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GHOST STORY

TWO COUSINS (OR MAYBE GREAT-UNCLES) WERE DRIVING A WAGON HOME
FROM A PARTY. IT WAS SPRING, AND IN A VERY IRISH COMMUNITY
WHICH HAD PROBLEMS WITH SPIRITS. OCCASIONALLY, PEOPLE WOULD
SEE LIGHTS (WILL-O-WISPS) OVER GRAVES. THE TWO MEN NOTICED LIGHTS
ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD. THE LIGHTS FOLLOWED THEM CLOSER AND CLOSER.
THE FASTER THEY WENT, THE FASTER THE LIGHTS WENT AND THE CLOSER THEY
FOLLOWED. THE LIGHTS WERE INDISTINCT, GREENISH-GLOWING, MOVING
LIGHTS. THE MEN MADE THE HORSES RUN, BUT THE FASTER THE HORSES
RAN, THE FASTER THE LIGHTS FOLLOWED. AS THEY WENT DOWN THE HILL
PAST THE CEMETERY NEAR THE HOUSE, THE LIGHTS DISAPPEARED.

Submitter comment: CONTEXT: FATHER HEARD THIS FROM HIS FATHER, ROY J. SMITH, TELLING
GHOST STORIES.

Where learned: SOUTH DAKOTA ; YANKTON

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Fire
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