These century-old predictions are uncanny.
Too much like our present day, say some. Proof that time travel exists, say others.
Ingersoll Lockwood, himself a lawyer, wrote a pamphlet which predicted the rise of an outsider presidential candidate who took the presidency of our nation and ended it. Set in the late 1800's, it tells of a populist candidate who is elected with the platform to "undo the bad business of years of unholy union between barters and sellers of human toil and the law makers of the land."
Newsweek, among others, repeated the parallels they found with this short work and our present day:
These similarities between fiction and current events were so great, Snopes elected to "fact check" them and gave them a "mostly true" rating.
The other books Lockwood was known for had a Baron Trump as the hero. In the included story he again tired of his excessive wealth and set about going to Russia to meet a powerful "Don" who was to instruct him about his new adventure. Before leaving Castle Trump in the Marvelous Underground Journey, Baron's father refers to Don as a "safe and trusty counselor" and reminds him of the Trump motto - "the pathway to glory is strewn with pitfalls and dangers."
Another uncanny similarity is with Barron Trump, the young son of our President, as well as the "Russiagate" investigation.
For some this is proof that Trump owns a time travel device and has been using it to influence our time line. And other conspiracy schemes have hatched.
The editor has sought out all the books by Ingersoll that have made the transition to our digital age. This collection also contains a short story about a lawyer and a will, close to Ingersoll's own life events.
You can make up your own mind about the prescience and predictions of this author.
For all we know, it may be just another coincidental set of entertaining fiction...