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towards the observer, then they ought— unless it is a case of Echoes— to be heard successively all along the track. We have seen however that the guns will be heard at some one locality, but not at others close by. Then the boom of surf is monotonously consecutive ; whether loud or dull it matters not. It requires a fixed time for the wave to rise and dash upon the beach ; one may time the rhythm by the watch ; and so long as the storm lasts and the wind blows from the same quarter, so long will the surf-beats follow each other in their rhythmic measure. A t the moment of writing I hear the surf rolling upon the Adyar beach, a half mile away, and not the wildest imagination would note any resem­ blance to the eight o’clock gun which just now was fired at Fort S t George, four miles away. Now the Baris&l Guns I heard at Baris&l sounded as if fired a half mile from my point of observation ; and though I have listened to the surf in various parts of the world, I never heard any that resembled a cannon-shot, though some say they have where surges were plunging into cavernous cliffs. But no observer has, to my recollection, recorded the fact that such marine salvos would resound a few times and then suddenly cease, notwithstanding that the swell of angry ocean continued and the winds still blew as hard as before from the same quarter and in the same direction ! (II.) The breaking down o f the banks o f the rivers in the vicinity of places where they are heard. Considering that these river-banks are of alluvium and but a few feet high, and that their erosion is never known to occur rhythmically, nor ever, save when rivers are in flood, this theory may be passed. (III.) The firing o f bombs or guns on the occasion o f marriages. Bosh! (IV.) Subterranean or sub-aqueous volcanic or seismic agencies. No evidence supports this conjecture. There are no such reports from the Marine Survey Department ; from navigators— to whom the Bay is as familiar, almost, as the streets of their native town or village; nor from the swarms of fishermen who are constantly going over the ground. Referring to the supposition of Capt. Stewart that the sounds have some connection with the “ Swash-of-no-ground,” and rejecting as unfounded the theory that it is the crater of an extinct volcano,'Col. Waterhouse says, “ it would be most important to have further observations as to the state of the sea during the monsoon over this depression, and whether the contending currents (in the sea) cause such disturbance as would produce explosive sounds loud enough to be heard miles inland.” But I would ask the learned gentleman what importance attaches to the conflict of ocean-currents capable of making such detonations as the Baris&l Guns, unless the recurrence of the sounds were as continuous and rhythmic as the clash of the currents would be. If they— the latter— go on night and day the same throughout the monsoon, and the wind blows almost constantly from the Swash towards the Delta, then the guns should also

13H.P. Blavatsky & M. Collins, editors - Lucifer Vol. III, No. 13 September, 1888  

Source : The International Association for the Preservation of Spiritualist and Occult Periodicals (IAPSOP, www.iapsop.com), digitized by Go...

13H.P. Blavatsky & M. Collins, editors - Lucifer Vol. III, No. 13 September, 1888  

Source : The International Association for the Preservation of Spiritualist and Occult Periodicals (IAPSOP, www.iapsop.com), digitized by Go...

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