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It Is the Haunted London Home of the Late
W. T. Stead to Which, His Daughter Says,
Her Dead Father Frequently Retui-ns,
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The Spirir Portrait of the Iite Prof. Hyslop Which Appeared on a Photograph Taken br a Disintemrted PhotoirraDher.
WiUiam M. Van der Wey de. He Made It at a Seance in Which Marie Haviland. a Trained Nurse, Was Placed in a Trance,
asjShown in the Foreground. A Committee Supervised the Photographing. The Members Wer: Walter A. Roberts,
President of the Writers' Club (left foreground); Dr. Edward F. Bowers, in Whose Home the Picture Was Taken (left
background); Miss Eleanor Ramos, Editor of "Saucy Stories," and Mrs. Robert T. Scott. This Photograph Will Re on
Exhibit in the "Houe That Is to Re Dedicated to Ghosts."
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W. T. Stead, Whose London Ilouse Is to
Re Dedicated' as the Habitation of
CCORDIN'G to th! dictionary, a ha anted
A house is a place subjrctd to visitations
frcm th world of spirits. In tbc popular
msir.at:on it is a ramshackle wooden structure,
shrink inj: behind dusty hd$re-rows, with broken
windows invadtxi by the branches of trees through
the tops of which the wind souths in melancholy
nir,'-f or a dilapidated brick structure, stern
and f -rbid dir.fr, with cold marble floors and metal
bun: .-.tors ciammy and terrible to the visitors'
1 7 over in Ivcmdon, which sema to be just
r v t'-.e mt'eca of those who have beer, caught in
V. - ::r-ir.5p;rcd intere?t in spirits and psychic
rr .'.nift-tations, they have a diiTerent conception
cf r. (i.vclhn,': inhabited by the souls of those who
h:ivo . p a r: ted from the fleshy envelope called
'.! b.nly. Thoy have neither terror nor cariosity
r uoh a habitaticn. In fact, they have given
z . -1 s a headquarter.'. The 200-yrar-old resi
C: o in cid Sm:th Square of Miss Estelle Stead,
c,i;: tor ef W. T. Stead, has been turned over to
pn- -7s nd this winter it is to be dedicated with
fern, a! ceremonies.
Thus, the invisible, to the fttychic, den-
:r.cr of the world beyond the veil have been
civ n i headquarters where they may meet and
h.'.i 7cnsre with those in the flesh. The spirit
rf the d parted owner of the mansion will preside
when th spirits hold m meeting. That he has
r.ver left the dwelling is the statement of hij
beautiful daughter. And to prove this assertion
he has the photograph, a copy of which is pub
iishrd on this prio, showing the presence of her
father's spirit in the library of his late i-esidence
when the spirit photographer snapped him.
This library also has been turned over to the
chests. It is here that ?!iss Stead and her friends
who believe in ghosts hold their seances. Around
its walls are book shelves hohiine a tho-i-nn:!
volumes on the subject of spiritualism. All of
these are offered as a snrt of a public librarv on
"Relievers" Are Conservative
i'uc members of Miss Stead's circle .are pro
fess'.onal, business and wealthy folk who will give
jou sincere and very convincing testimony to the
trath of their statements that ghosts are ghosts
and c;n and do make themselves visible and com
municative at the proper time and place. What
they have done, they'll inform you, is merely to
give their incorporeal friends the proper place
and appointed times when they may so manifest
themf elves. They speak of the coming vi it to
headquarters of this or that ghost in the ten' of
voire that one who doesn't believe in spirits might
announce the coming of a cousin by marriage.
They become WToth only when "double exposure"
or double negative?" is suggested as an explana
tion of tee weird "spirit" photographs, two of
which are printed on this page.
But, as the "spirit photograph" at the top of
this page bears witness, belief in ghosts has al
most as much strength here as in England.
Many of the most conservative thinkers and per
sons known as unbelievers have been convinced
that there is "something to it." Among those
are the witnesses to the taking cf the fore
mentioned "spirit photograph" of the late Prof.
Hyslon. produced in the course of an investiga
tion conducted by Dr. Walter F. Prince, Chief
Investigator of the Psychical Research Society.
When they exhibit this photograph they will
remind you, with a pardonib'e ring cf triumph in
their voices, that Prof. Hyslop is the same psy
chologist and spiritualist who promised he would
return after death and 'disclose himself to those
who have faith. They will also recall to your
mind the report that a week after his death he
appeared at a banquet held in his honor and gave
'an automatic message through one of the psychic
The circumstances attendant on the spirit
photograph of the late professor are enough to
g-ive even the mosf: incredulous pause. It was
taken in the home cf iJr. Edward F. Bowers of
No. 225 West End avenue. New York f ity. Those
present included Dr. Bower?, Mrss Marie Havi
land, a trained nurse, whose hytrKtized mind con
jured the supposed chost; Mr Robert T. Scott,
who dMn't bflieve in sp;rits; Miss Eleanor Ramos,
editor of "Saucy Stories." a magazine whkh
dsn't publish spirit literature, and Walter A.
Roberts. President of the Writers' Club and editor
cf the "Naiion?! Pictorial Monthly."
The photographer, William M. Van Tr
Weyd who took the picture, was a wholly dis
interested party to the act.. He was called in be
enue? he was known to be an expert m his line
and he was nriven the plates for the exposure fr?
minntes before h actually tok the pietare. He
deelnrs that after he mads the rxpoTire the
plntes were taken from him by the committee
to be locked up overnitrht. In the mornrag they
were brought to him in his studio, where he de
veloped them in the pr-v rfe of the comrniUe,
and disclosed the "ghost."
But, in order to prove once and for all that
rpirits can be "caught" by a sensitized photo
graphic plate, Mis Stead, in addition to throw
ing open her library of 1000 books on spirits,
will, this winter, open to the public a private
studio h h having constructed at some expewre
in the old garden to the rear 'of her home in
wh;ch every facility for p.K tographing spirits will
be installed and evry possible, loophole for trick
cry will be eliminated.
Unlike. the great majority of those who are
enthusiastic in the post-war psychic-phenomena,
Mi?s Stead and her late father entertained ghosts
long before the death of millions in the war
accelerated the spiritist movement to its present
unprecedented popularity. She says she has re
ceived numerous visits from the other side.
. Visits from a Ghost'
My experiences with ghosts have been fery
agreeable," she says. "The first one who called
on me was a poet named (kruon Knight, who
lived in the house 200 years ago. He called
shortly after we moved in. I was awakened in
the night by the violent slamming of a door. Then
I heard someone or rather, felt someone, enter
the room. I sat up in bed. As I looked I saw
the figure cf a man garbed in the style of an
other period, a huge soft hat and a' black cloak
being the outstanding features of his dress, walk
into the beam of moonlight which breamed in
through ti French windows. He walked to my
writing desk and began to write. For twenty
minutes I watched him, transfixed. I was not
terrified. I was deeply interested. Finally he
srese and vanished. Tn the morning I told my
father of the occur
rence. Three nights
later he appeared to
me and my father in
the library and then
tcld us who he was.
After that he made
many visits. We
looked him up and
discovered that he
had lived in the
house just when he
aid he had and we
also found some of
his verses, which arc
Miss Stead also
tells of a visit paid
her father by Li
nung Chanjr, the
Wh:Je Father was dining out one evening n
Chinaman, whose appearance convinced me he
was Li Hung Chang, called on me. I asked him
if he were Li Hung Chang. He bowed and smiled
and said he wanted to communicate with my
father. I told him Father would be homr later.
He went away. I retired without seeing my
father. But inthe morning my father informed
me that the first to write an automatic message
through his hand that evening before was the
spirit of the Chinese statesman."
Miss Stead declares that her father visits her
A Photograph or the Late Prof. Hyslop
Which Shows the Resemblance to
His "Spirit" Photosrraph.
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This "Spirit" Photograph of W. T. Stead,
Taken in the Library of His I,ate YUzd-
dencc, Is Vouched for by the Hritish
Society for Psychic Research.
regularly and that he is dictating to her the chaj
ters of a book sh? win name Tho Blue Island,"
which recounts the experiences her late parent is
having on th other side of the veiL
But, convincing as are these photographs and
the statements of witness who ?aw them tar
there are those who claim that the 50-callcd
"spirit pictures are faked either by double ex
posure of the plate by means of an X ray or by
; the old trick of th double negative. By the lat
ter device the expert photographer is enabled to
present pictorial "proof of New York with
water-filled streets and to make posibl? the
visual paradox of .some star in th" motion picture
simultaneously playing three roles.
The Scientific American, October issue, con
tains an "exposure" of rpirit photographing.
Jame IJIack, the writpr, is unsparing m his
.criticism of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle,-who has
espoused the research movement into "spirit"
photography. He rites how William Hop, th
''leading psychic photographer of Great Kritain,"
whom Sir Arthur sponsored and vouched for was
"expo-c-d." A Mr. Marriott, a Ixr.fjn photo
graphic expert, chalk-ngtyi Hop to a U-st sitting,
but never got it. But another investigator did,
however, arrange for a fake picture. This is bo
Black de eribes what happer.'-d:
"Mr. Kdward Bush, a member of th" S. P. VL
(British), arranged a seance with Hope and sent
him a photograph of a man Hope presumed to b
do?.d. At the first sitting a spirit message cam
through, the second produced a spirit picture of
the subject of this photograph. This is doubly
remarkable; the subject was the son-in-law of Mr.
Bush, who was aliv- and well! The message re
ceived was in the same handwriting as that of
numerous ether messages received through the
sam-? agency, and carried the same ernr in spell
ing, too. This message has been admitted to b-9
a forgery: but Hope and his adherents still insist
that the r.d"ture is mite gerir- "