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Indian Ghost Stories - S. MUKHERJI

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CONTENTS.

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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

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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

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