At the seashore resort they called it "the haunted hotel," and explained that since the death of the proprietor's wife, who was drowned at sea. Her spirit had walked the sands each night. True or false, the story had ruined the place, and for years it had been closed and was fast falling to ruins. The proprietor lived there with his daughter, but he was practically bankrupt, and it was whispered that he would soon be turned out for non-payment of his taxes. A young physician came to the resort to visit his sister, and hearing of the haunted hotel, decided, out of curiosity to investigate. He was greatly taken with the broken-down owner, and listened with sympathy to his story of misfortune. When the doctor came away, he vowed that he would devote part of his time seeking to solve the mystery of the haunted hotel, and by good luck he succeeded in doing so. The "ghost" was unmasked, but she was not punished. The innkeeper's daughter was the "spirit," and her mind had been unhinged by ...
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