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Haunted Perth (1925)

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Perth Mirror 1925 (Feb 14)
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Mirror (Perth, WA : 1921 - 1956), Saturday 14 February 1925, page 10National Library of Australiahttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article76436761
PERTH'S
HAUNTED
HOUSE
Ghosts,
Demons
or
Delusions
HAUNTED
houses
have
stillan
absorbing
interest
fordiehuman
mind,
for
we
have
not
yetoutgrown
our
childhood
fears
ofghosts
with
clanking
chains.
'TheMirror's'
storylast
weekof
an
alleged
haunted
housein
one
of
our
suburbshas
brought
forth
a
shaolof
correspondence
on
the
subject.
Wehave
not
space,
of
course,to
print
all
the
letters
we
havereceved,
but
appended
are
half
a
dozen
which
fairly
representedthe
variety
of
views
expressed
by
our
correspondents.
Manypeople
dismissthe
suggestionthat
a
house
can
be
haunted
%vith
an
off-handstatement
thatitisall
plain
nor.sense.
and
quite
a
numlverof
our
correspondents
lia\«a-lopivd
tliis
view.
?+*??
'AIjT/BOSJ1!'E.A.
putsitmost
concisely
inthis
fashion:
'Dear'Mirror',
I
am
glad
thatyoudon't
personally
vouchfor
thathnunted
-housestory,
though
you
tell
it
{graphicallyenough.
Iknow
two
or
three
people
in
differentpaitsofthisState
whohave
left
houses
because
tli--y
i
;ckoticdthat
'spooks'
visitedthem.
But
Inever;
couldset
oneto
tell
a
reasonably
coherent
ac
countof
it.
I'm
still
willing
tobe
i
convinced
thatthere
are
ghosts.
But
j
all
I'veh'Jird
so
far
only
goes
to
show
Ui.-il
^host-talk
is
plain
bosh!'
?LAV
THE
GHOST!'
G.-5.suggests
a
remedy:'P
once
lived
in
ti
lious«-that
was
obviously
lived
in
ti
lious«-that
was
obviously
haunted,the
apparitiontaking
theform
a
a
wailing
child,which
Iboth
heard
and
saw.
Itused
to
appear
every
week
orso
and
utter
a
strar.g
low
'cry-Being
a
Roman
Catholic.
1believethat
ghosts
can
be
'laid,'
and
accordingly
I
got
the
parislipriest
to
visitthehouseand
perform
tin-crrmony
prescribed
by
^
our
churcl).
I
d.rinot
see
the
apparition
after5|^h.it,although
I
occupied
thelious«-^or
some
twelveyearslonger.Nod«-ubt
?inn.«t
Christianchurches
proviilp
a
similar
ceremony
for
t-uohvisitations.Thefactthatinmy
case
(and
I
am
not
u.
nervy
or
supersti
tious
man)
\ne
'laying
ofthe
ghost'
had
an
immediateeffect
con
vinced
me
that
those
'hauntwgs*
are
not
mere
imagination.'
'NOTSURPRISED'
'Psychic'(Kellerberrin):
'I
am
not
surprised
at
the
story
ofthe
hanntfdhouse
publishcrl
inyour
aU
'
 
lust
week's
issue.
'We
psychics
aU
'
know
they
ex.st.Butthe
tenantin
th:.-r
cuse
neednotfearthemifhoi'
own
mindis
right.Probably
sotp*?
previous
tenant
hadhad
unsavory
d?alinttd
\vi:h
some-body
ofthe
Afghu.ii
race,andtheir'conditions'
stHl
remaininthe
house.But
ifttiepresenttenants
keen
their
own
mindstioefromevil,the
spirit
can
do
them
no
harm.
Kventually,
iftheirpowerfor
good
is
strong
and
they
keepthe
right
inlluenceabout
their
liousf,they
will
find
thatth-?
Afghan
iipparinon
will
cc;isc«
to
troubleih'.-iu.'
'SLMJLAK
EX
l»ERIK.\CK'T.C..WestPerth,
writes:I
once
had
a
similar
experience
to
thatof
the
lady
inilia'HauntedHouse'
ar
ticle
inyourlast
week'sissue.Inthis
case
the
ghost
was
of
a
brau
tiful
young
girl,
whocaused
me
con
siderablejealousy
by
seaming
in
make
lovotomy
husband.Hoalso
saw:tJie
apparition,
and
aj)p»-ared
afraid.I3ut
I
soon
cleared
myhouse
of
the
ghost.
Igave
*hegirl
:j
sh,«rp
talking-to
thenext
timeshe
appear
ed,
and
gradually
a.
wot-ping
figui--_-
faded
into
nothingness.
I
think
if
a
bold
stand
hadbeentaken
in
;hisother
instance
theghost
would
never
lw«vi.«
appt-art-dagain.
Aly
idea
is
thatth«'
ghost,In-ing
an
immaterialthing,
has
no
inHuo!.--o
mcr
thehu
nian
body.
uv-\
»--»ns«f|ui'n*ly
must
liow
t-»
thehumanwill.The
lady
in-tliis
ca.se
'lacked
uv-uinary
cour
age.'
**X--TH1X«T--
FEAR.V'TimsA.T..KoulhPerth:'V.vitv*Ikc-enly
i!it«-reste«lin
.spiritualism
aiulnipss.-ig'
s
from
(Jk1other
world.
I
l-;-_dto
regret
that
youra.ri
iclcoC
!;«??_
weekdidnot
give
more
intimatetie
tai's
ofthe
ghostsaid
to
have
in
i
peajeilin3It.
Hawthorn.
Unl'or
Irun.'tU'
ly.
tlu-?^nr-r::ltfiio^noy
of
people
wliohave
seen
ghosts
if
to
concealthefact,
fearing
pettyridi-
j
cule.This
is
a
totally
wrongIdea,
j
They
should
rejoice
that
they
havebeen
so
gifted
as
to
receive
these
messengers
from
the
worldthat
vr*
know
littleof.
andinsteadof
cring
ing
in
f
iiol&hfear,listen
to
some
ofthe
mystrripsthatthese
spirit
uses-
j
spjjgt'rH
propound.
Th«
truespiJ'i-
j
spjjgt'rHtrue
tualistdot-s
not
fear
a
spiritappar-
I
it-on.andI
cannot
understand
why
j
the
lady
referred
to
in
your
article
i
should
have
imagined
that
any
harmcouldhavebeenintended
to
her
boyby
*.ho
spirit.Kolk
legends,
wh?le-]-;ing
much
to
bringpeoplo
to
be-
j
litveinthe
thooiy
of
ghostlyappriri-
j
tions,havealsohad
a.
wrong
effect
j
[
in.
instilling
a
certainamountoff«-«»\
\
i
5ly
advice
is:
3-o
notfear
the
ghost
j
hi*is
a
heavenly
messenger,and
we
!
.should
always
welcomehim.'
?
!
'HAVE
CXH'ILUil-r
?
Oin-whohashad
expe.iitMice
in
u.
I
similar
case
writes:
'In
referenceto
the'HauntedHouse'whereinth«
I
ghost
appears,
the
onlything
todo
j
istogetupcourage
andfacehim
I
andaskhimwhathe
wants.
There
j
mustbe
something
troubling
him.
j
otherwisehewould
not
appear.The
!|
best
thing
io
do
is
to
taise
some
j
spirits.Youwill
have
anerve
to
j
facehimthejjand
no
solve
Mieniys-
j
j
tery
of
the
'Haunted
House'.'
-
I
'NOCHAX6KAT
DEATH.'J.
A.
McDonough
writes
thus:'In
your
-.utiole
on
above
subject
youissue
invitations;
from
spiritualists
to
try
a.vid
explain
the
occurrences.
I
have
been
intimately
connected
withspiritualism
for
1T-
years.1
have
not
i
.?ilway
taken
everything
said
or
done
I
for
granted;
I
have
at
all
times
tried
to
bting
reason
such
as
Ipossessto
bear
on
anystatement
givenfromthe
spirit
world.
During
these
years
IhaveleaTned
several
things,
one
of
whichisthat
thereis
XOMIRACULOUSCUAXGEATDEATH
that
sis
youare,
on
passing
over,you
:ciriveinthe
same
condition,
your
j
affections,
hates,ambitions,
tastes
and
j
(mental
outlook
lemainthe
same
until
ing
andvindictivehatred
of
somecases
are
whatistermed
eartii-bound
'
from
various
causes.
Greatlovefor
some
person
or
country,overwhelm
ing
andvindictivehatdredof
someperson
or
persons,
inventorswhohad
j
nearlycompleted
some
invention,
i
miserswhohoarded
wealth,
etc.As
'
youstate
no
Afghan
or
Indians
had
.
H-v«--5
in
tli«'
housein
question,
and
'your
il«
script
inn
--f
the
attitudeof
the
vision,
itleads
me
to
the
con
j
elusionthathe
was
one
who
had

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