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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 64, October 18, 1860

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Identifier: DX01326736

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 64, October 18, 1860

Description: Describes a mysterious incident at his boarding house.

Transcription:

58

Probably Something on the Roof.

[mo]ment when Jones knocked at the door to obtain a match, we all three of us heard, loud and distinct, a noise as of a smashing of glass. My first momentary thought was that my lamp had cracked by the heat, the second and most prominent that somebody from the street or over the way had thrown a stone through the window. Under this impression I got up and examined it. It was in its usual condition. Nothing of glass had fallen in the room that we could discover, I searched, both this evening and on the following morning. We were all puzzled, having heard the noise unmistakeably; [George] Boweryem and I compared notes subsequently and found our impressions precisely similar. A noise as though a tumbler had been dashed against a wall and broken to pieces. Now for the corollary. My mother [Naomi Gunn] once told me that my father [Samuel Gunn] had a superstition, of which he didn’t like to talk. It was that such a noise as we heard indicated death. She, the least superstitious of women, told me she had heard such a noise, with such a sequence, when in my father’s company, I think as they were entering the village of Chacombe, possibly before I was born. She narrated it privately to me, perhaps fifteen years ago, as an odd thing only, sup-

coverage:New York, New York
coverage:Chacombe, England

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1860-10-18

Type(s): Diary
Page

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Diaries
Superstition

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