PST: The Haunted Light at Newport-by-the-Sea, by Lischen M. Miller (short story)


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This is an episode in our weekly series titled 'Primary Source Tuesday.' Each Tuesday we have a reading from a particularly interesting historical item. Sometimes it's a historical tidbit that wasn't quite beefy enough to make a full column out of; other times, an especially interesting old newspaper article; frequently it's a short story from one of the frontier literary magazines that thrived in Oregon at the end of the 19th century. Today it's Lischen M. Miller’s The Haunted Light at Newport-by-the-Sea. This is a short story, and one of the most famous short stories in Oregon history. Like, this story is to Oregon what “An Occurrence at the Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce is to the Civil War. It was first published in the August 1899 issue of Pacific Monthly magazine, one of the precursor titles later merged into Sunset; at the time of its publication, Mrs. Miller was actually the editor of Pacific Monthly. Her husband, George Miller, was a brother of Cincinnatus Miller, a.k.a. Joaquin Miller. We talked about this story, and its unusual impact on Newport history, on yesterday's podcast episode. (For text and pictures, see

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