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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." . , -Y;.,(,k.v kk : ; k W$yz?s& ttfrPi -V :-k ii?k:Y 4 :-; p:, ,Y ;Ykv: . rYr?r ' 7 "...,'; ' -7 .-.' y ;' " '.;' i'-'-'v",,;'; -,7. -?''..' . . t " . 7".' . ' . Y k'-k; k-.. 7. .Y : '. '" 7 .. a - - - " - - - - W. T. Stead, Whose London Ilouse Is to Re Dedicated' as the Habitation of Disembodied Spirits. CCORDIN'G to th! dictionary, a ha anted A house is a place subjrctd to visitations frcm th world of spirits. In tbc popular msir.at:on it is a ramshackle wooden structure, shrink inj: behind dusty hd$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' t.'U.'.i. 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 thing ghostly. "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 guests. 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 IM'' .'"V- 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 juite good." Miss Stead also tells of a visit paid her father by Li nung Chanjr, the famous Chinese statesman. 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. ?':; -r -.vv;77' s- ''w -j v. ; - ... . - ' Vvt' -J7v7; 7.:7V7 7, '..v., ' , 7 -7 - IJm - :, 'S ? r - .7 1.:- ' . r 4 . ." J , ' . ' '-"2.' V '' :'77---7 - ,4 r T-:.- -PP' ' r . : v 7 yr.- --'- k , . -' - . p-i - . . . - -'.7-7:. va 7 ,7 -- v -7--;. 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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- "