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HAUNTED HOUSE

THAT HOUSE WHERE I USED TO LIVE--IT HAS SEVERAL
STORIES CONNECTED WITH IT. I DIDN'T WANT MY CHILDREN
TO HEAR THEM--I DO WANT THEM SLEEPING AT NIGHT!
THE HOUSE BELONGED TO CAPTAIN SAM FRANK--HE WAS IN
THE CIVIL WAR. WHILE HE OWNED THE HOUSE, HIS DOG
FELL OUT OF THE UPPER WINDOW AND BROKE HIS NECK.
CAPTAIN FRANK HAD THE REMAINS CREMATED. THEY SAY
THAT WHEN IT RAINED AFTERWARDS, THE ASHES WOULD
SHAKE. HE KEPT THEM IN AN URN INSIDE THE HOUSE!
THEY ALSO SAY THAT SOMEONE LAID A FIRE ONCE THEN
LOCKED UP THE ROOM. WHEN HE RETURNED THE NEXT DAY,
HE UNLOCKED THE DOOR TO FIND THE FIRE HAD BEEN
KINDLED AND BURNED.
A WOMAN WHO LIVED THERE DURING WORLD WAR I, WOKE
UP ONE NIGHT TO FIND HER HUSBAND STANDING OVER THE
BED. "I LOVE YOU," HE SAID. NEXT WEEK SHE GOT A
TELEGRAM THAT HE HAD BEEN KILLED IN FRANCE.
ANOTHER WOMAN WHO LIVED THERE HAD LOTS OF TINY
IVORY ELEPHANTS. EACH NIGHT SHE'D FACE THEM ONE
WAY. IN THE MORNING, THEY'D FACE ANOTHER.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; HOLLY SPRINGS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 07-27-1968

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