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The discussion concerning ghosts and death warnings, which originated with the narration of the Airlie legends, still goes on. Some other remarkable stories are told. One correspondent writes “ A sceptic friend told me the following as a remarkable coincidence —for he would not accept any other theory. A sister of his went to a distant boarding-school and wrote of her arrival there and satisfaction with the place. After some weeks her mother suddenly fell into fits and cried out ‘My poor girl; she fell out of a win, dow, and will die.’ Nothing could pacify her, and next day came a letter confirming the fact and giving the exact time when the fit took place, but stating that the girl would recover. Later on he asked his sister whether she remembered any thought occurring to her during the fall from the window, and she replied, ‘Yes, I thought of mother.’ Here we have another instance where death or immediate danger of it, sets free, as it were, the line of connection between sympathetic persons—a kind of invisible, indestructive chord carried through all obstacles.”

“ Another Ghost ” writes :—“ In November, 1879, myself and family were sitting round our dining-room fire talk, ing, when we distinctly heard a vehicle stop opposite our house, and some one open our gate and walk up the garden path. I went out to the hall door myself, and there, under the portico, I saw an old friend of mine, whom I then thought to be in India, and he was standing with a paper in his right hand; but before I could even speak he faded gradually away. The shock of seeing his ghost prostrated me for some days. Eventually it turned out that he dropped down dead that very hour, and with that very paper in his right hand A stranger story of ghosts I would not like to realise, and though I firmly believe many strange noises are mere suppositions and imaginative nervous people fancy they see apparations, I can truly say I saw a ghost. “About fifteen or eighteen years ago,” says “ A Believer,” “ I had driven a young lady friend from the village of Sandhurst, in Berkshire, to Windsor, where we spent the day. It was about this period of the year, and on our return at night the moon being at its full was shining brilliantly. On returning out of the Bracknell road into the village we had to pass a house which in former years had the reputation of being haunted, but on the occasion I am referring to such a subject as ghosts was very far from my thoughts. I was chatting with my companion till we came to the meadow at the back of the so-called haunted house, when we both saw standing in the middle of the meadow a figure of a most brilliant while. It seemed to me to look like a man without a head and with a remarkably white frock on the rest of his body. I stopped the horse I was driving and gave the reins to my friend, and was about to descend, and go into the field to see what the object was, when, before I had time to alight, it began to ap-, proach us, and came within a few feet of the hedge, when it so suddenly disappeared as to cause us both to be much more alarmed than at the sight of the spectre. On arriving at the house here my lady friend lived we acquainted her family with what we had seen. Her father, a very old gentleman, expressed no surprise, but told me had often had girls come screaming into his house, stating what they had seen in the road and about the gronnds adjoining this so-called haunted house. Occasionally it was a man in white, then a lady with her head cut off, and other dreadful things which they said they had seen. During my stay in the village I conversed with a man who had lived in the house some time for the purpose of minding it. He told me he and his wife could rarely get any sleep owing to continual nocturnal noises, such as chains being drawn up and down stairs, the rustling of silk dresses, opening and shutting of doors, etc. After all this lapse of years I can give no explanation of what I saw except as I have described it.”

“ Ghosts or no ghosts,” writes “No Sadducee,” “ apparitions are a fact. My own aunt was engaged to be married to a gentleman who, after his engagement, went to China. One night during his absence my aunt awoke her mother, with whom she was sleeping, and said : ‘ Mother, there is James at the foot of the bed.’ My grandmother saw nothing, but my aunt was broken in heart and spirits from that night. Letters still continued to come for four months from the affianced, the last of which said he might be home before his letter, if not that the trousseau was to be prepared at once. The ship by which James was expected arrived a week after the letter, with the news that he had died from the effects of an accident on the very day of the apparition. My aunt never recovered her spirits. I well remember her dejected face, though it is nearly forty years since her death.” “ I am residing with a very intelligent family,” writes another correspondent, “ consisting of a lady (Mrs G —, a widow,) and her four grown-up children, three daughters and a son, and they all assure me that on the death of Mr G —, which occurred a few years ago, all who were in the room at the time of the death distinctly heard three loud knocks as on the walk Mr G — himself had often told his family that no doubt such would be the case when he died, a similar manifestation having preceded the deaths of his father and his grandfather.” Here is another • grandmother’s, story :—“ I was staying in Brighton • with some friends who were about taeii proceed abroad. Two ladies, : -a ; '; cousin, aM myself went idinte 0^

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GHOSTS AND DEATH WARNINGS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 518, 26 December 1881

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GHOSTS AND DEATH WARNINGS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 518, 26 December 1881

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