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Haunted Room (1938)

Haunted Room (1938)

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The World's News 1938 (Jan 5)
The World's News 1938 (Jan 5)

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The World's News (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 1955), Wednesday 5 January 1938, page 14, 42National Library of Australiahttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article137000095
::
TheTHING
In
The
Room
::
A
True
Ghost
Story
By
HAROLD
MERCER
N
OTuntilthe
night
of
an
eerie
experience
in
a
hotelin
Ekatapuna.,
N.Z.,did
I
have
anysort
of
a
belief
inghosts.Even
now
I
am
inclinedto
scoff;
thenwith
a
shiver
I
recallthetension
of
thatnight.
If
they
were
not
ghostly
fingersthatclawed
my
throat
inthedarkness
well,
what
explanation
can
be'
given?
At
thetime
I
belonged
to
a
touring
theatricalcompany,whichhadmade
a
 jump
to
fulfil
a
showdate.The
totfn
was
crowded;
and
bungling
by
thead
vance
agent
had
leftmanymembers
of
us
without
accommodation;
Ihanded
over
my
ownroom
to
a
couple
of
the
girls
and
was
homeless.Thelandlord
of
the
Commercial
Hotellookedatusanotheractor,
GeorgeBlake,
was
with
me—queerly.
He
had
explainedpreviously
that
even
the
bil
liard-room
was
crowded
with
as
many
 shakedowns
as
it
wouldhold. There's
a
room
withtwobedsin
it;
but
nobody
ever
sleepsthere,
hesaid. We
never
let
it.
'
 What's
wrong
with
it—damp?
J
asked, No;
it's
dry
enough,
saidtheland
lord,
shortly. Lead
us
to
it,
saidBlake.The
room
seemed
right
enough.
We
laughed
withthelandlord,
although
we
afterwardsremembered
an
uncomfort
able
note
inhis
laughter,
as
hetold
us
there
was
a.
silly
story
aboutthe
room
being haunted.
Bunkum,
of
 
room
course.
The
news
seemed
to
spread.People
In
the
hoteland
outsidelooked
at
us
queerly.
We
told
themanagerthat
we
ought
tobe
paid
extra
for
adveitisinghis
show,
by
sleeping
in
a
haunted
room.
The
company
was
not
playing
thatnight,and
we
rehearsed.
One
of
the
local
policelookedin
and
gravitated
towardsBlakeandmyself. Understand
that
a
couple
of
your
people
are
sleeping
inthelocked
room
at
the
Commercial,
he
said.
 My
friendand
myself,
Isaid,
in
dicating
Blake.
 You're
game,
hecommented.
 1
wouldn't
liketo
sleep
there
myself.
What's
wrong
withthe
room?
Blake
demanded. Nobody
has
ever
slepttheresince
I'vebeenin
Ekatapuna,
saidthepolice
man.
That
was
the
queerestthing
aboutthe
room;
nobody,
the
landlordincluded,
could
tellus
why
it
was
andshould
be
shunned.
 It's
haunted
all
right,
said
aman
at
the
hotel. You'dbetter
get
your
bedsout
on
thepassage.
But
why?
The
last
man
whosleptthere
came
running
out
in
themiddle
of
thenight,
screaming.
Hehadtobe
taken
to
a
lunatic
asylum.
That
was
themost-
exactinformation
we
could
gather.
When
we
went
upstairs,
however,
we
were
ripefor
slumber.Blake,
clamber
ing
intobed,
complained
sleepilyabout
 
An
artist's
ideaof
a
very
famous
Australian
spook—Fisher's
ghost.
mylight.
Ekatapuna
did
nothaveelec
tric
light
then;candlesilluminated
the
bedrooms.
I
was
reading.
Then
thecandle
on
the
chairbeside
thebedsuddenly
.wentout.
The
unexpectedness
,
of
thedarkness
startled
me.
I
thought
Blakemust
have
crept
across
'
and
extinguished
my
candle;
butwhen
I
calledto
him,
theresponse
was
a
mild
snore.
I
was
scaredbut
I
was
also
dog-tired.Blake's
agitated
voicewoke
mc.
There
was
terrorin
it.
 Quick Light
yourcandle
I
can'tAndmymatches he
cried.
He
was
sitting
up
in
bed.
whenthelight
came.
 There's
something
inthe
room.Ifelt
it
neaxmybed,
he
declared.
 Phew
doyou
getthatsmell?
Idid. The
room
is
damp,
I
commented.

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