Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 22, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
Wxlnttdoy, Novtntber it, 1972 THE L6TH8RIDCE HtlULO 1J Apparition' has West Point in turmoil By ROBERT D. Mcl'ADDEN New York Times Service NEW YORK The shim- mering opalescent figure ol a United States calvalry soldier of the 1830's with lull uni- bools, a handlebar mus- tache and a musket in his float- ing hand is causing an up- roar it 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 ot the 47th division harracks. This week West Toint 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" hut conceded: "Some. Ihing has happened, and we've not been able to explain what it is." Acknowledging that the ghost had become something of a problem, Dionne explained that hundreds of cadels 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 cadels 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. Knowllon, is said to be oc- cupied also by a 150-year-old milky Iridescent maid named Alolly, 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 cadels 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. 21 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 first 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 reported that he had "placed his hand 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 with the plebes and also saw the ap- parition "a face and shoul- der" which "appeared to come out of the wall locker." Sightings by successively higher ranking staff officers ended when a first classman from the cadet regimental staff decided to spend the night in the room, but was frightened off. Corroboration of the appari- tions by several cadets "gives it a lot of Di- onne said, "but T think you have to be a believer to see them." Alberta convent closes because of nun shortage MOBJNVTLLE (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 Fortier 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. 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