Doctor Silas Weir Mitchell and the Ghostly Servant Girl and Other True Tales
Ghostly Goings On!
There are many people who don't believe in ghosts, but there are many ghostly encounters that argue to the contrary. The spooky tales below are as real as they can possibly be without photographs and real proof.
But the stories have endured down through the ages and we can see that at least some of the characters involved are not really the kind who would deliberately make up the story.Take the first one. A strange tale of a Mr. Silas Weir Mitchell, who was a celebrated Philadelphia Neurologist.
A Knocking On The Door
Doctor S.W. Mitchell was an eminent 19th Century nerve specialist, who lived in Philadelphia.
One night after a hard days work at his surgery, he fell asleep in his chair. He was soon awakened by the ringing of his front door bell, and, have asleep he managed to make his way to the door.
'Coming, i'm coming, hold on please' he said.
There on his doorstep stood a young girl standing shivering in the cold. She wore a thin dress and a threadbare old shawl.
'Please come, my mother's ill, I need you, please'. she pleaded with him. She turned and ran up the road, and the Doctor quickly grabbed his bag and hurried after her. Eventually they reached an old tenement block, and quickly climbed the stairs.
There Are Her Shoes!
There, on the bed, lay the sick woman. As he got closer he recognized her as a former maid in his house.
After examining her, he diagnosed pneumonia, and sent for the medication that she needed. He then made her comfortable as possible, and told her that she had a wonderful daughter to run out in the cold like that.
The sick woman looked at him in surprise and said:
'My daughter died a month ago. Look, there are her shawl and shoes in the cupboard'!
When Doctor Mitchell went over to take a look, there right in front of his eyes were the same shawl and shoes that the little girl had been wearing. It was dry, folded and clean. There was no way that they could have been worn outside.
Turning around, he looked in the room, down the stairs and outside. But there was no sign of the little girl!
Dante's Ghost and The Divine Comedy
When the famous Dante Alighieri died in 1321, his famous manuscript The Divine Comedy wasn't complete. His sons Jacopo and Piero both knew that he had finished it, but after searching all over the house they couldn't figure out where on earth Dante could have hidden it.
Soon they gave up searching and after one more look sadly gave up the search.
But that night Jacopo had a dream. He saw his father dressed and bathed in a white ethereal light standing before him.
Jacopo asked the vision if the poem was complete and where had he put it? Dante's ghost nodded and pointed to a tiny secret place in his old chamber.
When he woke, Jacopo quickly asked a lawyer friend of Dante's to come and help find the missing papers. He wanted him as a witness to prove that he wasn't joking.
Jacopo went to the place that was indicated in the dream. There, behind a small blind fixed to the wall, they saw a small window.
Inside were the missing papers covered with mould and damp. Lifting them carefully out, they brushed of the mould and read out the words of Dante's Divine Comedy!
But for the sons dream, Dante's greatest work would have been lost to the world!
Lord Dufferin And The Ugly Ghost!
It was the 1880's and Lord Dufferin who was the British Ambassador to Paris, was on vacation at his friends country house in Ireland.
One night he woke suddenly, aware that something strange had disturbed him. He got up and padded over to the window to see what all the fuss was about, and realized that there wasn't anything to see out there apart from a man walking across the grass carrying something heavy.
But Lord Dufferin felt slightly uneasy and decided to go down and confront the man and ask what he was doing at that time of night.
In the moonlight he could see that the man was carrying a coffin! And as he got closer he suddenly reeled back in terror! The man was the ugliest he had ever seen! Mustering up courage, Lord Duffin asked;
'Where are you taking that coffin?'
The ugly man raised his wizened face and to Duffin's astonishment, totally disappeared in front of his eyes!
- The Ghost of Dame Elizabeth Hoby The Grey Lady of Bi...
The ghost of Elizabeth Hoby haunts the tiny and ancient Bisham Abbey in Berkshire. She has been seen for many years gliding through the mist covered grounds, and washing her hands in a ghostly bowl of water to wash away the grief of murdering her own
Saved By A Ghost?
The next morning he told the other members of the household, namely his host. And to their chagrin they had no idea who the man was!
Putting it to the back of his mind, he got on with his life. But a few years later, Lord Duffin went back to Paris to attend an international reception at the Grand Hotel.
As he and his secretary were about to enter the lift he suddenly exclaimed out loud and stepped back! As his secretary tried to make him go in, Dufferin refused to step inside.
There in front of him was the ugly man from a few years before. He was the lift operator!
Lord Dufferin stepped back and still refusing to enter the lift, turned and walked away. The lift ascended without him and his secretary. As he returned to the reception desk, he asked, who on earth is that man in the lift?
But once again the answer was no sorry, they didn't know who he was! Just as they were talking, they heard an almighty crash, and to their horror they heard the lift snap its cable and plunge to the bottom of the shaft, killing all who were inside.
The accident was reported in the News Papers, and also recorded by the British Society for Psychical Research.
Until this day, there is no record found of that little ugly man who saved Lord Duffins life.
Ghost or Angel? You decide!
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© 2017 Nell Rose