Mirror (Perth, WA : 1921 - 1956), Saturday 13 September 1952, page 1

SPIRITS ARE

OFTEN

CHASED

FROM

PERTH
Exorcism
this

HOMES
a

GHOST' BREAKERS KNOW THE
of
a

troublesome 'ghost' from

Claremont house

week

was

not
it

taken in Perth.
In fact,
common
are seen

in certain circles

is

a

not

procedure, although the exorcists often called upon to deal with a

spirit. Poltergeists

(troublesome spirits who make known in a very energetic man presence ner) have been shoed away from a house in
their

been chased from but potently mis homes; chievous spirits who 'haunt' through thought? and sounds have been turned out of city lodg ing houses.

Adelaide-tee;

others have
unseen

suburban

In fact, tual
to

that the WA Spiri Research Society has stopped 'even trying of the count
common even

it

is so

II is by no means their interest, chief though they'll gJadly your

he
names
ones.

al

declined of the

reveal voice to 'haunted'

giving

orders.

'lay
he's

pet

ghost'
loo

if

getting

troublesome.

It's all in a day's work for them to 'get through' to tell the spirit world and the nuisance to behave

himself
off.

in

short,

to

buzz

Ben president, of Madding fcon, whose is re life work spirit search in the world, told the Mirror that there been have countless in incidents Perth and suburbs. Out of i c o n s d e r a t on for the however, people involved, he declined reveal to

Society's

Portsmouth,

other things, it Among not ordered her to eat. He recalled one particu lar case where, he said, an She felt compelled to obey. d I dn't understand almost wholly evil spirit She not had nearly driven its vic and, understanding, afraid. Somebody was tim mad. told It did not about Mr. Ports manifest it her self in any material society. or vis mouth's ible way. It just 'hauntshe showed Trembling, ed' through sensed pre Mr. and Mrs. Portsmouth sence and compelling She her room. would not orders. enter it alone. They spent of the little some Victim, one inside. minutes The old ladies to be found in spirit was beaten. every city, lived alone in a little old lady still That rooming house. A perfectly by. she passes normal, sane person, Society has dozens, even started suddenly hearing circles of th Ln g s small an imperative scores, voice giving orders. working in different areas.
,

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working in different areas. strike clair more They audfence of (hearing spirits) than clair-voyance
(actual seeing), but festations are by no unknown to them. mani
means

MADE

HEADLINES
Ferguson
fallible spirits.

But Mr. Portsmouth— is also a who well-known lecturer for the White be Brotherhood— w o u 1 d more gentle. Understand was haunted. ing, he says, can nearly There is a difference. always solve the spirit's Founder and past presi problem well the as as dent of the society Oar ''victim's1'— and that is a lyle Ferguson explained much happier solution all that the Claremont spirit round. was probably 'tied' to the bases his He opinion premises in some way. and his theories on years To the original tenant, of constant research, in the manifestation might which he claims to have have meant something. It established an almost' Inbeen might even have fallible method of con identifiable. to .But the tacting any spirit. it was tenant present The only people who are but 'ghost,' a nothing afraid of spirits, he says, something not understood are don't who people and probably only encoun stand He'll under 'em. tered because ol the ten teach to under anyone ant's own unsuspected stand. strong clairvoyance. if So— a got you've is This the type of 'ghost,' him out. trot which old English There 'spook' are people In Perth houses treasure so richly. just dying to meet him. In Mr. Ferguson interpret fact, they love spirits, and left ed it as .a spirit -who spirits usually the obey
'

A so-called 'haunted b (mu s e' In Adelaide -tee. made headlines off and on over a period of years. Nothing has been heard of it since. Mr. explained That, Portsmouth, might be be cause the person, or occu pants, and not the house,

claims, weapon such

is

an

in

against
off at the

They shy

hint
sion.

of any

interces

something something

while on earth, and who is now determined to rectify the omission. For this reason, rarely found they are in new or homes. nearly new favor their own They familiar earthly haunts. ed What at the

undone, unsaid,

.

or

(hem.

probably happen ex Claremont

orcism was that -the exor cist (the assistant Bishop of visited each Perth) or section of room, every the house where the spirit was known to have mani itself, fested and made some sign, such as the Sign of the Cross. Sign of the Cross, Mr

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