HIS DEAD WIFE'S PHOTOGRAPH 1
THE MAJOR'S LEASE 11
THE OPEN DOOR 31
WHAT UNCLE SAW 44
THE BOY WHO WAS CAUGHT 57
THE STARVING MILLIONAIRE 76
THE BRIDAL PARTY 102
A STRANGE INCIDENT 122
WHAT THE PROFESSOR SAW 141
THE BOY POSSESSED 156
THE EXAMINATION PAPER 167
THE MESSENGER OF DEATH 177
INDIAN GHOST STORIES.
HIS DEAD WIFE'S PHOTOGRAPH.
This story created a sensation when it was first told. It appeared in
the papers and many big Physicists and Natural Philosophers were, at
least so they thought, able to explain the phenomenon. I shall narrate
the event and also tell the reader what explanation was given, and let
him draw his own conclusions.
This was what happened.
* * * * *
A friend of mine, a clerk in the same office as myself, was an amateur
photographer; let us call him Jones.
Jones had a half plate Sanderson camera with a Ross lens and a Thornton
Picard behind lens shutter, with pneumatic release. The plate in
question was a Wrattens ordinary, developed with Ilford Pyro Soda
developer prepared at home. All these particulars I give for the benefit
of the more technical reader.
Mr. Smith, another clerk in our office, invited Mr. Jones to take a
likeness of his wife and sister-in-law.
This sister-in-law was the wife of Mr. Smith's elder brother, who was
also a Government servant, then on leave. The idea of the photograph was
of the sister-in-law.
Jones was a keen photographer himself. He had photographed every body in
the office including the peons and sweepers, and had even supplied every
sitter of his with copies of his handiwork. So he most willingly
consented, and anxiously waited for the Sunday on which the photograph
was to be taken.
Early on Sunday morning, Jones went to the Smiths'. The arrangement of
light in the verandah was such that a photograph could only be taken
after midday; and so he stayed there to breakfast.
At about one in the afternoon all arrangements were complete and the two
ladies, Mrs. Smiths, were made to sit in two cane chairs and after long
and careful focussing, and moving the camera about for an hour, Jones