The little Red Hen was in the farmyard with her chickens, when she found a grain of wheat. "Who will plant this wheat?" she said. "Not I," said the Goose. "Not I," said the Duck. "I will, then," said the little Red Hen, and she plan... Read more of THE LITTLE RED HEN at Children Stories.caInformational Site Network Informational
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That the keeping of choice breeds of animals, and the c...

The Woman's Ghost Story
"Yes," she said, from her seat in the dark corner, "...

The Prior Of Tynemouth
Prior Olaf stood on the central merlon of the gate to...

The Four-fifteen Express
AMELIA B. EDWARDS The events which I am about to r...

The Apparition Of Mrs Veal
This relation is matter of fact, and attended ...

The Boy Who Was Caught
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The Lost Securities
A lady dreamed that she was sitting at a window, watchi...





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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