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LAMPETER GHOST. » SOLICITOR'S REMARKABLE STORY. [BY OUR SPECIAL COR-RBSPON-DENTJ The go-ahead little town of Lampeter ha.s been widely known as a centre of learning ever since Bishop Burgess established St. David's College there, and it has now become notorious as the abiding-place of one of the most lively, tantalising spooks that ever failed to rest contented with its lot. Bank House is to be one of the oldest houses in Lampeter. It was, as its name implies, once occupied as a bank, and before that as an inn. Mr. H. W. Howell, the present occupant, is a solicitor, registrar of the Lam- peter County-court, cierk of the Teify Fishery Board, Ac.; is of county stock, and is held in the highest esteem and respect by all his fellow-townsmen, without excep- tion. Mrs. Howell, fours sons, and the ser- vants complete the household. I met Mr. Ilowell, and he very kindly agreed to relate his experiences if I joined him after eleven p.m. in his "doggery," as he calls his smoking-room. Accompanied by a solicitor friend. I kept the appointment pun-etua-iiy. and the reader shall have Mr. Howell's narrative in almost his own words. Mr. Howell remarked, as a prelude, tha-t he used to be an absolute sceptic about ghoste, table-rapping, and all such non- sense and rubbish. But," he added, now that this thing has come into my house, my whole ideas on the subject have been altered, because I have seen and heard Ii it mysslf." THE GHOST IN ANGER. Mr. Howell explained that Jack was his eleven-year-old -on, who is the most prominent figure in the mysteries, a.nd then continued:- My wife has for a long period persisted in repeating that she had heard the tramping I of feet and other sounds in the garret, and now the servant girl won't sleep their for the world. I pooh poo'ned the whole thing, but- about a fortnight ago I was sitting up late when, about midnight, I heard Jane, the ser- vant, shouting. She was sitting up with Jack, j in his bedroom, because he had influenza. I called out, Wha,t the deuce is the matter with you, Jane?' and she replied, 'Oh, mas-1 ter, there is something very funny knocking j in this old wall.' I went up and I thoiight I heard a knock like this (rapping the wall with his knuckles). There are rats there, very likely,' I said, and you need not be afraid, because this is an old house, and there are rats scampering right through it. Hav- ing returned I sat down for about a quarter of an hour when I bead another knock or two, and then followed the astounding part of it. I rapped on the wall, and said. 'Come out, old chap, let's have a look at you.' This was said in a sarcastic way, and in derision, and before I oame to the last word I heard a terrific noise near the water-closet. It was exactly as if they had. got into a rage and resented my remark, and as if they would break the door. The noise was tremendous. I was frightened, of bourse, but ran straight up, but the noise ceased pretty nearly before I got to the top of the stairs. Well, I returned and took up my petper to read, not caring whether I went to bed at all, and between four and five o'clock tnere wa3 another alarm. I went upstairs again with a rush, and saw Jane coming out of the room crying like a child. I said, 'Jane, what is the matter?' and she replied, Oh, master, master, there is something in this old house that I can't make out. Indeed, I cannot stop here.' I then went with Jane into my wife's room and told her of the occur- THE HAUNTED HOUSE AT LAMPETER. The ghost is eaid to chiefly occupy the room above the doorway. rence, and we three proceeded to Jack's room, where Hughie, my eldest boy, joined us, and, sure enough, the rapping commenced again. It was exactly as if there were two rappers. I was simply flabbergasted. We stayed there for about half-an-hour, and the same old thing was going on the whole time. This was during the recent cold snap; so I said I would wait no longer, and my wife and I went to bed. The next morning Jane told me that the noise had continued until daylight. My wife decided to take Jack to sleep in the nursery on the following night, but the noise followed him there, and my wife and I had to get up. There was Jane in the middle of the bed with a light, staring with terror in her eyes, and Jack was lying down in a piti- able state and little Dicky on the other side. COULD "RAP" "BILL BAILEY." "Just after we got into the nursery I said, Let me see whether it will answer now,' and I knocked once, to which there was an instant response. I tried it again and again, up to 20, 30, and 40, and I will take my solemn oath it answered each time without a single mistake. It was not the echo, because it did not start rapping until I had finished. I then said, That is counting enough for nie. Hang it all, I'll try it with a song,' so I rapped 'Say au revcrir' on the wall!" Mr. Howell showed us how be kept time and measure with his knuckles, and then con- tinued, "What do you think? The moment I had finished it went through the whole tune quite oorreotly. The children were enjoying this a.s long ae I was there with them. and Hughie said, 'I'll give it "Bill Bailey,"and Jack told iqe that the answer was ail right. The noises then stopped for about a week, The noises then stopped for about a, week, and I removed Jack into a camp bedstead in my dressing-room. One night I was just fall- ing off to sleep when he called out, Paddy, there's the noise.' I struck a light and sat up in my bed, which was within arm's reach of Jack's camp bed. He then cried, Ch. daddy, the bed is beginning to move- I said, Don't talk nonsense." Well look your- self,' he said, and as I stood watching the movable top part of his little bed kept moving and banging against the wall behind. This was a bit too thick, but I watched, and, after a short time, I noticed the vibration increasing, until at last it was going like lightning. Th.e noise was fearful This was Sunday moroing, when all the neighbours heard-it from the street and from the house opposite tiae road. At laet I gQt into a. rage, and shouted, 'Hang the thing; confound the thing,' and at the same time took hold of it. As soon as I Let go it went worse than ever. I was strong enough to hold it quiet; it could not get the better of me, but I could feel the force squirming to get loose In a little while afterwards I noticed the lower end of the bed begining to quiver d it aii went on until daylight. About twenty people came up that Sunday morning to see it. They coolly walked into my bedroom, if you please! On another occasion I took Phil, my olerk, up, when Jjtck Was in bed, and we then heard the rapping in response to ours," "Could you hear knocks when Jack not in the room? tCT^L,hawkiTCked when was not to k "he sound was not so perfect. >, beefnn ft&d four times, and che rapping has followed him INVESTIGATION The ghost is not only becoming notorious, it is also bremning to claim most h,?hl5;^™0t;^ amongst its acquaintances, the latest ad<3ition 1>eirlg the Bishop of Swansea, *ho visited Mr_ Ho1Teil'a house art seven a.m. on Saturday. iP com- pany with Professor Harris of St- David's College, and TVs were asked int.-) the dining-room, a" 5 conversation elicited the inter- esting information that on the pre-nous) morning Mias Lloyd had been most successful [ in "drawing the spirit"—jf auch a phra-se is allowable aJHd obtaining accurate replied to questions as to her age the number of; names she bore, and so' on. Presently another lady and gentleman were ushered into the room, na.mely, Miss Mair, of the Lampcter Girls' Intermediate School, and Mr. Eastman, a London artist, who was oi a visit to the collegiate town. The conver- sation beoa<mo animated, for the two latest! arrivals were able to speak mo t enthusnaeti- j cally of previous experiences of spiritualistic j manifestations. ALL READY! Further deliberation was cut short by the appearand* of Jane, who ann >unoed that everything was in readiness np^taire. We were •even mysticists say ther* are latent potentialities in the number Sev-m, there a7"° *-a word A b ra>ca/iab rfe, and sso th/3 company had every reason to be elated with premonitions of success. Jane led the vain, and, at the top of the first flight of staire, in the bedroom to the left wa were by Mrs. How«u. Mr. Howe i wsui abed rlA in his own room, having, as is has wont, only gone to court sleep an hour ot eo before our arrival. The blinds were drawn, and the grey darkneiss was dismissed with the aid of a lamp. In the middle of the room was an ordinary-sized iron bedstead, occupied by one of Mrs. Howell's four boys—Dicky, I presumed —whitet in a corner, close up to the two walls, was the box-sofa referred to by Mr. Howell on the previous evening, and on this was Ja-ek, the eleven year old medium, covered with bedclothes, head only in view. Standing in the room was Hughie, the four- toen-year-old oldest son, and istalking about the floor was the family cat, seemingly oblivious of anything uncanny. The bishop, who is well known to Jacky as the Vicar of Lampeter, wished him Good morning," and the little lad, as wids-awake as Punch, re- turned the salutation readily, but in a. way which showed that he has, unfortunately, an impediment in his speech. Mrs. Howell in. formed us that the spirit had ra,pped two or three times tha,t morning, and we waited developments. Presently Jack was asked to -t,s. -43 tap the wall near his couch, and he un- covered his right haad in order to do eo, but there was no response. Patience was not a strained virtue, and we waited silently. Mrs. Howell assured us that the spirit would be sure to come, and Jack rapped a/gain. Miss Lloyd rapped the wall on the identioal spot where she said the replies came from on the previous morn- ing; Mr. pritohard nit the hcllow-sounding box-sofa," where he said he had had a response during a previous visit all in vain. r At last, Mr E-astniau ventured the suggestion that ♦here might be a sceptic in the room, of tbat there mipht be too many in the r-om It WJog the experience of some spiritualists, he said, that the spirit would not respond under such circumstances. There was, therefore, nothing for it but to try coaxing measures, and the visitors all returned downstairs, Mrs. Howell promising to call us up asain if the manifestat-ions appeared We had hardly reached the din- ing-room when Hughie ran down beaming with the intelligence that "it had come." There wao a.n easer prooession of seven upstairs and Mrs. Howell informed us that the rapping had commenced. "Let me take the liprht out mamma; perhaps it will stay paid Hughie, and taking the light out of the room, he placed it on the landing outside. It was almost too good to be true and everyone was on the tiptoe of fever-ifih'p\-necta-tion. But disappointment had a^ tracked our steps, and never a rap greeted our ears- 1 ry it now Jack," kuA Mrs. Howel-i and Jack tapped, but it was a useless effort. ''Pctr"haf3^ -T'1 hea,r there- trv a.t the back behind your head, the mothl- aslfed> alul Ja-ck did so> with the btaik r«»"■ Thi, ™ i»d«d. d„. armointine and Mr. Eastman again suggested t'hat IS the resort of reducing the number of onlookers had once successful, it might be a.^ain tried, and we (the visitors) again the room, with the exception of Mr. Eastman him^lf, who remained standing over Jack In order to sa™ m-vse f the trouble of running upstairs again when those left inside were able to report progress, 1 remained by ^self on the landing outsvde, the bishop and others disappearing down- StAftcr a spell of quietness Mr. Eastman commenced to entreat the spirit to assert ^elf-hiVwords were plainly audible to me. "Good spirit, have you anything to tell us? he asked, adding "If so, knock twelve times." Silence followed, and then came the sound oi twelv? distinct raps This was success!. I almost prevailed upon myself to return into the room at all hazards, but fearing lest my presence would break the connecting link, I contented Illysclf with listening to a most interesting and astounding "conTeraatioin." "Now ask," I heard Mr. Eastman say to the boy, "Does it make any difference to you, good spirit, if there are a lot of people in the room? If so, knock ton times; if not, knock fifteen times." With the utmost promptitude ten distinct rappings followed one another. Several other question*, I-,t a general character followed, an-i e: Soh time rappings ensued to the number indicated by the questioner. This -o vei-y interesting and mystical, and J desire to enter the room and participate in the ghostly acquain- tanceship increased, but prudenoe prevailed, ¡' and the spell wm allowed to remain unbroken. AN AMUSING "CONVERSATION." Then came a question from Mr. Eastman which opened up great possibilities. "Would you like to talk to the bishop? If so, knock I seventeen times." Immediately there sounded the oorrect number of rape, and there was a general movement in tbe room, Mr. Eastman saying to Hughie. "Bun down to the bishop. Tell him to come up alone," r Out came Hughie. Ho rushed dov;nstair3 and returned with his lordship into the bedroom, Mr. Eastman then resumed ha3 qu-s- tions. "Is there any secret- a.bout this house? If so, knock seven times; if not, three timed." Taere was an instant response of seven raps. Seven i8. alwr 3,11, a charmed number! "18 the secret about money-5 If so, knock twelve times; i £ not eight times. f^welve raps of the wall followed. Now luiock the number of people you would like to be present when the money L3 found," continued Mr- Eastman, and four raps came in response. That is just the number it gave yester- day," Mrs. Howell was heard to remark. Mr. Eastman: If any of the four are in this room knock three times." Response: Three knocks. Is the biahop o»«? ^Ycs (according to the number of raps asked for). I Is Jane to bo Is Mr. Howell ?' — And HI-3. llow.eI1. And Jack? "—YeJ- Then the four ar° to be the bu&oP, Mr. and Mrs. Howell afld J-k P said Mr. 'East- man to his any, and then continued questioning. MONEY rHE "Is it in the roof?"-Ko r^eponee. "Is it in the chiJPn,ey? "It was in the chimney yesterday, too," said Mrs. Howell. Mr. EaetcLs.n "W1^ it make any difference if there is a mason present with the four to take the chimney down? "Will this money ^ve to be found by the four people alooo? Yes; I After this revelation the reeponsea were feeble, and at times there was no rapping at all. About this time Miss Lloyd and others I came up the stairs, and I went into the bed- room with them. V™ b^hoV and Mr. Last- man wore sitting close to Jacks couch, wait- ing eagerly for further answers. It was very annoying to find ail manifestations ceased when one into room- Mrs- Howell said that perhape the spirit was tired. "Are you very tired? asked Mr. Eastman, and three knocks to signify Yen «ere heard. This *as the first raPPm? which took place while I oa, in the room. and good fortune seemed to s";Tli'e on my mission again. "Did the knocking J'ou did y«s*erday tire you very mncli?" r. East-man asked again, and "Yes" was rapped back. -Is there anyone else in the room you would like to speak to this was a decided "No." followed by Mr. East- man s Question to Your hand was not there thdn, waff it- On. no, no, indeed, said Jack. This was the only expression of doubt which Mr. Lastmau let fall through- out the whole time. There were no further rappings—the spirit could not be coaxed, so that there wall no opportunity afforded EM to be near the couch when tho sounds were to he 11 card. We were assured that the spirit hAd gone. and we separated. Professor Harris having gone previously The bishop maintained a discreet silence when approached for his views on the phenomena-he would not com- mit himself to any opinion. The shaking of beds and ohairs, and the noisy bombardment of the walls we not privileged to see oi bear. P-nd we c.ould not wait any longer IT is a peculiar coincidence that Jack must be I 3ar before anything will take place. As Mrs Howell remarked, "Little Jack is such a sood medium, and th-. powers possessed by him n^t be a source 01 delight to the Lad. perhaps the mystery "auld C€,JU:9 if the lad were placed in th<- ordinary bed with his brother in the mi idle of the room. It is peculiar that the rappi^, 18 always most pronounced when be is ly:Ur under the clothes by himself- At :'I,y n,or^: ing's experience w;^ bifrhiy nteraeting, and if a poor mortal ir»ay be pardoned for ven- turing to prophecy in c'oUP-e°^'11 an occult subject, it the Bank House sF^t will be,ore long get go tired that it wiii not trouble to worry