Hemingford herald. (Hemingford, Box Butte County, Neb.) 1895-190?, January 31, 1896, Image 4

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Tlio Brido of Amo Sttiidstrom.
nr r. h. cvrimnwoon.
Prom Hnrpor'a Dtunr.
"Bit Swedo wedding over tlioro tills
evening," said onu Amoricnn to an
otlior by tils sido. "l'oter Lund's
'Is filio marrying a Swede?" inquired
tlio second Amoricnn.
"Yos; follow by tlio name of Amo
"I should think old Potor, wol! off
as ho is, would 'nave stood up for an
American son-in-law yon or mo, for
instance," observed the second youth,
with a laugh.
"Tlio pill's pretty as a pink, and
linn had every advantaso. It is a
pity to see her thrown away; but old
l'oter has a loc of younger ones com
hid on."
"That ninkcs it less an object. I
thought she wn his only. Tho Swedos
nro clannish ain't they?"
"Peter Lund's is headquarters for
them, too. Here's o no now, hunting
up tho wedding. I'll hot sho's just ar
rived from tho old country."
So near tho truth was this surmiso
that Elsa had been oil tho train only
twenty minutes, and in that timo had
repeated tho namcof Arno Sandstrom
interrogatively to overy person sho
met. Shewasdased bv long ruling
and partial fasting, and tlio dumb
tenor of finding ho ono to receivo her
at tho end of horrent journey. Tho
lottor created with much brain work
to nnuouncohor comingought to havo
been in his hands weeks ago. The in
nocont and friendless soul did not
know alio had omitted all dates and
exactness in hor general caro for spoil
ing and inky loops. So, stopping ofl
tho train into tlio American small town
nt dusk, sho sawsti olios of Hiininior
prairio to tho westward, porky archi
tecture, crossing railroad tracks, hur
rying citizens and lazy loungors oven
tho now electric light on its spider
work iron tower beginning to make a
ghastly powerful star far abovo her
head. Sho saw baggago and piles of
express matter, hotel runners and
Otnor women starting toward tlioir as
aured homed tucked laughing and
chatting under thoir husbands' arms;
but sho saw not ono face or ono kind
hand ready to bid her welcome, who
had ventured thousands of miles nlono
across ocean, across continent to
marry hor bothrothod lover, Arno
Hearing his nanio spoken, shostood
till upon the sidewalk, Bluinking and
timid, but directly in front of tlio
young mon, and inquired, using hands
and oyes as well as anxious inflection
of voice, "Arno Sandstrom?"
"Sho wants to know whoro ho is,"
explained ono American to tlio other.
"Right over thero; that big house," ho
returned, talking also with gestures,
"whoro you see it lighted up. Sho
doesn't understand. Arno Sandstrom
over thoro. Getting married! Yes, yes.
-Arno Sandstrom. Here, Hilly, you
tiot out a littlo Swedo gibborish, can't
you? You'vo been among thorn more
than I havo."
"Arno Sandstrom derovcr," ex
claimed the other, pointing to Poter
Lund's house, with a lino assumption
of handling t ho language well. "Arno
Sandstrom jifta to-night, you know."
"Yifta!" said Klsa, shrinking down
in stature.
"She's got hold of it. That's all
right. You'll bo in time for tlio wed
ding." "Sho didn't understand; and bIic
thought wo wero making fun of her,"
Baid ono of tlio lads as thoy sauntered
"Sho did understand, and thoro
Bho goes straight across tho street.
Brush up in tho languages, young man,
and make yourself ns useful to tho
public as I am."
When Elsa had entered tho Land
promises, however, she did not ling
tho boll, but wavered around tho liouso,
looking up at tlio lighted windows,
nnd shifting her littlo bundlo from ono
.arm to tho other. Sho had othorhag
Ciigo at tho station, but it seemed no
lontor worth while. Thoro was a west
ern veranda, on tho lowest stop of
which she sat down in i quiot stupor
to collect herself for some determined
Anguish and disappointment must
bo the natural lot in this .vorld, only
Bha had not lived enough years to find
it out boforo. Though summer dark
mess had come, tho after glow was
still so bright in tho west that it hall
quarreled with tho abundant lamp
Jight. Klsa could hear tho front gato,
tho crunch of coming footsteps and
frequent peals of tho door boll, as sho
fiat drawn together, and tho eternal
minutes traveled on.
Peter Lund's house was full of joy
ful stir. China and silver tinkled in
tho opon dining room, where soveral
women wero putting last touches to
tho tables. Girls flow up and down
tho back stairway, calling to ono an
other in Swedish.
"Ono thing is sure, Yennio Yonsen,"
called a voieo in tlio homo tongue,
"there will not boenough married wom
en to tako tho brido from us cirls in
.the wedding dance; so now what will
Arno Sandstrom do?"
Three of them conspired together by
tho western dining-room door, bobbing
thoir flaxen heads, nil laughing and
talking at oncoin their light happiness,
iar abovo tho unseen stranger on tho
"Who told mo Arno Sandstrom left
ft betrothed girl ." Svndia?" said ono,
lowering hor voice to grave colloquy!
"Oh, well, sho married herself, of
. -....I!-,! l ... '
.-.-mru juiuwilt; -ana anv
man who could get Lena Lund would
tako her."
"Lena's so pretty ."
"Lena's rich."
"Lena can sing and play better than
omo Ameriknnns."
"Lena has ten new dresses. Arno
will not havo to put his hand in his
pocket for many a day."
"She is not spoiled therewith. I al
ways liked her."
"Ah, ray mother said if this wedding
was going to bo in Svadia this St.
John's Eve, what a night we would
make of it!"
They ran away, while Elsa repeated
to herself that this was the Eve St.
I Johnnight of nruors nnd rejoicing at
nome, nielli wnen inoBiin scarcely went
down, nnd everybody feasted and vis
itod under green-leaf touts. Of what
uso was St. John's live, or any other
portion of tlme.to a girl put to shamo
nnd despair as sho was? Why had
Arno Sandstrom sent hor money to
como o ver with if ho meant to jilt her on
her arrival? Or had ho picked anoth
er betrothed for hor n8 well as himself?
Sho would not believe her Arnocould bo
so evil: she would knock and ask for
him. Ho was eo kind! he loved her.
Ynr. not. nil It. flip A tiinrlL-nnna !nf
those laughing girls, had said plainly
this was Arno Sandstrom's wedding;
any man would tako Lena Lund who
could get her; Lena was so protty:
Lona was rich; Lena could sing and
play hotter than Bonio Amcrikanns:
1 ven a had ten new dresses', and sho
was not spoiled.
Elsa bruised hor cheok against tho
edge of tho second stop abovo her.
Sho did not know where to go, and
her money was all spent except tho
littlo sho saved by going without food
during part of bar railway journoy,
and she had saved that to buy some
littlo ornament for her new homo
with Ame. Sho might try to hire hor
self out, but how c.iuld sho over writo
back homo where such happy news
was expeetol from her, or how could
sho put uiiftidurablo anxiety upon
those best friends by not writing at
all? Svadia was so pleasant, especial
ly in tlio long flightless summers.
Good nnd kind thoy were to strangers
there; her mother always baked waf
fles and carried them with cofleo to
tho morning bedside of a guest. Sho
could seo her native meadows stretch
ing away in the blue Northern air,
and tho iron whip, as her inothor call
ed tho scythe, beating up an appetito
in those who wielded it, while she hcr
polf, a careless littlo maid, caino bear
ing tho second breakfast to tlio
A quavering but hearts; voice, which
mip' havo como from tho mouth of
her T" n grandmother if it had not bo
longed to Peter Lund's mother, sung
out Lapp-Finn nurso song by an up
per window, nnd Klsa know pist what
syllables the dancing baby was iimdo
to emphasize.
"DotlHIl lupon,
Jlopsom tup nn,
Limtl Urn,
HopHotn mini:
Bprovtl lupon, lupon,
llopHom tup an, tup un,
Luntl lira, Urn,
llopnoui ntlni, stlra."
Dnnre nnd Jump,
Hop likou ronnter,
Hop like the iikutnn.
Perhaps this very instant for Klsa
made no calculations in longitudoand
time Vader's mutter danced tho baby
under her homo roof; and none of her
people know how faint, how outcast,
how bewildered the oldest child felt
sitting on steps in a strange Anieri
kansk town.
In Klsa's box of clothing was tho
finest sheepskin blanket hor mother
over made, so whito in flceco, nnd
cured by buttering and scraping until
tho skin yielded soft like chamois
leather. It was lined with scarlet
flannel. Sho could see tho store-room
of her father's farm-house hung thick
ly with such fleeces, and hear hor
mother say bIio wished Elsa could
tako more, Binco they had sq littio
money to send hor. But Arno Sand
Btroni had Bent tho money to pay her
way, because ho loved her so. They
wero children together, and ho was
held as dear as a Bon in hor own
family. Klsa's mother novor distrust
ed him. How could it therefore bo
possible that Arno Sandstrom, after
bending for his botrothed, could bo
marrying a Swedo Amerikann tho
very evening of her arrival?
In her intensely quiet fashion tho
poor girl was wiping away tears as
fast as thoy dropped down her cheeks,
and now bIio lifted her head from tho
step, coning to a decision.
Sho walked up on the veranda, hor
feet sounding hoavy and uncertain,
and stood at the door ready to
knock. Her piteousgreat oyes moved
from wall to wall of tho amplo dining
room, recognizing Svensk wooden
spoons and beautifully painted and
J.U..OUIU jviioaiuii iH-ttia hi various
sizes on tho sideboard. Hard-baked
Sveii9k bread, so loved bv the whito
and firm Scandinavian teeth, and all
known luxuries, with unheard
of Amorikann things, smilod
nt hor from tho glittor
ing tables. This Lena Lund would bo
called a mamzello in Svadia; sho was
very much abovo a poor yungf ran liko
Klsa. Any man might beglnd to mar
ry her. Still Klsa would not beliovo
Arno Sandstrom had forgotten his
Sho could seo him from whero sho
stood, in nn inner room with a back
ground of fine furnituie. How beau
tiful ho looked, all in Amerikann
clothes, and with soft dark gloves on
his hands, liko a very rich man! His
cheek was ruddy, his forehead whito,
nnd tho very round of his ear how
woll Elan -remembered it! Arno Sand
strom was happy, and laughing aloud
with other people. Sho heard his
voice while she stood just without,
bo wretched hor whole bouI seonied
In perfect silence she waited, and
still saw him laugh and extend his
hand to havo it shaken by ono anoth
er, until a liguro camoout of the room
whero he was, to pass trhough the
dining-room, and sho knew in nn in
stant Otto Jutberg, who came to
America with Ame. Elsa put her foot
across tho threshold and said, to call
his attention, "Otto."
Otto approached tho door nnd
looked curiously nt her. Ono rope other
flaxen hair hung down on her breast,
and she looked travel worn.
"Otto Jutberg, I want to see Arno
"Arno is going to bo married in a
fow minutes," said Otto.
"I know he is. But I want to eeo
Ame Sandstrom. Tell him to come
"Who is it?" pressed Otto, coming
nearor to hor, and knitting his brows
"Don't you know mo, Otto, when
you have been to my father's nearly
every St. John's Eve of our lives?"
Elsa felt that she needed only one
more drop to her cup. and that was
for some voice to raise the derisive
rjong with which her countrymen
mocked Seownoy's, or inhabitants of
a region tho butt of all Svadia.
"A Scowon, n Seoiren" -
,1"!' l r0U8 8U(lden
But instead of "A Scowon, a Scow
en" rising around Elsa's cars this on
chanted night such a din of outcriej
plo ran to look in the dining-room,
i"V ""LZr " Vi."" ft.. i" Peaces-spiritual and civil; to under-
unu iiii'ii iu Hwnrm arounu nor.
Arno Sandstrom leaped two chairs
nnd seriously jarred ono table, to re
ceive Klsa in his nrms, when ho kissed
her openly.
"Bring 1110 ono of tho cjjairs I kicked
over." ho exclaimed, "and let mo sot
tho tired darling in it. I havo been
looking for tlio letter which would tell
mo the timo you intended to start.
Yes, this is my Klsa," ho said, dis
playing her; "and how did sho find
her way in hero alone? MrB. Lund,
iiiisa nas cornel"
"Yes, and Bhe has been crying,"
said tho plump wife of Peter Lund,
pressing her hand. "It was enough
to break any child's heart to reach
such a journey's end homesick and
At this Elsa leaned ngainst tho ma
tron's sido nnd shook with sudden
Bobs, feeling hor forehead and hair
petted by a good mother's palms,
Klsa was taken up tho back Btair
way by both Mrs. Lund and Arno,
who talked rapidly across her. She
was put in a beautiful room, and
young girls canio in to get acquainted
with her and giggle. Arno asked her
for that pieco of metal which would
redeem her bnggage, and ho handed it
over to Otto at tho door. Btioro sho
understood her position, or was quite
nblo to lilt her eyes and look at all
who wanted to talk to her, tlio box
which had borno her company from
Svadia was brought in, and Arno told
her tho other wedding would bo put
off half an hour while sho got ready.
Then ho drovo tlio merry company
out of tho room, and stood with his
back to tlio door to keep at bay that
moment all volunteering brido attend
ants. "Can you bo ready in hair an hour,
nfter your long journoy, my darling?'1
eaid he.
"I can soon wash off tho diifct and
ch a n liu niv drnss " until FJnn.. Tin.
Arne, I do not know anything. Who
Akiui T .1 .wi- l.i.. .. .....1. 1ITI.
is going to marry Lena Lund?"
"Arno Sandstrom. And you will
be married at the same timo."
"I thought that was what you and
nua mini, yuu unu
But who is going to
.mrs. Jjuim saiu
inarrv mo?"
"Who! I am; Arno Saudetrom."
"1 will not do it," said Klsa. "They
never havo two wives in Svadia."
Arne Sandstrom gazed silently at
hor, puffed nnd exploded his cheeks
nnd bent over, striking his knees with
thoso delicately-gloved hands Klsa
had first noted with such nwo. He
1 oared Jin tho fervor of his laughter.
This American country had in noway
abated Arno Sandstrom as a Norse
man. "Oh, Elsa, my snowbird, if I should
tell this on thee they would laugh at
theo from ono end of town to tho
other. Lena Lund's bridegroom is
my cousin Arne, that came over with
Otto Jutuerg and mo."
"That was Arne Petersson," affirm
ed Elsa.
"But thero aro so many Peterssens
and Yonsens who take their names
from their fathers' Christian names
that Arno changed his to Sandstrom.
It is a very common thing to do
Elsa laughed also. It was so simple
and clear and Swedish sho wondered
that the news of Arno Sandstrom's
weding had caused her oven a mis
giving. Sho left her chair to swing
Artie's hands while they both finished
"Dut you ought to bo ready," he
cried, "and not keep tho others wait
ing. I got' tho papers for the wedding
when Arno got his papers, so there
would bo no mistake of names on the
record, and so I could marry you as
soon as you came."
Within the hour, therefore, Klsa was
the brido of Arno Sandstrom, arrayed
in hor dark blue weddingdressof wool,
and not shaming by her stntuo-like pro
portions and fairness tho lighter pret
tiness and silken rainment of Arne
Sandstrom's Amerienn-Sweodish bride
Happiness and lovo were, after all,
the natural lot in this world, thought
Klsa, sitting by her husband in the
place oi honor at tho wedding supper,
and tasting the first courso of such a
feiifet the Swedish soup of rice, prunes,
rn isins, and molasses.
Rinjriiitf Description of tho Ficlrt
of "Waterloo.
On nn eminence lookinsdown on tho
duel of nntions, astride his war horse,
surrounded by his staff, sits Welling
ton, fiold mnr.sh.il of Kngland. In his
hand a glass, with which he scans the
distant horizon. Now nnd ngain he
looks along tho carnage -wrecked plain,
but again turns to tlio far distance.
Hark! n bugle! then a peal; then ringing
over nil tlin finld tlu tnt..o nt u
"Advance," quickening to the charge.
Then, with n shout that fills the air,
with clash of sabre nnd thunder of
norses nooi, comes sweeping the im
perial legion. Napoleon's inviucibles
held in reserve by that marvelous
genius till this hour. Seo how all
melts before their onslaught. Tho
allied forcosare hurled back as from a
resistless storm of rushingdenth. The
eagles again sweep the field. All seems
lost. Still tho Iron Duke sits there
and sweeps the distance. Couriers
como dashing with dispatches; only
a word for answer wait! Then the
glass sweeps tho horizon again nnd
then Wellington throws it over his
head, throws his hat after it, leaps
from his horse and begins to write dis
patches. What is it? Why that cloud
yonder, pufling now with fire and
smoke; that dark mass, defiling into
the plain at double quick, is the Prus
sian reserve. Blucher has kept his
promise. Waterloo is decided, and
Napoleon's eaglesgo down lorever.
A broken car wheel on a copper train on
the Duluth, South Shoro it Atlantic rail
road tore up the ties on the Hock river
briilue, hurled seven cum Into the Ice be
low, nnd completely wrecked the bridge.
An Amerlcin Trftreler'i I'lrit Imnrnnlnni.
1 1
f-verport, loirn, Democrat writes
. rom Romo!
ftl' vo1' coming to Rome If you
f como to seo it nil, to compass its pal
stand its antiquities, to know tlio
length and breath of Homo in timo
and figures, como early, como to Btny.
Como well braced for disappointment
for when you havo spent your dear,
short lifo of twenty, thirty, forty
years, you will know so littlo, lack so
much that you will shirk to look your
neighbor in tho face.
I envy, quite, tho man who has been
in Koine three days and tolls you ho
I lias seen it nlll I liko him for his ob-
durato, blissful ignorance; that Btato
of hopeless mental vacancy that out
bids responsibility, nnd wish he would
writo a book on Koine, for ho could
only mnko n failure, as all havo dono
You como to Homo. First thing a
hotel. You take a bit to eat, order a
vehicle. You aro going out to do tho
city to tako it in. Whero will
I you drive? Nino times out of
ten tho pilgrim says "St. Peter's
j "A San Peatro" speaks of yourpor-
ter to tho whip, and off you go. Oil
through clo8o narrow streets, well
hemmed in with tall, tawny, Btuccoed
, houses tho houses nro stores and
shops nnd dwellings, all combined in
one you cross tlio Bridgo of Angels
in a trance, you pass tho castlo An-,
gelo in a daze, you squeeze in through
thoi Borco in an anxious state, and
facing great Saint Peter's you aro
I crushed. You hunt your Btock of
words. They are mishts. You try to
toll your thoughts. They aro too in
significant; you alight, stare at tho
' collonndes, tho great ambitious fount
ains; tho hieroglyphic obelisk; then
1 turn and go inside. Ifyouarowiseyou'll
say no foolish thing, for you'll keep
VOlir motlttl nhtlh. Ynilpnnnnt-.nnrlni.
stand a thingyou see; tho distances are
' ereat and overcome von: tlio hplfrhf.R
. fl tA l1ftt- rAnm S.i n.. nH.-.n 4 ,..!
away your villngo church and never
miss tho space it takes; tho floor a
j wido spread of colored marbles; tho
" ...v iumimo, muiiua, buhhus,
' cherubs everything so out of all pro-
I nnrh'nnq tlinf imu im.m .... .,
that you cannot take it in or scarcely
find your tongue.
You will join tho crowd, maybe, and
you will go to tho great bronzo canopy
and look upon tho many lighted lamps;
gaze up abovo the clouds and find tho
heavens very high and overwrought
with rows of saints tier on tier, with
Christ and Maty whero thesun Bhould
be. You hear church music some
Whero round intoned service some
where hero but not a congregation in
sight tho great floor space is freo of
croivus, tnougn 3omo minureus ol peo
ple wander about just as you do; you
wonder where tho singing is, and go to
find it go to hunt among tho piers,
j about the aisles and chapels find it
nt last way off ono sida mero chapel
service scarcely any people there.
But look you look about that
little chapel yon see herois larger than
any chinch, perhaps, you have over
' worshipped in; its domo mounts up
two hundred feet or more; its floor is
t costly marble work; its alter golden
bronzo and p;ecious stones; its pic
tures masters' works. Small! les;
but put all the people into it that you
find in your averago church at homo,
and they will yet leave room for quite
ns ninny more. Nothing is small hero.
t Stay hero weoks and como hero for an
hour each day, and it will grow tako
form and shape, and you will got ac
customed. It hardly seems the work
of man; more like a vast majestic cavo
arranged by supernatural hands
cathedral of the gods. The work of
man could be described so man can
understand this passes all descrip
tion passeth understanding. You
may pace it off go around its outer
wall, and those of its annexes, and ad
joined rooms of the Vatican, and the
walk is longer than that which com
passes tho walls of the city of Jerusa
lem! You trudge up to tho top and
wnlK about the streets of houses there
the great paved roof looks like a vil
lage street and public square homes
for tho workingmen, a liboral force to
keep tilings in repair. Tho lofty chap
el domes that spring up through tho
roof aro so many small temples
kiosks. Tho grand old central dome
that mounts up there beyond this ti-
ly villngo, is the August cathedral
round, as wnscathedral shapoin later
pagan early Christian times. You
wander here at leisure, look up along
tho eighteen feet back of tho Saviour
and tho saints that from your roof
village wall look down into tho sixty
aero open square that fronts the great
Saint Peter's; stray round tlio
sturdy parapets, climb on far
ther up and up towards the sun.
Prom down below you saw a little
ball an ornament on tho spire just
,b(11 nn ol,mi
J,elo,w the top.
l!;ad ftn( cc
It's bigger than your
comma: nearer, it izrows
bigger and bigger "yet; and when you
get up to it, it's big enough to let you
in you nnd your wife nnd children
uncles, nuntw, and visitors. If all are
good sized, sixteen can get in and
nioro of big and littlo.
Prom tlifi limtpfn i-nilintr inah linlnev
you may sit and seo the world! Men,
below, aro mites, and palaces are
children's playhouse toys? From
hero you look straight down into the
Tiber down into streots and public
squares of Rome as you look upon a
map as you iook irom a oauooti.
You may count from here
the other Roman churches one
hundred, two, three three hundred
and Bixty-fivo all in full blast their
doors stand open every day. Pull
many of these are costly miracles of
marble, fresco, bronze and painted
scene; mosaics rare and precious
stones, and gild and glint of jewelry.
In olden times, those times of pagan
dom, the temples were the banks in
which men of menns could keep thoir
bank account the priests the safe
cashiers, who had not heard of Mont
real. These present fanes you may do-
posit in, as many a one has treely
done, but no checks aro honored here.
Theso churches here havo much of in
terest onch has its private, curious
history oacli picture, saint and chap
el hns its talo to toll, and some are
curious to find them out; but lifo is
too short wo seo within a church or
two, and leave the rest bohind.
O Tlio Lovers of the Queen,
Tlio splendid pageant of tlio opening
of Parliament nnd tho passing of tlio
Queen in Btato from Buckingham 1
Palaco to tho liouso of Lords, recalls
tho day, as men look on her, in her
Mary Stuart mourning, when sho
traveled that Bamo route as a happy
young brido. Victoria, like nil other
girls, had some lovers before tho lucky
ono came. Her first was the lato Lord
Elphinstone, a tall, singularly hand
sonio young peer, who was sent to
Madras as Governor to get him out of
tlio way. Her next was Lord Fitz
allan, another six-footer, a splendid
young officer of the First Lifo Guards,
grandson of tho then Duko of Norfolk,
nnd nftorwnrds Duko of Norfolk him
self; but he was a Roman Catholic a
fatal objection. Fitzallan fell passion
ately in love with a pretty
barmaid, who administered beer
at a tap opposite tlio Horse
Guards, and wished to marry her. His
family sent him abroad to get over
his young passion, and, falling ill at
Athens, ho married the daughter of
Admiral Lyons, British Minister there,
and sister of Lord Lyons, remembered
as Minister at Washington, who hnd
attended him through his sickness,
and who is still living as Dowager
Duchess. Her third lover was Lord
Alfred Paget, one of tho Marquis of
Anglesey's splendid sons, nn officer of
"tho Blues," standing nbout six feet
two, who is tho father of Cnptain Pa
get, mnrried to our Miss Minnio Ste
vens, and who was then her cquerry-in-chief,
and has continued as equerry
over since,
This lovo affair was regarded as so
dangerous that King Leopold of Hel -
gium, tho Queen's uncle, brother of her
mother, tho Duchess of Kent, was sent
lor. Tho result was that Prince Al
bert was sent for next. Albert was at
that time a courteous, elmst', quiet,
mild, bland, accomplished prince, but
hero nnd thero a keen observer might
have detected on his round, full face a
flush, and in his manner a fluttor
which bespoke tho agitation that
bwelled tho heart beneath. Over the
chimney piece, too, of his student
chamber, there hung ono of Clinton's
exquisite drawings of Victoria which,
though too flatteringly graceful and
niry even then, still when surrounded
with tho interest 'which of itself lent
beauty to a young girl placed in such
a position gave a fairer idea of her
than would bo imagined in her present
grosser figure and highly colored face,
as presented in the most correct
nnd delightful pictures of court
life, by Adam Badeau. Albert, though
little noticed, had been present at Vic
toria's coronation scene, a silent, but
not, wo fancy, nn uninterested specta
tor. When Victoria was seated on
Princo Edward's throne and the shout
which proclaimed the girl he was edu
cated to look on as his wife, queen of
thoempire on which the sun never sets
ran along tlie roof ot tho good old Ah
boy, and was borno on tho boom of
guns down to tiic City Tower, he must
have felt Bonio emotion; and when she
tripped over, with ngilogracoto lift up
old Lord Rolle, who had tumbled, may
wo not fancy that emotion grow into
sonio softer feeling. That ueuing,too,
when on hor return, the woman wept, as
Grovillo tells us, because M10 feared to
bo a queen, Albert niny havo been
near. A woman's tears nro nt all
time's touching. At such moments a
lifo of happiness or unhappiness, as
tho case may be, is often built. Bo
this as it may, queens aro not allowed
to possess or at 1 ast indulge in the
feelings of other folk, and the nows men
for onco did not, a few days after.con
vcrt a yawn into a sigh or gild a smile
with sentiment.
Well, at all events, when Leopold
cent for Albert, quick and with luggage
light ns a young American starting
for Arkansas, tho appointed youth
booked himself in the small steamer
which staggers between Ostend nnd
Dover. Tho nffair was very quietly
managed by Leopold. In the Court
Circle column tho Prince's nnmefound
rather a mean and minioncd place,
and as tho Princo and Queen went out
tho evening after his arrival for a
Baunter in the woods, their Btroll was
unobserved except by tho select fow
who were in tho secret. But Victoria's
maid, Rosalie, a kind, mischievous,
merry littleelf from Longenschwnlbach
and who was moro excited that even
ing than Victoria herself prattled, for
a littlo guilden, to tho court news
man of how Albert's meek eyes, when
they returned, wero radiant with jov,
and Victoria looked slightly flushed,
nnd woroin hergirdlo n small flower
tho flower ot a dove which, through
all tho darkness of widowhood, has
never lost its freshness and herstraw
cottage hat was chrushed back in
front. Perchance she caught n branch
perchnucp some sweeter pressure
about which I think there nro sonio
lovely young brides in Now York
could tell. Bo this as it may, theclub
man calling, tho next morning, for his
tea and toast and Times was startled
by the announcement that "Her Maj-
cblj-was auouc to leau to tho hyme
neal alter his Royal Highness Prince
Albert of Gotha and Snxe-Coburg"
nnd thus Victoria was wooed and
won. W. Stuart, in Town Topics.
The Ants and the Cyclone.
It is stated that about a century
flince thero appeared on tho island of
Grenada numberless colonies of nuts.
No one know whence they came, but
they so multiplied that they became
fatal to the sugar cane, jf as that
was theprincinal industry the cravest I
results wero apprehended. All expe-
&L$ fc. 7. and th? !
bw vciium-uk, in j., 10 ouereu urewaru
of 100,000 for any invention to de-
stroy them. In 1780 nature came to
their relief in. the , way of a terrific '
cyclono and rainfal which b ew down
what cane was standing, drowned out
thennts, and new prosperity followed.
-Toledo Blade.
A Good Ucnr Story.
PnrkeraburR Cor. Chicago Tribun.
Rev. Dr. Webb, a minister of tho
Baptist faith, who is well known in
tho interior counties, had a rough
timo of it not very long ago while trav
oling through tho woods. Tho section
of country to which his duties call hinv
is sparsely settled, and is full of gnmo
and bears, wildcats and panthers.
Tho preacher had ropeatcdly been ad
vised to enrry a rovolver or gun, but
nev" went ftrnied with anything moro
formidable than a pocket-knife until
after his resent encounter,
On a recent trip over tho mountains
tho preacher was quietly walking
along the top of n ridge which was
thickly covered with heavy tiinbor,
when he wns rudely interrupted by a
pig-like gruntdirectly in front of him.
Raising his eyes, expecting to see a
Btny hog, ho found himself face to
face with a largo bear, whoso snapp
ing little eyes bntrayed an intention
to discuss tho right of tho way with
tho reverend gentleman. Mr. Webb
threw up his hands and shouted at
Brum and advanced in a threatening
manner, expecting to seo tho bear am
ble away in fright. But tho unortho
dox bruto didn't run. on thecontrary,
he reared np on his hind legs nnd ad
vanced toward tho minister m a
threatening manner, with mouth open
and his black paws stretched out
ready to embrace his opponent in a
warm, if not affectionate, manner.
The preacher dodged behind a large
oak tree and drow his pocket-knifo.
Just as tho bear reached the tree
the doctor dodged around to tho other
er side but was quickly followed by
tho bear. The subsequent proceed
ing interested tho doctor to
such an extent that he forgot tho text
for tho next Sundav's sermon nn
which lis had been ruminating. Round
j and round they scurried; sometimes
1 tho bear would get closo enough to
reach the doctor's coat sleeve or skirl-..
on which occasion he would eliminato
a portion of the doctor's apparol, and
the doctor would return the compli
mont by plunging the knife-blndo into
tlio bear s paw, neck or nose. In a
Bhort timo tno doctor was most com
pletely stripped of coat sleeves and
skirt, and had a number of severe
scratches on his nrms and body,
while tho bear had received a dozen
or bo of cuts nnd stabs from the
preacher's khife.
It didn't tako many minutes of this
exercise to convince the preacher that
ho was not an ndept in killing bears,
and ho concluded to climb a tree.
By a lucky stroke ho struck
his knife into tho eye of
the brute, which lay dowh nnd
whined pitifully. Taking ndyantage
ot the opportunity, WebU ran to the
nearest treo with low-lying branches
and scrambled up, but not too soon,
for tho benr was on his feet and after
him before ho reached a safo limb. A.
bear is an excellent climber, and in a
trico was in the tree with Webb, who
began to crawl further out on the
limb. The bear followed him up until
he was within four of fivo feet of Webb,
when the limb began to settle towards
the ground. Bruin hesitated a mo
ment, and then carofully advanced
until ho was within reach of Webb's
arm, when the latter plunged for tho
bear's sound oyo and succeeded in
plunging his knife in tho brute's head.
The bear lost his balance and fell ta
tho ground. Tlio limb, which had
been thus bent at on angle of forty
degrees by tho combined weight of
preacher and the bear, suddenly flew
back to its natural position, throw
inn the preacher into tho nir. His do
scent was moro rapid than graceful,
nnd ho landed almost on top of tne
bear, which was by this tiino getting
upon his feet. Webb was not hurt by
the fall, and before tho bear could got
his sound eye in proper bearing Webb
stabbed him in tlio neck and severed
the jugular vein. In another moment
Bruin was dead at the preacher's feet.
Old Southern Homes Decay
Savannah Nows.
A great many of tho plantations in
different parts of tho South, which
wero onco well-known for their size,
the magnificence of the residences
upon them, the hospitality of their
owners, or on account of the promi
nence of tho families which possessed
them, aro now falling into ruins. The
reason of this is perhaps that the
land has been worked so long without
being fertlized that it has become
poor, or it may be that those to
whose possession it has passed lack
tho energy and skill which aro requir
ed to mako it pay under the present
system of labor. One of these famous
old places in Liberty County, in
this state, was lately sold to a color
ed man for $2,500, only part of tho
r'un.-ijiiHu money ueing required at once.
It is known as Laurel view, and is
within two miles of tho historic town
of Sunbury. It was onco tho home of
the giited John Elliott, and a very
beautiful homo it was. John . iott
represented Georgia in tho United
States Senate from 3 820 to 1820.
The plantation contains 2,300 acres.
It was purchased during tho war of
secession by Linton Stevens, nnd woa
sold to tho present ownerby his heirs..
The district in wii'ch tho plantation is.
situated was noted from the first Bettle
nient of the state until the emancipa
tion of the slaves for the wealth and
intelligence of its citizens. Ir. in nn-
To thcolor d ? op '8 pi
.-mo i. 1. . i !..., Jr.eatpl
however, almost wholly abandoned
fftrniF T Vml A, a " . bn,au
kernes of meT notXfT 3
and riiHnrn nml nt . ...
beau tv and S.h, ,1 f P"8 ?
3ecvandbeSr S i,?.8 nBlnt 1
mud Ml innrnlni,, m BtlCKS, a"a
marvelous chJl tM 5.a4nWOrd8i -h.e
?" JX'E tieJI?lwl',fL1
prosperous district.
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