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when do you suppose all this will happen?" "Ah!" he said, "that I cannot tell, probably not in my lifetime. But if you live to be an old woman you may see it." "Oh, God forbid!" I said. I remember his earnest gaze when I said that. He was a very learned man, and deeply read. It always seemed to me as a child that there was nothing he did not know! I am now nearly seventy-seven. I was sixteen when I saw the manuscript. But it was very old then. I don't know what became of it.

January 27, 1915.

(Signed) K. S.

A further attestation of which considerable notice has been taken is that of a certain Madame Faust, a Belgian lady from Liège, whose husband was an editor of a newspaper in that town. She states that she heard the prophecy read aloud at a social entertainment at Liège about the year 1890. But there are discrepancies in connexion with the details given, and, whereas she states her belief that the prophecy was read by Monsieur Péladan himself, this gentleman absolutely denies having been present at the entertainment, or ever having read the prediction aloud to a public audience. In spite of this, one cannot help being impressed by the number of witnesses who have come forward stating that for many years past they have been familiar with the prophecy, and, though we are not justified in concluding from this that the prediction which they recollect is identical in all details with that which has been given to the world by Monsieur Péladan, it certainly appears that in its main outlines it antedates the war by a considerable number of years, whatever embellishments or modifications may have been subsequently

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added. We are not entitled on this account to accord to the Johannes Prophecy the same status to which a large number of the other predictions cited in the present volume can unquestionably lay claim. Nor can anything short of the discovery of the Latin original be considered a complete vindication of its bona fides.

It will have been noticed that allusion is made both in the prophecy of Mayence and also, in a rather less definite form, in that attributed to Brother Johannes, to the locality in which the last struggle of the great war is to be fought out. The Prophecy of Mayence states that the victor "shall command seven kinds of soldiers against three to the quarter of Bouleaux between Ham, Woerl, and Paderborn." The prophecy of Antichrist, in a somewhat similar fashion, states that the combat will be fought out in that part of the country in which Antichrist forges his arms; that is, of course, Essen, where the Krupp armament factories are situated. The subjoined map shows the relative positions of the places alluded to, which are all situated in Westphalia. The Champ des Bouleaux, i.e. the Field of Birches, is not to be found in the ordinary map of Germany, but there is a curious booklet published in Paris (43 rue du Seine) entitled "La Bataille du Champ des Bouleaux," which gives information with reference to it. The volume in question is in the nature of a futurist story of the war, the romance being based upon statements made in the prophecy of Mayence, the historical fulfilment of which is assumed by the writer. The site is thus described on p. 68:

In the centre of the Westphalian plain, half-way between Hamm and Unna, rises a small hill dominating the flat expanse of plain. At the summit of its central crest is a wood of birches (bouleaux), fanshaped at the edge, the stems of whose white saplings rise toward the sky. From the skirts of the wood the view embraces the grey extent of country stretching between the tributaries of the Rhine.

The position indicated would be as nearly as possible S.S.W. of Ham, and E.N.E. of Dortmund. I am not myself in a position to guarantee the geographical exactitude of the writer of the book, but I assume from his narrative that he is personally acquainted with the locality. Our futurist romancer (whose romance antedates the outbreak of the war), writing of this stupendous conflict, observes that "the battle of the Champ des Bouleaux will live eternally in the memory of our latest descendants like the battles of Actium, of Poitiers, of Lepanto, and of Waterloo."

Certain predictions having reference to the present war make special allusion to the restoration of the independence of Poland. Of these the most noteworthy is one ascribed to a Jesuit of the Dominican order, the Blessed André Bobola, who was murdered at Janow by the Cossacks in the year 1673. This priest was by nationality a Pole, and his interest in the matter naturally concerned particularly his native land. He is stated to have foretold that Poland would disappear as a kingdom, which it did in 1772, and that its independence would be restored at the same time that the Turk was driven out of Europe.

A further and more detailed narrative is given

of a prophecy ascribed to an apparition of Bobola in the year 1819. In this year, so runs the record given in a French collection of predictions entitled Voix Prophétiques, ou Signes, Apparitions et Predictions Modernes (Paris, Victor, Palme, 1872) the Polish saint is stated to have appeared to a monk of the name of Father Korzeniecki in the convent of Wilna in Lithuania. In narrating the story the editor of Voix Prophétiques, a zealous Catholic, observes:

"One might affirm that Poland is a country without a future, had it not been that the promises of Heaven have given us an assurance to the contrary."

The monk of Wilna had made a special appeal to the Polish saint, and in answer to his prayer, we are informed, there appeared to him in the midst of his cell, just as he was retiring for the night, a venerable figure wearing the costume of a Jesuit, who announced himself to be André Bobola, and bade him open the window, when he would perceive things that he had never yet seen.

At these words the Dominican in amazement opened his window and, looking out, perceived, not the narrow garden of the convent with its surrounding wall, as he anticipated, but immense plains stretching as far as the horizon. "The scene which is unfolded before you," observed the saintly apparition, “is the territory of Pinsk, where I had the glory of suffering martyrdom for the faith of Jesus Christ. But look again and you will learn that which you desire to know." At this moment, as the father looked out a second time, the plain appeared to him on a sudden covered with innumerable masses of Russian, Turkish, French, English, Austrian, and

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