Punch,  46 (1864), 99.

A Haunted House!

Charles Gull, M.D.


Letter, Spoof


Spiritualism, Charlatanry, Methodology

    The narrator opens by declaring his interest in 'spiritual phenomena' and his attempts to 'obtain an experimental knowledge of the hitherto, to me, invisible and inaudible world', and then explains that during an investigation of an allegedly haunted house, he saw the disembodied 'head of a lady' whose utterances suggested some 'fearful crime'. He presents 'Depositions of Credible Witnesses', most of whom are untutored female domestic servants in the house who offer indecisive evidence for the alleged apparition.

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