107. Apparitions seen in the waking state are neither new nor rare. They have
occurred in all ages; history recounts a vast number of them; but we need not go back
so far, for they are very common in our own times. They are especially frequent in
connection with the death of persons who, being absent, come to Visit their relations or
friends at the moment of departure. They often appear to have no determined object;
but it may be affirmed that spirits who thus manifest themselves are usually drawn by
sympathy. There are very few persons who are not cognisant or unquestionably
authentic facts of this character.