The Alleged Haunting of B—— House eBook

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3.  The sensation of being pushed by a dog was experienced in two different rooms by Miss Freer and Miss Moore respectively.  If Mr.  “Endell” were touched by Ishbel on the evening of March 1st, as appeared to Miss Freer to be the case, he had no independent consciousness of the fact that might not have been referred to expectation, so that this cannot be regarded as evidential.

For lack of other classification, we mention under this heading of “tactile” the sensation of chill experienced by Mr.  “Endell” and Mr. Q——­ in No. 3, and which appears to be the same as that described by Harold Sanders as the sensation of “entering an ice-house.”

The audile phenomena were so frequent and so various, that a conspectus of them is given in an appendix.  Some of them appeared to be human in origin, such as voices, reading or speaking, footsteps, and, according to earlier witnesses, screams and moans.  Others might have been caused by dogs, such as pattering footsteps, jumping and pouncing as in play, the wagging of a dog’s tail against the door, and the sound as of a dog throwing itself against the lower panels.  Other sounds have been differentiated, as the detonating or explosive noise; the clang sound, as of the striking of metal upon wood; the thud or heavy fall without resonance; and the crash, which was never better described than as if one of the beasts’ heads on the staircase wall had fallen into the hall below.  It very often, or almost always, seemed to occur under the glass dome which lighted the body of the house, and the falling object seemed to strike others in its descent, so that it was not ineffectively imitated by rolling a bowl along the stone floor of the hall, and allowing it to strike against the doors or pillars, when the peculiar echoing quality was fairly reproduced by the hollow domed roof and surrounding galleries.

The editors offer no conclusions.  This volume has been put together, as the house at B——­ was taken, not for the establishment of theories, but for the record of facts.


[C] They consisted of a small part of the evidence already quoted.

[D] We have since ascertained by experiment that no sound short of beating with a hammer on the wall itself is audible between the two rooms; also, that the upsetting of a metal candlestick on the bare boards in the nearer servants’ room (over No. 1) cannot be heard in No. 8.

[E] Cf. Mrs. Robinson’s account ante.

[F] These remarkable disclosures included, among other details, the murder of a Roman Catholic family chaplain, at a period when the S——­s were and had long been Presbyterian, the suicide of one of the family who is still living, and the throwing, by persons in mediaeval costume, of the corpse of an infant, over a bridge, which is quite new, into a stream which until lately ran underground.

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