Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), Saturday 16 December 1899, page 2

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foliating story was told to the writer by a artist, at well-known a in present residing of New town country South Waleu, who posi fchat it lively declares in every is true parti 'house with
is

which

ia connected

etill standing. About 25 years

being
house

in

want

ago, of a

in
an

Sydney,
one

parenta
of
?

became old

my tenants called.

Grange,
the

situated of North Shore.

across
?

harbor, in the suburb
was a

one-storeyed place, En built in the early days of the colony by an In of convicts. in charge was glish officer, who a was our time which during 4he quadrangle, still to offices, wee by domestic yard surrounded used for flogging. a be seen triangle, formerly three cellars, large were the basement Beneath of them communicating with vaulted roofo, two Grange large
The dooms. iron studded each oitiher by heavy a an dairy, had furthest and 6mallest, used by us it and the largest was a been prison, and between the door the guard-room, once our dining-room, grating. Similar of a strong of which, consisted which the tops ol ijte windows, barred gratings ©I the ground the level a about foot above were used by us ae a cellar was further The outside. witih
ex wihich were very grounds, tradition which well, down female a stated been pushed by a prisoner had the been too, had The dining-room, convioti ecena of a tragedy. one there morning, found oJEcer had been An book, dead, shot sitting at the table with an open through the back. great-grand-fataier father, grandfather, and My having had all been soldiers, the first-mentioned and My mother Bligh. out with Governor come lived with us, grandmother, the latter of whom times, had things in t-he old convict seen strange that the aflirm ghastly truthfully and I can affected U3 witih the old house stories connected months afiter our three For about not a whit. occurred, unusual house, nothing taking the that some of mother told my a Tihen housemaid

kitchen. tensive,

In

the

was

an

old

j

j

'

the after sitting up till a late hour been to hear to ihad bed, surprised family in tihe dining-room, conversation a low muttering as if several people were wihich at length sounded laughter. Look talking together witih occasional they 6aid that it was however, ing inio the room, undisturbed by their presence, tenantless, wMle, alterca in angry went the sounds on, seemingly

*he servants,
had

gone

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alterca in angry went the sounds on, seemingly was tion, until a sharp shriek heard, and all wae on silent. a story, but ques was This strange tioning -the o-fiher servants., they all declared that the noises heard just aa Hie girl describ they had on. thing went ed. For nigiita the same many the all (my sounds, We rather included) heard midinigiht, lasted and towards which, usually began was Strict investigation for over an hour. made, but tice without to result. Two ol the the servants
was

gave

no

haunted. we mon€ha became quite accus Some passed, and tomed to tihe noises. My fatiher, finding he could became its pur for a- moderate sum, buy the house still noises were heard The chaser. to unable but intervals, at though we but little attention paid explain,* night, One to them. during the winter season, dark a a dinner It was mother party. gave my had fallen during the night, and the rain, which All the expected the ground soft. day, had made the by boat, with exception guests duly arrived After of one, and the dinner passed off as usual. a car we were in the as drawing-room, wards, heard to drive into the yard, the brake riage was the ground sloped, was put on at the gate, where the harness jangled, and the vehicle stopped. leave^

declaring

place

'Mr.
has made Time

B.,'
him

said
so

my

father.

'I

.

wonder guest
as

what

late?'
and
as

passed,

the

expected
to

did to

not

father went appear, my was late arrival, and
one

out

surprised to
the

had

come.

The of

heard out

the

sound

servants, wheels, and
;

the that no like ourselves, had

inquire

hear

man

had

gong

entering the yard So cer had found it empty, and the gate shut of the arrival of a vehicle that, tain was everybody taken the lights were to solve out, and mystery, in All the guests had come the yard examined. and the soft ground in the by the front entrance, This was by yard bore no trace of wheel marks. means the only time the strange no carriage was On various occasions, heard to roll in and stop. heard it distinctly, ourselves, guests, and servants of it was seen One but no ever trace by anyone. we had us vacation a with staying Christmas The was weather fellow, a friend of ours. young all in the garden. Our visitor, hot, and we were for something had occasion to go down however, back and coming to the dining-room, surprised in the dairy?' 'Who is the man us by. asking,
on

to render

assistance

but

'In be in
no

the
one

mother. said dairy?' my there; it is locked, and

I have

'There the

can

key

pocket.' my 'Well, at any
man

a

in a blue brother

rate, there's jersey.'
went at
once

a

fellow

in there

My
socn

returned, saying

usual, and there was persisted however,
seer

but investigate; as was locked no Our guest, one there. in 3er-ainly saying he had the

to

place

-

with knitted jersey standing in a blue a man lus back to the grated door, looking through, the tarred window. from visitor, A coming few days after the same called ^1 say. Bob, out. to me, the dining-room, there's that fellow in the' dairy again!' a both saw room with to the him, we Going odd dressed mm kind of blue jacket, stands in an
,
? '

mm

odd dressed kind of blue jacket, stands in an and was back towards us, His iug in the dairy. tis? face turneJ to the window. doing what he was to him, asking I*called out I tried stirred. nor tl'tre, but hs neither spoke to to come the locked, but wishing door; it was I believed to be with conclusions the fellow, whom off for tlit re for a dishonest I hurried purpose, the

key.
friend for you was there searched met
me as

My
and after he;id Wo

frightened.
a

'He's

rale I returned, looking gone,' he said. 'I looked
and when I

T/as There thoroughly. save of egress, possible hiding-place or mode of floor were and Walls through the grated door. window and only the stone, stiongly-cemented Shortly after was protected by solid bars of iron. we re sold the place, and father this incident my Time mcved to a distant part of the country.

moment, nothing.' the p'ace

turned

my

no

passed,
a

and

I
?

became
,

acquainted

with

a

young

of conversation, who, in course lived near Syd she had formerly re I then a called at Grange. place ney, beesn it had that purchased by a Mr. membered few a questions about the old and asked C

Miss C lady, that mentioned

?

?

,

place. C ? long,' said Miss did not %ive there 'We in the basement '?We heard the strangest noises and screaming. quarrelling, people laughing, to drive into the seemed carriage a Sometimes was haun said the all place The neighbors yard. all of not stay, and would servants The ted. had to leave.' so that we nervous became us Baroda, Armidale, N.S.W.
_

A

TRUE

SYDNEY

GHOST

STORY.—

THE

HAUNTED

HOUSE.

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