A Doctor Called From His Bed By A Voice

: Welsh Folk-lore

Mr. Hugh Lloyd, Llanfihangel-Glyn-Myfyr, who received the story from Dr.

Davies, the gentleman who figures in the tale, informed me of the

following curious incidents:--

Doctor Davies, of Cerrig-y-drudion, had gone to bed and slept, but in the

night he heard someone under his bedroom window shout that he was wanted

in a farmhouse called Craigeirchan, which was three miles from the

doctor's abode, and the
ay thereto was at all times beset with

difficulties, such as opening and shutting the many gates; but of a night

the journey to this mountain farm was one that few would think of taking,

unless called to do so by urgent business. The doctor did not pay much

attention to the first request, but he lay quietly on the bed listening,

and almost immediately he heard the same voice requesting him to go at

once to Craigeirchan, as he was wanted there. He now got up to the

window, but could not see anyone; he therefore re-entered his bed, but

for the third time he heard the voice telling him to go to the farm

named, and now he opened the window and said that he would follow the

messenger forthwith. The doctor got up, went to the stable, saddled the

horse, and off he started for a long dismal ride over a wild tract of

mountain country; such a journey he had often taken. He was not

surprised that he could not see, nor hear, anyone in advance, for he knew

that Welsh lads are nimble of foot, and could, by cutting across fields,

etc., outstrip a rider. At last he neared the house where he was wanted,

and in the distance he saw a light, and by this sign he was convinced

that there was sickness in the house. He drove up to the door and

entered the abode, to the surprise but great joy of the inmates. To his

inquiry after the person who had been sent for him, he was told that no

one had left the house, nor had anyone been requested by the family to go

to the doctor. But he was told his services were greatly wanted, for the

wife was about to become a mother, and the doctor was instrumental in

saving both the life of the child and mother.

What makes this tale all the more curious is the fact, that the doctor

was an unbeliever in such things as ghosts, etc., and he had often

enjoyed a quiet laugh over the tales he heard of a supernatural kind.

Mr. Lloyd asked the doctor whether he had heard of the woman's condition,

but he affirmed he was ignorant of everything connected with the place

and family.