The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.
March 6, 1919
GHOSTS TROUBLE BRITISH SAILORS ON LONG CRUISES
LONDON — The British sailorman apparently is as superstitious as ever and two stories of the navy have found their way into the columns of the Daily Mail.
According to one of these tales an officer of a naval vessel became mentally unbalanced in the war and committed suicide under tragic circumstances, after escaping from his cabin. Not long afterward the sentries on board began to complain that someone was dogging their footsteps as they paced up and down in the night watches. They declared that they could feel a presence, but on turning around could see no one. Eventually the sentries had to be sent on duty in pairs, as a solitary sentry sometimes would desert his post in terror. The “ghost” is probably laid, as its ship was sunk in the Dardanelles.
Another case was that of a haunted cabin. The officer assigned to it was missing and it was presumed that he was washed overboard by accident. Another officer was allotted the cabin, and one night he aroused the ship by shouts. A number of officers and men rushed in and found the new occupant sitting up in his bunk in a state of terror. He said he had felt something touch his head and that the bunk was invaded by something damp and smelling of sea weed.
The same thing happened to another tenant later on, and after that the cabin was unused for three months. Then a chaplain moved into the cabin and there were no complaints of further manifestations.
LOCAL AND PERSONAL
C. A. (Jack) Carson, a well known Canyonville resident, desiring to be absent from his home for a short time and not desiring to carry his “bank roll” along, placed $225, all in crisp greenbacks, in the firebox of his cook stove, says the Roseburg Review. Returning a few days hence and having forgotten the hidden wealth, he started a fire for the purpose of practicing a little of the culinary art. An hour or so later he remembered of having cached his hard earned savings in the stove. A hasty search of the ashes failed to produce even the corner of a five spot.
The downpour of last night and this morning up to 7 a.m., amounting to .39 of an inch, made .87 of an inch of rain that had fallen this month up to that hour. Rain continued to fall more or less all day, and more rain is predicted for tonight and tomorrow. The ground is wetter now, and has been for a week or more, than for years past, and the continued rainfall so late in the season is causing farmers and orchardists not a little worry, the former because of being unable to work the ground and sew spring grains, and the latter because of inability to spray fruit trees with dormant spray or to do necessary pruning. The wet ground and continued rain will make late gardens in the city. By this time usually most of the gardens have been made and planted.