Divining Rod Finds Water.
A few weeks ago took place some operations with the divining rod by Mr. Stears of Hull, who was called to S. Campion’s farm at East Heslerton, near Malton, to search for a water supply, says The Westminster Gazette. At that time he marked two places near the farmhouse, where he said the presence of water was indicated by the rod. Since then E. Halliday, plumber, of Malton, has bored an artesian well at one of the places indicated, and found a very copious supply of water at a depth of eighty-seven feet, after going through sand, clay and a bed of what Mr. Halliday says is quartz and lead ore, Mr. Campion, who was previously without a supply of pure water, is delighted with the results of the visit of the “diviner,” and has faith in his power with the rod.
Mr. Stears has since been called in to experiment on several farms on the Birdsall estate of Lord Middleton, the operations being conducted in the presence of Julia, I.ady Middleton, the Hon, Geoffrey, and Mrs. Oawnay, Mr. Parsons (Lord Middleton’s agent), and others. Other farms were visited, and Mr. Stears, after employing the rod, indicated the presence of water at each. Mr. Halliday has also received instructions to make tests at these places, and operations are now in progress. Mr. Stears has successfully “divined” for water on two of Mr. Lett’s farms in the East Hiding, and also at Amotherby, near Malton, and his success is drawing fresh attention to the “divining” rod and its capabilities in the hands of a duly f’ inspired ” professor.
Mr. Stears claims that he can also discover metals as well as water, and he alleges that not one person in 10,000 can use the rod successfully. His explanation of the power he possesses beyond the ordinary run of his fellow.men is that it is what he would call “animal electricity,” because at times, after using the tod for a long period, he loses his power with it, and only recovers it after short rest and refreshment. In the presence of Lady Middleton and the rest of the company he made several interesting experiments; for instance, standing on a china dish, to show that china is a non-conducting agent (the rod ceasing to oscillate even when over water), finding metals hid in the ground, etc.