A ghostly encounter with a drowning victim?

Majors Creek near Bay Minette, Alabama

Not far from Mobile Bay an Alabama preacher named William Fletcher had a peculiarly frightening experience in 1890. As he was about to cross a creek, a humanoid form rose from the water and grabbed onto the preacher's horse. The following tale of the bizarre comes from the Dec. 20, 1890 edition of an Indianapolis newspaper called The Freeman.