chapter  1
The Chime Children
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Inthismodernageoftelevised'occult'discussionsforthemillionson mattersourforefatherswiselyregardedas'bestnottalkedabout',I haveoftenbeenaskedbyfellowfolkloriststoexplainaChimeChild.

Ihave,atlast,feltfreetodoso.Foryearstheancientcommand ofsilenceandsecrecyheldmeback,althoughIhadquitedeliberatelyandprayerfullydonewhatIcouldtoremovethatfootofmine sofirmlyplantedinanunseenworld.Therearemanymenand womeninthistoo-glibworldofinterviewsandtrivialchatter, whoarestillknowntobe'Seers','SeventhChildrenofSeventh Children','thegifted',thecharmer(notthefortuneteller),who havebeenborntoastrangeheritage,andliveouttheirliveswith afootineachoftheworlds,seenandunseen.Theyareusually verysilentaboutit,andonlyveryfewfriendsortheirfamilies know.Mostofthese'traditionalnamings'aretobefound,through ourmodernpassionforscientificclassification,invariousdictionariesbutIdoubtifyouwillfindmorethanonereferencetoa ChimeChild.TheChimeHours,yes-thosepotentghostlyhours frommidnighttocock-crowthatShakespeareandhisforbears knewweredangeroustolivingmanbecausethePowersofDarknessclaimedthem-theseyouwillfindinmanyrecordsofmany beliefs.ButaChimeChildwasapurelylocalWestSomersetfaith, andwithinmyownlifetimefaded,withsomuchancientlorethat didnotsurvivetheFirstWorldWar.Sohereisadescriptionof whattheveryoldinthe1900'sdeclaredChimeChildrentobe.