It has been claimed that the book predicted the rise of Donald Trump.
Social media users are in a heated debate about whether the works of Ingersoll Lockwood were actually a prophecy about President Trump’s rise to the White House.
Users of Reddit and 4chan claim to have found evidence backing up claims the 19th-century author may have known what would happen at the last US presidential election and possibly beyond.
Some websites have even speculated if Donald Trump is a time traveller who was around at the time of the works being penned, and detailed what was to come to the author.
Lockwood was an American lawyer, political writer, and novelist, who wrote two fantasy novels about Wilhelm Heinrich Sebastian von Troomp – referred to as Little Baron Trump, and his dog Bulger.
Little Baron Trump, a highly-imaginative child, is the main character in The Travels and Adventures of Little Baron Trump and also His Wonderful Dog Bulgar and Baron Trump’s Marvelous Underground Journey.
The stories tell how the boy and his dog leave “Castle Trump” for a journey underground to explore a theory that the earth is not solid, but full of people chased down there by “terrible disturbances.”
Before setting out on the quest, the boy’s father reminds him of the Trump motto – “the pathway to glory is strewn with pitfalls and dangers”.
Remarkably, the journey takes the pair to the Ural mountains in Russia.
However, the third novel he wrote tackles the coincidences of names and places to new heights.
In 1896 Lockwood published a book called 1900 or The Last President.
It starts in New York City on November 3, 1896, with an announcement of the newly-elected president.
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Strangely, he is an outsider candidate said to represent the “common man,” amid claims he will liberate the people from the bankers – an anti-establishment candidate as Mr Trump was billed as being.
In the first page New York is in turmoil from protests and riots at his election.
Protesters led by anarchists and socialists threaten to plunder and despoil the houses of the rich who have “wronged them for so many years.”
The book says “the Fifth Avenue Hotel will be the first to feel the fury of the mob”.
Newsweek, in the US, claims Trump Tower now sits where The Fifth Avenue Hotel used to be.
One of the most extraordinary coincidences found in the book is a quote from Garret A Hobart’s public speech of acceptance of the Republican nomination on September 10th, 1896, also appears in the book.
Hobart said: “The Chicago Platform assumes, in fact, the form of a legendary propaganda. It embodies a menace of national disintegration and destruction.”
This is the epigraph of the book published the same year.
A US political commentator, who writes under the name Tyler Durden wrote on Zerohedge.com: “Did a 19th-century author really predict Trump’s election, Russiagate, and the potential collapse of the country?
“It’s impossible to say for sure, but the ever-resourceful and endlessly curious users of Reddit and 4chan have unearthed some fascinating evidence to give some substance to the fantasy.
“There are many theories floating around the internet; some say Barron Trump is actually Lockwood, who traveled through time to write about his adventures.
“Others believe Steve Bannon is a 50-year old Barron Trump and they’re time-traveling together; another believes ‘we are all Barron and Barron is all of us,’ and some of us are simply chalking it up to 2017 having a competition with itself to see just how weird it can get.”
Even debunking website Snopes.com has been unable to kill off the coincidences.
It did, however, say they had been exaggerated, and there was no evidence for time travel.
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In an article about the books, Snopes.com wrote: “Although these books contain some seemingly bizarre coincidences, they are not evidence that Donald Trump has access to a time machine.
“Time travel conspiracy theories such as this one pick and choose material that supports their conclusions while ignoring everything else.
“For instance, these books also contain giant turtles, alternate dimensions, a battle with a big white crane, a dog named Bulgar, and a little smiling man frozen in time.
“Since these aspects have no clear connection to the Trumps, they are omitted from the conspiracy theory.”