In April 1903, a Massachusetts man described ghostly visitations from his sister's ghost.
A ghost that stalks about in the daytime is worrying Ambrose LaPerle of Webster, Massachusetts. The apparition is the form of a sister who died about a month ago. She appears to him, he tells neighbors, at his home, on the street, and as he does his work on a loom in the south village mill. She wears a shawl over her head, her hands hanging stiffly by her side. She talks to him, but he cannot muster courage enough to reply, or else he is stricken dumb when she is around.
On several occasions while at work weaving in the mill he missed his reed hook and scissors. Usually he has them attached to his trouser's waistband, and when he reaches for them they are gone. Search as much as he will, he cannot find them anywhere, but after a few moments they return, but he sees no hand replace them nor any fingers loosen them from their accustomed place.
Her sister confines her conversation with him to a small bill for rent she owed him previous to her death, and if he could talk he would tell the ghost to never mind payment of the bill. The apparition has been appearing to the man for about a week. In life his sister, when on the street, and often about the house, was in the habit of wearing a shawl thrown over her head and shoulders, and her spiritual visits to this earth are made in this customary wearing apparel. Frequently he has encountered the ghost in the hall of his home.
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