Image from page 33 of “North-country sketches, notes, essays and reviews ..” (1893)
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Title: North-country sketches, notes, essays and reviews ..
Year: 1893 (1890s)
Authors: Neasham, George Bewick, John, 1760-1795 Bewick, Thomas, 1753-1828 Wordsworth Collection
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Publisher: Durham, Printed for the author by T. Caldcleugh
Contributing Library: Cornell University Library
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ions GHOSTS. 17 from York Castle for confirmation on the point. Whatbecame of the original contents of the box we are notprepared to say. The Countess used to affirm that thewashed-out writings had been deposited in the BritishMuseum, where Mr. Stead or some other student ofhistory and lover of the marvellous may find them. Forhis and their benefit it may be said that the Isle of Derwentwas held for the King during the civil wars by ColonelPhilipson, who, from his daring exploits, earned forhimself the soubriquet of Robin the Devil. One Sundaynight two men named Cuthbert Gascarth and RalphHeaton broke into Lord Dervventwaters house, andcarried off the box whose adventures are given above.There was something of the supernatural in Gascarthsend. He was found dead in a fishing net on the lake, anda woman who was called to give evidence at the inquestdeclared that she had seen Gascarth pass her windowsome time after he must have been drowned ! Here isample material for a good ghost story.

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CHAPTER III. SUPERSTITION AND WITCHCRAFT. Sticking Pins into Witches.—The Broomstick.—The Howling- ofDogs and other Omens.—John Wesleys Manifestations from theInvisible World.—A Burning Body at Ebchester.—Confessionsof Witches.—Killing a Witch no Offence.—Witch Conferences. TN this matter-of-fact age, any reference to the super-natural is received with a smile. ^ When a ghost isfoolhardy enough to appear in a questionable shape, it iseither run to earth, where all well-behaved ghosts oughtto remain, or unceremoniously laid with the staff of somewide-awake constable, who objects to spirits on principle.Demons, fairies and the like are popularly supposed tohave disappeared when monks, saints and masses werebanished from this isle of ours ; but for long after theReformation, witches continued to ride on broomsticks,and every old woman with a wrinkled face or a cross-eyestood in danger of being tortured or dragged through thevillage pond. Didnt the exorcists stick pins into

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