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GHOST. A Tale
the rabbi, with his hat on there in the light for a moment and then, before the bishop cotld do or say more, disappeared. The apparition did not leave by the door disappear or through the open win but vanished dows into thin air there, in the light, under the eyes of Bishop Trower. so And the the story of Bishop's ghost began under the unim
traditional small head. He stood
dah watching the wireless
in the faint
beyond the beach the hind us, from the compound
on pleasantly Be mangroves. of primitive cobber
of song. a
We over a
round," got Uncle story soon continued. Mac "Those of us who had been in the pearling business long could the Jewish robes. easily explain Davis was the Jew one of the best pearl known buyers in Broome before he went down on the ill-fated Koom bana in 1912. There a was quite com of Jews in Broome in those munity days. as Davis acted rabbi for their
"It, whatever Bishop's
who was said. was
and he had lived in the bun which afterwards the became Bishop's Palace. Why had he come back? were There immediately half a dozen for explanations not many doubted the bishop's Pearls word. the obvious were although answer few paused
because Bishop Trower, Broome before Dr. Frewer,
see one it," Uncle night
the first to "fe awoke
Mac in the
Be that as it may, the bishop's garden
bishop had ing boards
if anyone tell and the women returns
the that even under hunt floor But skirtings. ant behind found pearls they didn't
is. there?' one of
in this town will vouch, to his old haunts.
him the for
he called, thinking his flock come to call domestic emergency.
"When the Koombana sailed Port Hedland and disappeared the sight of Davis had with men,
out win a in there
he had lugger.
from the master pearl was that
He repeated imperative
his question tone but still
But that is a death. been told before and ghost must be enough "And has the
that has Bishop's
dim figure stepped into the light
a It was windows. in or dressed not the white of the tropics, but in the flow
Uncle Mac heard the
replied, "but quite often: by people who had not Two story before. young went into
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into the room women who went when there was some social function on at the Palace ran out screaming, swear Ing they had seen Davls's shade. A young man of sceptical mind saw the ghost seated at a table. When he ap proached the figure vanished. But the was not satisfied. He felt young man certain that it was a peculiar reflection or a long-thrown shadow, which could be seen as one entered the door but which disappeared as one moved into the room. So he immediately had a rehearsal. Going back to the veran hde went again to the doorway, dah thinking to see the reflection or shadow again near the table. But this time there was nothing there.
proaching him across continued. Uncle Mac
Dropping the sheets
blankets which dangled about their legs like the rabbi's robes, they fed. It was not until next day that we discovered the explanation, for the
ghost hunters said nothing that night During the day, acting on instpections left by the bishop, a local workman had been renovating the bedroom. He had taken out a long cheval mirror and stood it on the verndah facing the steps. The first ghost hunter to mount the steps had seen his own re flection in this mirror. The rest you
thinking. He is still away a sceptical young man--in most things the -but he is non-committal about tells Bishop's ghost. He you what happened to him and leaves it at went
"And do you
in the ghost?"
it said of I may, I knew best, by those who me that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower, where I thought 8 flower would grow--Abraham
things happen in the world," he said, "and Broome, Western Aus tralia, is not from them." exempt Then he burst into a laugh "Funny things happen, too," he added, "even in a ghost story:' "Tell us, do!" asked a young lady. "If I don't have a laugh at something, I won't dare to turn the llghtout to
concerns one of Australia's best writers," known said Uncle Mac. written a lot about but Broome "He's he's never told this story though he knows it well, for it happened to him. He and Con, the factotum at the Con tinental Hotel, decided to waylay the Bishop's ghost. The bishop had gone on some diocesan business and gave to sleep on the ver them permission andah near the haunted room. They bundled up their blankets and spent a peaceful and disappointing night. Next night, hoping for the best, they started out in the dim light of a half-moon. I daon't know who was the fst to step on to the verandah. Whoever it
certainly the first out of the and first back at the hotel,
although his companion
had the ghost?" "And they seen several voices asked excitedly. "ihe first man on the verandah had seen a wild-eyed draped figure api proaching him boards,"