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