On this day in 1873, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Cumpston of Bristol, Leeds encountered a mysterious portal in their room at the Victoria Hotel. According to the couple, they heard a strange noise and when they spoke their words were echoed back to them. Then the bed opened up and they fell into a black pit beneath the bed. Mr. Cumpston discharged his firearm in defense, then he and his wife jumped from a second floor window and ran screaming into the night. Upon investigation, nothing in the hotel room was found to be out of the ordinary and the couple was charged with disorderly conduct.