Lynching a ghost

A remarkable instance of superstition is, the St Petersburg correspondent of the Daily Graphic says, reported from Orenburg.

During the funeral of a wealthy peasant the lid of the coffin was seen to rise, and the corpse proceed to get out. The priest and mourners were so alarmed that they ran back to their village, and locked themselves up in their huts.

The corpse, who was feeling cold (as corpses should), ran after them, and succeeded in getting into the hut of an aged peasant woman, who had not been quite so agile as the rest in fastening the door.

The peasants, when they had recovered from their panic and learned where the corpse was, proceeded with guns and stakes of pine to ‘exorcise’ the ‘ghost,’ and killed him.

When the priest had sufficiently collected his senses to explain the phenomenon of the ghost by the hypothesis of a prolonged stated of coma, and came out of his hut to rescue him, he found that the peasants, having ‘laid’ the ghost, had thrown him into a marshy field.

 

The Citizen, Gloucester, March 12, 1890

 

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