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Historical Mysteries

VIII. THE STRANGE CASE OF DANIEL DUNGLAS HOME 170
IX. THE CASE OF CAPTAIN GREEN 193
X. QUEEN OGLETHORPE (_in collaboration with Miss
Alice Shield_) 214
XI. THE CHEVALIER D'EON 238
XII. SAINT-GERMAIN THE DEATHLESS 256
XIII. THE MYSTERY OF THE KIRKS 277
XIV. THE END OF JEANNE DE LA MOTTE 297
PORTRAIT OF ELIZABETH CANNING. _Frontispiece._
HISTORICAL MYSTERIES
I
_THE CASE OF ELIZABETH CANNING_
Don't let your poor little
Lizzie be blamed!
THACKERAY.
'Everyone has heard of the case of Elizabeth Canning,' writes Mr. John
Paget; and till recently I agreed with him. But five or six years ago
the case of Elizabeth Canning repeated itself in a marvellous way, and
then but few persons of my acquaintance had ever heard of that
mysterious girl.
The recent case, so strange a parallel to that of 1753, was this: In
Cheshire lived a young woman whose business in life was that of a
daily governess. One Sunday her family went to church in the morning,
but she set off to skate, by herself, on a lonely pond. She was never
seen of or heard of again till, in the dusk of the following Thursday,
her hat was found outside of the door of her father's farmyard. Her
friend discovered her further off in a most miserable condition,
weak, emaciated, and with her skull fractured. Her explanation was
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