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The Story Of A Young Orphan In Switzerland

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in the house was any longer sure of his life, and that no one could tell what horrible results might follow this mysterious occurrence. Herr Sesemann replied by return of mail that it was impossible for him to leave his business so suddenly to come home. The ghost story was very strange, and he hoped it was all past. Meanwhile, if there should be any further trouble, Fraulein Rottenmeier might write to Frau Sesemann and ask her to come to Frankfurt to their assistance; his mother would surely dispel the ghosts in a very short space of time, and after that they would never again venture to disturb his house.
Fraulein Rottenmeier was not pleased with the tone of this letter; the matter had made too little impres­sion on him. She wrote immediately to Frau Sese­mann, but she did not get any more satisfaction from this direction, and the reply contained some very sar­castic remarks. Frau Sesemann wrote that she did not think it worth while for her to travel from Holstein to Frankfurt because Rottenmeier saw ghosts. Moreover, a ghost had never been seen in the Sesemann house, and if there was one wandering around there now, it could be nothing but a living being, and Rottenmeier ought to be able to come to an understanding with it; if not, she should call the night watchman to her aid.
But Fraulein Rottenmeier was determined not to spend her days any longer in terror, and she knew how to help herself. Until then she had told the children nothing about the appearance of a ghost, lest they should be afraid to stay alone a single moment day or
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