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The Vision Of Charles Xi Of Sweden
The authenticity of the following narrative rests ...

The Deathbed
Miss C., a lady of excellent sense, religious but not b...

Canon Alberic's Scrap-book
St Bertrand de Comminges is a decayed town on the spurs...

The Cock-lane Ghost
About the middle of January 1762, a gentleman was sen...

The Credulous Peasants
No longer ago than the year 1788, when the husbandmen...

Glamis Castle
"The Castle of Glamis, a venerable and majestic pi...

The Hand Of Glory
One evening, between the years 1790 and 1800, a tr...

Has Presented It
But, in the drawings, the fragments were of different c...

The Black Dog And The Thumbless Hand
[Some years ago I published in a volume of tales called...

The Cripplegate Ghost
The following story, well authenticated in the neighb...





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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