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THE GHOSTLY HITCHHIKER

THE FIRST TIME I HEARD THIS STORY WAS IN THE SPRING OF
1941. MISS CARR WAS SPONSOR OF A CLUB OF WHICH I WAS A
MEMBER. THE CLUB HAD A WEINER ROAST ON TOP OF ONE OF THE
MANY HILLS AROUND MOREHEAD, AND AS DARKNESS CAME ON, WE
TOLD GHOST STORIES. THIS WAS MISS CARR'S CONTRIBUTION:
ONE DARK, RAINY NIGHT A MAN WAS DRIVING ACROSS THE BRIDGE
FROM COVINGTON, KENTUCKY TO CINCINNATI, OHIO. AT THE OHIO
END OF THE BRIDGE WAS A GIRL IN A RED EVENING DRESS. SHE
WAS THUMBING A RIDE. THE MAN PICKED HER UP AND ASKED HER
WHERE SHE WANTED TO GO. SHE GAVE HIM AN ADDRESS IN
CINCINNATI. WHEN HE ARRIVED THERE, HE GOT OUT OF THE CAR
TO OPEN THE CAR FOR THE GIRL. WHEN HE GOT AROUND TO HER
DOOR, SHE HAD DISAPPEARED. HE WAS SO STUNNED, HE
DECIDED TO KNOCK ON THE DOOR OF THE HOUSE WHOSE ADDRESS
SHE HAD GIVEN HIM. AN ELDERLY LADY OPENED THE DOOR. "HAVE
YOU SEEN A YOUNG LADY WEARING A RED EVENING DRESS?" HE
ASKED.
SHE LOOKED AT HIM STRANGELY. "YOU ARE THE FIFTH PERSON
THAT HAS BROUGHT HER HOME TONIGHT. SHE WAS OUR DAUGHTER.
SHE WAS KILLED IN AN ACCIDENT AT THE END OF THE BRIDGE
ONE NIGHT WHEN SHE WAS RETURNING FROM A DANCE. ON THE
ANNIVERSARY OF HER DEATH, SHE ALWAYS STANDS AT THE END
OF THE BRIDGE BEGGING A RIDE HOME.

Where learned: MOREHEAD STATE UNIVERSITY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

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