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    TRUE INDIAN GHOST STORIES

    S. MUKERJI

    SECOND EDITION

    ALLAHABAD:

    A.H. WHEELER & CO.

    1917.

    CONTENTS

    PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION.

    PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION.

    HIS DEAD WIFE'S PHOTOGRAPH.

    THE MAJOR'S LEASE.

    THE OPEN DOOR.

    WHAT UNCLE SAW.

    THE BOY WHO WAS CAUGHT.

    THE STARVING MILLIONAIRE.

    THE BRIDAL PARTY.

    A STRANGE INCIDENT.

    WHAT THE PROFESSOR SAW. THE BOY POSSESSED.

    THE EXAMINATION PAPER. THE MESSENGER OF DEATH.

    ADVERTISEMENTS

    [Pg ii][Pg iii]

    PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION.

    I do not know whether writing ghost stories is a mistake.

    Most readers will like a ghost story in which towards the end it is found that the ghost was reallya cat or a dog or a mischievous boy.

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    Such ghost stories are a source of pleasure, and are read as a pastime and are often vastly

    enjoyed, because though the reader is a bit afraid of what he does not know, still he likes to be

    assured that ghosts do not in reality exist.

    Such ghost stories I have often myself read and enjoyed. The last one I read was in the December

    (1913) Number of theEnglish Illustrated Magazine. In that story coincidence followscoincidence in such beautiful succession that a young lady really believes that she sees a ghost

    and even feels its touch, and finally it turns out that it is only a monkey.

    This is bathos that unfortunately goes too far. Still, I am sure, English readers love a ghost story

    of this kind.

    It, however, cannot be denied that particular incidents do sometimes happen in such a way that

    they take our breath away. Here is something[Pg iv] to the point.

    "Twenty years ago, near Honey Grove, in Texas, James Ziegland, a wealthy young farmer won

    the hand of Metilda Tichnor, but jilted her a few days before the day fixed for the marriage. Thegirl, a celebrated beauty, became despondent and killed herself. Her brother, Phil, went to James

    Ziegland's home and after denouncing him, fired at him. The bullet grazed the cheek of thefaithless lover and buried itself in a tree. Young Tichnor, supposing he had killed the man, put a

    bullet into his own head, dying instantly. Ziegland, subsequently married a wealthy widow. All

    this was, of course 20 years ago. The other day the farmer James Ziegland and his son cut downthe tree in which Tichnor's bullet had lodged. The tree proved too tough for splitting and so a

    small charge of dynamite was used. The explosion discharged the long forgotten bullet with

    great force, it pierced Ziegland's head and he fell mortally wounded. He explained the existence

    of the mysterious bullet as he lay on his deathbed."The Pioneer, Allahabad, (India,) 31stJanuary, 1913.

    In India ghosts and their stories are looked upon with respect and fear. I have heard all sorts of

    ghost stories from my nurse and my father's[Pg v] coachman, Abdullah, who used to be myconstant companion in my childhood, (dear friend, who is no more), as well as from my friends

    who are Judges and Magistrates and other responsible servants of Government, and in two cases

    from Judges of Indian High Courts.

    A story told by a nurse or a coachman should certainly not be reproduced in this book. In thisbook, there are a few of those stories only which are true to the best of the author's knowledge

    and belief.

    Some of these narratives may, no doubt, savour too much of the nature of a Cock and Bull story,but the reader must remember that "there are more things in heaven and earth, etc." and that truthis sometimes stranger than fiction.

    The author is responsible for the arrangement of the stories in this volume. Probably they could

    have been better arranged; but a little thought will make it clear why this particular sequence has

    been selected.

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    S.M.

    Calcutta, July 1914.

    [Pg vi]

    PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION.

    Since the publication of the first edition my attention has been drawn to a number of very

    interesting and instructive articles that have been appearing in the papers from time to time.

    Readers who care for subjects like the present must have themselves noted these; but there is one

    article which, by reason of the great interest created in the German Kaiser at the present moment,I am forced to reproduce. As permission to reproduce the article was delayed the book was

    through the press by the time it arrived. I am therefore reproducing here the article as it appeared

    in "the Occult Review of January 1917". My grateful thanks are due to the proprietors and the

    Editor of "the Occult Review" but for whose kind permission some of my readers would havebeen deprived of a most interesting treat.

    WILHELM II AND THE WHITE LADY OF THE HOHENZOLLERNS.

    By KATHARINE COX.[1]

    A great deal has been written and said concerning the various appearances of the famous WhiteLady of the Hohenzollerns. As long ago as the fifteenth century she was seen, for the [Pg vii]first

    time, in the old Castle of Neuhaus, in Bohemia, looking out at noon day from an upper window

    of an uninhabited turret of the castle, and numerous indeed are the stories of her appearances to

    various persons connected with the Royal House of Prussia, from that first one in the turretwindow down to the time of the death of the late Empress Augusta, which was, of course, of

    comparatively recent date. For some time after that event, she seems to have taken a rest; and

    now, if rumour is to be credited, the apparition which displayed in the past so deep an interest inthe fortunesor perhaps one would be more correct in saying misfortunesof the Hohenzollern

    family has been manifesting herself again!

    The remarkable occurrences of which I am about to write were related by certain French personsof sound sense and unimpeachable veracity, who happened to be in Berlin a few weeks before

    the outbreak of the European War. The Kaiser, the most superstitious monarch who ever sat

    upon the Prussian throne, sternly forbade the circulation of the report of these happenings in his

    own country, but our gallant Allies across the Channel are, fortunately, not obliged to obey thedespotic comman