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Prefatory
This work owes its appearance to the absence of any che...

The Withered Arm
THOMAS HARDY A Lorn Milkmaid It was an eighty-c...

Pearlin Jean
It was Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe, the antiquary, ...

The Black Dog And The Thumbless Hand
[Some years ago I published in a volume of tales called...

The Wesley Ghost
No ghost story is more celebrated than that of Old Jeff...

A Dead Finger
I Why the National Gallery should not attract so m...

The Haunted House - The Mortals In The House
Under none of the accredited ghostly circumstances,...

The Ghost-ship
BY RICHARD MIDDLETON Fairfield is a little village...

Ghost Hunters Of Yesterday And To-day
Psychical research, of which so much mention has been...

Half-past One O'clock
In October, 1893, I was staying at a town which we shal...





The Frightened Carrier






In October 1813, a little before midnight, as one of the carriers
between Nottingham and Loughborough, was passing near the village of
Rempstone, he was extremely surprised at meeting what he thought was a
funeral procession, marching in a most solemn and steady order in the
centre of the road. The carrier, with a becoming propriety and decorum,
drew his cart to the side of the road, that the mournful cavalcade might
pass without any interruption. Very active inquiry was immediately
afterwards made in the neighbourhood, but not the least knowledge could
be obtained as to where this solemn group had come from, or whither it
was going; it was therefore concluded, that some ghostly apparition or
other had thought proper to be then exercising its nocturnal avocation.
Some days afterwards it was found out, that a person, who lived in the
neighbouring village, had been endeavouring to construct a carriage upon
such a principle as to go without horses; and, wishing to make his
experiment as secret as possible, had chosen that dead hour of the
night, for trying his apparatus on the turnpike road; but unluckily
meeting with the carrier, he became alarmed for fear of an exposure, and
therefore threw a large sheet over the machinery, and passed the cart as
silently as possible, to avoid being detected.





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