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prophecies or just plain fate
THE FATAL SALUTE
if a person dreams that he will die in a certain situation and then takes care to avoid
that situation,we have,of course,no means of knowing if the warning was false or if
fate has been cheated.sometimes,though,fate gives a warning and then refuses
to be cheated.
one night in july 1750 robert morris,sr.,the father of the robert morris who managed
the financial affairs of the american revolution,dreamed that he would be killed by
cannon fire from a naval ship he was to visit.the dream made him so nervous that
he was persuaded to board the vessel only by the captains promise that no
guns would be fired until he was safely back on land.
the visit was made,and at its conclusion the captain gave instructions that no salute be
fired until he signaled that the rowboat had returned morris safely to shore.but while
the boat was still within range of the ships gun,a fly settled on the captains nose and
he thoughtlessly raised his hand to brush it away.this gesture was taken as a sign that
the salute should be fired,and so it was.a fragment of the blast struck morris and
wounded him fatally.
(journal of the american society for psychical research,april 1970,p.193)
TRUTH FOLLOWS FICTION
in 1838 edgar allan poe published a grim tale called"the narrative of arthur gordon pym
of nantucket."in it,three survivors of a shipwreck,dying of thirst and starvation,kill
and eat their companion,richard parker,who lost when they drew lots.
in 1884,three survivors of a shipwreck were tried for the murder of a fourth.adrift,
and facing starvation,they had killed and eaten their companion,a cabin boy named richard parker.
you smile because iam different,i laugh because your all the same
Sep/11/2007, 8:47 am
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