Maryland Ghosts





(_Baltimore American_, May, 1886)



For forty years the Rev. Dr. B. has been the rector of a prominent

parish on the Eastern Shore. He had, when the scenes recorded below

happened twenty-two years ago, a mission charge sixteen miles distant

from the town in which he resided, and he was therefore constantly

traveling between these two places. About six miles distant was the

country residence of Judge S., a well-known and venerable parishioner of

the worthy doctor. The sod had been turned above this gentleman's grave

only about six weeks, when Dr. B. chanced to be returning from his

mission charge in company with a friend. It was broad daylight, just

about sunset, and not far from Judge S.'s gate, when a carriage, drawn

by a white horse, passed them rapidly from behind and was soon out of

sight.



"That fellow must be in a hurry to reach C.," remarked the doctor.



"Did you notice anything peculiar about that vehicle?" inquired his

companion.



"Only that it moves very quietly. I heard no sound as it went by."



"Nor did I," said his friend. "Neither rattling of wheels nor noise of

hoofs. It is certainly strange."







The matter, however, was soon forgotten in other conversation, and they

had traveled perhaps a mile, when suddenly, the same horse and carriage

passed them as before. Nothing was discernible of the driver except his

feet, the carriage curtains hiding his body. There was no cross road by

which a vehicle in front could possibly have got behind without making a

circuit of many miles and consuming several hours. Yet there was not the

shadow of a doubt as to the identity of the vehicle, and the two

gentlemen gazed at each other in blank amazement, and with a certain

defined sense of awe which precluded any discussion of the matter,

particularly as the horse was to all appearances the well-known white

habitually driven by the deceased Judge. A half mile brought them in

sight of Judge S.'s gate, when for the third time the ghostly team

dashed by in the same dreadful mysterious silence. This time it turned

in full view into the gate. Without a word of comment the doctor

quickened his horse's speed, and reached the gate only a few yards

behind the silent driver. Both gentlemen peered eagerly up the long,

open lane leading to the house; but neither carriage nor wheel-track was

visible, though it was still clear daylight, and there was no outlet

from the lane, nor could any vehicle in the time occupied accomplish

half the distance. The peculiar features of this strange incident are

that it was equally and simultaneously evident to two witnesses, both

entirely unprepared for any such manifestation, and differing widely in

temperament, habits of life, mental capacity and educational

attainments, and by mere accident making this journey together, and that

to this day both of them--witnesses, be it noted, of unimpeachable

credibility--attest it, and fully corroborate each other, but without

being able to suggest the slightest explanation.





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