This story appeared in the San Francisco Call, 26 November 1895
Four Bright Youths Who Went to Investigate Fled From Phantoms.
Strange Sights and Sounds Seen and Heard at the " Witching ¦ Hour in a Deserted House.
HAZLETON, Pa., Nov. 25.— Many persons here are terribly worked up over the alleged spiritual manifestations said to have
been nightly observed in a house on Alter street. The house was owned by Thomas Wallace, and is a magnificent structure,
built for two families. John Brizzy occupied one side of it and J. 11. Bachraan the other. It is now vacant because the tenants
were afraid of the ghosts. Gruesome stories have been afloat concerning the house since it was built three years ago. Many tenants have lived in it, but all left after a few weeks' experience. What Mr. Brizzy says of it is confirmed by his neighbours,
Mr. Bachman and family, and Brizzy ' only lived in it for two week. He says the floors, and walls were nightly rapped, clocks
ticked off the seconds, bells clanged, furniture was moved by invisible hands and chinaware and crockery were apparently
thrown about promiscuously. These stories came to the ears of the proprietor with such frequency that he hired a number
of young men to investigate the case. Arthur Ball, Alfred Walsh, Samuel Buck and Walter Douglass undertook the work last
Ball, it is said, was startled at midnight by a sudden electrical twitch, his flesh began to creep, and before him appeared a
specter. His companions are alleged to have discovered strange phantoms moving about the room and instantly there was
a simultaneous rush for the door. The ghost-catchers, in their haste to get out, forgot their weapons. The house is for sale at
a reduced price. None of the four brave men will , ever go ghost-catching again. —