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The Cheriton Dug-Out

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The Cheriton Dug-Out is a letter written by Arthur Conan Doyle first published in The Daily Chronicle on 11 february 1918.


The Cheriton Dug-out

Sir, — Under the heading "Two Wartime Ghosts become Casualties" you state on the authority of Mr. Cunningham Craig that the curious phenomena at Cheriton were due to the "emission of natural gas." May I say that such an explanation is the height of absurdity to anyone who has weighed the evidence? We have at least seven witnesses to the levitation of heavy objects, including brick bats, chairs and crowbars, while I have myself seen the chunks which were hit out of the new brickwork by the impact of heavy missiles. It takes credulity, indeed, to believe that all this is due to the emission of natural gas.

There have been many instances recorded of the appearance of Poltergeists or mischievous spirits, the instances being in close agreement as to phenomena, so that the Cheriton occurrence is not to be looked upon as an entirely isolated fact, but rather as a confirmation of many previous instances.

ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE
Windlesham, Crowborough, Sussex, Feb. 8.





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