The Tele let rip with a tantalising headline the next evening:
'5000 hunt Dundee "ghosts". Evening search at Craigie Quarries.'
According to the story:
What the Residents Think: A "ghost" hunt on a large scale took place in
Dundee last night, when over 5000 people of all ages went in search of
the "spooks" which have been appearing near Craigie Quarries. The
crowd gathered early in the evening, intent on laying the "ghost" or
"ghosts" which have been causing such terror in the district. Nothing,
however, manifested itself, and although the crowd gradually dispersed,
it was steadily joined by fresh arrivals.
Throughout the evening and up to late hour the crowd scoured the
environs of Dalkeith Road and the quarries, but apparently the "game"
which they were after thought better of it than put in an appearance.
Further instances of what had taken place was given by several
persons who had been previously alarmed by the strange happenings.
When coming home from evening School one night, a youth was
greatly disturbed the sight of a white pony in one of the fields, on which
was mounted a ghostly figure. There are a number of ponies grazing in a
Residents in the district have been greatly troubled by these unusual
ongoings, but according to many they would rather have the "ghosts"
than the crowd which gathered last night. A white sheet has been
observed by more than one person lying on the high ground near the
quarries. It is possibly part of the equipment of the "ghosts". The
sheet has been lying for several days. Armed with lamps, torches,
and even a miniature searchlight, the crowd surged over all the
waste ground in the vicinity, but failed to unearth anything of an
The next day the paper reported that a crowd of between 2000 and 3000 visited the area, but the ghost again failed to appear. By the third night the numbers were down to a few hundred, much to the relief of local residents. Whether the ghost was actually a denizen of the nearby Eastern Cemetery is unknown.
One of the more interesting factors here is that the same period saw an outcrop of similar hauntings (or instances of mass hysteria) the length and breadth of Great Britain, from Markinch to Warrington.
(For further details, consult The Magnolia Blog: http://pelicanist.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/when-springheeled-jack-wore-galoshes.html)
Must have been something in the ether, or the water, that year.