"Spooks Hold High Carnival, A Shoemaker's Ghost Terrorizes the Inhabitants of a Missouri Town"
The story goes that mysterious lights are seen and mysterious noises heard in the old vacant house where John Oats, a shoemaker, was murdered nearly a year ago, at Missouri City, and which murder remains a mystery to this day. Several tenants have moved into the house only to move out after a very short stay. Shortly after the murder a family moved in. No sooner had they extinguished the lights and retired to bed when the most agonizing groans and cries greeted their ears, some unknown power snatched the cover from the bed and ghostly forms flittered hither and thither through the rooms. The occupants fled in terror to the house of a neighbor, and removed their goods from the haunted house the next morning. The Star says Officers Wood and Foley saw the lights Sunday night. The lights would appear and disappear, and could be plainly seen through the windows, but when the officers searched the house nothing could be discovered. The account concludes by saying "No credence is given to the reports by the beeter class of citizens but very queer things happen that are not easily accounted for."
We tell the story in brief as reported in the Star, but do not vouch for the genuineness of the Missouri City spooks. Perhaps one of our subscribers there would like to investigate and expose the trick-if trick it be. John Wesley investigated the doings of "Old Jeffrey" at the Wesley homestead, and proved to his satisfaction that what occurred was outside of human agency. But this proves nothing for the Missouri City haunted house. In this age every haunted house must stand on its own bottom, so to speak.
A gentleman whom we addressed at Missouri City, in regard to above story, made the following reply: "I have never been an eye witness, to the truth of the stories concerning the old Oat's residence, but I know parties who say they have been an eye witness to the ghostly manifestations. When Oats was murdered it was generally supposed that he had quite a snug sum of money hidden somewhere about the house, and that whoever murdered Oats failed to get it. AS the Star says, the class of people inhabiting that quarter of town are very superstitious, and that many account for the ghost stories. Yet there may be good foundation for the stories, I cannot say. No one will live in the house more than one night. I suppose there have been a dozen or more families who have tried to live in the house since the crime was perpetrated, but all failed to stay there any lenght of time."
Our correspondent is one of the most intelligent residents of Missouri City. The thought suggests itself that perhaps someone wishes to search on the quiet for the treasure old man Oats was supposed to have hid about the house, and wishes to keep out intruders.
Source: Richmond Democrat, Richmond, Ray County, September 23,
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