A Love Message to Mars: Psychic Experiments of Dr. Mansfield Robinson

Dr H. Mansfield Robinson, Vestry Clerk of Shoreditch (1891–1899), and Town Clerk of Shoreditch (1900–1911). Image Credit.

Dr H. Mansfield Robinson, Vestry Clerk of Shoreditch (1891–1899), and Town Clerk of Shoreditch (1900–1911). Image Credit.

On 27 October 1926 Dr. Hugh Mansfield Robinson, a former Town Clerk of Shoreditch and a Doctor of Laws, sent a unique message in the history of telegraphy – Opesti nipitia secomba. The supposed recipient was a six-foot, big-eared Martian girl referred to as Oomaruru, with whom he’d been in extrasensory contact. Claiming to be an interplanetary psychic, Robinson first heard from the Martians in 1918, when his astral body allegedly visited Mars.

He described Mars as a planet inhabited by men seven to eight feet tall, while the ladies were over six feet. “They have large ears sticking out on each side of the head, a huge shock of hair massed high, and a Chinese cast of features.” These are described as ‘intensely religious’ beings, who treat atheism as a form of insanity. “They have great airships run by electricity. All their power is electrical, run from the harnessing of the canals and waterfalls in the mountains. They are consequently many generations in advance of us in wireless knowledge”, the doctor elaborated. He also spoke of their society, believing that labor strikes were unknown, that the population was decentralized out of cities, and that their numbers included a lower caste of beings lacking in intelligence, and with heads shaped like that of a walrus.

The doctor seemed to have fallen in love with a Martian woman named Oomaruru. He claimed to be in regular telepathic contact with her. In 1926, Mars was 8 million miles closer to Earth than usually. That year Dr Robinson handed the telegraphist a note written in a mysterious language he claimed was Martian. The puzzled telegraphist relayed the message to a transmitter at Rugby. From here, it was beamed into space on a wavelength of 18,240 meters. Receivers then listened out for a reply at 30,000 meters, a wavelength Dr Robinson believed the Martians to favor.

Unfortunately, his money was wasted. The next day, the Post Office informed him that no signals had been received that could have emanated from the Red Planet.

Apparent failure to communicate with Martians didn’t discourage him. A second message sent was – “Com Ga Mar”, meaning “God is Love”. The clerk informed Dr. Robinson that he could not guarantee delivery, but the doctor agreed to take the risk. It is not known whether the message reached the destination as no reply has been received.

In 1929 Robinson tried again using an ordinary wireless set augmented with a ‘psycho-telepathic motor-meter’. In 1930 he founded a college of telepathy whose staff included a telepathic dog called Nell. Finally, in 1933, he claimed to have recorded the voice of Cleopatra, now a jilted farmer’s wife living in a glass house on Mars.

– via londonist.com

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