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eu lieu quelques mois avant de sa mort. Je vous autorise d'en faire usage pour la première fois, la copie originale ayant été présenté à Sa Majesté le Czar. En espérant que le public des lecteurs américains soit intéressé d'apprendre les prophéties du génie le plus grand de notre âge.-Je suis avec honneur et respect, Monsieur, votre, N. TOLSTOI.

This certainly has every appearance of bona fides As to the value of the contents of the prediction, that is quite another matter. We are still awaiting the appearance of the Napoleon of the North, and we shall probably have to wait long also for the United States of Europe, which, it seems, was also included in the startling programme of the Russian Count.

One of the most remarkable clairvoyant predictions in reference to the present war was recorded by Dr. Clement Philippe, President of the Société Belge de Médicine et Pharmacie en Angleterre. I give the doctor's statement as cited in a recent issue of the Globe. This doubtless will carry the more conviction owing to the fact that its narrator is a member of a profession not generally reputed to err on the side of credulity.

On December 13, 1913 (he writes), I was at a medical conference in Brussels. The most eminent doctors connected with the French health resorts were in turn initiating their Belgian colleagues into the mysteries of hydro-thermal science. On this particular day, Amédée Tardieu, who had the honour of personally attending for two years H.R.H. the Countess of Flanders, mother of King Albert, had been speaking of the Auvergne, and in the course of a banquet he uttered these words, which made his fellow-guests


smile: "In 1915 we shall be in Berlin and we shall have reconquered Alsace and Lorraine."

Ironical interruptions only served to make our confrère more serious, and he continued, almost with a prophetic air: "I'm telling you the truth, in 1915 we shall be in Berlin and we shall have reconquered Alsace-Lorraine." And he then explained himself to his astounded audience. In his sonorous voice, Tardieu, one of the greatest French medical authorities, a universally respected veteran of seventy-two, added: "I had a friend, the director of the observatory at Mont Souris, who was clairvoyant. Three months before the outbreak of the war in 1870 I saw him in tears; he was coming out of a mediumistic trance. 'I am crying,' he said, 'for the country and for myself. I see you, Tardieu, three months hence on the boulevards handling money in your hat, and counting it at the Gare du Nord, then you leave with an ambulance. At Aulnoye you're stopped by a railway accident, but by a miracle another train bears you to the East. At Monthermé an engine-driver is killed and an ambulance man will say to you, Chef, I'm a driver," and will take his place. Your train will continue on its journey to the East where the wounded are weltering in their blood. And then events will hasten the Empire will fall, we shall lose Alsace and Lorraine, and, a horrible thing, later I see Frenchmen wounded by Frenchmen. But it will only be a terrible trial, and in 1915 we shall have taken back Alsace and Lorraine and we shall be in Berlin. And I weep also for myself, my wife and I will be dead in six months, and some one will adopt our children.'


"Now," Tardieu asserted with emphasis, "all that lly happened. On August 13 I was with the ance service of the 8th Army Corps. I was g money in my uniform cap along the bouled on my arrival at the waiting-room of the Nord I counted out 28,000 francs in gold

and bank-notes. At Aulnoye there was an accident; by good fortune another train came along and took us away. At Monthermé the driver was killed, and one of my ambulance men took his place. And then came Sedan, the fall of the Empire, the loss of our provinces, and the fratricidal Commune.

"All that happened as was predicted. My friend and his wife died, and I adopted their children. And that is why," Tardieu concluded, "I firmly believe that we shall reconquer Alsace and Lorraine and that 1915 will witness our entry into Berlin."

That was said at a friendly dinner on December 13, 1913, at Brussels by a convinced and ardent patriot, And now! Who knows?

Among other shorter prophecies which have been cited in reference to the war are the following: Mme Sybilla is a Parisian prophetess. In an interview which appeared in the Stampa, of Turin, in January 1914, she said: "On every side the outlook is of blood and war. The hands of the Slavs are heavy with Fate. An imperial drama is imminent. The German outlook points to profound convulsions. The person of the Kaiser is the aim of destiny. I cannot see the rehabilitation of European equilibrium until Prussia has re-entered into the limits of a small State. Belgium has trying days before her." Mme Sybilla also asserted that Italy would favour France in spite of treaty obligations.


A Japanese prediction, dating back to 1793, "When men fly like birds, ten great kings will go to war against each other, and the universe will be under arms."

The prophecy of a monk of Medieval Saxony is stated to have been made in the following words :

There will be a king in Germany under whom the nation will be greater and more powerful than ever before. He will be followed by an uncrowned king who will pass as a shadow across the throne. A onearmed king will succeed him, and in the end of this reign, or early in the next, the German armies will go forth to conquer the world, but those who return will shelter under the pear-trees of the nation.

There is a general agreement among these prophecies, both as to the universality of the war and as to the ultimate defeat of Germany and Austria. The question of the resulting resettlement of Europe, where it is in any way treated of, provides room for greater diversity. The era of peace that is to follow according to the prediction of Brother John in the prophecy of Antichrist, seems hardly borne out by Tolstoi's more ominous vision, though this is too vague a prediction for us to base any very definite conclusions upon it. Several of the predictions clearly imply the intervention of Turkey. One, the prediction made to Sir Alfred Turner, definitely foretells a German revolution, compared to which that of 1789 in France would be as nothing. This upshot of the war is not specifically stated elsewhere, though it is indicated in a more general form in the predictions of Mme. de Thèbes.* The rehabilitation of Poland is emphasized with curious frequency, and it will be noted with interest that in two prophecies, viz., that of Antichrist and the Japanese one, references are made to aviation.

* Readers are referred to the original almanacs.



THERE are two celebrated predictions which, though not bearing very directly on the present war, have each of them some indirect reference to it, and are both so well-known and so remarkable in their own way that the present record would seem hardly complete without some special notice of either. One is the so-called Prophecy of Lehnin, and the other the Prophecy of St. Malachi. The Prophecy of Lehnin is in the nature of a prediction covering the whole history of the Hohenzollern Dynasty, from its first introduction to Brandenburg. The prediction consists of a hundred lines of Latin hexameter verse, and is ascribed to Prior Hermann, who was head of the monastery of Lehnin about A.D. 1240. That the prediction is not a modern one is certain, but this is a very different matter from claiming that its ascription to Prior Hermann is authentic. There are said to be some five or six copies of the prophecy in the library of Berlin. It was first printed in 1723 by Schultze, under the title of Frater Hermann Redivivus. It is impossible now to fix the exact date of the writing of the verses or to determine their real author, and it is of course not improbable


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