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The Red Lamp
Mr. Cooper says: "A fortnight before the death of the ...

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

The Transplanted Ghost A Christmas Story
BY WALLACE IRWIN When Aunt Elizabeth asked me to s...

Wyndham's Letter
"Sr. According to your desire and my promise I have wr...

'oh, Whistle, And I'll Come To You, My Lad'
'I suppose you will be getting away pretty soon, now Fu...

The Mignonette
Mrs. Herbert returned with her husband from London to t...

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

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

The Hauntings Of ---- House In The Neighbourhood Of The Great Western Road Aberdeen
The following experience of a haunting is that of Mr....

The White Villa
When we left Naples on the 8.10 train for Paestum, To...

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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