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THE

PHANTOM ’RICKSHAW

AND OTHER TALES

BY

RUDYARD KIPLING

Authorized Edition

NEW YORK
JOHN W. LOVELL COMPANY

142 TO 150 WORTH STREET

CORNER MISSION PLACE

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PREFACE.

This is not exactly a book of downright ghost-stories as the cover makes belief. It is rather a collection of facts that never quite explained themselves. All that the collector is certain of is, that one man insisted upon dying because he believed himself to be haunted ; another man either made up a wonderful lie and stuck to it, or visited a very strange place ; while the third man was indubitably crucified by some person or persons unknown, and gave an extraordinary account of himself.

The peculiarity of ghost-stories is that they are never told first-hand. I have managed, with infinite trouble, to secure one exception to this rule, It is not a very good

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