Unable to solve the mystery story. A Shrewsbury correspondent has sent to the Standard reports of extraordinary occurrences which took place last week at the village of Weston Fullenfield. A servant named Emma Davies, living with Mr Hampson, a farmer, was discharged, that gentleman and his wife feeling anything but comfortable at her presence.
Unable to solve the mystery in village of Weston Fullenfield
On Thursday week the girl went to assist Mrs Jones, a neighbour, to wash the household linen, but had not long been engaged in this occupation when the bucket in which she was washing jumped about the house, throwing water and clothes in all directions.
The family Bible and other books placed on a side table did the same, narrowly escaping the flames. On attempting to pick them up a boot flew over the girl’s head, striking the mantelpiece.
Later on, when both women went out to place the clothes on the hedge for drying, those that the girl placed jumped over into the road. Mrs Jones, getting alarmed, ordered the girl home.
On arriving there, her presence induced a lump of coal to leap from the fire across the room to a table; and the flowerpots in the window also behaved in an extraordinary manner.
The girl shortly afterwards went out to fetch her father, but before proceeding far she became very ill and fell down in the road. She was conveyed back to her home and a physician called in.
On Saturday afternoon, the correspondent visited the village, and, he says, found sufficient evidence to confirm every detail of the remarkable event. The girl, who is in her thirteenth year, resides in the village with her parents.
On returning to her home on Friday evening, the household and other articles commenced moving about in all directions in the most mysterious manner. This continued during the night. Six panes of glass were broken in the room, and outside the greatest disorder prevailed, and on the side of the house were strewn broken bricks, crockery, glass, stones, &c., which could not be accounted for in any way.
One woman was struck with a stone 150 yards off; another, who was in the house, received a wound on the arm from a knife passing her; and an Ulster belonging to the girl had every button torn from it in the room.
A number of the Shropshire constabulary visited the premises on Saturday to investigate the extraordinary circumstances, but were unable to solve the mystery. The girl was made to do some household work, but nothing unusual was observable. Dr Corke, of Baschurch, was called in on Saturday and made a close examination of the girl, but was unable to obtain much information from her.
He stated that she was in a very excitable and nervous state, but was not a designing girl. The matter is causing the greatest excitement throughout the whole neighbourhood; much superstition prevails in the village. November 13, 1883.