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I A STRANGE AND ROMANTIC STORY IN PA illS. The special correspondent of the Cowri Journal gives the following romantic story which he says is now occupying the whispering coteries of the Faubourg St. Germain, and is at present but little spoken of elsewhere. On the Feast of the Visitation the ladies of the convent on the Barriere St. Jacques are in the habit of giving a oold collation to the ancient pupils of the establishment, and to such of the friends and relations of the nuns who may happen to be in Paris. The ladies of the Visitation are cloistered they are principally of noble birth, and the convent in Paris is composed almost wholly of ladies from Brittany. The Superior herself belongs to the most ancient raoe of that province. Some three or four months since the great heart of the old Faubourg waa made to beat with a strange emotipn. It was rumoured that the mo beaatifal of all ita wealthy heiresses-the most loved, the most courted, and the moat admired—had suddenly bken the determination of entering the Convent of the Visitation, after a severe illness brought on by same mysterious cause, which the whole of the Faubourg, although uniting together all their curiosity, in- quisitiveness, and^penetration, had never been able to discover. The young lady had veia upon the poinfc of marriage with a gentleman ontanding and station in society, of equal rank and. fortune with heraslf, and of great reputation in the scientific world. He had travelled much in the East. Hi. work on Palestine is the first of ita kind yet published, and, altogether, every excuse was made for the1 -ep affection he haa inspired. As we have said, the lover had travelled much in the East, and there-were the usual stories afloat concerning the inystiiy of the exquifiifcelv. furnished entresol he inhabited in the Rue da Varen- nes, into which not even his, most intimate friends had ever penetrated, and whence he sometimes stirred nc,)t for weeka together. Dark insinua.tions were sometimes ventured upon by the over-suspicious in these matters. The mansion wherein he had fitted up this retreat belongs to his "mother, who seldom visits Paris. The garden is large and retired, and the neighbours sometimes wondered at hearing, on moon- light nights, a sound like that of a guitar coming up from beneath the trees, accompanied by a weak, small voice, somewhat shrill and nasal, but' evidently ex- pressive of love, in the aongs whioh it attempted to render. Folks are generally very frank on the subject of other people's faults, and numberless were the kind friends who insisted on the mastery being penetrated; but the heiress, past the bloom of early youth, begged permission to judge for herself, She had been surrounded by suitors ever since she could rememoor, but had never been really in lov-e until this knight, artist, poet, and savant had appeared before her. The day of the wedding drew near and confidence grew greater. Many^ times was the young- lady on the point of inquiring into the secret which she fancied was the only one he had kept from her, when suddenly, and without preamble, the long-wished- for yet dreaded moment arrived, and the lover, with a noble candour which endeared him all fhe more to his fianée, confessed that a great trouble was on his mind. He had brought from Constantinople an Arabian girl, who had attached herself to him ao ferventlythat he had suffered her to accompany him home. "My heart was free when I consented to her request," said the lover: "I had not seen you then But now my views in life are altered, and I must be rid, with honour, of her presence." The young lady was of a high and noble mind understanding all things and therefore.1 Caoable of forgiveness, in all oases. She pitied the ghl, and pardoned the lover, and was the first to p-opose what he had intended to ask—permission to convey the poor stranger back again to her native land. The separation would be but short, the meeting doubly sweet, wheis the memory of such noble sentiment would for ever after be present to them both. The preparations for departure were made, the marriage was put off for six weeks longer, and the gaping world was wisely left t% make ita own oommeuta upon the U originality" dis- played by both parties. Meanwhile the lover had been compelled to break the matter gently to his Eastern bride, who bore it with the calm endurance taught with such success to the slave loves of the harem, who, ex- pecting nothing, exacting nothing, are supposed ti be capable of supporting all things. One request onl™ did she make. Like Rebeooa she claimed to look but once on Rowena's face. She asked to see the new lover whose destiny had oome across her own and unwit- tingly blighted her existence for ever. This one con- dition accepted she was ready to accompany her owner quietly away, and would swear never "to mole«t Mm more. The demand was received,with kind indult?PR«> on the part of the lady. The lookW-glSa had" told her she had nought to fe&T from conJparieon with azrr style of beauty belonging to any clime or country, and she looked upon the interview rather as an amuse- ment than otherwise. The very evening of the depar- ture it was therefore fixed to take pice. The Lr stopped beneath the gateway of the hotel where the young lady resided, A female figure, veiled from head to foot, alighted, ana leaning on the arm of the gentleman, whose mien was sad and eerious, mounted the stairs, at the head oi which, all smiles and beaming benevolence, stood the heroine. No welcome could have been more cordial, no greet- ing more warm. The Kttle slave was coaxed and pacified, and made to feel that no kind of jealousy lurked at the bottom of the Christian's soul. She gazed with dark and envious admiration at the fair, dazzling beauty of her rival, but she received her caresses with something like gratitude nevertheless. At the moment of parting, the heiress, superb and generous in all things, drew the poor forlorn stranger to her bosom, and placed round her neck a clutia of considerable value. At this the wretched girl seemed overcome, and she asked permission to em brace the lady for so much kindness. This was accorded right merrily. The heiress bestowed a hearty kiss upon the stranger, which the latter returned with sucfci usury that a slight scream escaped her lips, and presently she laughed at her own absurdity in having ex- pressed pain at the little scr&toh which had been made upon her cheek by one of the spiked gold ornaments of the Oriental head-dress worn by the stranger. The lover departed with his charge, but he always felt uneasy after having beheld the gloomy smile which had greeted t&e single drop of blood which had followed the wound! Soon after, afl we have al- ready said, the lady was pi-onolinced- to be suffering from a strange disease. No one was admitted near' her; the doctora re powerless, the malady grew worse, and finally it was deolared that the patient had retired to the Visitation, where the l-uiiw possess a certain remedy for caaoer. But from the convent she never meant to remove. Not long ago she became a member of the sisterhood, and lo at the b^ncjaet gives on Sunday last, she was the only one v hose veil was never lifted! they say that the daht i-; frightful to behold, and that no one could rooosfni-e in the hideous features which the lay sister dre-ses every morning withsach pitying care, the otcelovely counten- ance of the beautiful Ernestine de V The lover returned in all hrvste, but he knew before- hand of the dreaded result. The little slave must have been a prophetess, for she had told him what wenid happen.