Present at a Hanging and Other Ghost Stories

Present at a Hanging and Other Ghost Stories

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Present at a Hanging and Other Ghost Stories by Ambrose Bierce

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Present at a Hanging and Other Ghost Stories

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The Ways of Ghosts -- Present at a Hanging -- A Cold Greeting -- A Wireless Message -- An Arrest -- Soldier-Folk -- A Man with Two Lives -- Three and One are One -- A Baffled Ambuscade -- Two Military Executions -- Some Haunted Houses -- The Isle of Pines -- A Fruitless Assignment -- A Vine on a House -- At Old Man Eckert's -- The Spook House -- The Other Lodgers -- The Thing at Nolan -- The Difficulty of Crossing a Field -- An Unfinished Race -- Charles Ashmore's Trail -- Science to the Front

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eserted; only the women and children remained, and they were off the streets. Straight toward the jail the criminal held his way. Straight up to the main entrance he walked, laid his hand upon the knob of the heavy iron door, pushed it open without command, entered and found himself in the presence of a half-dozen armed men. Then he turned. Nobody else entered.

On a table in the corridor lay the dead body of Burton Duff.

SOLDIER-FOLK

A MAN WITH TWO LIVES

Here is the queer story of David William Duck, related by himself. Duck is an old man living in Aurora, Illinois, where he is universally respected. He is commonly known, however, as "Dead Duck."

"In the autumn of 1866 I was a private soldier of the Eighteenth Infantry. My company was one of those stationed at Fort Phil Kearney, commanded by Colonel Carrington. The country is more or less familiar with the history of that garrison, particularly with the slaughter by the Sioux of a detachment of eighty-one men

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