Sunday Times (Sydney, NSW : 1895 - 1930), Sunday 5 June 1927, page 3

G-G-G-G-GHOSTS
? ? ? ? ? ?

Face
GRUESOME

to

Face With
IN

Real Spooks
HUT

FIND

BOUNDARY-RIDER'S
ORDEL.)
in

(By TAL
Most of the ancicnt castles
ghosts, who groaning and
pay
no

England

and

Scotland

house legendary

rent,

but wander

aimlessly
or

through dismal
the
ease

dungeons,
kind their here

clanking

heavy chains
doom.

as

in

of the milder to
warn

—hang, nebulously
ditary families

from

turret edge and

battlement

of impending
so

must surely believe in the of the spirit intelligence using but there nre n few hardy spectres Tsome avenue unknown to us for returu vrho persist in ing to earth to brood making occasional 'apover the past or pearances' in spite of the scornful op join in the pleasures of earth-bound mor position of well-fed materialists. tnls.

?^USTRALIA

is not

,.
.

the dead,

wc

rich in ghosts,

-;

.possibility

.'

.

Fisher's
'laid,'
is

ghost the

UNDER has, not Taren to yet been lads
.
'

THE HEAVEN.
,

CANOPY

OF

and

Point-road establish

. .

'

buslimnn who has wandered far lonely outback, 1 have had more than one to experience confirm my~.belief in .in the supernatural, and I am ger.tle The spook of the Princess '' one of those fortunate beings Theatre, Melbourne, supposed to bo the no way 'whom we term psychic. melancholy shade of Fredericks, the operatic singer To visit a sick boundary rider, who, who, while .playing the by the way, -was tho scion and died as part of Mephistopheles, black he dc scended through the trap door to the .sheep of a noble English family, I rode fifteen night one memorable makes at nethermost regions miles least one As
a self.

just,

beginning

her

into the

..

1

.

'

'

;

,

,

appearance
.

annually.
:

»

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?

?

?

HOUSING

PROBLEM.

.

through
like in .Australia, mortals, with the ever-present housing difficulty, but consequently gain in ceri lose more than they ncss in romance. Our ghosts belong mainly to the open air species, and 'the weird expectancy of the Australian bush'' is just the right atmosphere for their midnight meau

an

Ghosts faced are

delighted Poe. MY

eerie region that would have the morbid-miuded Edgar Allan

'

SPIRITUAL

COMPANION.
ride
or me.

All through that
was

'something'

I felt that there should I say a

.

'j,

'Presence'

with

,£?

dcrings.

Yi
V
.

SETTING
.

THE

STAGE.

The nearer tho stronger
came.

1
i1

'

better background for a troubled spirit than the gaunt white trees gum of a dead forest, the sedgy shore of or morass where a lonely the curlews cry their longing, and the hungry dingoes bay
the pallid
moon

What

I

My pushed

I drew to the lonely hut, this strange feeling be it, horso sensed too, and him diffi forward with

culty.

?

It
cry

was

a

pitch

of swamp

birds,

?

long-drawn howls
dogs, did not
serve

night, and the together with the of the boundary rider's to soothe my uneasi

dark

ARE The
scoffers

THEY
at

HONEST spiritualism

?

ness.

,

.

...

1

prone to seize story of a ghostly upon any as a 'appearance' good opportunity for ridicule, but is inclined one to think that, in these days of rapid scientific advancement, they do it with an uneasy
conscience.:. If
we

are

At last I reachcd the edge of the small clearing wherein the hut stood, but my horse refused further duty, and I de cided to dismount.
a

DESERTING

HOPE.

believe
wc

in

,.

the dead,

must

the resurrection of surely believe in the

This I had barely done when the ani mal reared and, breaking away, galloped in a frenzy of terror. homewards last It seemed that my was support

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It
gone,

seemed and I

that
was

last was my support afraid, horribly afraid,
me

but

something urged

forward.

1 in The hut was darkness, so at stared the black outline and 'Coo-eed.' There was no response, but suddenly there appeared above the hut a luminous ball about the size .of a man's head.

For rising
till it

a

moment

slowly, died away

it hung in space, then, fainter, gradually grew altogether.

heart seemed to have stopped beat chill seized and a dread, unearthly it me. I stumbled to the door, fumbled and struck match. a open,

My

ing,

,

Tlie
across

boundary
the cut!

rider lay floor, earthen
flight

sprawled
with his

throat of my Tho memory from that stark horror me for ever.

on foot will live, with

.

that' Another experience shook my otherwise firm grip of this planet oc curred in 'he district of Groug Grong, near Narandera. My brother and his newly-wedded wife leased i\ grazing pro periy there, on which -rtood an old home stead, six miles from an where. repureil This house was to 1-' haunted, nnd even rnbliit-trappors refused to camp in its vicinity. tale that tho Rumor, had it in .one in who built it died there man the 'horrors,' ..and, in another, 'that ho was murdered, .and his body thrown down
»
-

?

'

.

a

well.

..

.

A
Sly

SPOOK
was

IN

.

.

,

,

THE

FAMILY
up my
spine.

?

...

?

l-

happy-go-lucky' a op 'tl» place, cheap, .and did not mind giving lodgings to a hafm less spopkr:,.His wife \\;as hoalthy a. mindod.f ^abUcalf;gir$~Dohi reared and ?'?'?? the bush. For a time everything well, went and the ghost story was forgotten, until the sooil wife began to-.cbmplain of nightly visitations to her bedside; of a :little niau with side-whiskers and clean-shaven, a white chin. brother,
.
'

brother's room was directly opposite way, though ho never mentioned

My

across

passage

mine,
it,

I

the and. knew

Iii

'

'

?

that tho cold fingers of fear had him also. STEP-DANCING
,

touched

.

BY

MOONLIGHT.

:

Her
the

husband

drew
a

her

attention

to

dangers of

disordered
?

stomach,

deadly still night, as I ..lily abed, I distinctly heard in an un step-dancing furnished room at the front of tho house. Grasping a loaded rifle, I opened my door in time to meet brother, who had my acted simultaneously.

One

but his humor One
yard
seen

failed to shake her. -V him from the stock day she and informed him that she had just the little man pass through tho
.-called

'Were 'No!'
were.

you
lie

replied.

dancing?' I asked. 'I thought YOU
front
room.

It's

in the

Let's

investigate.' We crept
my

kitchen.

The next Albury for

sho -was packed .-off to holiday, and shortly after I received an invitation, to.be a guest at the haunted, house.

along the
rifle a

passage,

and
open
room

day

levelled

a

door

and

struck

he match.
as

flung The

I the

.

was

empty.
brother set After that experience, my in about selling tho place, while I made quiries as to the history of that strange house. THAT MAN WITH WHISKERS. I found
an

I
was

went, saiw, conquered.

or

-rather
_

heard,

and

of

I am possessed sure, was, ghostly 'presence.' For I weeks listened nightly to sibilant whispers and sobbing sighs, while cold chills crept
a

That house

THE

SIDE

up my

spine.

old

retired

Eventually I found ill photographer living
who
of
me handed tho original a owner.

an an

old

retired

small

adjacent town, photograph gem

It was tho picture of with side-whiskers and a white chin!

a

small man clean-shaven

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