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A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould

A BOOK OF GHOSTS

BY S. BARING-GOULD, M.A.

WITH EIGHT ILLUSTRATIONS BY D. MURRAY SMITH

SECOND EDITION

METHUEN & CO. 36 ESSEX STREET W.C. LONDON

_Colonial Library_

_First Published October 1904_ _Second Edition December 1904_

[Illustration: "WHO ARE YOU?"]

PREFACE

Some of the stories in this volume have already appeared in print. "The Red-haired Girl" in _The Windsor Magazine_; "Colonel Halifax's Ghost Story" in _The Illustrated English Magazine_; "Glamr" I told in my _Iceland: Its Scenes and Sagas_, published in 1863, and long ago out of print. "The Bold Venture" appeared in _The Graphic_; "The 9.30 Up-train" as long ago as 1853 in _Once a Week_.

CONTENTS

JEAN BOUCHON

POMPS AND VANITIES

MCALISTER

THE LEADEN RING

THE MOTHER OF PANSIES

THE RED-HAIRED GIRL

A PROFESSIONAL SECRET

H. P.

GLAMR

COLONEL HALIFAX'S GHOST STORY

THE MEREWIGS

THE "BOLD VENTURE"

MUSTAPHA

LITTLE JOE GANDER

A DEAD FINGER

BLACK RAM

A HAPPY RELEASE

THE 9.30 UP-TRAIN

ON THE LEADS

AUNT JOANNA

THE WHITE FLAG

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

"Who are you?"

"Then the bride put back her veil, and Betty, studying the white face, saw that this actually was not herself; it was her dead sister Letice"

"Her hat was blown off, and next instant a detonation rang through her head as though a gun had been fired into her ear"

"If he went out for a walk they trotted forth with him, some before, some following"

"You let that Mustapha come in, and try and stick his knife into me"

"'Mammy!' said he; 'Mammy! my violin cost me three shillings and sixpence, and I can't make it play no-ways'"


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