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The Benedictine's Voices
My friend, as a lad, was in a strait between the choice...

The Superstitious Man's Story
"There was something very strange about William's ...

Peter's Ghost
A naval officer visited a friend in the country. Sever...

Ticonderoga
It was one evening in the summer of the year 1755 that ...

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

The Somersetshire Demoniac
On the 13th of June 1788, George Lukins, of Yatton, i...

Farm House 5 Chamber Plan
It is also lighted by a window over the lean-to, on the...

An Idiot Ghost With Brass Buttons
(Philadelphia _Press_, June 16, 1889) In a pretty bu...

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

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





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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