Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Chas. Henry Stopher]
(Supplementary) Occult Power of a Woman at Ithaca, Nebraska.
This woman claimed to be physic and Mr. o'Kane of Ithaca state that she located some stolen cattle for him and he got them back. She had located several dead bodies of missing persons in Nebraska. Sometime in the latter nineties a station agent disappeared from Ithaca. Mr. o'Kane sent this woman two photographs, one of the man and one of somebody else.
She picked out the missing man's picture and replied that he had been murdered and his body thrown into the Platte river. The place, where it was, she said, was by a small island where the water ran deep and was over hung by willows.
They had her come to Ithaca and she led the men to the river almost due east. With a boat they crossed to a small island, which was exactly as she had described. Here at a certain place, she held her hands over the water and as they became rigid and the veins distended she went into a trance and perspired profusely.
For a time she remained this way and then speaking again she said, the body was here and was covered by six feet of sand.
The people believed her but could not recover the body.