By Kathryn Tucker Windham
Jeffrey is the mischievous "something" that has headquarters within the Windham domestic in Selma, Alabama. He first made his presence recognized in October 1966, and because then he has endured, at abnormal and rare periods, to clump down the corridor, slam doorways, rock in a chair, frighten the kinfolk cat (now deceased, via no fault of Jeffrey), movement heavy items of furnishings, reason digital apparatus to malfunction, and conceal gadgets. He often accompanies Mrs. Windham on her travels, and stories of Jeffrey's antics are generally recounted.
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Her headache kept Nimmo from sleeping, but, when she heard the hall door open softly, she pretended to be asleep so that her mother would not worry about her. She lay quite still and kept her eyes closed while gentle hands straightened the covers and tucked them snugly around her. Not until the soft sound of the tiptoes had died away and she heard the latch on the hall door click did Nimmo open her eyes. She laughed to herself at the joke she had played on her mother. " Her mother was amazed. "I didn't come to your room, dear," she said.
Colonel Pegues himself probably never heard about the ghostly ball which bears his name. He was mortally wounded in the battle of Gaines' Mill, Virginia, on June Page 43 This time the soldier jumped toward the object and tried to catch it. Page 44 27, 1862, and died July 15, 1862. He was buried at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia. When news of his death reached Cahaba, a Negro boy ringing a bell went from house to house carrying a black-bordered funeral notice. From the messenger's shoulders flowed long black streamers known as ''weepers,'' a Cahaba custom which has long since disappeared.
The ball played a taunting game with them, swerving from one side of the walk to the other, and then hovering directly in front of the couple, almost daring them to catch it. Then it would recede and disappear in the thick cedars, reappearing seconds later right beside the startled pair. The soldier, being accustomed to having solid and logical explanations for all happenings, was at a loss to explain the antics of the luminous ball or to account for its origin, but he decided that it was an illusion caused by the reflections of the moonlight on some object hidden Page 42 from their view.