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Haunted House (Parramatta, 1895)

Haunted House (Parramatta, 1895)

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Cumberland Argus 1895 (Aug 17)
Cumberland Argus 1895 (Aug 17)

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The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate (Parramatta, NSW : 1888 - 1950), Saturday 17 August 18National Library of Australiahttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article85652399
SPOOKSINPARRAMATTA
SOUTH.
A
Haunted
House.
Stone-Throwing
Spirits.
ThePolice
Report
a
Discovery.But
are
FlatlyContradicted.Statement
by
theOtherSide.
Thiswool;
a
report
appeared
in
a
Sydney
paperof
some
romarkab'omanifestations
at
thore:idencoof
some
wellknownandrespectedpoopleof
Parramatta,
Mrs.BrooksnnJherdaughter,Mrs.Perkins,whoresideinParramattaS.
Complaints
hadbeenmado
to
thepoliceofmystorieus
ntoni
-throwing
on
thohousoandthe
l.rfiiking
ofthewindows
by
the
missilos.
Thisbusbeen
going
on
for
somo
weeks,
not
withstanding
thattho
po'.iiohavo
beeninvestigating
this
matter
andt-hadowingthehouse.LaBt
week
ConstablesTrcvillianandMiddleton
wero
put
on
to
investigate
the
Blrango
affair,
andConstableTro
vi;li;.nnow
reportsthat
ono
nightho
caught
Mis.Broolcs's
grand-daughter
(who
lives
intbohouse)
throwing
stones
on
tho
roof.
ConstableMiddlotoubaarshimoutinthis
statement.
Thopolicedeclarethatthechildandhermoilior
are
responsible
for
thethrow
ing,
buttbofamily
deny
this
indignantly,and
as
only
one
side
of
thostoryhasbrenpublished,
we
givethoBrooks'sversion
:
Mrs.Brooks
was
interviewedyesterday
morningby
a
representativeofTubAuguSforherversionofthestono
throwing
affair.
Thatlady
was
deeply
indignant
that
after
suffering
fortwo
months
and
being
persecuted
they
shouldbe
charged
witbtheoffencethemselves.Shesnid
itwas
cruelandunjust,andtho
re
mailerof
a
Sydney
paperwould
coBtthem
dear,
asan
action
was
to
beenteredagainst
them,
andthematter
was
alreadyin
a
solicitor's
hands.Shesaidthatthere
werea
numberofyoungsnampBlivinginthe
neighbourhood
whohad,forthepastyear,been
a
greatannoyanootothem
through
theirraids
on
her
fruittrees.
Tho
boys
hadoftenbsenthreatened,buttheytook
no
notice.
Abouttwomonthsago
on
Sunday,
as
the
came
from
Sunday
school,
they
saw
the
boys
downintheorcherdstealing,andher
son,
whohadbeenlying
down,
gavechuse,butcould
not
outchtbeii.Mrs.BrookswrotetotheInspectorabout
it,
and
on
Thursday
ConstableTrevilliun
came
downand
saw
herandsaidshehadbetter
give
the
boyB
incharge,butBhedecided
to
givethemanotherchance.It
wasona
Thursday,
nearlytwomonthsago,thatthopolice
were
there,and
on
Thursdaynight
the
stone-throwing
com
mencedandhudcontinued
over
since.
Windowshndbeenbroken,and
they
hadboenalmostfrightened
to
death.
Thiy
dared
never
take
tho
light
outof
aroomor
elBethe
windowswouldbebroken.Mrc.Brookssewed
somo
bags
togetherand
put
ibemalongtheverandah
at.
theback
to
stopthe
atones.
Thesestoppedthe
Btones
certainly,but
itwns
not
long
beforethoyoungruscalB
set
them
onfiro,
and
itwas
withthatthe
fire
wus
young
onitwas
with
difficulty
thatthe
fire
wus
preventedfrom
spreading
to
thehouse.A
dog
wason
tbo
verandah,
and
a
fire-bull,
madeofflannelandsoakedinkerosene,
was
throwninthodog'sbed,and
if
theyhud
not
happened
to
seeit,
wouldhiveburntthehousedown.On
one
occasionher
grand-daughter
ran
downtheyard,and
aB
6hedid
soa
fire-ball
struckher
onone
side,
and
on
coming
backshe
was
struck
on
theother
Bide.
Thedress
was
ignited,but
being
ofwoollenmaterial,burnedslowlyand
waa
put
out
asBoonas
shereached
the
house.Inproofof
thie
statement
a
dress
was
shown
to
theAnous
re
porterwhichhudbigpiecesburntoutof
iton
eithor
side,
and
itwas
pointedoutthathadthedress
bei
n
offlimsy
burning
material,in
all
probabilitythechildwouldhavebeenseriouslyburned.Ou
someoccasions
(whenneighbors,whocouldprovethotruthoftheirstatements,
were
present)Btones
hiid
bten6uowered
on
thehouseabdwhen
they
went
out
they
could
never
discoverwhere
they
came
from.On
Thursday
they
saw
u
boy
in
a
tree
and
on
going
out
beolimbsddo
wn
fromthe
tree
andmido
off,
buthehadhishat
over
hisfaceand
they
couldcot
see
him.Onanother'occasionafterthestone
throwing
a
boy
walkedpastthehouseinfrontwithhisooat
over
his
face.
They
never
could
see
thefacesofanyoftheboys.Mrs.Brooks
was
morally
certainthat
ifitwbb
notthe
?
boys,
it
was
their
'push'
the
same
'puEh'
that
a
litlle
whileago
were
finedforsetting
fire
to
a
numberofpaliDgs
ona
Sunday
night
recentlyandbehavingriotously.Beforethat
they
hadhadstones
come
withpiecesofpaperattachedand
on
thesepiecesofpaper
were
drawings
andwritingsof
u
mostdisgustingandobsceneohurauttr.One
day
theshodatthe
back(where
Bhehadlockedthe(roodto
it
hidbeen
set
onnre
audwith
difficulty
theblaze
was
put
out.Whilethey
were
putting
the
fire
out
bricks,
half-bricksand
stonea
were
hurledatMrs.Brooks,her
daughter
and
grand-daughter.
Ourrepresentative
-
was
shown
some
huge
stonesandhalfbricksthatbadbeenthrownand
itwas
argued
that
no
childoouldhave
hurled
them.On
Saturdaynight
Mrs.Brooks'sdaughter,
hearing
a
noiseand
being
afraidofthuplace
being
onfire,
wenttotheshedto
seeif
everything
was
right,Sheunfastenedtheshedandfound
everjtbing
right.
Ab
soonas
shehadenteredthehouseandshutthedoorthestone
throwing
commenced.Anumberofmarbles
were
thrown
with
papercontainingdisgusting
language
attached.Her
granddaughter
wentoutundpickedup
some
stonesthathudbeenhurledintothoverandahandthrewthem
off
intothegarden.Oneshethrew
too
high
inhercbildi.hfashionand
it
bit
theverauduh.
Immediately
ConstableTreviUiaD,whohadbeen
watching
theplace,rusbedupandsaid
'
Iarrestyou.Her
daughter
thenwentout,andTrevilliuusaid
:
'
Andyou'reimplicated
in
it,
loo.'Her
daughter
askedher
granddaughter
if
shehadthrownanystones,andshesaidshohadthrown
ono
off
theverandahthathadboonthrown
in.
Thechild
was
13yoars
old.
That
was
theGod'struthofthe
affair,
und
itwas
ciuolandunjustthatthey,aftorbeingpersecuted,shouldbe
charged
with
doing
it
themselves.Numbersandnumbersoftimesthe
stones
had
ccme
^hon
they
worn
all
sitting
in
Ihohouso,and
it
wouldhavoboon
a
moralimpossibilityforher
daughter
and
grand

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