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Cottage Design Iv
This cottage is still in advance of the last, in its ac...

Farm House 7 Flowers
Start not, gentle reader! We are not about to inflict u...

A Ghost That Will Not Down
(Cincinnati _Enquirer_, Sept. 30, 1884) GRANTSVILLE,...

Preliminary To Our Designs
We have discussed with tolerable fullness, the chief su...

The Radiant Boy Of Corby Castle
The haunted room forms part of the old house, with...

The Trial For Murder
I have always noticed a prevalent want of courage...

Tom Cypher's Phantom Engine
(Seattle _Press-Times_, Jan. 10, 1892) Locomotive en...

The Devil Of Hjalta-stad {246}
The sheriff writes: "The Devil at Hjalta-stad was outs...

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

The Man Who Went Too Far
The little village of St. Faith's nestles in a hol...





The Creaking Stair






A lady very well known to myself, and in literary society, lived as a
girl with an antiquarian father in an old house dear to an antiquary.
It was haunted, among other things, by footsteps. The old oak
staircase had two creaking steps, numbers seventeen and eighteen from
the top. The girl would sit on the stair, stretching out her arms,
and count the steps as they passed her, one, two, three, and so on to
seventeen and eighteen, _which always creaked_. {190} In this case
rats and similar causes were excluded, though we may allow for
"expectant attention". But this does not generally work. When people
sit up on purpose to look out for the ghost, he rarely comes; in the
case of the "Lady in Black," which we give later, when purposely
waited for, she was never seen at all.

Discounting imposture, which is sometimes found, and sometimes merely
fabled (as in the Tedworth story), there remains one curious
circumstance. Specially ghostly noises are attributed to the living
but absent.





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