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Historic Ghosts and Ghost Hunters   By: (1874-1959)

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HISTORIC GHOSTS

AND

GHOST HUNTERS

HISTORIC GHOSTS

AND

GHOST HUNTERS

BY

H. ADDINGTON BRUCE

Author of "The Riddle of Personality"

NEW YORK

MOFFAT, YARD & COMPANY

1908

Copyright , 1908, by

MOFFAT, YARD & COMPANY

NEW YORK

Published, September, 1908

The Plimpton Press Norwood Mass. U.S.A.

To

THE MEMORY OF MY FRIEND

JOHN J. HENRY

CONTENTS

PAGE

PREFACE ix

I. THE DEVILS OF LOUDUN 1

II. THE DRUMMER OF TEDWORTH 17

III. THE HAUNTING OF THE WESLEYS 36

IV. THE VISIONS OF EMANUEL SWEDENBORG 56

V. THE COCK LANE GHOST 81

VI. THE GHOST SEEN BY LORD BROUGHAM 102

VII. THE SEERESS OF PREVORST 120

VIII. THE MYSTERIOUS MR. HOME 143

IX. THE WATSEKA WONDER 171

X. A MEDIEVAL GHOST HUNTER 198

XI. GHOST HUNTERS OF YESTERDAY AND TO DAY 216

PREFACE

The following pages represent in the main a discussion of certain celebrated mysteries, as viewed in the light of the discoveries set forth in the writer's earlier work "The Riddle of Personality."

That dealt, it may briefly be recalled, with the achievements of those scientists whose special endeavor it is to illumine the nature of human personality. On the one hand, it reviewed the work of the psychopathologists, or investigators of abnormal mental life; and, on the other hand, the labors of the psychical researchers, those enthusiastic and patient explorers of the seemingly supernormal in human experience. Emphasis was laid on the fact that the two lines of inquiry are more closely interrelated than is commonly supposed, and that the discoveries made in each aid in the solution of problems apparently belonging exclusively in the other.

To this phase of the subject the writer now returns. The problems under examination are, all of them, problems in psychical research: yet, as will be found, the majority in no small measure depend for elucidation on facts brought to light by the psychopathologists. Of course, it is not claimed that the last word has here been said with respect to any one of these human enigmas. But it is believed that, thanks to the knowledge gained by the investigations of the past quarter of a century, approximately correct solutions have been reached; and that, in any event, it is by no means imperative to regard the phenomena in question as inexplicable, or as explicable only on a spiritistic basis.

Before attempting to solve the problems, it manifestly was necessary to state them. In doing this the writer has sought to present them in a readable and attractive form, but without any distortion or omission of material facts.

H. ADDINGTON BRUCE.

BROOKLINE, N. H., July, 1908.

I

THE DEVILS OF LOUDUN

Loudun is a small town in France about midway between the ancient and romantic cities of Tours and Poitiers. To day it is an exceedingly unpretentious and an exceedingly sleepy place; but in the seventeenth century it was in vastly better estate. Then its markets, its shops, its inns, lacked not business. Its churches were thronged with worshipers. Through its narrow streets proud noble and prouder ecclesiastic, thrifty merchant and active artisan, passed and repassed in an unceasing stream. It was rich in points of interest, preƫminent among which were its castle and its convent. In the castle the stout hearted Loudunians found a refuge and a stronghold against the ambitions of the feudal lords and the tyranny of the crown. To its convent, pleasantly situated in a grove of time honored trees, they sent their children to be educated.

It is to the convent that we must turn our steps; for it was from the convent that the devils were let loose to plague the good people of Loudun... Continue reading book >>




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