The Altheim Revenant





A monk of the Abbey of Toussaints relates that on the 9th of September

1625 a man named John Steinlin died at a place called Altheim, in the

diocese of Constance. Steinlin was a man in easy circumstances, and a

common-councilman of his town. Some days after his death he appeared

during the night to a tailor, named Simon Bauh, in the form of a man

surrounded by a sombre flame, like that of lighted sulphur, going and

coming in his own house, but without speaking. Bauh, who was disquieted

by this sight, resolved to ask him what he could do to serve him. He

found an opportunity to do so, the 17th of November in the same year,

1625; for, as he was reposing at night near his stove, a little after

eleven o'clock, he beheld this spectre environed by fire like sulphur,

who came into his room, going and coming, shutting and opening the

windows. The tailor asked him what he desired. He replied, in a hoarse

interrupted voice, that he could help very much, if he would; "but,"

added he, "do not promise me to do so, if you are not resolved to

execute your promises." "I will execute them, if they are not beyond my

power," replied he.



"I wish, then," replied the spirit, "that you would cause a mass to be

said, in the Chapel of the Virgin at Rotembourg; I made a vow to that

intent during my life, and I have not acquitted myself of it. Moreover,

you must have two masses said at Altheim, the one of the Defunct and the

other of the Virgin; and as I did not always pay my servants exactly, I

wish that a quarter of corn should be distributed to the poor." Simon

promised to satisfy him on all these points. The spectre held out his

hand, as if to ensure his promise; but Simon, fearing that some harm

might happen to himself, tendered him the board which came to hand, and

the spectre having touched it, left the print of his hand with the four

fingers and thumb, as if fire had been there, and had left a pretty deep

impression. After that he vanished with so much noise that it was heard

three houses off.





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