Learn about Black Spirits & White :
WHEN in May, 1886, I found myself at last in Paris, I naturally determined to throw myself on the charity of an old chum of mine, Eugene Marie d Ardeche, who had forsaken Boston a year or more ago on receiving word of the death of an aunt who had left him such property as she possessed. I fancy this windfall surprised him not a little, for the relations be tween the aunt and nephew had never been cordial, judging from Eugene s remarks touch ing the lady, who was, it seems, a more or less wicked and witch-like old person, with a penchant for black magic, at least such was the common report.
Why she should leave all her property to d Ardeche, no one could tell, unless it was that she felt his rather hobbledehoy tendencies towards Buddhism and occultism might some day lead him to her own unhallowed
height of questionable illumination. To be sure d Ardeche reviled her as a bad old woman, being himself in that state of enthusiastic ex altation which sometimes accompanies a boyish fancy for occultism ; but in spite of his distant and repellent attitude, Mile. Blaye de Tartas made him her sole heir, to the violent wrath of a questionable old party known to infamy as the Sar Torrevieja, the " King of the Sorcerers." This malevolent old portent, whose gray and crafty face was often seen in the Rue M. le Prince during the life of Mile, de Tartas had, it seems, fully expected to enjoy her small wealth after her death ; and when it appeared that she had left him only the contents of thegloomy old house in the Quartier Latin, giving the house itself and all else of which she died possessed to her nephew in America, the Sarproceeded to remove everything from the place, and then to curse it elaborately and comprehen sively, together with all those who should ever dwell therein.