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Yankarie Ghost (1887)

Yankarie Ghost (1887)

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The South Australian Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1858 - 1889), Thursday 19 May 1887, page 6
The South Australian Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1858 - 1889), Thursday 19 May 1887, page 6

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The South Australian Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1858 - 1889), Thursday 19 May 1887, page 6National Library of Australiahttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article37173365
OurCradockcorrespondentwrites
on
May16:—Having
read
M.C.Shegog's
accountof
the
Yanyarie
ghost,
andthatbeing
so
totallyat
variance
with
the
account
given
me
by
JB.U.
Aiitcneu,!
determinedto
go
to
xsnyane
ana
bear
orsee
few
myself.Accordingly
on
Saturday
evening—accompaniedby
MeMitchell,batcher,
ofthis
township—l
drovedown
to
theplace.The
family
arenow
living
aboutthreemilesnorthof
their
oldhotOn
arrivalat
the
hut
weraw
Mia.Hamdorf
andfamilyandthe
littlegirl,
her
father
and
ancle,and
a
Mr.
Bahr.
They
promised
to
give
us
everyassistance
in
theirpowerin
order
toelucidate
themystery.Thehouse
it
boat
ofstone,thewalk
beingabout
18
inches
thick,
andthere
is
a
slab
floor.
The
spirit
hasapparently
followedthe
family
to
this
spot;
it
was
first
beardhere
four
nights
aftertheirarrival.
The
little
girlwhoU
seemingly
the
"
medium"
seemsa
veryintelligent,bright,
little
thing,and
is
foilof
life
when
notaffected
by
the
spirit,
Thfeeffect
on
the
child
when
the
epint
is
anywhere
near
isreadilynoticeable.
Whenawake
it
isshown
by
a
rollingof
the
eyes,
a
twitching
of
the
mouth,
wrinkles
on
theforehead,
and
by
very
deep
drawn
sight;when
asleep
by
a
continual
rollingof
the
headfromsidetoaide,
andbysustained
movementsof
thehandand
arms.
At
thesetime*she
is
nearly
pulseless.
Daring
her
sleep,
andwhileherhead
was
rolling
fromaide
toside
Mr.Mitchell
touchedherverylightly
on
theforehead
with
one
finger,
andthe
little
thing
seemed
electrified,
fairlyrisingoffthebedand
disturbing
thebedclothes.
He
stated
that
hereceived
asevere
shock
at
the
same
time.
Irepeatedthe
same
thingshortly
after
withexactlythe
same
remit.
Thechild
does
not
seem
to
be
intheslightest
degreefrightened
or
timid,batwillsit
or
standwherever
desired.
Immediately
thespiritgoes
awaythe
childreturnstohernaturalstate—
herpoise
beatsregularly,
andshe
falls
into
a
quiet,
regular
sleep.She
caa
thenbetouched
without
there
beingthe
*iigl*ti*?
movement.After
havinghad
tea,
andwhile
t?*Virttinthehut
withboth
lamp
and
fire
burningbrightlyitbeingthen
aboutfive
minutes
to7
o'clock—theknocking
was
heard.Mr.Mitchellandmyself
at
once
gotthe
little
girlbetween
usona
box,
to
make
sore
thatshebadnothing
to
dowiththe
manifestations.I
hadhold
of
her
feet,
andMr.MitoheU
of
her
body
and
arms.
Theknockingbeing
veryalight,
we
enquired
if
the
unseen
beingwantedthe
lamp
put
oat.It
immediatelyknocked
threetimes,
the
frrkingcoming
ftomthe
middle
ofthefloor
underthe
slabs.
Beforeputting
outthelight
we
placedthe
girl
on
top
of
the
table,
and
on
asking
if
it
wantedthe
littlegirl,it
gavethreeknocks,equivalent
toyes.
Being
asked
if
it
was
the
child's
mother,
it
replied
inthe
same
manner.
Onbeingrequested
to
knocklouder
itat
once
did
so.
Oaring
the
intervalsbetweenthe
answers
andthe
questions
a
continualtapping
was
kept
up.The
noue
having
ceasedand
the
little
girl
appearing
tired
it
was
suggestedthatsheshouldbe
I-uito
bed;thebed
was
madeup
on
the
floor,
andthe
little
one.tamed
in.
In
about30niixmtes,and
when
she
was
fastasleep,
the
lightatthistime
burning,the
girl
began
to
get
uneasy,and
commenced
h?j"t
herheadslowlyfrom
sidetoside.
The
light
was
put
out,
although
the
fice
was
burning,
andthe
tappingcommenced
again.
Mr.Mitchellthenproceeded
to
pat
questions,
asking
in
the
first
that
shouldto
patplacethat
repliesshould
begivenwiththreeknocks
foryes
and
twoforno,
which
was
promised.He
first
asked
itifit
was
the
spiritofthechild's
mother?—Yes.Is
your
name
Schultz?—No.
Is
it
Coombs
(thechild's
mother'smaiden
name)!—
No.
Is
it
Mrs.Schultz?Yes.Mr.Mitchellhaving
known
Mrs.
Schultzthen
askedher—Do
yon
remem
ber
Mitchell,of
Georgetown?—
No.Do
yourememberMitchell,the
bootmaker,
in
George
town?—
Yes.
Axe
yon
veryfondof
the
little
girl?—Yes.Would
yon
doher
any
harm?No,Do
you
wish
herto
stophere?—No.
Doyon
wishher
togo
toher
friends?—
Yes,Are
you
troubunglier
because
the
is
notchristened
?—Yes.
If
she
was
christenedwould
jou
leaveher
alone?—
No.
In
reply
toseveral
questions
shesaid
that
she
wantedthe
child
christened
in
theChurch
of
England.Inreply
to
otherquestionsshe
saidrbe
badbeendead
fiveyean,
thatthechild
was
9
yeanold,
and
that
shewould
live
to
the
age
of27.
All
thetimethis
was
going
on
the
little
girl
was
veryuneasy,
her
head
moving
fromside
to
side.
She
was
lying
on
herback.
It
was
daring
this
period
thatthe
severe
shocks
wereex
perienced
on
touchingthe
child'sforehead
withthe
finger.
The
childdistinctlystatesthatthehas
seen
thefigureofhermother
mm
up
inwhite
calicosinceshe
hasbeenwherethey
arenow
living.
The
tame
nightthattheapparitionappeared
toher,Mrs.
Hamdorf,
the
little
girt
and
two
smallchildren
were
all
that
werein
the
place.
Theknockingdoes
not
occur
every
night;sometimes
two
or
threenights
are
Biiued,andsometimesthey
say
it
knocks
veryloud,
makingthebuildingtremble.Itdid
not
knock
particularly
loudthenight
wewere
there,but
quiteloud
enough
tobe
heard
all
over
the
house.Once
or
twice
the
knockingproceeded
from
a
box,but
(he
most
of
it
came
fromthemiddleof
the
floor,
opposite
to
the
fire,
which
was
burning
all
the
time.
The
girl's
father
only
came
home
on
Friday,andheardtheknocking
for
the
first
time
on
Fridayevening.He
hasbeen
to
Tectulpa,
and
seems
to
be
in
a
great
stateofexcitement
about
the
affair.
Heintends
to
remove
thechildtohis
brothersplace
at
Black
Rock
on
Monday,
and
she
will
stop
there.
Heandthe
others
are
highlyenragedagainstMounted-Constable
Shegog
reportingthe
affairinthewaythathedid,andcannotassignany
reason
forhis
doing
so.
During
oar
stay
all
the
younger
members
of
thefamily
were
inbed
andaakep.
and
all
in
the
sameroomaswe
were,
so
that
it
could
not,
as
yourcorrespondentMr.Chas.Rose
says,be
"due
to
the
secret
perfoimanees
of
Mr.Hamdorfs
children."
Thenight
was
very
calm,
there
beinghardly
a
breath
of
wind
and
thechildren
all
being
asleepandwatched.Itcould
not
havebeenanyoftheir
performances.There
wereno
"
wonderful
exploits"
performed
by
the
spiritthatnight,but
quite
enough
toconvinceanysceptic
thatthe
noises
were
not
anything
natural.The
rappingcontinued
till
nearly
9o'clock,andafter
waiting
for
a
repetitionuntila'ter
12.
we
adjourned
to
a
neighbor's
house
for
the
night
Itappeared
nomore
that
night.
LastnightMr.
Mitchell,
batcher,
went
down
again,
accompaniedby
hiswife
anddaughter,
to
haveanother
bearing,
and
met
thereMr.T.Seed
and
Mr.G.Gadd,
and
eight
or
tenothers.
Everything
was
exactly
the
sameason
theprevious
nignt,and
Mr.Schultzhaspromised
to
stay
therethis
evening
toallow

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