The Great Amherst Mystery: A True Narrative of the Supernatural

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Brentano's, 1915 - Ghosts - 221 pages
 

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Page 75 - ... obtained possession of it again and, quick as a flash of lightning, stuck it into the same wound. ..." Some person tried the experiment of placing three or four large iron spikes on Esther's lap while she was seated in the dining-saloon. To the unutterable astonishment of Mr. White, Frederic and other persons present, the spikes were not instantly removed, as it was expected they would be, but, instead, remained on her lap until they became too hot to be handled with comfort, when they were thrown...
Page 39 - As her appetite was not as good as usual, all she could eat was a small piece of bread and butter and a large green pickle, washed dawn with a cup of strong tea.
Page 46 - Every person in the room could see the writing plainly, and yet a moment before nothing was to be seen but the plain kalsomined wall.
Page 48 - All that was known was that they had heard the writing, had seen the letters appear, one by one upon the wall, until the sentence was complete...
Page 31 - They had remained perfectly quiet, for about ten or fifteen minutes, when Esther jumped out of bed with a scream, exclaiming that there was a mouse under the bed clothes.
Page 176 - ... we put up with all these things, as it was hard at the time to get help, especially help like her, until she set...
Page 174 - ... inflate a bladder and then it would suddenly collapse. Those spells came in regular order, about every minute. While the doctor was getting ready I watched her in company with her sister and her sister's husband, expecting her death every moment, but all at once we heard tappings on the footboard, at first faint and then louder and louder, when all at once she opened her eyes and in a few moments spoke to us, and soon rallied, was up on the next day, but weak. She had several of these turns but...
Page 195 - ... account, a true narration of the supernatural, being known to us as accurate and truthful as to all and each, fact, particular, and description given in the aforesaid book, we hereto of our own free will affix our names to this testamentary paper, so that it may be printed in all future editions of aforesaid book and go before the world in corroboration and verification of what actually transpired in the presence of the Teed family, Walter Hubbell, and hundreds of the inhabitants of Amherst,...
Page 173 - ... could read and write but not spell. She was very much afraid of it. I tried several times to teach her to exert control by her will-power, but just as I had gained a point she became afraid and would go no further nor do anything. My house and where she lived before she came to live with me was only about fifty yards distant, and I used to call often to see how she got along. Hundreds did the same. " At first it was only rapping and pounding, but at times it assumed a more serious aspect. One...
Page 122 - ... exactly as if a human hand had slapped her face; these slaps could be plainly heard by all present. I heard them distinctly, time and again. . . . "On Thursday, June 26, Jennie and Esther told me that the night before Bob, the demon, had been in their room again. They stated he had stuck them with pins and marked them from head to foot with crosses. I saw some of the crosses, which were bloody marks, scratched upon their hands, necks and arms. It was a sad sight. During the entire day, I was...

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