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walked silently in, and were enchanted with the spot appropriated to the ouns; entranced the slow and solemn responses which, wasted a while we stood listening to their heavenly through the fong drawn aisles, sounded like a chorusses, but the recollection that we were 10 requiem to the repose of departed spirits. A sail the next morning, and the thoughts of silkeu curtain drawn across a gallery into | home wbich even then came across our miuus, which a door led from the convent, marked ll impelled us to a hasty departure.
CURIOUS ANECDOTE OF HENRIETTA DUCHESS OF ORLEANS.
WHOever reverts to the reign of Charles II. ;' ghost, bad really produced this extreme terror must recollect the share which his sis- i determined to examine into the mystery, and ter the Princess Henrietta, wife of the Duke having rambled at the witching hour of night, of Orleans, had in his political connexion with towards the haunted arbour, soon got a full the French court. Her death was extremely view of the ghost. His courage however was sudden, and bas generally been supposed to equal to his curiosity, advancing towards the have been caused by vufair means, nor did phantom he threatened it with a sound cudgelher husband escape suspicion; the manner in ling, if it did not say who and what in was.-wbich it was accomplished, however, is not “Ah! my good Sir," exclaimed the terrified generally kuown. A valet de chambre in her ghost,“ pray do not burt me, I am only poor service, just previous to the moment of his Philippinette !" death, confessed that a person about the court This poor Philippinette was an old woman came into the dining room, opened a beaufet, l of a neighbouring village, more than seventy and having taken out the goblet always used years old, without a tooth ju her head, and by the Princess, rubbed it with some paper. The frightful enough from her glaring eyes, hook valet asked him what he was doing at the nose, and distended mouth, to have passed at beaufet? and why he touched the Princess's any time for an inhabitant of the infernal goblet? The other immediately answered, “I regious; being seized, and brought up to the am thirsty, I looked for something to drink, palace, she was ordered to prison, but released and the goblet being dusty, I have wiped it at the instance of a Priucess of the blood; who with the paper."
having sent for the beldame, asked her what After dinner the devoted Henrietta called for could have prompted her to tbis representaher usual draught of chicory water; but had tion of a spirit, at such untimely hours, when no sooner swallowed it than she cried out “ill she ought to have been in her bed.--"Ah! am poisoned."-Many of those who were Madame," exclaimed the hag, with great simpresent had drank of this chicory water, but plicity," at my age one sleeps so little! oue irot out of the same goblet; they sofl'ered no in- must have something to amuse them. Nothing convenience from it, but the Princess grew ever amused me so much in youth as to play rapidly worse and being carried to bed, linger- the ghost; and I was certain that those who ed out the viglit in most horrible torments, might not dread my white habit, would be and expired before the break of day. The sufficiently terrified when they saw my face. manner and circumstances of her death scem Those whom I frightened made so many to have made some impression upon the profii- grimaces, that I was like to die with laughing; gale yet superstitious followers of the court, this sport was my only amusement, and chear and a report was soon current and universally led me in all my labour of carrying burthens believed at St. Cloud, that the spirit of the through the day.” Princess appeared every night in an arbour of If all other ghost stories were investigated the garden, where she had often been accus. as closely it would generally be found that they tomed to spend much of her time when alive. originate from some cause of the same kind; One evening a servant of the cow't passing by not all perhaps proceeding from the tricks of the arbour, saw sometbing all in white, and
the fair sex; though some may thiuk it na. which suddenly encreased in size; terrified at
tural enough that those wbo play the devil with the apparition de Ned, and liaving told the the men in their youth, should amuse themcause of his alarm, fell sick and died. A few selves with playing the ghost, in their more ad: days after, an officer of the guards fully per- vanced years. suaded that something, though perhaps not a