Herr Adam is a lawyer working in Rosenheim, a small town in Bavaria, West Germany. In the summer of 1967, the telephones in his office seemed to go wrong. He called in Siemens, who had installed the phones, but they couldn’t find a fault. He then called in the Post Office. They replaced the Siemens phones with official Post Office ones and put meters that showed calls being made in the office.
On 10th October, for example, forty-six calls were made in fifteen minutes from 7.42 to 7.57 a.m.! The phones were replaced by ones which had locks. There was still no improvement: between five and six hundred calls were made in one week. When he saw the bills, Mr. Adam thought that someone at the Post Office was pocketing his money!
A serious row developed between him and the Post Office Accounts Department. Then, on 20th October 1967, all the office fluorescent lights came out of their sockets and fused. They were mended by a local electrician, but exactly the same thing happened again. The German Electricty Board took over the case. Paul Brunner, Auxiliary Works Manager, arrived on 15th November 1967.
The next day, instruments were installed to measure the electricity coming into the office. At the same time as light bulbs exploded and the photocopier went wrong, abnormal amounts of electricity were recorded. These were so extreme that the instruments broke down. Readings from the central supply and then from the generator nearby were normal, however.
The electricity was coming from somewhere else, but where? In the same month, a girl was cut by flying glass, lights began to swing and pictures on the walls changed places. Paul Brunner realised that this was beyond him and handed the matter over to two of Germany’s leading physicists, Dr. Karga and Dr. Zicha. They were fascinated and did their own research. They could find no answer except that there was some external force that activated the electrics in the office and the telephones.
They, in turn, handed the case over to parapsychologist Professor Bender and the police. Professor Bender and the police centred their attention on the people working in the office and noticed that one office clerk in particular, Anne-Marie Schneider, showed signs of stress at the time of the happenings although she wasn’t aware of it.
Professor Bender noticed that the strange happenings began at 7.30 a.m., the time that this girl began work, and stopped completely when she took a week’s holiday. On her return, things went from bad to worse. Desk drawers kept flying open and, on one occasion, a cash-box opened and the money inside fell onto the floor. The office was in chaos and everyone, including Anne-Marie, was terrified. Mr. Adam decided to ask her to leave. From the day she left, the office returned to normal and there has been no other explanation other than ghosts for all these strange happenings.
Mark the best choice.
1. Problems with telephones occurred .
a) at the Post Office b) in a lawyer’s office c) in Siemens d) at the Electricity Board
2. Line 12, ‘row’ probably means . a) agreement b) argument c) treatment d) payment
3. Mr. Adam blamed the Post Office for .
a) refusing to replace his phones
b) installing faulty phones in his office
c) locking all his office phones
d) sending him high telephone bills
4. Paul Brunner .
a) was hurt by flying glass and handed the case over to physicists
b) could not solve the problem and so gave up his investigation
c) received help from Dr. Karga and Dr. Zicha to do his investigation
d) worked with the police until the end of the problem