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An amazing story of a girl's escape from St. Mary's Abbey Roman Catholic Convent at East Berghnlt, Suffolk, England, Is being told (says an English exchange). The nun is a beautiful girl of about 2-1, who has, it is said, -been in the convent since she was Hi years of age. She. with the other 1111115, was closely guarded, but was allowed to roam about the beautiful grounds of the Abbey. What happened to lead to her sue cessful escape can only lie guessed, but it Is known that she had repeatedly asked to see her mother, and had been refused, (ir. the night of Sunday (February 14) she secretly left the grounds, and for that night and for the greater part of the next day she hid in the surrounding woods, being without food or warmth of any kind.

She eventually found her way to Manningtree station, on the Great .Eastern railway, late on Monday night, her nun's garb being wet through and covered with mud and dirt. After her came a party of nuns driving hard in a wagonette. They also were we; through, having conducted a long search through the well-wooded district. They caught her up as she was within a few yards of tlie station doors, ascending a private pathway belonging to the G.E.R. lending from the main road. The nuns, It Is stated, jumped from the wagonette and seized the fugitive woman. screamed and clung to the railings, declaring, amid heart-broken sabs, that she would not go back to the nunnery.

She was dragged to the wagonette, and undoubtedly wourd have been carried off but for the intervention of the stationmaster, who pointed out that the pathway was private properly, and that the young lady's liberty must be respected. The search party of nuns and the escaped girl, with her dripping habit presenting a pathetic figure, were conducted to a wnitingroom, where a consultation took place. The nuns tried all they knew to persuade her to po back, but failed, the runaway stoutly refusing to return. None of the nuns had any money, neither had the fugitive, but the stationmuster again came to the rescue, lending her 10/, with which to buy a ticket to London, where she desired to go to her friends Afler providing some creature comforts for her, the stationmaster lacked her in the waitingroom, where she waited till the arrival of the up midnight mail train, which she boarded for (London. She reached her friends in North London early on Tues•lcy morning, and is still with them.

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FLIGHT FROM A NUNNERY., Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 85, 10 April 1909

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FLIGHT FROM A NUNNERY. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 85, 10 April 1909

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