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The Cry Of The Peacock
'Damn the dice!' cried the elder of the two players, ...

'the Foul Fords' Or The Longformacus Farrier
"About 1820 there lived a Farrier of the name of Keane ...

A Short Chapter On Taste
The compound words, or terms good-taste and bad-taste h...

A Man With His Head On Fire And Covered With Blood
The following singular adventure is related by a mili...

Sir George Villiers' Ghost
The variations in the narratives of Sir George Villiers...

Love's-slave
In the City-between-the-rivers lived a young student ...

The Castle Apparition
Translated by the Rev. Weeden Butler, Jun. from a Monki...

The Pool In The Graveyard
By this corner of the graveyard the red dawn disco...

Through Many Lives
Some people remember every incident of their former e...

In Tavistock Place {93}
"In the latter part of the autumn of 1878, between half...





My Gillie's Father's Story






Fishing in Sutherland, I had a charming companion in the gillie. He
was well educated, a great reader, the best of salmon fishers, and I
never heard a man curse William, Duke of Cumberland, with more
enthusiasm. His father, still alive, was second-sighted, and so, to a
moderate extent and without theory, was my friend. Among other
anecdotes (confirmed in writing by the old gentleman) was this:--

The father had a friend who died in the house which they both
occupied. The clothes of the deceased hung on pegs in the bedroom.
One night the father awoke, and saw a stranger examining and handling
the clothes of the defunct. Then came a letter from the dead man's
brother, inquiring about the effects. He followed later, and was the
stranger seen by my gillie's father.

Thus the living but absent may haunt a house both noisily and by
actual appearance. The learned even think, for very exquisite
reasons, that "Silverton Abbey" {192} is haunted noisily by a "spirit
of the living". Here is a case:--





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