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230 THE WHITE GHOST OF BERLIN.
Dating Of Its Foundation Its Origin Alik...
Influenceand indeed it was known that a spirit did often appear ira nounced but the Castle which , b , , the jud of g whose best ing it authorities ori very gin ri and ghtl to history y be by a its purel no deeds one y benevolent , knew had been anything sp pro irit , - . _,
It was a lad y y of gentle and benign aspect , and clothed In purest whitewho hovered day and night about their Castles , harming
none who , crossed her path , and if saluted , returning the greeting with so gracious an air that she seemed to shed around her an
when atmosphere festival of serenit was y . in She contemp assumed lation a part which of greater might activit display y
the power any and magnificence of the Itosenburgs , for then her movements were marked by even noise and abruptness ; doors
wings opened , r and attlin banged g as of , b utensils olts and clattered locks , and , there every was imag rustling inable sound as of
of disturbance ; but when the din was over it was seen that everyhave thin arranged g _faileS shone exactl to with detect y in a a its new speck fitting lustre of p dust lace , every , upon and article it the while sharpest of the furniture p eye late would upon was
. , the _Tbeaufet and the trophies of armour on the walls , glittered in burnished splendour as though just new from the workshop .
late Again int , wh o the en the night guest it s mi retired ght have from been the _j en > raLong tertainment > ed , by , the however next
morning order and the not apartments a sign of would disarrangement be found remaining restored to , althoug their usual h no
human hand had touched a thing . In fact , in language coming home to all women's " business and bosoms , " this spirit , though
asking no wages and harbouring no " followers / ' acted the part of " a real treasure " to the mistress of the house .
In quieter times she was seldom seen , and when she did reveal herself , it was usually when any of the domestics had been dilatory
or unfaithful in the discharge of their duties , or indulged in profane or unseemllanguage . The latter offence she was wont to chastise
with great y severity , the offenders suffering from blows , throwing of stonesand terrors of all kinds , but the merely negligent she
rebuked , in gentle wise , only making herself visible to remind them mildl effect y of The their duty , an of admonition princely personages which seldom seemed failed always to take to
. an attraction presence to herand her beneficial services were ofteix prove , rendered in their behalfa special instance being mentioned on
occasion of the visit of Catherine , de Montfort to a princess of the Hohenzollern family , already so nearly allied with the _Hosenburgs
that this spirit appeared in their Castles also . When the Lady de Montfort was ready to depart , her hostess called for a light , and it
happening that none of the servants were at hand at the moment , the _"Wliite Ladcame forward with a torch in her hand , and
respectfully lighted the y visitor down the stairs . It certainly did
sometimes occur that her sudden appearance frightened people to death ,
230 The White Ghost Of Berlin.
230 THE WHITE GHOST OF BERLIN .
English Woman’s Journal (1858-1864), June 1, 1863, page 230, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/ewj/issues/ewj_01061863/page/14/