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

The Dead Man And Anatomical Professor
Many, who were personally acquainted with Mr. Junker,...

"dey Ain't No Ghosts"
Once 'pon a time dey was a li'l' black boy whut he...

A Vine On A House
About three miles from the little town of Norton, i...

Cavalier Version {121}
"1627. Since William Lilly the Rebells Jugler and Moun...

Under The Lamp
I had given a glass ball to a young lady, who believed ...

The Bright Scar
In 1867, Miss G., aged eighteen, died suddenly of chole...

Lord St Vincent's Ghost Story
Sir Walter Scott, writing about the disturbances in the...

Poor Mary The Maid Of The Inn
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At Old Man Eckert's
Philip Eckert lived for many years in an old, weath...





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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