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A LONDON GHOST AT NOONDAY.

We {Pall Mall Gazette ) have received the following extraordinary narrative from a correspondent for whose good faith and professional acuteness of ob- . servation we cen vouch. He sub-., stantiates his story with full details of.' dates, names, and places, which, however, for the sake of the survivors, he does not wish to be published. Without any further preface, we lay his letter before our readers :—As my wife and I were sitting at breakfast with a guest whom I will call Mr A., then on , a visit for the first time to our bouse and neighborhood, our maid-servant passed out of the room on her way to the kitchen. As she closed the door i Mr A. startled me by saying, “I saw a spirit of a man following that woman* . , who, as he passed, said distinctly in my hearing, ‘ God judgeth not as man: ~.. judgeth. I was innocent of the murder' for which I have been hanged. I was there, but I did not strike’ the blow !’ : “ What is it like ?” I asked. lie replied by describing a young Irishman whom I recognised at once-as-the husband of my domestic servant, who a r year or two before had been executed x on the charge of murder. Mr 'A., a complete stranger to the had only met me for the first time ; * two days before, and he : was-: 7 totally ignorant of the crime in which* ; my servant was so deeply .interested^' 1 " For obvious reasons the subject was, ' never alluded to in our household, ; i where the widow was regarded. . ;x 7 feelings of sympathy, which led us to - : avoid as much as possible all reference to her husband’s /ate. I had pre- 1 viously good reason to doubt whether r ( , the evidence against him justified his ' execution. He had died protesting his ... innocence. His wife and friends were firmly convinced that, although he had been in the fight, it was not by his hands the fatal blow had been dealt In addition to this, I had good reason- • to believe that the real murderer was still at large. You can easily imagine my astonishment when Mr A. thus suddenly ventured upon forbidden ground, 1!: and abruptly declared that the of.a man who had suffered the capital penalty, and whose personal appear- ' ance exactly coincided with that of the unfortunate Irishman, was actually fol-: lowing the servant about the house pro- : - r claiming his innocence in accentswhich, although inaudible to me, my guest declared were perfectly audible to him. I had heard that Mr A. had beena “seer,” but Iwasnotalittlestartled at this striking illustration of his peculiar , faculty. I remarked that it was very strange, and informed him that the woman whom he had just seen for the; first time with her ghostly companion was really the widow of an executed felon. Some time afterwards he ex- ‘ claimed, “ There he is again, repeating, the same words!” Intensely interested by this sudden and apparently super-: natural confirmation of my suspicions* I determined to put the seership of l my guest to what I regarded as a cru-, cial test, I told Mr A. that shortly" afterwards I was going into the town, and as I should be passing the spot where the murder was committed, perhaps his ghostly visitant might indicate the place where the dead man lay. . f j Some time afterwards we started for the 1 town. When we left the house Mr A. remarked, “ There he is following us,” alluding to the “ spirit.” When .We i/; had proceeded part of the way along the road, which was quite unknown to my friend, I made a detour to make a business call and went along another street, Mr A. following me. Just as, without a word on my part, we were, illuming out of the main road, Mr said, “The spirit is standing at the corner. He says we are not going the right way towards the place where the murder was committed, and- which he has promised to point out to roe.” I replied, “Oh, we shall come out in the main road again by and by before we reach the spot.” We proceeded on about a quarter of a mile, and having done my business and struck the malp road again—which differed, I may /omark, from none of the other roads we had traversed—Mr A. soon after declared, “There is that man ju?t on there, waiting for us.” As we continued our walk, I purposely refrained from uttering a word, or even from thinking, as far as I could, about the murder, so as to prevent any possibility/ pf my companion obtaining any clue. As we were passing through one of the lowest parts of the town Mr A. denly exclaimed, “ He tells me that 'it* Was here the murder was committed, fct was just there (pointing to the plac^In the road where the murden&lJnML ell). I see the hubbub and roniusiop ise up before me as a picture, with thftj people round. He, however, again tells’ me that he did not strike the fatalblow. He does not excuse himself' If-om being morally guilty, as being' mixed up with those who accomplished' the death of the man, but stronglyi maintains that he was not the mur-r 'derer.” I will only add in relation to; the last incident that Mr A. the exact spot where the murder; was committed, and the circumstances in connection therewith. How can you. account for that? Mr A. had never, been in the town before; he had never lived within a couple of hundred miles of it j he did not know till within a day or two before he arrived that he would, ever visit it; he could not by any possibility have known that the poor woman’ in my employ was the widow - of : a mm* | who was hanged. He had no concetv* able interest in deceiving me, nor was 1 he concerned to prosecute the matter any further. I have in vain attempted to account for bis story, nor can T, pri any of the popular hypotheses explain td itby own satisfaction how he saw tnkl ghost at noonday.

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A LONDON GHOST AT NOONDAY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 509, 5 December 1881

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A LONDON GHOST AT NOONDAY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 509, 5 December 1881

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