Animal Ghosts eBook

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Hares and rabbits are very susceptible to the superphysical, the presence of which they scent in the same manner as do horses and dogs.

I have known them to evince the greatest symptoms of terror when brought into a haunted house.

CHAPTER VI

INHABITANTS OF THE JUNGLE

Elephants, Lions, Tigers, etc.

Elephants undoubtedly possess the faculty of scenting spirits in a very marked degree.  It is most difficult to get an elephant to pass a spot where any phantasm is known to appear.  The big beast at once comes to a halt, trembles, trumpets, and turning round, can only be urged forward by the gentlest coaxing.

Jungles are full of the ghosts of slain men and animals, and afford more variety in hauntings than any other localities.  The spirits of such cruel creatures as lions, tigers, leopards, are very much earth-bound, and may be seen or heard night after night haunting the sites of their former depredations.

The following case of a tiger ghost was narrated to me years ago by a gentleman whom I will style Mr. De Silva, P.W.D.  I published his account in a popular weekly journal, as follows:—­

The White Tiger

“Tap! tap! tap.  Someone was coming behind me.  I halted, and in the brilliant moonlight saw a figure hobbling along—­first one thin leg, then the other, always with the same measured stride—­accompanied with the same tapping of the stick.  I had no wish for his company, though the road was lonely, and I feared the presence of tigers, so I hurried on, and the faster I went, the nearer he seemed to come.  Tap! tap! tap!  The man was blind and a leper, and so repulsively ugly that the niggers on the settlement regarded him with superstitious awe.  I had a horror of tigers, but of lepers even greater.  And I loved my wife with no ordinary love.  So I hurried on, and he followed quickly after me.

“The night was brilliant, even more so, I thought, than was ordinary, and the very brilliancy made me fear, for my shadow, the shadow of the trees, shadows for which I had no name, flickered across the road, were lost to sight to return again, and the jungle was getting nearer.  The open country on either side ceased, one by one tall blades of jungle grass shook their heads in the gentle breeze, and the silence of the darkness beyond began to make itself felt.  A night bird whizzed past me, croaking out a dismal incantation from its black throat; something at which I did not care to look clattered from under a stone I loosened with my foot, and sped into the shade, and I hastened on.

“Tap! tap! tap!  Faster and faster, and faster came the blind man.  I could smell the oil on his body, hear his breathing.

“‘Whoever you are, sahib, stop!’

“There was fear in his voice as he whined out these words, a fear which increased my own; but I pretended not to hear, and pressed on faster.

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