St. Louis Post-Dispatch from St. Louis, Missouri on June 2, 1889 · Page 26
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2B hurt visid Mai the 1 agO luor rist fro thv fie sciel thoi ev like) silol ii ta' ft i I Iff 7 HAJfE YOU EVER SEEN A GHOST? tt Sunday Post-Dispatch" Correspondents Scour Mis souri and Illinois for Spook Stories. &T,HvM fl-ponde HOSTS have been seen returning home from olinrch I taw a pair of legs and i V k. eenting evidence yji.-1 community, seei ii 1 i&i-f i if wy to w e 1 and described b y many veracious peo- eince the world yet the pre- erance of testl- , when it comes ft) to collecting and. pre- senting evidence on , any ) m s i a h ? against the ghosts. M?i -..n.t. I .. certalning the exact standing of epooks in this neighborhood the Sundat Post-Dispatch instructed its correspondents in Missouri and Illinois to interview as many persons as possible concerning their experiences with ghosts and to ascertain the opinions of people on the subject. The result of these interviews Is here given. Many thrilling ghost stories are recited, and some new and startling Information Is presented. Readers of the Scsdat Tost-Dispatch will find the interviews entertaining reading. I a lantern Ami it ram toward us fthere were several in the party) until It wag within four feet of us, but none ot us could sea a neaa or ooav : nommg ui ices and lantern." He think it a genuine spook and the legs aud lantern all that was left of it. G. s Pennington, who has been engaged about newspaper offices In this city enough to Imbibe a strong preilellction lor truth, telia the, vouching for Ita accuracy: "While in a small village one night, betweru the hours of 12 and 1, 1 saw something resembling a bear approaching me. I was near a railroad. Nearer and nearer It came, until quite close, and then vanished from sight , leaving me in a terrible state or rrigni." Wilson .lamps finvs: "While coming to town one nisht alKint 8 o'clock T discovered lust before me on the road a dog, but It seemed to be headless. As I arew near it suddenly was gone, I Know not wuere, bnt walking on arain T saw it in TT1V nathwav. Tne manifestation was repeated several times, and I am sure mv eyes did not deceive me." Several of the bovs seem to have had experiences with "The phantom of her frolic grace. Fit Fuiks," or words to that effect: and a spirit is said to have been recently infesting a neighborhood near hsre where a colored woman who was murdered, had been buried, but otherwise our relations with the other world (as tne President is wont to say in nis message) "are peaceful aud satisfactory. MISSOTJ1U. Carrollton. "Do I beliove in ha'nts?" said Mrs. Mary Maupin. "O course I do. Haint I seen 'em witnmy own eyes? When this cemetery was first built people used to say I' me: Aint you skeeiy t' live 'way out here? Aint you 'fraid o' ghosts?' An' I says; 'Let a ghost tackle me if it wants to : it Mil git the worst of it, every time ' due night 1 did see a ha' lit up under that big elluni that growed on Davis' lot. They cut it down this spring, y1 Know. I was a standin' in my do', an' I seed soniethin" white that riz right outo' the groun' and leaned agin the tree. Thinks I, I'll go up there an' see if it is a ha'nt, or what: an' when I got up close it jest vanished away out o' my sight, an I never did find out what it was. Johu Price said it was nothing but the moonlight on the leaves, -but I know better It was a warniii' ; hecause the very next w'eek Mary Davis took the pneunoinony an' died: an' I'll always believe that was a ghost come to tell beforehand what was a goin' to happen." " Wheu I was in the army." said Captain Baring, 'I was sent out on a scout one morning and I saw right before me a cavalryman, dressed lu a Confederate uniform. I heard the tramp of his horse's feet on the frozen ground and the click of his earbine as he raised it to lira. I raised my own gun and fired. Man and horse faded out of sight just as a mist does in the moonlight. I searched carefully. There was nothing visible uear me, except the limber on either side of a narrow road. 1 went on farther down the road and ran right into a crowd of Johnnies, who took me prisoner. I had a brother-in-law in a North Carolina cavalrv regiment who had been kilted several weeks before. 1 have always thought the vision was sent to warn me back. If 1 had heeded it 1 should have escaped a long and wearisome imprisonment." "SpiritsS1 feniritualism? 1 am a firm believer in both," said Mrs. Janet Wallace. "I have seen some wonderful manifestations 1 have heard marvelous sounds that must have been produced by spiritual agencies. There is no accounting for them iuauy other wav. " Mrs. Marv Smith savs the most consoling thought of life to her is the idea that disembodied spirits can reruru to old home and friends. Mrs. Jennie Carr said: "If angels and spirits could visit our earth and Ulk with man in Bible times, why-should thev not now. I believe in ghosts, disembodied spirits, that walk our earth continually, though, of course, our sin-blinded eyes cannot see them. " "I know when angels visit me," said Miss Mary Garner, "and If the ghost ol one s friends could be divested of our foolish, superstitions fear we should eniov theirvisits. 1 have seen ghosts. I think ihe time' is coming when, by some sort of spiritual telephone, we shall be ableto talk with them." "T here i a man killed right up there beyond onr pasture bars, 1 said Mrs. Sarah hue, "and lor weeks afterwards 1 used to hear strange sounds at nigiit auu se tiie Iwo loan ride past our house who quarreled with i arh other: no grass has ever grown ' there since; we've iiad trees planted, but the wind would biow ;hem over; the frost would kill my vines; the ground smiiied to be cursed ever since, and 1 tie-iieve the ghost of that murdered man wiii haunt the spot till the luau w ho killed him dies. ' Carthage. The believers in ghosts, or those who have seen them here are scarce. Some years ago an lmpecu- nions individual conceived the idea of making money by ghost work end for a long time at night his house in the eastern part of the city was visited by the curious, but nothing was either seen or heard except rapioug. which many believed -was produced by ltreeoucertcd arrangement. When at last an admis sion fe was charged the ghost was seeu through and the attraction eeased to draw, and the wonder- ' worker soon cleared out. If any of those who visited are interrogated in regard to the fact, they simply beg not to be mentioned, seeming to be ashamed of having in any way countenanced the fraud. Another storv is told of a mechanic, whose name was never divulged, who. when returning to his borne one night, saw a walking apparition and was una) le to account for its appearance. As no one else ever saw or heard of it, but little credence Was given to the story. California. Centralis. were brought to a standstill the vibrations of the vehicle continued and at intervals were renewed. the remainder of the distance to Mr. Curtis' nouse. At each renewal of the strange disturbance tne horses were stricken with new frenzy and refused to be pacified as long as the vibrations co ttinned. 1'he white object was seen but once, but tile above fact will be sworn to by the entire party. vv ri. anac.e, netter Known as --ijncie ninj. savs he has seen manv strange tbinirs that lead him to the opinion that there are such things as ghosts, notwithstanding the exposure of so niauy attempts to create a sensation in that direction. John t(nell said: "While a person is usually laughed at upon the confession of tiieir belief in the supernatural, the incomprehensible and seemingly Inexplicable demonstrations of that character incline me to the expression through the SrNPAY FosT-DlKPATCl! of my belief en the matter apparent In the words. 'There are stranirer thiucs between Heaven and earth. Horatio, luau was ever dreamed of in your pntiosopny.' " C'al M. Orr, proprietor of a cigar house on South Locust street, relates the following and says several persous were badly frightened in consequence thereof: "Rome months aeo a number of rnllroad men in John H. lirugger's restaurmit, near the Milwaukee Station, had their attention attracted by what they supposed was a man leaning against a lamp-po-t near the building. Monarticular attention was paid to it at first, but the figure appeared on several succes sive nights, and. becoming curious as to the reason for its actions, an investigation was made, but no man was visible. A watch was stationed near the Dost. The figure of a man ulaiulv outlined appeared as usual, but fhe man could not be found. This was repeated, but the ghost co'.ild not be found, and the mystery was not solved until a few evenings ago. A crowd was standing as usual in the restaurant and the shadow was on hand. Sud denly the bead disappeared. A thorough Investigation resulted in a solution and the laugh that ensued was heard for several blocks. Cue of the crowd had knocked off a duster lvinir on the show cas3. which proved to be the head'of the nivsterious shape and the show-case the lower nortion.' Adam Krick savs he hardly knows whether he believes in gliosts or not. He sas lie does not wish to be considered superstitious, but sees no piaiifinie explanation for some of the straure things which have happened iu this vicinity, particularly lue Austin iiiciiieui. Do I believe en hantsT En course I do s Un you would too, Ef you had seen The sighta I hev, nn bean whar I hev bean. Why sir. I've seen the speerits rise Outen their graves, with glldin' walk, nn eyes A-ehinin' like the headlight ot a train. En then again Singln' low songs cs poorly ez you please. Tfes, sir-reel I've hearn un sea Ail these. These rappin speerits Is B. g. Fer me. Vhy, onst I recollect (You'll doubt it, I expect.) tin passiu' by the graveyard over thar, A-goin' home from prar; (You wonder how Ivhtnced to come from that direction, nowT W-a-a-1 Ask Pal). Hut, ez I was savin' hit Wasspitttu' snow a little bit. Vu the wind down en the holler Kep'a snilBun, Follorl f-f-oller!! Jess ez I got by the corner ot the yard, Je-e-e-rusaleml I heard The awflest noise jess like a painter's cry When tryiu' to get uigli, Vq seen a sight 'At made me turn plum white. 1 felt so weak I leau agin a tree. Thar, plain ez plain could be. Was ruunin' speer'. un (He Xlcic Hlsself, he takin' of his pick, Un 'em a-scottln, hollern at each Jump. My ole heart jess weut thumpity-thuinpl Now, these is facks, T'n 1 made trai-ka. I have been hunting for ghosts all week. They seem to be mors elusive than tne tabled i'roteus, though instead of taking many forms as he did, they absolutely refuse to take any form. Several times! thoueht I was on the trail of a spirit, as when a voting ladv solemnlv averred that she not only be lieved in ghosts, but had actually seeu them, and that frequently. iui wnen sne expiainea mat sue meant the ghost of a smile, and I perceived it materializing ou her face, 1 concluded my search would have to be in another direction. Then I learned of au alleged haunted house iu the western part of town and set about trying to get those who said they did not believe in spooks to speud the night there and investigate the subject. All, however, nosi-tivelv declined to be In that neighborhood at night, though I offered to pay them for aa investigation. Confidentially, I will admit I did not intend to (tick to my contract had they accepted It, but I can't understand why men who sneer at the idea of a ghopt have such an aversion to being in the neighborhood of a haunted bouse. Finally I found a prominent clllzeu who believes ardently In spiritualism not spookery, but "the grand truths of spiritual existence and communication with earth." He had received messages from the other world, and believed In spiritual manifestations to the eye. but he objected to having bis name published. Thus far my search had convinced me that California must be an exceedingly healthy town, as evidenced by the remarkably few ghosts In the neighborhood. Or probablv all those who had crossed the river from this point had merited such a splendidly good coun-trv that they cared not to come back again, even ou a visit. Win. Harmon tells of once seeing a supposed spectra, but, investigating in spite of his wildly palpitating heart, he found his spookship was merely a dog. After Faust's experience with this animal who encircled his path and afterward proved to be Blephisto, a dog surely ought to be accepted as au orthodox spook. Corry Brows, when a youth, was passing by the rravoYsni near this citv. when he observed an object of white moving among the graves. Nolselesi ly it rdfled. while he through fright was unable to move, . and slowly approached him. His heart stood still. Nearer and nearer it came. Then in sepulchral tones iterled: "Hello, Corrv;" and Corry ran. though he recognized the sprite aa a promlueut eitixeu dressed In a Ugh! summer suit. ,.ni tha eolnrnil tieonle a belief in spooks Is general. A number of the better educated abjure the idea, but with most Of them the Idea is aa surety lu-groundedln their minds as the belief in hoodoos. The following testimonials have been furnished me in writing. Eacn ol the parties insists that he or she actuallv and truly saw a ghost: Mi Jennie I'attern says: "I saw my grandmother after she died. It seems as though sue was dressed in white and she inokitd natural." fU: fBUlll Sftvtl 'Utte X w Yen' Bight bU R. L. Hope says he lif.s never seen any ghosts, and that ghost stories are old "chestnuts." Dr. F. J. Bruton believes in ghosts and spirits, but that they are generally on two legs and hardly ever visible. Nick Long does not exactly believe In spirits, bnt says there is something about it he does not fully understand. J. W . Wills, during all bis travels, has seen only two glassts and one of them was a large white object with long horns. He said if he had had a pistol he ould have shot it. M s. lielle Hoddy has never seen a ghost, but is a trm oenever lu them. W.C.Todd savs we are too far advanced in civil! zatlon to believe in ghosts. Alex. C. Koberts savs there are a great manv ghosts in his neighborhood and that he has a fight with them neariv every night. Ed S. Alayee savs he believes the departed spirits have an abiding interest in the affairs of this world and that they have communication with their friends In this world by way of warnings, admonitions, etc. N. V. w llliams savs we all believe In ghosts. W. H. H. Lauipton does not believe lu any such stuff. Kichard Farmer believes in spirits bnt not in ghosts. J. A. Burnett says he has no faith in spirits aud can t see now any one can nave. John Karnes sava he thinks that departed spirits have a knowledge and interest and do care for the things of this world. He can not understand bow anyone can believe that they have a communication with their fneuds in tins world by way of warning and at the same time teach and deny that the spirit of God does and can directly exercise the same care and interest for the children of men. J. L. Stephens savs he thinks the spirits of the ether world have a deep interest In evervoue on this earth, and that these suirits wain us to flee from the wrath to come. J . L. Faxton savs he believes that the departed spirits never return to this world under any circum stances. James K. Stewart does not believe in ghosts or spirits or in anybody that does believe in them. Ed H. Farrardoes not believe there is any such thing as ghosts, or does he believe that spirits visit this wurtd under any circum-tances. John H. Marshall savs he believes there are ghosts. because he has been them. He says he has seeu three lu his life. J. N Hentlev savs he was once in a cemetery and thought he beheld a ghot and fired a rifle ball through it and found the ghost to be a rabbit, and two weeks thereafter ne was in the cemetery again d something fired a load of shot into liim. aud he thinks it was the departed spirit of that rabbit. lr. W. A. McCalllster savs that he does not believe that the departed spirits ever return to this world . . ii:on says ne aoes not tuint mere are any spirits or ghosts. Bob Tuttie savs he does not exactly believe in ghosts, hut says he has seen men at night with no heads on and can't fully understand what It was. Balph biniiu does not believe in anything of the kind. M.-s. II. C. Threktld says she does not believe In ghosts and spirits, nor in spiritual rappings. J. H. Cupp is halting between two opiuions. W alter 'I helkeld is alraid of ghosts. Miss Maud O'Neal say she has seen a few ghosts in her life and that she believes in them. CTav Threlkeld savs he is a firm believer in spirits. and they always improve with age; the older the better. James Phelps believes there are a great many gnosis. K. A. Koddv does not believe in ghosts. C. C. Bush doe not believe a word about ghosts; that is in regard to the departed spirits having communication with the living. He savs he maintains this position from the teachings of the Bible. He says this is true from the fact that Abraham refused to send Lazarus back to this world to warn the rich man's five brethren . because, said he, thev have Moses and the Prophets, and if thev will not hear them neither will they believe, thuugh one arose from the dead. J. B. Ueed is of the same opiuion as his friend, C. C. Bush Dick Willis has seen ghosts, but Is not afraid of them. 1'at Barron says he is not one bit afraid of ghosts uutil after dark. James White is not afraid of ghosts if the moon is shinibg. Ed Larkan has seen ghosts a thousand times, but mey never nun mm. nr. a. r . sneed has never seen many gnosis, snu thinks thev are perfectly harmless. Thomas Turner has often seen ghosts and spirits in his woods pasture a mile from Centraiia. kbv. j. ,. tiardy thinks ghosts belong entirely to the dark ages, and that the golden lightof the Nineteenth century has forever buried the superstitious of the past. r.x-.Marslial maKing nisnigntiy rounds. has often beheld many strange sights, but would not swear mat ne ever saw a gnost. Citv Marshal K. A. Korthcuit alwavs goes armed and ready lor ghosts, and he has encountered many straiwe sights and Is inclined to think there are ghoats. He says, hewever, he wants people to uu uerstano that he is not a I ram ol gnosis. Joe Fhelps Is not a believer in spiritualism. John Canada says he would not run if l.OiK) ghosts should get after him. John believes in spirits also. It. b. Crabtree has traveled a great deal but never Gallatin Cncle Bob Jones said: "Wai, I don't know that I believe in ghosts or sperets, but I've seed things iu my time that made me feel sorter quare like-" I ncle Billy Eay denied haying any knowledge or Information on the subject sufficient to form a belief. Judge Joshua r . Jlicklm said: "1 ion t mink there is anv such thing as real live i hosts: but there Is something in a person's mind or in his surroundings that makes him feel all overlsh-like sometimes. " esh Kohertson says that privately and of his own opinion he believes In ghosts; but as the editor lof a great sheet whose mission it is to comu&t superstl tion and error and spread the trutu, he was cmn- pelied at times to cross his own prnate views. ferer.o v . Mieiny mougui mere migm tie gnosis but ihiiiki. thev come and go so mysteriously thai thev verv rarely have a large acquaintance here ot earth: in fact, he 1 ad been living next door to th ir favorite haunt, the cenieterv, for vears and hid never been visited by or formed the acnuaintance f any of them. ' Frank M. Davis said there was no mistake about f. there must be ghosts, else why those lines in the oil' lourm reader: He thrusts his fists against the post And still ini-ts he sees some ghost. PallieD. Menhens had not thoroughly Investigated the Question, but is Inclined to think there n list be something iu It. or whv would so many reputable and ve acious authors give us their weird stories like The rhantom Bark." "The Specter of the hue Horse and ills Kider." "The Haunted House of Cobweb Alley" and so forth. s. P. Kichardson said: "Many and many a time has my vouthful blood almost curdled In iny veins at hearing the wonderful stories told me by my seniors how, at night times, where horrid deeds had been perpetrated, the silent specter of the unavenged vb - tim of the lrightful tragedy would night night appear upon me scene. saw any ghosts or spirits. P. S Mocker believes In spirits, but not In ghosts. E. J. Brown does not believe very much iu spirits and ghosts, but does nut like to venture out lu the aarx. Wm. T. Summers has seen ghosts in the woods be- forethewar, but uoue lately. He tiiiuks they are very scarce now. Chas. J. Settle says he believes in ghosts and spir its, but thinks they are harmless, it properly Hantaan. Chiliicotlie, While toe people of this city are not superstitions as a rule and those who are decline to confess it, yet for the past two weeks an uncanny thing has appear ed in this city and its abiding place is carefully avoided after the mantle of darkness has fallen upon the earth. About five rears ago an old man named John yieklin died In the County Infirmary. Prior to his death he resided in an old dilapidated frame building on East Jackson street, and it is his supposed return to earth which has caused the above state of affairs. Withiu the past few days, people passing the bouse lu question, late in the evening have been startled by weird, unearthly sounds, ostensibly proceeding from the rear of the building. Little attention was paid to the matter until a young lady and her escort passing one night as tne clock struck ye, were nornned to see what appeared to be the attenuated figure of an old man in white, playing a fiddle, while behind him was a nerce-iuoking cat, witn nair bristling, scratching flesh In chunks from his withered arm. The sight was too much for the young lady, who, with a scream, fled down Jackson street, followed rapidly by her equally frightened masculine friend. Strange as it may seem, the pair distinctly heard the gliosily figure playing a bar from the "Arkansaw Traveler." T be pair refrained from mentioning the matter and the incideut might never have attained prominence had not a youug man who does not want his name to appear in "the St-KPAY P08T-DI8patch witnessed the identical performance on the night of May 21. He saw the feline scratching away and the old, white-robed figure fiddliug awav at the "Arkansaw Traveler," as it the loss of his anatomy was a very ordinary circumstance. The young man is no coward, but he savs that his heart weut up Into bis mouth and his hair stood on end as he stood rooted to the spot. Suddenly, as if assisted by some invisible being. Ills courage returned, and he sprang forward. It was then that a strange thing happened. Before he young man could reach the spectre it had drawn a knife, and iu an instant almost whUtled on the back of the fiddle the words Johu Ficklln. Then it vanished, aud the young man became unconscious. was IT A GHOST? On Monday, December 3. 188, iu this city occurred the sudden and mysterious death of Miss Alice Austin, a well-known and respected young lady, whose parents reside in Linn County, but who was employed as a dressmaker in Wallbrunu & Alexander's store in this city, and who was making her home with the iamily of Mr. Wm. Curtis. Her Barents were notified of her illness and her father. Benjamin Austin, accompanied by John Austin and wife, and Calvin sharp came to this" city, arriving Ihe evening before her death. They made the following statement to Mr. Curtis, who furnished the same to the correspondent of the SUNDAY POsT-IHspatoh. and vouches for the veracity aud high standing of the parties in question t "I hey bad come by way of Wheeling, coming Into the clij by the southeast and crossing the Chicago, Milwaukee A St. l'aul Hailroad at Ihe overhead bridge near Tom Ryan's place, and Just before ihey arrived at the bridge a white object, havlug the appearance of a kite aonut four feet lung and a foot and a half wide. Slowly dragged itself across the road in lined, and was not all. apnroaened upon the clutcued by tken violently - seemed wild HiieuUiey Pendy Mann savs he may be compelled to herd in a drove hy himself, but must, nevertheless, cling to the belief that a man wiih a goo-1 clear conscience and reasonably strong nerves never sees any ghosts. iiwen ii. aicee, ur., says: von ueny gnosis you are bound to deny spiritualism; yet I believe there ure no gnosis save in the in agination ot those who think they see them. (hosl s ories are told by truthful people who vouch for their accuracy. Whv is it w e don't prefer to sleep lu the same room with the dead ?" W illiam Simpson Miller, our colored moral philoso pher, said: "Dunno brsss whedri r car is any ghosts or not, but dar Is suinpin or Oder d,it hoodos or hocus-pocuses us coons sometimes what jes breaks us all up and takes de href clear outen uc, slio." svoney i . Alien uad never seen wnai ne regarded as a full grown regulation size gnost. but bad read plenty of truthful authors who bad told him all about them, so that he would certainly recognize one as an old acquaintance should they meet in the road. t lias. r. tiweiis naa never seon any gnosis nim-self. but had been on the ground where they had been many and many a time. John 1). lirttce oeiieves in gnosts ana says tnst in old Pennsylvania every mountain has its legend and every forest and gien is peopled with tnem. W." I'. I'eniston says: "Sly ghost creed is not very orthodox, yet 1 am open to convit tion. 1 don't want to do away at one fell swope with what has for thousands or years furnished the loundation for nearly all our nursery tares and songs and our w riters of fiction. ' Elder E. B. Fedd savs that although his views may be recarded by s -me as rather ei rat ic, Mill be does not believe In spooks and spirits, admitting, however, that he has nutueroi s intimate lrieud wbouo. Mai. Joseph 11. McOee, our local historian. Is quoted prelerred auti orily on numerous I'aviess I Oliniy EUOSl siorie mat uave i,-eu imitueu uuwii nj tradition from faiher to sou. Hi; is authority for the statement that there is not an oid farm-house iu the countv but has blended in its history more or less of the supernatural or ghostly, and that there is no famiiv of respectability but lias connected with it a ghost story The Siajor repeated seveial very tine stories, but space forbids their bring reported. Dr. illiam t.. K.'ack: "irho'is: w nv of course else why would &bakcpeare iu Mlam el' say what be does?" M se Brown s opinion Is that one skittish horse will see more goblins in a thirty minutes' ride night than fifty men ran see in a life-time. J. i. I ay minus mat itin musi ireuoiesome gnosis the editors of our country weeklies have to scuOle with is the gaunt spectral form of starvation whose appearance so often shrouds their sanctums with gloom. ur. jonn w &urion saiu: uuuiisi igui inipu; No:" John W. Vlasscock savs it is not ghosts ana goblins be fears, hut bears in the Juue inaiket. Dr. w illiam it. roiinsnee said " lewed irom a scientific, philosophical, surgical, physiological, anatomical standpoint. I unhesitatingly pronounce that ghosts are mere chlmetas or illusions of human thought and vision: while viewed from an elhico-superstilio-socio-rolitico standpoint, there may probably be something in it. " Dr. William M. Givens said : "Ghosts, why no, of course not! There have been times, though, when coming home through a long stretch of lonely woods at that uncanny hour when gravevards yawn. that the most familiar objects seemed to assume wierd forms and I'd have felt a little mors comfortable at any other snot than iust there." v.. 1 - Hudson said "snooks and snirits? No! There have been several times in my life wbeu 1 felt rather uncomfortable, though." John T. Coulson said: "The last verse in 'Don Juan' completely refutes the ghost theory to mv mind." O. M. J. Ramsey said t "In Denmark every old castle and nalace and every dell and glen has ita ghost. 1 don't believe a youug country like America can produce good ghosts, old countries alone can furnish the occasion aud the habitation that charms them. They revel In the dark, noiseless halls and corridors and the untenanted apartments and unfrequented closets of the castles of our nobility. No eountrvcan ever produce such a ghost as Banquo's." Keener M. Irving said: "I have at times in mv life started out with a view of hunting down and capturing some ghosts, but always found it to he something like the milk slckress. always 'Jest over there In the other county.' My ialtu, I tear, needs renawinir. I'rof. B. F. Heaton said: "I have given much thought and attention to this subject, and find there are many kinds of spooks. Sometimes it is a ghost ship; sometimes a spectral horseman ; sometimes a grim-vlsaged man and at others a beautiful, trembling maiden. They are nearly alwavs white, although some of the authorities admit there are dark ones. I should say, however, that the yenutne ghost is always white ana always mnkes its first appearance at the haunted spot at piecisely 12 o'clock midnight." Congressman A. M. Dockery says there are no political ghosts, and further than that he has not investigated. He says that In politics everything is as stern and real as Democratic majorities in Texas. I. Harneld navis said ne used to see plenty or ghosts In Oid Vlrginny when be was a boy, but don't remember seeing any in Missouri. Mill E-wing said: "some people tntnk tills gnost seeing is only confined to the densely Ignorant por tions of our country, but such Is not the case for there is not a large city in tho world bnt has been set all ago bv spectral appearances in some part of them. for instance. KeeKiuan street scare iu J l org ana the appearance of the hore, buggy and driver at Eighteenth and fine streets, in si. Louis, not more than two or three years ago." J. K. Kiweit said: 1 can't get over mat passage of the Bible where it speaks of casting the unclean spirits out of the swlue that settles it." Sheriff Gabe W. Cox said: "I don't know that I ever saw one, but give me a canlas ad go and catch mm. ana l u net two to one mat l bring one in." Uaddy Mitchell saidi "(jliostsl Of course I've seen thousands of 'em. They used to roost iu the trees down iu old Platte Couaty." his spirit has been seen sitting, at a dead honr of the niKin. on one oi trie rocks that wan tne spriujc, lug for all the world as the chief did iu life. His red blanket is wrapped closely about his attenuated form. and as ne smokes bis old stone pipe ue rocxs nis uouy d.ick. and Tortn, crooning and chanting a leenie imiu-song, much In the manner of a squaw bewailing the death of her brave in battle. Ho keeps up the dreary monotone for manv minutes and then, springing to Ins feet, he turns his face upward to the sky ana, with his arms gesticulates wildly as if remonstrating against some action of his eueinies conjectured to be the Invasion of the territory by the boomers and then he breaks forth in a shrill and terrible war-cry. w hich dies awav into a horrid death rattle, and tne form vanishes In the most abrupt aud mysterious manner. Near the Missouri Pacific depot, the mam line sta tion iu the western part of the city, stands on old brown house of two stories, which was built tnirty years ago by ex-Uov. St. John of Kansas. To-day the house is deserted and not a little dilapidated. None approach it but with awe. for Its reputation tor being haunted is widespread. The Immediate vicinity of the house was the scene of a desperate conflict during the war between two bodies of cavairy and a large number of both sides were slain. During the battle many of the contestants became unhorsed and the ngnt was continued on loot; some ran inio i m house, pursued bv their enemies, and there in the rooms and haliwavs the struggle was renewed with fearful earnestness. The clash of swords and the cries of the bt rick en resounded throughout the building, and the hot olood. leaping from severed veins, covered walls and floors. A few years after ward a child of shame was born in the bouse, and the guiitv mother compassed its death by a frightful method. About five vears ago the place was reported to be haunted, snd the occupants of the house left It lor more congenial quarters, t nuuiimu oj ,o rumor, however, a Catholic widow lady of limited means paid her rent aud took up her abode tl ere, making ber business that of receiving boarders. V ith a house full of natrons, it seemed that good for tune was at last to smile upon her, w hen she began to hear strange noises in all parts of the house at night. She tried to laugh awav the Idea of spirits, but the evidence ol their presence was loo strong, in mo halls and rooms she would hearths soundaof an awtul struggle quick, buttling footsteps, hard breathing, the ring of striking swords, the chilling sound of the deadly parrv aud thrust, the crunching of the blades through flesh and bone, groans and heavy falls. Hoors would flv open without any apparent cause, the windows would rattle and the whole building quake, as if with a dynamite shock. She would hear the crockery and glassware in her pantry go crashing to the floor, and, hastening to Ibe place, find everything safelv on the shelves just as she had left It. The boarders, alarmed, quitted the house almost lu a buoy. And the mistress, her occupation gone so Inn? as she remained in that location, was forced to leave and seek more desirable surroundings. After this the building remained untenanted fur a year, and thon it was taken by Prof. A. Cai roll, a Presbyterian clcrgviiiau and instructor, who fixed It up and moved ills family into it. 'i hey heard nothing that would confirm the former occupant's storv, Lut one cold winter nlnht Mr. Will Carroll, one of the most spirited of Independence's young lawyers, was awakeneu nv me ayoiuziug cries to au infant coming from an indefinite part of bis room wliirrh was ou the -second floor. No babv was pos sessed bv thefamiiy. neither was there one In the neighborhood. Mr. Carroll sought to investigate but notliiui? resulted. His older brothers. Mr. Chauncey and Mr. Charles Carroll, who slept in a room across the hall, also heard the cries distinctly. They were of the most pathetic and distressing nature; at last they seemed smothered, and theu the invisible little one ceased its wailing altogether. its breath being evidently exhausted, rhortiy after this the Iamily moved out of the house and no one bas occupied it since. Scores have seen ghostly lithts in the windows, and white-robed fltures flu ting hither and thither through the rooms, and heard unearthly noises, like the sound of struggling and the wails of an Infant. The most pleasant and popular drive in Independence is the "river road." a macadamized street runuiug past rich orchards and neios 10 rroposai Hill." ovei looking the Missouri Kiver. As every citizen will remember, there stands an isolated cab-;n. built of logs and weather boards which are now 1 ir gone to decay, about two miles from town on the right side of the thorouglifare. The cabin, tor long deserted, was once the rendezvous of the James and ounaer brothers, and tlicrHbv tiaiikcs a tale. Era atdJesse were once surprised at their home in Clay Co.intv bv a posse of Federal soldiers. Kansas "red- leg " who meant to shoot them on sight, aud the two outlaw brothers escaped only by a most cunning device and succeeded In reaching the jiouse id a relative. No one was at home but a btauaful young girl, their cousin, her father having been iile"d that dav bv (lie very men w ho were theu In pursuit O; tliein, because of his Southern sympathies. The girl gave them shelter and boldly faced the tr ops when they rot e up to her door, and denied all klK w ledge of the James boys. Site submitted the house to be searched, but the outlaws were too well concealed, and w ere not fo uud. The Captain of the soldlei s then ordered his men awav, hut warned the girl in ;i brutal manner that if it was discovered that she had protected the men thev hunted she should suffer severely for it. That night the James boys ec.ioed across the river into Jackson Countv, taking thflr fair cousin with them, fearing her fate ir .i.a luft. Iiolt'..l without iirntUiti.iti meaning H consign h r to Ihe care of friends ill In- j dependence, lt wasnear midnight when the trio reached the loneiy cabin referred to, and hire tuoy drew up the:r horses and prepared to spend the remainder of the night. But Ihey had scarcely eutsred the door wliec they were overtaken by their pursuers, the dete-mlued Kansaus, and when they refused to surrender, were made the recipients of a deadiv tire which wounded Jesse and killed the beautiful girl. Tl e brothers resisted caplure with all the power anil p-owess of their nature, and finally beat off their enemies, theu, le-piug iiln.-n their horses, disarpeared in the oarkness of the nlglit. It was on the J7th of May, the night of the Woodiand College alumni meeting, one year ago, that ir. Horace Wilson, than whom no young man is belter known iu the city, was riding past this cabin, the lime being about 2 a. in., when he w. startied 1-y hearing a femin ine shriek which betukeued that she who uitered it was in imminent peril. Agin came the blood-chilling call, and w ith commendable bravery Mr. W il&on secured his horse, and, revolver in hand, sprang over the fence and wa:k--fl rapidly toward the gloom-enshrouded cabiu. T hrice ere be reached the door the terrible cry was repeated, and be concluded that he must be about to burst upon a sickening tragedy. But, undismavea aud prepared for anything, he hurried on, andaslie neared Ihe door he extendi' I his hand to fling it open, but ere he touched It it was opened by other hands and a figure appealed therein, with such suddenness that the young man Involuntarily fell back a step. The figure was of a young girl, dressed In white, fresh blood streaming from a dreadful wound in tier breast and staluing crimson her 6tiowy robe, her arms extended in terror, her hair blowing uncoli-fiiieil about Imr head and her face as ghastly as that of a corpse. The instant her eves fell upon the young man she gave another shriek, louder and more awlul than the former ones, ana springing from the door dashed past the rescuer and vanished from view, as a strong wind might sweep from sight a cloud of dust or smoke. Kecaliing the storv of the death of the fair cousin of the James bovs, Mr. Wilson considered that he had seen enough for one evening aud re-eutered Lis buggy and drove home. A house owned by the Ma. Hickman heirs on the south boulevard, near the city graveyard, is said to bo haunted by a Confederate Colonel, who lost bis head on the spot by means of a cannon ball. The story comes from sir. Will F. Sweet, who last occupied the house. The ghost is thought to appear nightly, as it lias been seen several nights in succession, and is described as being headless, with the uultorin and epaulets covered with gore. 1 he form is that of a powerful n an and his bearing characterizes him as a trained soldier. The specter appears to be constantly searching for bis head, as he wanders all over the ground each time of his aPDearance. At the slight est disturbaiiee he vanishes. T'he colored people of that poriou of toe city have a horror ot lue spot at UllfllE- oneof the most inte reslirg houttes In town Is the famous '"aldo Hon-," In the western pari cf the cit . wb 'ch w s, until a aw years ago, tlie Hiii-it liouse in ine coun v. It is now occupied by Mrs Mary Alien and iamily. At one time it was tenanted by Moses . i ard, one of (he brigmest lights of the C hristian Church, and at another bv David Waldo, who furnished It witn regal magnificence and in It entertained the most iromineut persouages of the vi est. in every one ot ha nine rooms is au old-fashioned fireplace, aud in the narlor and other front rooms the hearthstones of these ingles are formed of square blocks of gran ite, the same being tombstones, brought Irom no one knows whither, and laid with the back sides up. W eird tales are told of how. during the cold w Inters that the building stood deserted, the spirits from the graves which had been robbed of their headstones would quit their frozen beds and descend the chimneys of the great house and, kindling roaring fires that burned with an unearthly brightness, warm their rigid , emaciated bands and bodies ana dance iu great glee on ine smooth wniie stones. W hen the Mormons settled in Independence in the early thirties they were struck with the beauty of the took to solve the secrets of the haunted floor In consideration of the reward, and one night he ascended the stairs with a pistol ready for defense. He was not allowed to carry a light, ana ne soon tscoverea thai c cad unaeriaxeu a very npleasant job. He began to bear noises hove him Quite distinctly, but he kept on and pushed Into the chamber of death. The next mo ment lie gave a veil and fired his revolver and then he reached the bottom of the stairs he knew not how. He related that be had beheld the white-robed figure of a woman, the eyes resembling balls of fire, the tongue expectorating blue flame. Fire darted here and there all about her person. The srory attracted a great crowd to the restaurant, aud the next man who volunteered to Interview the ghost was Normau Cuminings. He went boldly up to the third oor, listened for a short time to a serenade of ghostly rapping and rattlug, aud then entered the place of horror. There was the white-robed figure. He bad no sooner recog nized it than something darted tiast his feel. He grabbed it but failed to hold it. Again the 'thing swished past him. Again be clutched it. and this time held it. In doing .o a striug broke. He found that held a niece of stove-niL.e. and be surmised the truth the string connected with a pair of hands dowu stairs. Relinquishing the pipe, he knocked over the white, phosphorus-covered dummy, aud returning to his friends, pocketed l is reward. James McVloskey, Heputy County Treasurer, at one time lived on South Liberty street, lust opposite the home of a "harnt." The "spooky" house was. during the war, the borne of a brother and sister, named John and Minnie Savage. The building was atone time used as Pres. Robert's apple drying tablishment. John Savage went off to do battle with his foes, and Minnie, a ue'er-do-well, was loft to care for herself. This she succeeded in doing so well that she undertook to care for a wounded soldier also. W hue thus engaged her brother returned, and becoming enraged at the state of affairs killed the patient, and it is the wraith of the victim which is said to haunt the nlace still, anrearlng at the win dows in a w hite light that shows up the gore on his lace to perfection. M..iav i leveiana. wniie uenurv i-ostmarer. was awakened from his slumbers one dreary night by an unusual noise, and starting un from his pillow he be- if n srnnoinir nn vi tew leer awav. ine Triifimm in of a real, live' ghost. Its eyes flashed tire, just as the eyes of all good ghosts should, and its tongue darted lii and out like a serpent's spitting flames in a way 10 make a proiessionai uro-eaier green sim envv. Suddenly it raised its white arm aloft. Its eyes blazed with fury, a grow l like that of a hungry wolf issued from lis waxen litis and Jav caught a handful of red nenner In his bulging eves which caused lliem to crawl en ins cneeKS anu get oacx inio ineir sock ets, w lien Ihe voung man recovered the next morn ing he found that he had beeu robbed of a large pock etbook containing a 20-ccnt piece with a bole iu It lie is now a firm believer in gnosis. Jmt as til s l t-le ntara a rli se comes t Highly en tenanting story in m two great ly respected young men, Me-srs. Hairy G. Heuley and Samuel i:g ano. Iieputy circuit Clerks of the county. It deserves all credence. Jn. enendence bad the t.rst railroad west of the Misslss r pt. the t sck running from what is now known as Hughes' luerv staineioine ruer. i t.e iktinal plan of the stockholders was to run the ti airs bv it am. but the contiai'tors for the ware houses dwindled them out of much of their capital. so titer were forced to use Hat rails and drive botses to their rolling stock. The road has for long been out of use. and scarcely a vestige of it remains: but in "Macau lav's pasture" a small strip of the road is still to be seen. Mr. Henlev and Mr. Ragland we driving along the street past this pasture a few nights ago. wheu with surprise thev heard the lien of a car ringing as though to hurry passengers aboard. Thev looked in the direction whence llie sound came and beheld w hat thev lntantlv knew to be a llbaTitom car. T he old men of the town had described these old-fash ioned carriages, and thev were oulck to recognize this as a specimen of one of the primeval styles of the early days ot railroading, ine horses were snow-white, and the driver was clothed in a peculiar shade of yellow, giving him an indescribable appear ance. .No passengers were ainrard. Ihe car swept , along over the grass with remarkable speed, mAking no sound except the ringing of the bell. The two f entlemen watched the strange sight with breath-ess interest until the apparition vanished among the trees. Marshall. Col. Wm. Rector Gist is an Iconoclast of the deepest dye. and cares no more for a spook or spirit than a last year's bird's nest or an empty whisky bottle. But nevertheless wheu well prepared for the part he can create consternatian by his ghost-like appearance. He was coming up the street the other night from his hotel to bis office, wearing a pair of green goggles pushed bark on bis forehead and carrying a lam p, while his tali figure, flowing white beard and sombrero were half revealed and half hidden by the light. A crowd or young men in front of a drug store thought It wag some supernatural manlfesta- n and a general stampeae iook place ti Judge lieuben Davis had a cold horror on him the other night when a chilly hand was placed ou his shoulder aud he turned to enmront a skeleton with fiery eves and blue tire shining through Its ribs. An Insane Idea to crush the fearful object possessed liim, and being a man of great strength, he clasped Ihe grisly horror In h Is arms fracturing every bone in his ( ti e skeleton b) body with an awful grinding sound. He awoke to find that in his dream he had utterly ruined a life-sized cast of the Venus de Medici which had stood iu his sleeping room and which. In some way, had leaned forward upon tne bed and ronehnH him jn a sensitive snot. A. J. Trigg is brave with men. but, like Csssar, has presentimeuts which fill him with a mysterious feel ing akin lo rear, as "mist is akin to rain." lie started home from the store late the other nlghl when a while-winged angel seemed lo settle slowly down from the sky and sink supinelv on the pave inent in front of him. He regarded It as an augury of early death on his part, and was considerably shaken until he found that the heavenly visitor was a large kite which had fallen from a telephone wire in which pearauce ot a kite aonut lour feet lung ana a a half wide, slowly dragged itself across tin front of the and van. shed in the daikne object was ofVure white and perfectly outli was seen by t entire party. But this wai for scarcely ld tne waf'u bildgn. when irieen-the invisible h.ffc' as if it were.-wltU tori"- Independence This city is perhaps the most historic city in the West, as it was first an Indian settlement, then a lawless trading post where duels at the card-tables and the like were of by no means Infrequent occur. rence, later the scene of tragic- riots by the Mormons (1833), which resulted in the expulsion of the "saints" from the state, and last a hot bed of war, the home base ot the James boys. Quantrill, the guerilla; Jim Crow Chiles and others of the same notorious Ilk, and here were enacted some of the bloodiest con tests between the Blue and the Gray of the "war in tne vvest." In consequence of these facts the neigh borhood is singularly proiitic of ghost stories, many of which are thrilling and of general interest, and as the names of some of the most responsible people of the community are given in connection wnn toe inci dents described, the same are to be considered authentic bevond any reasonable doubt. The spring just southeast of the city cemetery was in the long ago the spot whereon rested the wigwam of Senuovah. the ffreat Indian chief who now. wowed with Jackson and stipulate ! the treaty which gave to nis rare, unaer tne lintel Mates seal, the Indian Territory as tne red ma-i's last heritage. When Sequoyan s time tor visiting ihe happy hur ue grounds arrived, be begged to ne carried hack tt "old springi' aud there buried nude- .one c gigantic oaks that stood like living r " the everlasting fountain; sad to-da poe i hot HotiUe Liavu vldcUi place and took possession of large tracts of land, de- ring this the "chosen land." Among other piece of property they selected what Is known to every man and child In the community as the "Temple Lot," designed to lie the locus of a magnificent temple ereoted lor his children by God himself, and this lot they still hold. It is sacred property and no tres-riassincr is allowed unon It. it supports no building. being kept ready for the great temple which God promised In a revelation to one of his favorite disciples, aud which will be dropped sllentlv from the skies Kane peitect night. Aiiranam uoooin one of the firmest of Joseph Smith's followers, and a few nights ago he had this vision, most wonderiul In Its Import: Ite was going lo iu nome, pasi ine Temple lot, when, to his intense amazement, he beheld on the ground the shining outlines of an edifice of almost inconceivable magnincenue. nwasoi im mense nronortions. and was formed of a stone sembling pearl, whirii alternated with solid blocks oi told and silver. The steeule arose far beondhii sight, far into the sky, apparently to heaven itself, and glistened with innumerable diamond settings. The entrance, which was a great arch, was of pure gold, and the walk leading up to it was composed f the same preclou metal. As he gazed, aimost bewildered and scarce! believing the evidence nf bis eyes, the great tempi was suddenly lit un with a light equaling eiectricity in power, and theu a full sense of lis magnificence Hashed upon him. T hrough the silver-encased w in dows he saw that the Inside of the btiililing far 6ur passed In richness and loveliness the outside. Gold- gold everywhere. The ru'rH and the pews, the very walla were gold. 1 he Celling was one mass oi precious eema. The seals were cushioned witl the finest satin, and altogether the sniirtiire piliiliiioil the greatest splendo imagination could comprehend, aud such as would compare witn nothing else upon lueeami. !uua derim? with awe and fear at what he witnessed, an blinded bv the brilliance of the wondrous spectacle Abraham Dobbin covered his eyes with his hands for a moment, and when he looked ataln the great tern nla wa srone: and then be realized that It was all vision, but oue vi the most extraordinary signifi cance. in boii,iir- mnits as the "Kc nnv building." nn the east side ot the square, an estimable lady miiliuer lived. and about two years ago died. The buiidlna baa three floors, me up- nr ones tJnmt the death retnAlnin unoccupied, and) the lower being utilized by Jnmi i'fiprann as a sf snd rautlv store. About a t fir itn straws- stores were firat beard on the third floor, and the rumor got about that the house was haunted. Mr. 1'eieison. about this time, offered rev, ar I to anybody w ho would go on 1 1 ere rl uigl: and either capture the ghost or ascertain theiaus "f bis g,!Osthm's noctnral roraldines. groans anf vr bideout ueof" Ui DatitsVUUliUM had been entangled. The foreboding lu Mr. Trigg's breast was partly justified, however. by finding lu the ewspaper irom wuicn ine Kiie was made me annum "men t of tha wedding of an old and cherished weetneari. Oscar Goodwin was once skeptical but Is now rm believer in ghosts and ghost stories. His con- ersion dates from a personal experience of a quite recent occrruence. While sitting in his room after returning from a party at a late hour his notice was tiracied i a ngiire cioiuea iu wuue mat -as walking a sentinel oeat or aoout miriv yarns to nd fro on the railroad track. After watching It for several minutes his curiosity and naturally adventurous spirit was aroused and he determined upon a lo6r investigation supping oown stairs, ne warily nnroached lo within about r.lty varus or the figure w inch had never ceased Its regular tread nor change. Ill C CUHI B Ol ypiailoi, " ' ' a ' - "i oon covered, increased and ttiminishea like the flicker of a gaslight. His curiosity bad now about given way to astonisnmeni not udiuucu wivu rear, out ne found himself Invited bv an unaccountable fascination to the place, and that bis steps, instead of being directed toward his house, as ne would nave willed, were tending under the influence of some power outside of his own volition towards the ghostly sentinel, lie naa approacned iu wiium uriy tees when a train rushed by and over tut sentinel ana ais. ppeared around the bend. The figure could no where be found, and when the story was reported to he depot Oscar was laughed at ana toia mat no rain had been bv In the direction named tor six tours. Be that as it mav. It is au estauusnea met that at the same place a man who was walking tha track about a rear before was run over and killed." Joe i. Mossier naa an experience a lew nigmsago with a dark, red-eyed ghost which was concealed be hind his coal barrel. II was an impudent ghost and had evidently been drinking, as It refused to let a-lr. Mossier pass, and It was only upon tu.-ealentng to call the police that he succeeded In gaming ad mittance lo nisToom. s. W. Armentrout Is a firm believer in snooks and spiritual manifestations, having bad a personal experience with one of the species. He discovered And followed a ghost one summer's night of two vears ago for several blocks, but relinquished his pursuit in dis gust upon seeing the apparition drink all the water ia Cordell's fountaiu. T. J. T horp, Jr.. is not ashamed fo declare bis be- i llet In superuatural appearances. He bas an Interesting story of an experience of bis boyhood davs, 1 when coon hunting was the sport of the farmer boys. ' and a pack of hounds was considered as necessary an implement of agriculture as a plow or barrow. For four nights his own sagacious dogs, heretofore as reliable as the Signal service, had at the same point made a false "tree." It puzzled the dogs ami boys as well, and the fifth night It was determined, if possible, to unearth the mystery. The horn was sounded and the hunt began. A trail was soon struck, which, after considerable winding, led up to the same old elm in a swamp where tbey bad been deluded four times before. The dogs were furious and It was decided to build a fire and cut the tree. These prep arations were scarcely commenced when a some thing in form resembling a combination of man and wildcat appeared among the topmost branches, and with a shriek that almost froze the blood of the party, bestowed the most horrible curses upon those who had dared to Invade its abode and disturb Its rest for five successive nights. This was years ago and yet Mr. Thorp has a vivid remembrance of the occasion-and to verily the story is willing to point out, iu daylight, the oid elm tree to any doubting Thomas. Eugene . Alien nas oeeu a spiriiuausi Tor many J'ears. His chief recreation after business nours is a ong walk, which often extends bevond the stir and bustle of the city, out Into the clover-scented fields or inspiring forest. Here be loves to sit and commune w ith nature, frequently doing nothing else until a late hour. Upon his return from these expeditions be has more than once met with experiences of a supernatural order that would have caused a less brave and more hairy mau to tu-n gray. Still his adventures have never been sufficient to cause him to forego his Pleasure. though his recital ot them has otlan kept his friends from accompanying nun. C harles K. Marshall believes in signs and wonders. learns wisdom of the birds and beasts, reads the heavens and the SUNDAY I'o.-T-IlisPATCH and finds much to reflect and act upon that the casual observer falls to discern. He tells of a battle he once wit nessed on the highroad between a frog and a rabbit which to bis mind, trained to receive and perceive omens, foretold him of a future occurrence that would result to his disadvantage. In less than six months three of his sons died with cholera, but he had been prepared for the loss. N. K. 'iaibot has often been found bv his friends shivering w ith drehd after a meeting with ghosts, but bas always refused to relate nis experieuces. on being urged to reveal the secret of these mysterious seances, he said : "I have seen wbat 1 have .seen. but I promised those spirits, or creatures, that came to me that I would not reveal them or their identity , ... I .... .. . I . I. , .... t .1 . I . .. . .. I . I u . I V. ... 1 1 . 1 harrow up your son and lay It off in corn rows three lees wiue, ana muse est a particular nair stand on end like goose quills on the fretful porcupine, but 1 nave pledged my worn to ine spirit eives, sua l cannot. Idare not. reveal their secrets " James M. Anceli obtained a test of his nerves at the cost ot a great deal of cold perspirstlon the other Inches above his head, and medical aid had to be summoned to restore his eves to their sockets. J. ft. Fletcher saw-a ghost during the war which impressed Itself on bis mind so sharplv that be can not think ot it without a shudder. All at once, while n a headlong charge Iu hot light, following nis gal-ant leader saw a colli n floating before him. Everything was distinct and clear and be could see the shroud and his own face cold in death, resting under the glass at the head of the casket. Just then his horse swerved .and a ranuon-ttall made a terrible gap in the rank-", two men nexi him being killed and three horses heaped uion the plain. But the picture of that coffin remains with Mr. Hetcher and he expects to see it again just before bis time comes. Col. A. J. Graves of this citv is as brave a man as ever drew a long breath, and be followed the fort unes ol ine souin through the notiest Dames east oi the Mississippi, but the other night, as be heard a heavy step coming up the stairs, be involuntarily raised himself up in bed. He rooms in apartments over a business block and was entirely alone. The step came nearer and nearer and tina'ly stopped at bis door. He could have sworn that the door was locked, but it flew open, and there stood in the doorway a rough-looking man with a rope around his neck and with a ghostly, "drawu" look In his face. Impelled by an incoutrollable impulse but whv he knew not Col. Graves gra-ped the rope and pulled the man te the floor. There was a horrible gurgling sound and all was still. With wonderful courage rbe Colonel rose and struck a licht, but nothing could be seen. He still flrmlv believes, however, that he was wide awake, but his friends attribute the phenomenon to one of bis late champagne suppers, alter reading a guasiiy and circumstantial account of the banging of the Bald hnobbers." J. E. I'ickett saw a ghost once, bnt thought the ghost did not see him, and ran for dear life. After being pursues for about a mile, he felt the cold hand of his clammv chaser on his warm neck. He almost fainted, but clutched the hideous hand to iind that it tt u the oil-cloth cover of his umbrella, which hi was carrying on his shoulder. oean o. ouggins is prononncea in nis uenei in gliosis and hobgoblins. He has had no personal experience with the species, and his faitn is all the stronger In the'r existence because It bas not required the evidence of the semes to support it. ur. j. w. tarter, in repiy io ine quesnon m whether he bad ever seen any ghosts, said that his Fiersonal acquaintance in that direction had been imlted to "Great Ceasar's Ghost." whom he had met sevei al times and found to be a very pleasant and well informed spirit. a. r. n. vyaiker, wune a narive or foniu imunih where ghosts abound, abjures the faith of his ancestors and boldly declares lie has no belief in the existence of spirits cither good or evil. Iu the course of a more than usually eventful life he declares he has never metauy substauce more harmful than his own shadow. C. 1. Newton hashed many thrilling adventures with spooks and apparitious. His latest adventure was with one of the genii at a lonely, precipitous spot near Marshall, which had won for itself the name of "Lover's Leap." The chasm is spanned by a narrow foot-bridge, made more dark and desolate by the heavv shadows cast- by the massive elms rhlch found a slender foothold on the bank and sidns of the cliff. Ou the verv middle of this foot-bridge Mr. Newton was accosted by an apparition whoso appearance so terrified hi in that he is unable to give a description of it, save that It was of enormous size and emitted a strong sulphuric odor. The spook told him not to be alarmed, as his appearance was wholly upon a business matter. whb'h ne at once proceeueu 10 expiaiu. n spuit onn was to be given, and he had been appointed committeeman to confer with the pr'nters and get bids upon a fantastic programme for the occasion. Would Mr, Newton kindly furnish an estimate? He would then give him another call after getting figures from other offices. Oi course Mr. Newton would, and he hastened to Inform his ghostshlp that the Progress office with which he was connected knew no competitors, and that while he would like to meet his honor at another time when he might converse with less embarrassment, still he would not subject him (o the Inconvenience ot calling at his omce, sua sooner man lose the ob he would do it tor nothing ana pay a liberal bonus. The terms were satisfactory, details arranged, the programmes printed next day and left l uie spot w nere it is suppuscu ii.ey were micr.iiiua ailed for and the dauce held. Mr. Newton is a model young man, and never took a drink or told a lie in his life. R. M. shirev confesses to a secret tear oi one particular kind of ghost. It sometimes ceases to persecute him, but comes back again and again. It takes the form of a beautiful woman and gossips say It Is the wraith of a lovely lady whose hears ne broke back iu Virginia. She always wears a veil and never speaks, but slovrly draws back the veil and discloses a pale, but fascinating face. The only thing to make the apparition oisagreeaoie is a cigareeie advertisement on Ihe lady's bare shoulders. A picture very much resembling tha lady hangs near Bob's bed. Ernest Martin awoke one night wane traversing the W est as a book agent and found a maiden of great beauty in bis room at the hotel. He Immediately recognized her as a young lady he had seen ou the train the day before, aud with whom he had stuck up a sort of innocent flirtation. She stretched out ber aims to him in an imploring manner and seemed to utter his name. bomeining, nowever, seemed to prevent him from moving a muscle and as he lay like a stone gazing at her with bis eves w ide open, her beautiful form and features seemed to fade J llio me air. J ue spell was oi os c ii anu nr .-,iii ui'. lit a match and looked at bis watch which indicated exaatly 3 o'clock. Next morning he found that the young lady had died in her room at the same hotel of heart disease at 3o'clock. sea E. K. 1'emberton isolien amiciea wun supernatur al visions, lie lives on Capitol Hill, which necessi tates a lonely walk borne from nis ouice at night. Once, wheu crossing the Missouri Pacific track on his way to his domestic haven, he was surprised to notice the Irou rails quivering as If a heavy train were near by. He Jumped aside, but could see nothing coming, sltoongh the rails continued to quiver. Finally he beheld a passenger train of great elegance anu evident splendor glide by. Phantom faces were gazing from the car windows and a phantom engi neer was guiding ine noiseless engine, tu was so astonished that he criud out. "mange cars for Boon villa and Tlptonl" and the whole vision sud denly vanished. I homas W . Lacy, Connty collector, met witn a ghost during the late canvass that came very near being the ghost of his political aspirations. It was iu the Missouri River bottom, a place peculiarly infested with spooks and spirits. The hour was late. Mr. l.acv ua nig occupied coiniueraui lime iu ex-plaiiiing'to the intelligent voter how under the system he proposed to establish as prospective collector taxes would be much lighter He was hurrying on. hoping to soon reach a shelter to rest himself and horse, when he became conscious of some one rtdlug by his side, lie had heard no noise and was at a loss to understand how ihe stranger could have approached so near without attracting bis attention. He, however. said "Good evening" lu his most plea. ant manner. There was no response. Thinking his companion might be deaf, and not wishing to lose a possible vote, he commenced with: "I am a candidate for." The word "candidate" was scarcely out of his month wben his borse was stopped, as also did that of bis fellow rider. A large mirror seemed to slowly rise from the earth and shut out all in front and around him. He looked and beheld a mighty concourse of people, all with white slips of paper in their hands. Tbey all approached a common center. They deposited their slips in a large box, and then slowly disappeared. Another scene presented Itself on the face of the mirror. He read the names of all his competitors, and at the bottom of the list was hi owu but the first pirt of it instead of being written "Thomas" was'Dennis." He fell from his horse and laid on the highway until next morning when he was found and carried home. He was sick for two weeks, and only upon the most urgent demands of his friends did he again resume the canvass to win it against his presentiment. with robes of shining brightness. Attempting t seize the weired presence his hands closed upon nothing. Iu full possession of his senses he fled in terror, and lives In couslaut dread ci ITS second visit." Fred Hastings said: "During the war T was on a steamer oit Memphis, the night being sultry and the clouds bevvy. Lstood smoking on the upper deck. Presently I felt a chance, and peering through the gloom saw a white robed figure forming but a few feel from me. and at first thought that It was In far some lady passenger who hal come out for a breatb of fresh air. I triuke in apology of my presence; no answer came, and I advanced, when to my surprise and alarm I heard nothing but a soughing sigh aud was alot-e. H w as something, ghost or no ghost." John W. Whedbee said: "I do not know that I ever saw a ghost, but 1 have seen so many strange things that I am satisfied our existence is mora than material, and 6lnce It has been demonstrated to mi that I can stand In San Francisco and converse witt friends in New York. then, mv detr sir. those thingi we cannot demonstrate 1 am willing to leave with the Supreme Being." John Saunders said : "When 1 was a boy we used to place a white sl'eet on a rmle and stick it out in tha back yard to scare the hired girl's best man with, and it succeeded so nicelv we thought vie would trv it on In other quarters, and I concluded to be the pole. Coi erlng mvself in ghostly garb. I took position as directed, when a pale hit e flame rose just in frout otiue, and a form with glaring eye and hand extended 1 dropped that sheet, yawped, and my hair became prematurely gray." John T. Weich said : "There may be something in mind-reading, iu fact, when one comes Into mv presence and desires to obtain anv kind of deal from me, unless I am entirely familiar witli him and know his standing, his voice, his manner, his deportment has everything to do with mv treatment of him. (.hosts, well, I hardly know what my opinion is. If you mean the spooks of childhood or nurses bogy, I guess not, but weird Influences cpnnot be Ignored." Richard Kuchs said: -'lu the old country there were many well authenticated instances of veritable appearances of mysterious forms, lo which In this country you give so many queer names. 1 cannot understand it all. We called ail those things by the plain, unvarnished name of glinst. and the influence on the petqde was just the same aud is not confined so much to superstition as that uncontrollable desire to fathom the unknown." H. E. Robinson said: "There are two influences eonstantlv controlling human actions. Those that are known and those that are unknown. The teachings of youth leave an Indelible impress, be thev food or evil. There are few w riters cnn-erniiig w hoiii have not made inquiry and I have mule up my miml that there is a principle not yet fully demonstrated which controls our existence, be it a ghost or what tt mav. That one may belieye that one has seen a ghost is rot at a 1 strange when we place our greatest faith in the uuktiown.'11 Rev. James P. Gucrin said: "I am an Fpiseopal clergyman and am fullv convinced that man is controlled bv spiritual imluences, not the charlatanism of a Cagliostro or the legerdemain of a Mott, but divine grace. In one this blessing may d velop itseil by the most startling assertions of a material character, in another, an inward consciou-ness of strict rectitude, each springing from the same source, faith In a supreme being. Are there ghosts? Do yuu not believe in the Holy Ghost?" Moberly. Tncle Jimmie Wallis, a most reputable citizen, who was Constable of this township for many years, before Moberly was even dreamed of. Is familiar with the main points in the story of the haunted ford, which was on Silver Creek, fourteen miles west of here, at a point where a distillery had been burned down, and It was thought that some innocent woman perished . in the flames, or was murdered, and her remains there cremated. The phantom took the form of a woman whose head was cut clean off at the shoulders, and generally blood was seen streaming from the neck. In those days farmers hauled their tobacco to Glasgow, the nearest river point, and brought home their supplies. Those who approached the ford aftei nightfall generally met the headless woman coming up the hill w hich they had to descend to reach the ford. Thomas W'aterfield and William Stark, both men or mature years, true courage, and uuimpeached veracity testify to ia eeting this strange and honlble specter on more than one occasion. She would meet the horses square in the road, walk right in between them, under the wagon tongue, and then ascend in a vapory form and pass away over the head of the teamster. The most skillful driver, with all the geeing and hawing possible, could never elude her. We understand that W . T. Yager, al-o an old and respected citizen of Moberly at this time, can also vouch for these facts. The negro slaves of that neighborhood could never be Induced to cross that ford at nittht, and many a weary hunter has made a circuit of many miles rather than chance a meeting with the "headless woman." ti. W. Dulany, one of our most successful business men. and as tine a gentleman as ever drew breath, has had some remarkable experiences with specters. When a voung man. living near Middle Grove, Mon roe Countv. he rode one day in great haste to get a doctor for'a sick brother. As he beared a g ave yard by the road-lde, he saw a man ot superhuman stature sitting on a rail fence. As the horseman a- proached the phantom giant sprang from hts seat and walked g-ave in the he sank into astonished gazo of no delusion lor the night, when he met midway between his art gallery and his suburban villa on the cultured ei est of Capitol Hill, on a little rustic bridge spanning a gaping ravine Below me gas-works, a singular apparition in the moonlight. It seemed in the uncertain light of tickle l.una a wnite rravated figure of clerical air ana copied his movements with scrupulous Slid painful accuracy. When be would step to the left the figure would do likewise.. and vice versa. So. mustering ail tils nerve and arr lg straight at the clerical pi. an tasm.he was sa il. ' ed to bud himself passing througa TUil hi baa uu4 auuui tiuea Maryvilie. Sylvester V. Dooley ssid: ''TheTe Is romething uncanny about a skull and crossbones even in open day. I think there are but few men of any race or creed but what would prefer sleeping in a comfortable bed than lying around with tombstones for companions." James H. White said: "I have been manager of hotels for many years and If there are no ghosts then ?11 1 have to say Is this world is pretty densely peopled with idiots. I have had many guests who would not Sleep iu i oo i li tiiiiiiiivu iu ipi miu oririiB, ii ina window did not open toward the east: If they ronld not Jay with their feet toward the south, or if they could not get No. 7, 21 or 23. and all sum preferences, and I admit that 1 sleep easier wuen my suvronntijuirs sun ni. William H. llatton said: ''The reason whv I believe in ghosts is that the theory of creation is ba'ed on unseen power, lama i nrsitan ana i armiy believe that toe presence of God is in all places and His power controls all things, yet we cannot see nor feel the presenoe oi His Majesty as we no material things." n SbUOal G. Vtaiaer ssiui x o J nut uinuiciH ill nhn.t, tstslv. but there has been times in mv Ufa when a clear, weil-detinsd warning has bean given to me. Sua 1 SCSUaiiy seflinwu w icei Kb 11 an unseen presence was controlling my thoughts and actions." James B. Newman said: "We die every twentv-four hours, or every time we sink into unconscious sleep, audit this be true our last sleep is simply a trautfoimatlon from mitifs manriai to innse spirit-ni nd arrnmnanvintr us through every stage ia an ever-present ghost, which controls us for good or lor evil.'' ...... - Thomas H. Brown saia: "i auowu not wny people always associate something dreadful or startling with the idea ot a gnosi. a gnosi, as : semis 10 roe, is ot a spiritual existence, aud no painter has yet bad the rashness to portray an angel without wings, flowing robes and the most charming extenjr, and always on missions of friendship, lova and mercy. Yes, I think there are gnosis. C. O. Smith said: "The divine plan is clothed with much that Is awe-inspiring; iu every age and clime superstitious are followed, and many quite startling events have occurred, w hich have not yet been accounted for in harmony with human reason, and It there Is no difference between ghosts and spirits wa have the proof ot Holy W ril that there is a spirit snd a Hoy Ghost." W ill II. Hawkins said: "I know this about ghosts. It yoa catch me fooling round a graveyard at night, or exploring the gloomy recesses of burial places, I will give you my head for afoot-ball. I had a .light scare once, and if I did not see a ghost I do not know what I did see and I will not soon pu. myself In a position to find out." Bernard Moran said: "I am of the pure Celtic rare and have frequently beard the statement that my country Is noted tor its supffstiilons and pronounced belief in the supernatural. This is solely based upon the fact that the esmduct of the peopls is controlled bv their absolute ballet in an all-wise and just God. He cannot be seea by aiortal eves, but if we are responsible to bias ! has ways and means ol giving us warnings that bumaa reason need out Inquire Into In order to trust In his goodness aud luercy." Al Ellis said: "finostsl bs! ha! Those people whoare always thinking evil and are fatally bent un mischief most likely are the ones who -re gliosis. I have often seen wtB run for oftk e wlie dpi not bare the gnost ef a ensues to win, yet you cub Id not make tlieai believ It. There are many she ibiak themselves sanctified who wlii not hsve a ghost of a chance with St. Peiert the fact Is some of thsio will see a larg e sized ghost, if I don't miss my guess." James W, Storru said : "I am not net nrally superstition, but s ties it Is quite dark and I get to thinking oi the ghost stones have heard Bill Garrett tell. I say that there Is something iu it, fer yon know Hut is a truthful man. He says he saw a raa I ghost i nuvift ia a gajr el utUti wiiea ail eit m 41. rapidly to a new-made burial ground. There the earth before the the horseman. This was rrave yard was within a few yards of the road and there was no foliage or other object to conceal a man of flesh and blood. At precisely that hour the following day the 6ick brother breathed his last. At the corner of Williams and streets. In this citv. are the ruins of a once handsome mansion, which ran to decay simply because It became the abode of 6pooks and goblins. Less than twenty years ago it was a desirable residence, and many excellent people lived there, in turn, it being a tenement house. Somehow people began t? speak tu whispers of some terrible crime which was supposed to have been committed thete, ana soon night pasters on that street could see most horrible phantoms in its descried chambers. The basement was dark and dank, and there the "hellish legion" delighted to hold their revels. In those days John W. Estcs was city editor of the Daily Headlight, full of adventure, always looking for a good item, and as game a man as e ver drew the trigger of a derringer. He was no believer in ghosts, and so resolved to solve the mystery of the liaimtad house. In company with some friends he attempted to break in upon the revels of the spooks, and, if possible, rapture Hecate herself. But it was no go Blue and red lights shot through the eerie chambers from garret to cellar; sulphurous smoke burst forth from every crevice, and the most hideous yells and screams and screeches from within betokened the great displeasure of the troubled ghosts. The more timid investigators fled lu horrible dismay, but Estes "screwed his courage to the sticking point" and ventured to peep through the baeenieut windows, aud "wowl he saw au unco sight!" Warlocks and witches In a dance; No cotilion brought new from France, But hornpipes. jigs1 strathspeys aud reela, l'ut life aud mettle in their heels. Coffins stood round like open presses. That showed the dead in their last dresses. And bv come devilish cantrip slight Each la lis eold hand held a light. Bnt another bnrrt of sulphurous smoke from the Infernal den took away the reporter's breath, and he sought safety in flight. The following gentlemen were either with Estes on that occasion or visited the house at other times, and can testify as to the manb-festat Ions which they there beheld: Ed Pendleton, Clarence Bridges, Frank Roihwell, Jr., John O'Keofe, Braxton Stephens, Bll'y O'Brien, C. 8. Rice. John Keiiy, Mai Lowensteln and many others. Oue very strong evidence that this place was really haunted is found In the fart that it continued to tumble to decav, and is now only a mass of rulus. Not only would nobody live in the house, but no one has yet seen proper to build ou the site, although it is iu tlte heart of one of the most fashionable sectious of the citv. and surrounded on all sides by cosy cottages and elegant 11 ansious. But no ghost has been seen there for five years. Lucie Jimmy Ownby, who Is a very old timer from Monroe County, now residing In this city, once ran three miles at a stretch, pursued by an invisible drum corps from a graveyard. He bad taused beside a lnoss-grown tomb, wben all at once le beard a sound iika the beating of a small muttled drum. He was net ready to be recruited into the spectral bust, and so broke ranks and made a forced march for the camp of the living. It was three miles to his borne in Middle Grove, and Salt River was swollen by recent rains, but Mr. Ownby swain the stream and covered the distance in less time than It would take to write a minute description of the race. Whenever he would stop to catch breath, the phantom drum would beat a march, and Uncle Jtinuiie marched every time. Away back In the 60s a man named Dltmtis or Dlt-mars lived lu a little house on a cross street between t lark and W illiams in the south part ol town. He was a bard drinker and one night be took delirium tremens. 01 the -'James Fitz-James." as the early Moberlyites called it, and without any more ado be passed iu his checks. Well, the first night after Ditmus took passage for the next world, the neighbors saw a weird and mysterious light lu the empty house, and it continued to appear there for mauy weeks, so that everybody In that neighborhood was wrought up to -the highest pitch of supernatural drnid, and the owner of the bouse couldn't have hired anvbodv to ocrunv It. After several months, however, the light ceased 10 appear, and the fears of the people gradually wore away. Columbus UcKlnsey, now living in this city, and many others here have a distiuct recollection of seslug this light. Ten years ago Pat Connors was a popular fireman on the St. Louis, Kansas City Northeru Railway, and lived at the north end of Firth street. One eight he came In from his run and was going home about i o'clock In the morning. He was Just opposite the home of I'at Sullivan, a friend, when there re up before him a giaut cow, full twenty feet high and large In proportion, she glared with fiery eyes on Connors, aud then gava a suort louder than the whistle of any engine ob the road. Connors was a brave man. but this was too much for bis nerves. He cleared the sidewalk and a picket ft-nce at one bound, and the next brought Dim against Sullivan's door with such force thsi he broke it in. lie was tasen home on a abutter and could never afterward look at a cow without taking tremors. 1'at Sullivan lives in the same house yet. though Connors loft here and is now somewhere in Illinois. In a comfortable mansion on Fourth street llv-i Cant. Dick Powell, a retired uiwhsnt. and a gntlenmn who Is practical rather than visionary la his nienia make-up. Still be bas a ghost story that l wont telling. Some years ago there was an alarm of firs a' night and Dick star'ed to the scene to render w bat aid be ronld. In front of Henry Overhei g's residence an Immense brown oear confronted him and he thought his time had come. But Ihe in. Unci otseii-preservation prompted htm to make a thrust at bn in with a small raitan. Ihe ouly weapon be had. Te his surprise Ibe reed penetrated the shaggy eoat of tha brute as If it bad bt- the scimetar of SaJsdiu, and his beat-ship rolled or Intheditcb. Powell approached to view the car of the beasf, as he se 1 posed, when suddenly It snmcd the Vorwi of bis Irtonu, fete Me arty, I began to r roach him tor attempted murder. Itioii the- ante cart came thundering tiy. warn whole pparlttoo melted Into tbla alt and anlst Die ti .Wis aervite Lk Are, Mut ceia v4 'tWy

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