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SPIRIT LEGEND

THE RILEY FAMILY IS THOUGHT TO HAVE HAD A VERY RELIGIOUS
ANCESTER WHO HAD BECOME A NUN AND SPENT HER LIFE IN THE
CONVENT PRAYING FOR THE SOULS OF FRIENDS AND FAMILY. WHEN
SHE DIED, EVERYONE IN THE FAMILY WAS CERTAIN THAT SHE
IMMEDIATELY WENT UP TO HEAVEN FOR HER ETERNAL REWARD.
HER FATHER, PATRICK'S GRANDFATHER, DIED SEVERAL YEARS AFTER
THE DAUGHTER. HIS DEATH TOOK PLACE IN HIS OWN HOME, FOR
HE HAD LAIN DOWN TO TAKE A REST ON THE COUCH IN THE LIVING
ROOM WHEN A HEART ATTACK CAME UPON HIM AND HE DIED.
THE LEGEND GOES, THAT AT THE EXACT MOMENT OF HIS DEATH,
THE DRAPERIES IN THE LIVING ROOM OF HIS HOME ROSE UP INTO
THE FORM OF PRAYING HANDS, THOUGHT TO BE THOSE OF THE
DAUGHTER UP IN HEAVEN PRAYING FOR THE QUICK JOURNEY OF
HER OWN FATHER TO JOIN HER.

Submitter comment: DRAPERIES FORM PRAYING HANDS BETOKEN PRAYING HANDS OF DEAD NUN
FOR HER FATHER AT THE MOMENT OF HIS DEATH.

Where learned: VIRGINIA ; ARLINGTON

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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SPIRIT LEGEND

THE RILEY FAMILY IS THOUGHT TO HAVE HAD A VERY RELIGIOUS
ANCESTER WHO HAD BECOME A NUN AND SPENT HER LIFE IN THE
CONVENT PRAYING FOR THE SOULS OF FRIENDS AND FAMILY. WHEN
SHE DIED, EVERYONE IN THE FAMILY WAS CERTAIN THAT SHE
IMMEDIATELY WENT UP TO HEAVEN FOR HER ETERNAL REWARD.
HER FATHER, PATRICK'S GRANDFATHER, DIED SEVERAL YEARS AFTER
THE DAUGHTER. HIS DEATH TOOK PLACE IN HIS OWN HOME, FOR
HE HAD LAIN DOWN TO TAKE A REST ON THE COUCH IN THE LIVING
ROOM WHEN A HEART ATTACK CAME UPON HIM AND HE DIED.
THE LEGEND GOES, THAT AT THE EXACT MOMENT OF HIS DEATH,
THE DRAPERIES IN THE LIVING ROOM OF HIS HOME ROSE UP INTO
THE FORM OF PRAYING HANDS, THOUGHT TO BE THOSE OF THE
DAUGHTER UP IN HEAVEN PRAYING FOR THE QUICK JOURNEY OF
HER OWN FATHER TO JOIN HER.

Submitter comment: DRAPERIES FORM PRAYING HANDS BETOKEN PRAYING HANDS OF DEAD NUN
FOR HER FATHER AT THE MOMENT OF HIS DEATH.

Where learned: VIRGINIA ; ARLINGTON

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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