Benjamin Bathurst

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from Fancyclopedia 2 ca. 1959
(Fort:Piper) On the morning of 25 November 1809, Benjamin Bathurst, a British diplomatic agent in Austria, was having his carriage harnessed up; "he walked around the horses" to the other side — out of the line of sight of a few witnesses — and was never seen again. This happening is now (since H. Beam Piper used it in the story of quoted title) a Fortean event practically on a par with the Marie Celeste in renown, and indeed is almost a classic example of a Fortean happening: a well-authenticated inexplicable occurrence whose superficial explanation (kidnapping by French agents) breaks down on the fact that there is no evidence any such abduction ever was carried out.

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