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in the fireplace.
The Ooalbaggie Mystery.
We looked and saw had the body of a
Mr. Jacob Stein The
about five years old, and most a peculiar face, with a whitish beard on it.
published in the Dubbo Dispatch regarding the peculiar manifestations at the residence of Mr. Peter Stein, at Coalbaggie, 27 miles from cariosity and Dubho, excited very much little no The argument. continuation of the manifestations, to the great annoy ance of the family, induced Mr. Jacob Stein, the eldest son, and the holder of 2560 acres, to visit Dubbo on Saturday last, with a view to obtain such assistance
Mr. Stein called
presence gentleman, told a most extraordinary tale, bearing out in every particular what bad been previously published— showing, in
what was said was only a part had occurred almost continuously during the four years the Stein family have been on the Coalbaggie. But in his own words we will let him tell his tale. What age are you, Mr. Stein, and how long have you been on the Coalbaggie ? I am going on for 29 years, and with my father and the rest of us I came here about four years ago. My father took up one selection on South Balladoran, and I took up the other. They are about tbee miles tact, tnat
solution of the mystery. Dispatch office, and of several well-known
disappeared. On something like a hand coming over a box, and when I tried to grasp it there was nothing. it When heard talking, did the you things move about ?— Yes, while it talked outside, as it were, the furniture and other things would be knocked about inside. In fact, in four different places the racket It used to catch would be going on. the bedsteads and shake them violently, and while this was taking place a few yards be smashed at away, the crockery would
On one which
occasion, in the
apart. When did these annoyances commence ? From the first day we went there. tell There was, I may you, an old hut on the ground when we took it up, and we heard noises there first. Then when the built it commenced new was in ear It chucked nest. candlesticks, furniture, It hammered and everything else about. the tin dishes, and you could see the dents in the dishes It started afterwards. to talk to us then, but since Father Bolger it and Father Moylan were out has not It was talked so much. quiet for some time afterwards. Has it told you what it is, or anything of it history ?— Yes, it has often said that its mother and sister were burned to death in the hut. The mother was ironing, and her dress caught fire. He said an aunt and uncle lived across the creek, and the mother when she was dying gave £60 and to the aunt, asking her to a gold watch them for her and take care him. The uncle, a man named hit him upon the head with the handle of a stock whip, and left him for dead on the road.
DroKe ir 10 ana cus in our pieces, nung me At faces. another time, some blessed candles brought from Dubbo, were broken into bits before us and cast at us. The quite uninjured candles and crucifix were before, and without our or two a minute seeing what was doing it, they were pulled to pieces and cast at us. Was outside the family in any person the house at any time when these occur rences were Yes, why only the going on other day it attempted to set fire to the it also house in four different places, and sister's clothes, and did set fire to my other things, and this can be testified to in Dubbo, by Mr. M'Leod, who is now and a Mr. Dwyer, who with his son was at our place at the time, making arrange for the purchase ments from us of 1000
On Friday it very bad, and took us all we could do to prevent it burn ing down the place. smell like We can it, and fire before we see the house will be fire in four places at on once, and the bed clothes and articles of female apparel also
sneep. When did and Satnrday
last, it was
has been suggested Mr. Stein that of your family is a ventriloquist, and for some that accounts of the manifesta I hear this— tions ? Whenever and I have heard it several times— I get real ' narked.' 1 wish those who offer this solution had the thing tied round their neck. Then they would know if it was a ventriloquist. It is, I assure to us, and you, a regular torment it is father and mother real driving my mad. My opinion that it is a live spirit, possessed of the devil.
anything, Mr. you Well, one night, mother and I sitting in the room, by the fire, am were clods were pelted at us as if by some per in the son We
anything at any other you seen have told us ? Well, on you occasion, it came in the shape of a one bear, got up on the wall of the kitchen, and when went to chase it we On another disappeared in a white smoke. occasion, a mouse, about a foot time than
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mouse, about a foot long, it came the roof, and mysteriously moved about. Again it took the shape of a kangaroo, and another day a wallaby the house and it would not shift near was sisters. for my They tried to put the dogs it, but on the dogs came back, with their tails between their legs. My brother and myself put two kangaroo dogs on it, and it ran into the creek and disappeared as if into the ground. out The dogs came on the other side, looking terribly frightened, no but there was night it wallaby. That talked to us and said it could appear in it was the wallaby which any shape— that It said it could chasing. were we appear it liked. as a lizard or a snake, or any shape It told us that it was no use bring out the It said it would haunt us and tor priests. not were us the ment on only while we Coalbaggie, but would follow us about we wherever went, You say it has talked to you very fre
of songs. Two in particu to be very fond of— 'The Banks of the Clyde ' The Ship that Never Returned.' It sings the last one pretty fair, but it is quite horrible to hear it fringing ' The Banks of the Clyde '—it's It does not quite sickening. trouble me selection at them at my father's place. It sometimes and comes takes my tools when I am at work and plants them. I find them after
much Well' yes, but not so quently? It talks in two during the last few months. sometimes speaks sensibly voices, and quite enough, while at others it seems mad, and uses language which could noi be beaten by the lowest Sydney larrikin.
wards, however. We are quite full about it. The family will come into Dubbo, and then it can bash away. Da you suspect any neighbors of being concerned ?— No, we are on the best terms with everyone, and the nearest neighbor is living nearly three miles away. I have really no conception of what the thing is, beyond that I honestly believe it is a live spirit, possessed by the devil, and itself in having the power of making visible. Why, the night when we were praying, and it lifted up the table towards the ceiling, there were present my father and mother and four of my sisters. Not of them touched the table, but it went one
up just the
It bids us the time of day, and when I have remonstrated with it for its actions, it it is I a bit of fun. only having says once
fun in breaking crockery and generally knocking things about, and it told me it couldn't its mother help it, for when caught fire it was taking some crockery out, and the shock it so great that was its favorite then dropped it. Since amusement has been smashing up the crockery. It has done, from first to last, £100 worth of damage, and you may be if it sure was of ourselves we one would not waste like that. Not long money since, it went into the kitchen, and in the of three or four took down the presence frying-pan, placed it on the fire, and put six eggs in it. The frying-pan could be seen moving and the eggs put in it, but it the agency invisible. was which moved It is no wonder that we scared, when are these things take place. the Why, even it is dogs know about. You when can hear it talking to them, and they look in mortal dread, their hair standing up and their eyes bulging out of their beads. It talks in two voices, and so sometimes loudly that it ought to be heard a mile
peculiar phenomena— that Mr. Stein is a with level-headed man, more than the average intelligence, and he told the above before gentlemen holding the highest positions in the town— the following, which appears in Saturday's Melbourne Argus, may be deemed apposite :— ' Mr. D. McAlpine read an interesting paper before the mem bers of the Victorian Society for Physical and
Research on Friday evening, the Rev. Dr. C. Strong being in the chair, upon the
described what he saw at several seances held at his own house and in other persons' houses by two professional lady mediums, of Sydney and the other of Prahran. one
stated that after every pos precaution against fraud had been
taken, more than a dozen figures appeared after another in front of the curtain ' which screened the ' medium from her audience. The figures appeared to be those of men, and children, one women, particularly frequent visitor being a small black girl. All the figures were clothed in white glistening garments, and many of them spoke to the audience and answered
away. sing, and are the songs to day ? Yes, it sings, and it seems all sorts of enow Two in
shook hands with one of which described itself a ' Geordie Thompson,' of Aberdeen, and spoke strongly marked Aberdeen accent. This figure a portion of a ' bannock ' which had been brought for it by a lady the figures
to the name
black girl, of ' Cisaie,'
who ans also ate a her, and
which was given to her, and after conversing on one occasion for more than five minutes slowly dissolved before until nothing was the eyes of the audience left but a black smiling face, and then that too disappeared.
love the cat
had for its old home, and old opinion the cats are more
attached to places than to people.'
The Remarkable Journey of a Cat.— Dr. W. O'Neill, of Lincoln, describes, in a letter to the Lancet, the following incident in the history of a cat:— 'The animal born and reared in one of two semi was detached houses on a hill overlooking the well-known racecourse, the Carholme, of Lincoln. This house was occupied by a military medical gentleman and his family
for six or seven so years, and the cat was great a favorite that last December, when the gentleman removed to Forest Hill, taken to the new London, the cat was It was home by one of the family. put in a comfortable basket and conveyed to its destination by train. For about a month the cat seemed to have been contented and happy, but it was noticed that it ate largely and slept much. Towards the end of the month, however, the cat disappeared, and after a fruitless search for it, pussy was given up as irretrievably lost. This event took place in the beginning of severe frost and snowstorm, and before the storm was the cat turned over up at its at old house in Lincoln, where, one morning, the gentleman who occupies the other half of the detached villa was aroused by the loud mewings and noise made by the cat to gain admittance to its old, but now The home. who it a kind reception, and pussy well, gave with him it now passes a couple of hours daily and spends the rest of the time roam ing at will over its old haunts. It is compu ted that the animal performed the journey in about eight days, travelling at the rate of over although 17 miles per day; and the eat was travel stained and rather in fairly thin in flesh, still it was good con it reached dition when London. When takes into consideration the distance one between Forest Hill and Lincoln, nearly the intense severity of the 140 miles, weather, and the thousand and one obstacles which the poor creature must its have encountered on across way London and down to Lincoln, the journey is a marvel for so small and weak an animal to have accomplished ; but the most wonderful thing of all is what might be palled the geographical knowledge ossessed by the cat, which enabled it to stsar a straight course to Lincoln, although
had been taken to Forest Hill blind The journey displays the great
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