Ghostbreaker is eager to tackle Tonawandas' jobs, article and transcription (Buffalo Express, 1920-04-12).jpg

Ghostbreaker is eager to tackle Tonawandas' jobs, article (Buffalo Express, 1920-04-12).jpg

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Ghostbreaker is eager to tackle Tonawandas' jobs, article and transcription (Buffalo Express, 1920-04-12).jpg



No amateur, he explains to the police—Boasts Buffalo as his home.


Tolerates no more adventurers as he will move into the house himself.

Special to The Buffalo Express.

Tonawanda, April 11.—"If there is a ghost in the Elmlawn cemetery it should be captured."

That was the statement made here last night by George Lake of Buffalo, a lake pilot, who has set out to round up the one reported to have been seen near the cemetery on Delaware avenue. Lake says that just as soon as the ghost at Elmlawn has been found he will go to North Tonawanda and make short work of the one that is alleged to have appeared in a house there.

Late last night the telephone at the Tonawanda police station rang and Desk Sergeant Edward Marohn answered. A man's voice asked for information relative to the ghost story. The caller declined to give his name but said that he was no amateur in the running down of ghosts and that he would take the Tonawanda ghost story up at once. Sergeant Marohn thought that the stranger was joking and gave the matter no further thought.

About 2 o'clock this morning, while Sergeant August F. Pohl was standing at Delaware and Young streets, a stranger approached and told him that he was the person who had called the police station relative to the ghost at Elmlawn. He said his name was George Lake of Buffalo. He said he walked from Buffalo to Elmlawn cemetery and had sat on a tombstone there for two hours but saw no sign of the reported ghost. Becoming tired, he walked to Tonawanda to secure information relative to the North Tonawanda ghost.

After spending a half hour there he started back up Delaware street toward Elmlawn cemetery, where, he said, he wouldn remain until daylight.

While here, Lake said he formerly lived in Lockport and that some years ago he saw a ghost near a Lockport cemetery. He armed himself with a shotgun, secured a horse and rode past the cemetery. The ghost appeared and he fired at it. The ghost, who was a man dressed in woman's garb, was thus disclosed.

Another adventure fails

While Lake was sitting on a headstone at the cemetery last night he lighted a cigarette as an automobile was passing. One of the persons in the machine cried out, There's the ghost!" The driver speeded his car faster toward Buffalo. Lake had a good laugh.

But this hardy Mr. Lake is not the only person willing to match wits with ghosts. Late last night a young reporter for a Buffalo afternoon newspaper came to the North Tonawanda police station and asked to be directed to a house on Main street where, according to his newspaper for which this adventurer worked, a ghost had been seen.

According to the police, the youth claimed to have a key to the house and proposed to stay there all night. He had just the wee bit doubt of his own courage and two friends were to spend the night with him. He left the house at about 8 o'clock this morning and had seen no signs of a ghost. Whether he carried a Ouija board with him is not known.

August Kumm of Niagara Falls, who owns the house at No. 411 Main street, is indignant at the ghost stories, the truth of which has been denied in the morning newspaper. [unclear]. He declares he will move into the house himself.




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