Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW : 1870 - 1907), Saturday 29 December 1894, page 29

Tlie Haunted

Man.

OST

people,
will this disbe

1

think,
lieA'e

story.

Indeed,
truth,

to tell the there are I dis

when times it believe

myself,
was a

though
witness

I I

of here

the
re

things
late. times cy have

are There when I fan that I must

been of

the
some

victim

hypnotic expert are such ment, for the facts of the case as not themselves to lend to readily any ordinary explanation. I first met Antonio in Pellegra He Melbourne. then was a pedlar of plaster and in ornaments, the
course of his in search wanderings lie ono of customers called at the day house where I was stopping. Among his miscellaneous he had one goods

very

pretty

dess

and received thc Iiis basket casi, he lilted up if about as io go; then he hesitated, and set it down again.

of After

head-some the studio-and I paid him.

nameless I

god
it.

bought

plaster

"With

present," English.

that he

give a remarked, very good "Will you please pick an
in

hoad

I

always

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other "A

hoad

7"

phenomenal thought, for the
for
tlie

pedlar
price
I

this," I had given extra

cast

was

by

no

means

vagant. "You

must buy goods your very cheaply," 1 remarked aloud, "to give like this." presents away "It is my custom," he rejoined, and

there
which
over

an odd look in his eyes I could not explain. I glanced the fouud that tray again, and was was

there size It
an was

only
the head

one one

piece
I
a

which
was

in

matched tho excellent

had

bought.
was,
won

in fact, so dered that I had not tic value previously.

and man, It piece of work. well that 1 executed noticed

of

this artis

"This
it.

head

7"

I

queried, replied,

pointing
"will

to

well," he take it?" please

"Very

you

I lifted it up, and was surprised to find that instead of being plaster, as it was I supposed, of some kind of marble. "A very fine head indeed," 1 remarked. the as replied, "Yes," pedlar is he shouldered his "there basket, not I into down another one took the the
on

like

it."

purchase house, and put
the table. doAvn
aware

and the

present
former

I

was

about
when

to I

place tile other suddenly became
strange
thousandth I became ble had then ble had about
it.

also, of
a

something

For of
a

part
conscious

suddenly as suddenly changed to mar The again. change, if change it took were, place so suddenly, that I found whether myself wondering the Avhole not some Avas strange thing
hallucination,
some nerve an some

the second perhaps, that the solid mar become flesh, an'd

moment,

trick

of from

cell

varying

the brain, the nor

in some pressure Arossel. I finally came to the conclusion that imagination had my false. And me con yet I was played about scious that there Avas something

mal,

uiiAvonted

blood

that I had

marble
seen

explain.

head It seemed
it
on

Avhich the

different

not to Avhat pedlar's basket.

I

could

different a It seemed to Avear express ion. closely at it, I began Looking it between resemblance some to trace the latter had and the pedlar, though
a

thick
so

beai'd. Avell
as

thing Avhy I
Next this for, that There time. in a ked.
it,

not I did done I had
it

the like at first and

could

day

I

not tell. looked at
a

again,

time I instead
it
was was

got
of
a
;

very

effective

shock;

I box, An

marble, I found palpable bronze. very no imagination about it this the bust, and took placed it which I very carefully loc
being
hour after I Avent to look at there. It had disap a Avas mystery, and thing not
it

but

it Avas

I

peared. The puzzled
but

over'

for

months

able being Avards, it. form theory on plausible any spent a good deal of time looking Avithout the I

after to I

pedlar, but
came

during
across

all those hm.

for months

never

Some

months and his
Avas

Sydney,
to

I afterwards invited by a

was

in

friend

I consen country home. found the and enough, readily of the roughest, rocki to be one place est, and picturesque spot it has been no It Avas lot to see. good for my visit ted
Avas but there but scenery, was a There of that. good plenty about the place, and deal of limestone of queer all sorts bills contained the the of these, near One little caves.' that I spent much so house, pleased mo it there in ii:, and a. good deal of time

anything

day Jong-looked-for pedlar.
Avas

that

I

one

again
His

saAV

my was

beard

longer, his face him when: I saw indeed I wondered
the made
worse

more

in

iu tho

which him. and
little
seen

at a few I hailed
soon

haggard Melbourne, the change
months

than and for had

swered in me "I "In

me,

was

he an him; sitting with

cave.

have

you ho

in

Melbourne,

I

believe," I remarked.
Melbourne?"

repeated.

"I

hailed

him,

he
me

answered
in the

me,

and

was

soon

sitting with

little

cave."

"Yes. tinued.

Selling
"You one." I gave

plaster
were

kind you,

images," I enough
did I?"

con

to said

give
"Oh he.

me

it

to

that I have "Do you know He nodded. "They all lose
scores given it away it still." "I have

lost it?"
it.

of it?"

times,"
I

I have he said,

"You "Yes.

still

have
see

exclaimed.
on

You

that

mark,"

pointing to a small of his forehead.
"Yes."

bruise

he, said the side

"Well,
will shall be bo

it

did

that. and mind do

merciful dead." you

Some day more-and

it

I the

"Would

explaining

mystery?"
He about "I have

started,
half
a never

and

minute

for paused deep thought. spoken yet of it, and then in

"

He

was

then
can me

a

pedlar
harm. the law like

of

plaster

ornaments."

yet-and
Even it would and
if

yet-it
you be

do
over

no

gave relief a the
man

to
me.

for

"who

looked

like 1, looked the man "who and He stu in the same worked that head, artist, an in Rome. He, was dio practically only a la I was though;

was

even friends, and were We borer. did not our I married when friendship welcome a was There always abate. home. our at Unfortunately for him I never Well knew, wifo-v-. my never
even

suspected anything
home
and found.

till one

day

I

went

myself

homeless. they had

She gone with

had haste

gone,
or

he I

had

together.
anger. at last I did not
never

gone; followed with town with up I had this to

them,
care

not and

fury, but
Town
came

deep
and

I

went,

them. found
life.

They them; they

know knew-in

in the night while I killed them I am not sorry; I think 1 they slept. I came did right. to Australia, and

began
found

Every head,
among

to soll plaster casts. haunted a that I was I found, the strange day the
it

Then
man.

I

image of articles my

the

man

I

marble killed,

night
I

to gave came It always times. you, many back." it," I, "the said while I had "But to bronze." thing changed it in all kinds of mate "I have seen rials," bronze

sale. of itself to my transported it away, I as gave

Every
room.

it

replied

ged
me.

most. to bronze Some do

I fear the it has chan time Every it has itself at hurled it me strike will day

he,

"but

dead." "How this

country?" part "Oh one place is as good "I am he replied. only
the
(

you of the

come

to

be
as

living

in

I asked.

another," waiting for
here and

verdict.

I

came

up

took been and

up

a

small

picking up ringbarking

I've selection, and a living by fencing the station down on
there]" small a I

Look the river. He pointed to me, bust and
on

ledge
saw

behind small

turning
there.

the

standing

It was

bronze.

"You see," he said, as he picked it continued ho "You will know," up. "When and left the cave. he rose as if you like, comes time the yoii may, not bo will tell the but they story,
¡

lieve

you."

The time came Antonio Pellegra, his name to be, his hut. His from The

clays later, for then I ascertained was found dead in skull had been fractured
as some

three

by
or

a

blow

missile.

police

heavy implement inquired into
foul
or

the
tlie

matter, suspected

play,
so was

and
a

for a week matter sensation in the papers. the time state what I
one was

I did

knew,

not for

at
no

arrested,

but

the

police, real

who

failed

be
tion
man.

to clear the up interested in reading of the

mystery,
the the

mystery

of

may solu haunted

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