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Adelaide Terrace Haunting (1941)

Adelaide Terrace Haunting (1941)

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Perth Mirror 1941 (Jan 4)
Perth Mirror 1941 (Jan 4)

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Mirror (Perth, WA : 1921 - 1956), Saturday 4 January 1941, page 16National Library of Australiahttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article75873254
ADELAIDETCE.'GHOST'
ANDHIS
CAPERS
Ghost
of
theAdelaide-terracehaunted
house
is
walking
again.
Hehadn'tbeenheard
offor
months;
and
residents
in
theoldhouse
'were
just
beginning
to
thinkhe'd
been
'laid.'
Then
on
Xmasnighthere-appeared!For
years
now
eerie
soundsand
happenings
haveworriedthe
residents
of
an
Adelaide-terrace
lodg
inghouse.Then
suddenly
there
wasa
lull.
Everybody
was
justforgetting
about
the
ghost
and
its
midnight
meander
ingsuntil
on
Xmasnight
a
lodger
coming
homeclaimed
thatshe
saw
a
gianthand
flattened
againstthewin.dow
of
her
room.
It
looked
likr
a
human
hand,
she
said,
but
was
nearly
as
big
as
the
window
pane.
And
ity'wasplastered,
palm
oat
ward,
flat
against
theglass
as
shedashed
inthefrontdb»r
and
called
a
fellow
lodger.
Holding
little
brief
for
wandering
spirits,
the
man
suddenlypushed
openthebedroomand
found
nothing!
Only
the
lace
curtains
awry,
one
hanging
over
thebackof
a
windowseat
where
it
could
easily
have
been
blown
by
thewind.
Xmas
Night
Why
theghostly
visitorsTiould
pickXmasnighttoreturn
on
his
rambles
is
a
mystery.
Hehadn'tbeen
heard
offormonths.
Who
couldhebe?Therehasbeen
no
tragedy,
as
far
asis
known,
connectedwiththe
house,although
it
is
one
ofthe
oldIs
it
a
ghost
ora
hoax?Arethey
spirit
hands
that
elamdooraand
windows,
makestrangenoisesin
unoccupied
rooms
and
scatter
bedclothesaboutthe
floor?
Or
isit
just
some
spook-raiser's
ideaOr
isit
just
some
spook-raiser's
ideaof
a
joke?
Someofthe
lodgersmaintain
that
some
practical
joker
is
trying
to
scare
them.
Butthefact
remains
that,
although
there
was
a
lull
whentheproperty
changed
hands,
the
ghostly
warnings
have
com
mencedagain.'
For
years
now
the
same
eerie
sounds,
same
strangeringings
of
thefrontdoor
belland
suddenplungingofthehouseinto
darkness
havescaredthe
residents.
For
many
weeks,
at
exactly
7.25p.m.,
lodgers
said,
thefront
bellrang.It
wasa
short,
jerkyring
as
though
the
caller
was
impatient.Whenthedoor
was
opened
there
wasno
signof
anybody.They
even
waited
and
pulled
open
the
door
almost
assoonas
the
bellrang.
Still
they
drew
a
blank.
If
Itwasa
joker,he
wasa
pastmaster
atleg-pulling.
Ringing
Bell
What
unseen
band
wasIt
ringingthat
bellat
theAdelaide-terracehouse?Police
were
statedtohave
been
calledin
onone
occasion,butagain
a
blank
was
drawn.
Thenthere
were
nightswhen
every
room
inthehouse
was
plunged
into
dark
ness.
'Rwasn't
~a'case
of
the
lights
fo»
ing;and
when
an
electrician
was
-calledhe
could
find
no
fault.
Then,
while
he
was
actually
on
the
job,
the
lights
came
on
again.
Nowonderlodgers
began
to
recallstories
ofancienthaunted
castles
and
restlessspirits
returning
torevengewrongs
or
withmessagesto
theirloved
ones.
What
was
it
that,for
weeks
on
end,slammedwindowsanddoors
until
theladyofthehouse
was
thoroughly
on
edge?
Itwasn't
thewind.And
one

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