A strange spiritual obsession has laid hold of the minds of hundreds of persons in the little riverside town of Grays, Essex (says a correspondent of the “Express”), who emphatically assert that for several nights past, about 9 30, while the after-glow of the sun suffused the sky, three unmistakable apparitions, angelic in form, have appeared in the heavens with wings outspread, above the training-ships in the river. At first it was thought that the supposed angels might be aeroplanes, but this theory was dispelled by their stationary attitudes and the absence of the familiar sound of aircraft.

Eye-witnesses tell me that they could neither believe nor deny the evidence of their senses. Nor were they inclined to regard what they have seen as merely fantastic shapes formed by the clouds.

One said:--“I am neither a dreamer nor a believer in spiritual phenomena, but at the same time I plainly saw three figures outlined against a rainbow which answered in all respects to Gustave Dore’s pictures of celestial beings. What they were passes my comprehension. Of course, I must take it for granted that they were cloud shapes, but I did not imagine them. There they were, three of them, and, what is just as wonderful, many people say they could read the word ‘Peace’ in a sort of halo over their heads.”

Such is the state of the public mind here that the “peace angels,” as they are called, are talked of all over the district, and, while some are derisive and facetious on the subject, it is astonishing to note the earnest way in which the majority regard the matter, standing about in groups watching every sign in the evening sky.

The inference freely made is that the visions may be herald angels of peace—a prestidigitation of the ardent desire for the end of the war when German militarism has been smashed for ever.—

Halifax Evening Courier,” Aug. 20, 1917.


From: Confidence, Vol. X, No. 6, Nov.-Dec. 1917, pag. 84, Sunderland, England