle
Roberts. At this gathering Bessy Manning duly
returned and was overjoyed to speak with her
mother. She relayed that her brother Tommy was
again present with her.
Mrs Manning said to her daughter,
'Bessy, this is wonderful. You know how your
mother loves you, don't you?'
wonderful. God bless you, Ma,' replied Bessy.
When Mrs Manning asked
whether Bessy ever visited home, she said that
she did, adding that she had often seen her
mother pick up her photograph, speak to it and
Mrs Manning confirmed
Bessy reported that on
that very morning she had heard her mother
talking to her father about mending his boots,
stating exactly what had been said - and this was
also verified by Mrs Manning.
'After the seance,'
writes Mr Barbanell, 'Mrs Manning was weeping,
but they were tears of joy, not sorrow. "I
am the happiest woman in the world," she
Upon returning home to
Blackburn, Mrs Manning wrote to Mr Barbanell
thanking him for his kindness, and revealing that
just before her daughter had died, Bessy had made
'Just before the
end, she said, "If it is possible at all, I
will come back."
'I knew she would
keep her promise. I heard my own daughter speak
to me, in the same old loving way, and with the
self-same peculiarities of speech.
'She spoke of
incidents that I know for a positive fact no
other person could know'.