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The Good O'donoghue
In an age so distant that the precise period is un...

The Man At The Lift
In the same way, in August, 1890, a lady in a Boston ho...

The Mysterious Island
In the beautiful Chu-san archipelago there is a small...

The Girl In Pink
The following anecdote was told to myself, a few months...

Half-past One O'clock
In October, 1893, I was staying at a town which we shal...

The Residence At Whitminster
Dr. Ashton--Thomas Ashton, Doctor of Divinity--sat in...

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The Lost Key
Lady X., after walking in a wood near her house in Irel...

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In a country like ours, containing within its soils and...

The Restraining Hand
"About twenty years ago," writes Mrs. Elliot, "I receiv...





Peter's Ghost






A naval officer visited a friend in the country. Several men were
sitting round the smoking-room fire when he arrived, and a fox-terrier
was with them. Presently the heavy, shambling footsteps of an old
dog, and the metallic shaking sound of his collar, were heard coming
up stairs.

"Here's old Peter!" said his visitor.

"_Peter's dead_!" whispered his owner.

The sounds passed through the closed door, heard by all; they pattered
into the room; the fox-terrier bristled up, growled, and pursued a
viewless object across the carpet; from the hearth-rug sounded a
shake, a jingle of a collar and the settling weight of a body
collapsing into repose. {156}

This pleasing anecdote rests on what is called _nautical evidence_,
which, for reasons inexplicable to me, was (in these matters)
distrusted by Sir Walter Scott.





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