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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 22, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 Apparition' has West Point in turmoil By ROBERT D. MuFADDEN New York Times Service NEW YORK The shim- mering opalescent figure of a United States calvaty soldier at the 1830's with full uni- form, boots, a handlebar mus- tache and a musket in his float- ing hand is causing an up- roar the U.S. military acad- emy at West Point. The apparition military of- ficials are reluctant to call it a ghost been seen by a half dozen cadets over the last month, always in the dead of night, drifting in and out of stone masonry walls and metal lockers in a ground floor dorm- itory room of the 47th division barracks. This week West Point officials announced that the room had been placed "off limits" and that two plebes who occupied it had been moved to other quarters. UNEXPLAINED "There is an unexplained phenomenon said Lt. Col. Patrick Dionne, the acad- emy's information officer, who described himself as a "non- believer" but conceded: "Some- thing has happened, and we've not been able to explain what Acknowledging that the ghost had become something of a problem, Dionne explained that hundreds of cadets had asked for permission to spend the night in the allegedly haunted room, and there was so much talk about the phenomenon that "cadets were not getting their studying done." "The room took on a kind of museum atmosphere because of the number of visitors with special camera equipment and tape recorders and so the colonel said. "The company commander thought there was too much activity, so he moved the two cadets into another room and put this one off limits." HISTORY The 168-year-old academy, high on the west bluffs of the Hudson, 60 miles north of New York City, has a long history of spectral legend and lore. The superintendent's mansion, now occupied by Lt. Gen. William A. Knowlton, is said to be oc- cupied also by a 150-year-old milky iridescent maid named Molly, a tall, dark, domineering woman. The coverlet on a bed in one room is "frequently rumpled, as though somebody sat on Dionne said, though the room is barred to visitors. Nearby, in a third-floor bedroom of the old Morrison house, which overlooks the Hud- son and Storm King Mountain, a woman who died there in bed is said to occasionally return, floating in through the window to frighten occupants, including two young women who once dashed outside "in a state of relative Dionne said. The latest apparitions by coincidence or otherwise be- gan last month-after a lecture to West Point upperclassmen on "Haunted by Ed and Lorraine Warren of Mon- roe, Conn., who described them- selves as "ghost hunters." But while the lecture was attened by plebes, or first year men, the first apparitions were in the presence of plebes. WITHHELD The names of cadets who re- ported seeing the ghostly cav- alryman are being withheld, Dionne said, to avoid "unwant- ed mail and calls." Dionne, however, gave this account: An 18-year-old plebe of G Company, 3D Battalion, 4th Regiment was "awakened in the middle of the night on Oct. 2! and observed what he thought was a figure coming through the door of his room. He awoke his roommate, but by then the apparition had dis- appeared." The next night, both cadets saw the apparition and report- ed it to their company com- mander, Cadet Captain Keith W. Bakken, who spent a sub- sequent night in the room with them in an attempt to confirm the sightings. Observed noth ing, but admits to being a non- Dionne said. So Bakken brought in a firs classman from the battalion staff to spend the night with the plebes. All three saw figure partially extended out of the wall." It was the figure of the cavalryman, they said later The upperclassman reporte that he had "placed his ham on the wall where the figure had been and the wall was ex tremely Dionne said. SCARED OFF Another upperclassman then spent the night in the room will the plebes and also saw the ap- parition "a face and shoul der" which "appeared to come out of the wall locker.' Sightings by higher ranking staff officers ended when a first classman from Uie cadet regimental stal decided to spend the night ii the room, but was frightenei off. Corroboration of the appari tions by several cadets "give it a lot of Di onne said, "but I think you have to be a believer to se them." Alberta convent closes because of nun shortage MORTNVILLE (CP) _ A con- vent that operated for 68 years in this community 20 miles north of Edmonton has closed because of a shortage of nuns interested in teaching there, Sistar Gabrielle Forfier said here. Sister Gabrielle, provinc i a 1 superior of the Order of Les Filles De Jesus, said the prob- lem was with the staff, not with finances. When the convent opened in 1904 and for many years there- after there were an average of 24 nuns teaching there every year. But by 1968 the. numbe decreased to 10 and by las year "there were only three sisters left." The reasons were varied. Since the nuns now hav more freedom in choosin where they want to work, she said, some decided they didn' want to work there and others were not qualified to fill vac BABY WOLVES At birth, wolf pups are sotn. grey in color and fully fura but helpless. For those who care to give the best, Give Comfort, Give Warmth, Give Genuine SEALSKIN BOOTS B E N E F I 1 S H 0 E S Prompt attention given to mail orders. We pay postage) Exactly as illustrated. 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