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The Daily Dispatch: May 20, 1864., [Electronic resource], A Remarkable Exhibition in New York. (search)
The Fire Marshal then tried the same experiment and made the same report. All of the manifestations were repeated several times, to satisfy the most distrustful. It was especially noted that in every case the inside bolt of the centre door was heard to shoot into its socket in less than a second after the door was closed. This destroyed the theory that the Davenports untie themselves. By way of finale Mr. Lacy suggested that wheat flour should be placed in the hands of the Messrs. Davenport while they were still tightly tied. This was accordingly done by the committee, and any of the flour that had fallen within the box during the operation was neatly brushed away. The doors were then closed for the last time, and still the manifestations continued. Noises were heard; an open hand was shown at the window, and the trumpet was thrown out. The doors were opened and there stood the Davenport brothers, unbound and holding the wheat flour in their hands. The committee failed to