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The Canterville Ghost
BY OSCAR WILDE I When Mr. Hiram B. Otis, the Am...

'ill-steekit' Ephraim
'About the middle of the night The cocks beg...

Farm Barn 2 Rabbits
It may appear that we are extending our Rural Architect...

The Coral Sprigs
Mrs. Weiss, of St. Louis, was in New York in January, 1...

The Seven Lights
John M'Pherson was a farmer and grazier in Kintyre...

The Miraculous Case Of Jesch Claes
In the year 1676, about the 13th or 14th of this M...

The Lunatic Apparition
The celebrated historian De Thou had a very singular ...

Farm House 2 Interior Arrangement
The front door of this house opens into a small entry o...

The Heroic Midshipman Or Church-yard Encounter
At a respectable inn, in a market-town, in the west o...

Count Magnus
By what means the papers out of which I have made a con...





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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