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h'r J. N. Maskelyne, writing to the Daily Telegraph , says: -Having for mary years been recognised by the pubic as an anti-spiritualist and expos* .t of the frauds practised by spiritmedia, it may surprise some of your readers, to learn that I am a believer in apparitions. Several similar occurrences to those described by many of your correspondents have taken place in icy own family and in the families of rear friends and relatives. The most: remarkable one happened to my wife’s mother some years ago. Late one evening, whilst sitting alone busily occupied with her needle, a strange • Sensation came over her, and upon looking up she distinctly saw her aged mother standing at the end of the room. She rubbed her weary eyes, and looked again, but the spectre had • vanished. She concluded it was imagination, and retired to rest, thinking nothing more of the vision until the next day brought the news that her mother, at about the same time the apparition had appeared, had fallen down : in a fit and expired. I will also relate a circumstance which happened to myself, as it may tend to throw light upon these common occurrences. When a boy, and learning to swim, I got out of my depth, and was very nearly drowned, being insensible when taken out of the water. My sensations were similar to those which have often been described by others. After the terrible feeling of suffocation I fell into a pleasant swoon. : ?md a panorama of all the principal ; - incidents of my life passed before me. The last thing I could remember was a- vivid picture of my home. I saw my mother, and could describe minu ely where she sat and what she was doing. Upon returning home I kept' he secret of what had happened ’ from her; she, however, questioned me cl osely, and said she felt strangely uneas y and anxious about me. lam convinced that, had it been night time, ■ and-iloy mother alone with little to , occupy her attention, she would have i ~ seen my ghost, and perhaps the ghost 1

of the water which closed over my head, 1 as plainly as I saw her ghost and the room in which she was sitting. In after years, when pondering over these , ‘ ahd other facts, I came to the conclusion that it was quite possible for one riiind occasionally to influence : another, no matter how great the dis--1 tance apart, especially when “two hearts beat as one,” or, more correctly speak- ; where two brains vibrate in unison, If I am not encroaching too much on your valuable space, I should like to state also that I have had some exi perietfce with haunted houses. Our family occupied a house which had ; that reputation. It stood, and I believe r still stands, in the outskirts of the town of Cheltenham. A rich old lady of miserly habits resided there for many . years,i and after her death strange i stories were rife respecting it. Noises were heard within, and a spectre • with a green light was often seen flitting about the empty rooms. The first night of our residence in the house we retired to rest shortly before ’ midnight. I occupied a room at the top of the house, and two or three of my sisters slept in an adjacent one. Scarcely had our candles been extin |uii.hed than we were startled by a cudous tapping sonnd, like some one walking upstairs, but it came no nearer, ! although the tapping continued several minutjs. I began to feel alarmed, and fancied I saw the shadow of a female flit across my room. I called out “ Who’s there ?” and my sisters, who were also listening to the ghostly footsteps, uttered a scream of terror, • and in a few seconds the whole household was in a state of commotion. The tappings ceased, but fortunately they immediately commenced again, and after a few minutes’ search, I discovered the ghost to be nothing more than a shower of rain, and from a leakage in the gutter over my window the water dropped upon the lead covering of a bay window beneath. This proved a most useful lesson to me, and taught me to believe that although there is some “ truth about ghosts,” yet these phenomena are purely mundane.

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THE TRUTH ABOUT GHOSTS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 528, 7 January 1882

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THE TRUTH ABOUT GHOSTS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 528, 7 January 1882

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