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'You are very considerate toward woman. You harmonize with her spirit very truly, and can influence the female mind quite favorably, if it is on the same plane as your own. You are capable of making many female friends.
"Industry and promptness are striking characteristics. You are always busy, and can not waste time, or take sufficient rest. You would be better with more hardness and agressiveness of character, to resist encroachments and protect self. Were it not for the fact that you have very little to fear and restraining power generally, you would not have sufficient resolution to accomplish the work of your life; but your mind is free from apprehension or fear; hence you can advance with very little friction.
“You are exceedingly deficient in that which leads to policy, equivocation, and suspicion. You are too open and unguarded. You have moral forethought, which keeps you straight with your conscience. You likewise manifest that quality of reserve and depth of mind which keeps you from opening up your character at once to the greater number of those you meet with; hence, though familiar with many, they may not know you thoroughly, because of a certain delicacy which restrains you from manifesting yourself beyond the limits of strict propriety.
“You are naturally proud and elevated, and conduct yourself with dignity and manliness; but you are somewhat deficient at times in self-reliance, and like to have a positive companion with whom you can associate and take counsel.
The summit of your character culminates in your great integrity and stability of moral principle, perseverance, and sense of duty; though you may, for a moment, feel absorbed in individuals, and apparently succumb to their opinions, yet you maintain a fixed inflexibility of purpose.
“You are not one of those circumspect people, who make every day of their life accord with the others; but you are ready to renounce everything you profess, if your discoveries of truth indicate such a course. You never try to be consistent.
* You feel as if too much of the success of the world's struggles depended upon yourself and upon your works. Thus you do not enjoy so much spiritual beatitude and divine fellowship as you find pleasure in doing the work and promoting the interests of humanity. Your benevolence is exceedingly large and active: your sympathies are susceptible, almost to an abnormal extent. You can not come within the sphere of necessity without feeling it as your own. Yours is the spirit of the true philanthropist.
"You have a prophetic and intuitive perception of the course of things, which leads you on when your want of faith and hope would cause you to flag, and give up the contest. Your mind is looking forward and backward at the same time. You see very clearly the relations between the past and the future; and the present is to you a sphere of progressive activity.
Ingenious and versatile, you can readily turn your attention to a great variety of subjects. You have much taste and literary ability; and, as the inspirational faculty is very active, you readily find material to cover the necessities of your case. You gather knowledge accurately and to the purpose; and, having great power of recollection, you have an inexhaustible fund of literary matter to fall back upon. You readily distinguish special features of thought, and can make your selections according to your requirements.
“Your love of music and desire for harmony is intense.
“You are a great chronologist. Your sense of time, and your ability to determine the relative dates of events, is good. Thus you are historical, and can mark epochs and the lapse of eras almost intuitively. You are also a traveler: you love to peregrinate, and visit the various parts of the world to collect their mental products. You do not notice so much the phenomena of nature as you do those of mind. Your mechanical skill takes a mental form; and you readily sketch out a subject as a builder would a house, and see all the adjustments
of your work. Your sense of perspective, order, and arrangement are very good; and there is an exquisiteness and artistic beauty about your speeches and literary works.
“Your command of language is moderately good; but there is a greater fund of matter than there is a specialty of words in which to clothe it.
“Feminine and eminently spiritual in temperament, you are, from brain development, constituted to view spiritual and religious subjects from the secular or humanitarian side. Thus, while your inspirations are intensely religious and spiritual, your method is for truth against priestly devices, and favorable to the unity of all human interests.”
MEETS A NOTED SENSITIVE
“ Thou Who madest all things,
Give each its place to be;
When lived most true to Thee.
"All live in Thy great circle,
All in Thy being meet;
To make the whole complete."
During his stay in Battle Creek Mr. Peebles came in social contact with a young man for whom he subsequently formed a friendship, which constituted a very important chapter in his life history,- a friendship, moreover, which elicited much comment and criticism from the members of the society over which he presided. The name of this young man was E. C. Dunn. At the time he was first brought under Mr. Peebles's notice he was generally recognized as an abandoned and dissolute character, a frequenter of the circus and an acknowledged leader of the dissipated classes.
His early history was grimly romantic. His birth was obscure, and while yet quite a lad he was stolen by a horde of bandits, and carried to their retreat in the great “Black Swamp," of Ohio, to serve as their spy and chore-boy. Their business was to steal horses, forge money, and pillage the country generally. Active and clownish, intelligent and shrewd, he soon learned and excelled in all their tricks. He was schooled in the arts of joking, gambling, and forgery. Poor boy! he was not responsible for his early associations. When these fierce men scattered, he connected himself a while
with a band of traveling minstrels, and was a perfect adept in exciting the crowd, and procuring money. For two summers after, he was a circus-boy and ventriloquist. Educated at these popular colleges of vice, he became a “wild, gay, rollicking, good-hearted, demoniac, affectionate, fast young man.” Having served such an apprenticeship, satiated with wandering, he settled down in Battle Creek.
Some time in the winter of 1858, Prof. I. Stearns visited Battle Creek, and commenced a series of popular lectures on Psychology. The interest increasing, this quizzing youngster, taking the world to be “a grand humbug," proposed to his coadjutators, that, the pending evening, he would " explode the whole thing;” and the programme was mapped out accordingly. He was to go on to the stand, the boys backing him, and feign magnetic sleep for a while, and then betray the professor.
When all was ready, he stepped to the platform with an air of resolution, and, facing the vast crowd, gave the boys the wink. The professor scanned him a moment, and ordered him off, stating that he wanted to experiment with his old subjects, whom he required to be immediately seated. Young Dunn gave the wink, so well understood, and took a seat with the rest. The professor ignored him entirely.
But why not try me, sir ? “Because I have a sufficient number without you." “As I expected; you are a humbug,- you dare not try me.” “ Sit down here, young man.”
The operator made a few passes, and ordered him to close his eyes, exclaiming, “ You can not open them!” They were, indeed sealed, and all the efforts of Mr. Dunn to open them were fruitless. He was then put through a variety of performances — made to hunt, jump the rope, fish, dance, and ride a broomstick for a horse. Presently he began to behave in a strange fashion, both unlike himself and quite foreign to the psychological influence of Professor Stearns. When the Professor shouted, “ All right!” there was no response. Another influence had possession. In a moment he was in a “fit,”