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The Black Lady and Queen Teresa of Bavaria.

Hare's journal, Nov. 7.

Yesterday, Lady Waterford, Miss Lindsay, and I had a delightful long walk across the moor and through charming relics of forest. When we reached home we found the Bloomfields arrived. In the evening Lady Bloomfield told a curious story.

'I was very intimate at Vienna with the Princess Reuss, whose first husband was Prince of Anhalt. She was a niece of Queen Teresa of Bavaria. She told me that her aunt was at Aschaffenberg with the intention of going next day to Munich. In the evening the lady-in-waiting came in and asked the Queen if she was intending to give an audience. The Queen said, "Certainly not," and that "she could not see any one." The lady then said that there was a lady sitting in the ante-chamber who would not go away. Queen Teresa then desired her brother to go out and find out who it was. He came back much agitated, and said it was sehr unheimlich (very uncanny), for it was the Black Lady, and that when he came up to her she disappeared; for the Bavarian royal family have a Black Lady who appears to them before a death, just as the White Lady appears to the Prussian royal family. The next day the Queen left Aschaffenberg, but being a kind-hearted woman, she sent back her secretary to fetch some petitions which had been presented, but which she had not attended to, and when to secretary came into her room, he found the Black Lady standing by the table where the papers were, but she vanished on his approach. That night, when the old castellan of Aschaffenberg and his wife were in bed, the great bell of the castle began to toll, and they remembered that it could toll by no human agency, as they had the key to the bell tower.

'At that moment Queen Teresa died at Munich. She arrived at three: at five she was seized with cholera: at eleven she was dead.'