Review of Reviews,  4 (1891), 347.

The Census of Ghosts



Editorial, Announcement


Supernaturalism, Psychical Research, Amateurism, Expertise, Experimental Psychology

    Complains at the 'most unscientific reluctance on the part of the ordinary citizen' to relate their experiences of phenomena 'which are usually regarded as fair game for [the] laughter of fools', and assures readers that all the experts who have 'investigated the subject and taken pains to examine the evidence' are 'perfectly convinced [...] that apparitions actually occur'. It is hoped that by means of the eventual 'Census of Ghosts', 'any person coming to take up his residence in any town or county will have at his hand a directory of ghosts, just as he now has a directory of the other less shadowy inhabitants of the place'. Another subject of investigation which requires the co-operation of readers is 'the fascinating question popularised by Louis Stevenson in his well known story of "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde", namely, that of multiple personality'.

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