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The Arrears Of Teind
"Mr. Rutherford, of Bowland, a gentleman of landed prop...

Some Famous Ghosts Of The National Capitol
(Philadelphia _Press_, Oct. 2, 1898) The Capitol at ...

Green Branches
FIONA MACLEOD In the year that followed the death ...

The Cock-lane Ghost
About the middle of January 1762, a gentleman was sen...

The Scar In The Moustache
This story was told to the writer by his old head-maste...

The Good O'donoghue
In an age so distant that the precise period is un...

The Bright Scar
In 1867, Miss G., aged eighteen, died suddenly of chole...

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

The Dying Mother {101}
"Mary, the wife of John Goffe of Rochester, being affli...

The Lianhan Shee
One summer evening Mary Sullivan was sitting at he...





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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