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.

"He Walked Around the Horses" by H. Beam Piper was published in the April 1948 issue of Astounding Science Fiction.

Bathurst’s disappearance is addressed in numerous other sf stories:

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