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at Kemptown. It being a most charming moonlight night, I told my .Jriends I should prefer walking home to Brunswick square (the other end of the town). I accordingly proceeded on the sea-side of the Esplanade. When iust opposite the Bedford Hotel t carriage and pair drew up alongside the rails with two men on the box and an elderly lade inside. I was greatly startled, as the wheels made no noise; but at once I took about half a dozen steps towards the carriage to see what it meant, when I distinctly recognised the occupant as my grandmother, whom I had left perfectly well at Cheltenham a few days before, also her coachman and footman on the box. lat once Vaulted over the rails opposite the carriage. At the same moment it struck me as most out of the way that an old lady of eighty-three should bring all her belongings from Cheltenham to Brighton, without informing her relations of the move. As I touched the ground I made one step forward to greet her, when to my horror the whole thing vanished. When I recovered myself I went straight home and told the whole circumstances of the case. Of course everyone laughed at me, I and told me that it was fortunate there witnggses n who,could speak to ray perfect " sobriety. I was very pu t ou t, and hardly slept all night, i Early next morning we received a telegram that tdy poor bid grandmother died in her morning.” A. Ross writes; —“Seeing is believing. I am a Hjghlander; therefore, you may of my race, when I say I believe in supernatural warnings, dreamy and second sight* and, being a woman, possibly may not be considered strongraind&di my story from my cWn experience. It is at long - intervals during my life—l am no v advancing in ye&rs-—that events • Have happened In my own family circle of which I have bpen forewarned by dreams. But ray ghost stcffy , this. I Had gone to bed, slept well all through the night, having g&enijotders; Jo_ : be;called earlier than usual, as my mother was to set out, after breakfast, by train, on the Highland railway, to the far North. I woke' suddenly, remembering that it might be ’risfe;- when 1 1 distinctly saw a figure standing in the corner of the bedroom. It was clad from head to foot jin, the visor, down. I felt my "Heart Heat fast with fear; still I gazed, and could take in the proportions of the figure, and recognised it as the eldest brother of a very intimate girl friend of mine, but no relation. I closed, my eyes, unable to, overcome the‘awfully mysterious impression the apparation imparted to me. When I looked agajn it had vanished. I got up, dressed, and on going downstairs found my. mother for her journey. An undeniable dread prevented me disclosing to her what I had seen that morning. T accompanied her to the railway station, impressing on her to telegragh on Her arrival at Inverness. That evening the telegram reached me—the words to this effect: * Arrived all safe and well; young Munro died this morning.’ And so it was,; but why his apparation visited m£T know not. The death was sudden and unexpected, at his Highland residence! . His family relations were at the time in the South, and he died before any of them even heard of any illness to cause uneasiness,”

Returning from India in 1854, writes another correspondent, I resided for a few months at Dusseldorf, and there made the 1 acquaintance of two wellknown families —Haskal, a gentlemen well-known as the author of several works on Oriental botany, held a high appointment under the Dutch Government in "Batavia, and his family, consisting of Mrs Haskal, several daughters, and Miss Focke as companion, had engaged a passage out in a large Dutch vessel*, and sailed from Amsterdam. One evening, soon afterwards, when Mrs Focke, with the rest of her family, tea, they all heard a loud cry Mother !” outside the , window. They all recognised at once the voice of the eldest daughter, Anna, who had sailed with the Haskals. They rushed to the window, but saw nothing. Scarcely had they taken their seats again, when a most agonising shriek was ;; heard, and twice “ Mother, mother,” in the same voice. A few days later a report came that a large Dutch vessel had been wrecked. I had left for England, and was written to and asked to make enquiries at Lloyd’s if there was any truth in this report. The answer I received was that on that particular evening this vessel was lost with every soul on board. The wife of a retired clergyman relates as follows : —“ A year ago my husband took a residence in London, in a West End square, on a long lease which we f furnished and decorated, hoping to spend the remainder of out lives there. Before we entered the houpe, going to see how the workmen were, progressing, I saw distinctly, looking' down on; me from a window, a young face. I should not have noticed it but that it was in the bottom pane of glass and I remembered a heavy marble table was- placed there. I looked steadily, to satisfy myself it was not a face I knew. I entered the house, going intp r the room. It was full of workmen, arid ho one knew anything of any young person having been there. The impression passed away, and we duly took' possession. I speedily became conscious that some thing was wrong. One night, coming" home late, we fdund ;the chouse in a commotion. A housemaid, going up to prepare the rooms for the night, had seen a figure on the stairs she took for a fellow-servant, but it suddenly disappeared, and she rushed to the kitchen and fell into a fit. Three weeks ago my maid, a trustworthy person, came to me and said, ‘ Madame, I have just seen a gentleman standing at master’s dressing-room door. I thought it was he, but on again coming downstairs I saw the same figure, and passed it, feeling startled, and came to tell you.’ What follows is attested by three persons. We had gone to our rooms for die night—my maid was with myself, and my husband was in his dressingSpom, divided from mine by a curtain. Over an arch in the wall, suddenly against his door came a loud, appalling sound, as if a heavy body had been thrown or violently fallen against it. It was a heavy thud. We tried in vain to discover the cause of this, and had liazdly laid down in bed when there

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Page 4 Advertisements Column 1, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 518, 26 December 1881

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Page 4 Advertisements Column 1 Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 518, 26 December 1881

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