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A CURIOUS LOVE STORY.
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E. M. McAULEY,
Ii. V. MANNOX.
J. it. iiekrin.
MANNON & HERRIN,
HE LEARNED A LESSON IN ETIQUETTE.
OI KICK OVKR M DANIEL & FRY'S STORE
A FULL LINE OP
T NE of the nvpnt carious lovo titorics 1
Pj I oyer heard Uncle John told mo.
V I give it verbatim, only omitting the
names of the actors, since the btory is
true, and some of them may yet survive.
In the autumn of 18 I was returning
homo from Tennessee, riding horseback,
as was the fashion of young men in that
day, and stopping for the night wherever
I happened to bo.
I was in County, western North
Carolina, the land of beauty and unwrit
ten roinanco, and my road lay through
the most beautiful country I ever saw.
Such low lands and meadows! Why,
thoy were the very El Dorado of cattle
and stock-raisers. A sudden and violent
storm drove me for refugo to the first
house in sight, which proved to be that
of General G -.
A splendid place it was, kept like an
Such timber, such meadow lands, such
wide stretches of cultivated fields Whv.
it was a perfect picture. I never saw such
a superb domain in all my life. The
house, too, fairly, matched the land in
which it was sot. It was a perfectly ideal
homo in all its appointments.
General G was the soul of genial
Hospitality. A tall, handsome, courte-
OMB, and very scholarly man, tit lord for
so fair a manor.
We seemed to tako a mutual fancy to
each other, and I stayed on from day to
ci.iy until l nacl spent a month with him.
Ono night, over our walnuts and wine,
L happened to bo struck bv tho incon
gruity of such a beautiful homo being
only a bashelor's den, and looking up
suddenly l said :
''How comes it, general, that so well
gilap.d a cage holds no singing-bird?
Why tlon't you put afair dame as mistress
in this lovely house?"
A deep flush rose as swiftly as sheet
lightning m his face, and he answered
rather roughly :
" Do I look like a man that a fair wo
man could love?"
I locked him over critically. A tall
stalwart, well-preserved man of fifty-five
or sixty, with a rather stormy, but very
handsome face, every inch a man, and a
gentleman -one who could he loved and
well loved too. And I said quickly :
"I think you are a man who could botl
win and hold a lady's loving favor. if jou
cared to try."
lie ?Hutrhed lis.ri:hv snd then said
"Do you? Then to prove the fallacy !
oi a young man's opinion I'll tell yoq a
story that I bave-never told to mortal ear
except my father's.
" When I was a young man younger
than you ore I lived with my father
ncrow; the road yonder, where my sister
. now lives.
" We two were my father's only chil
dren, and he never let us leave him. We
were educated together by an English
.tutor an Oxford graduate and though
I had neAer gone to college I was fairly
well educated and had the tastes and hab
its of a gentleman;
' One summer, thirty years ago this
yt-ar, our quiet was invaded by some cous
ins of my father's from the eastern part
of thfl State, who brought with them a
.yemg lady who was a cousin of theirs.
Vith their arrival a new life dawned for
me. Laura the young lady visiting with
them, wag the first unmarried woman of
our own rank that I had ever known.
Fhe was a beautiful woman, and the
sweetest, loveliest, most lovable creature
" :n all of God's great universe.
"I fell in love with her at sight, and I
am in love with her now. We were al
wivs togother, riding, walking, boating,
r'-ading all the time. '
"I asked her to marry ine without a
ar of refusal she seemed to be so abso
'.utely a part of my life and she accepted
me as frankly. And I swear before Heav
en I never doubted that our future lives
v"T') to be passed together.
'They returned to the low country in
i October, and I was to go down in April
to be married.
"As soon ns they left I began to build
this house as-a home for my wife; and
evo.ry hour of my waking life was absorb
ed in the thought of her. .1 seemed to be
so absorbed in the consciousness of her
t,hn I did not miss her actual presence.
" About four months after she left, one
clay my father said: 'Charles, when did
you hear last from Laura? '
" I I don't understand you, sir ; I
answered stupidly enough.
" Why my question was very simple.
When did you last hear from the woman
who promised to marry you? '
" ' I have never heard from her, sir.'
" ' Never heard from her ! Why, what
tho matter?. Has she any foolish wru-
;tv linst answering your letters
have never written to her, sir,
ever written to her!' Wby, good
L' .wens, my son, what do you mean
' Simply that I have never written to
,. r, sir. I never thought of it.'
" ' Do you dare to say that you have
grown indifferent to that sweet young
n-eu.a-e,.and arc trifling with the affec
tions t'.nt you won? Do you no longer
!.l.ii? , ,T
" T . ve ber ! ' I broke forth. ' I wor
'Iii' iier, sir!.' '
'Then, why in Heaven's name did
v .fit. write to her?'
!.n'tknow, sir; except that I nev
.,, .,i.rht. of it: that is all I can say.
', swear I meant no slight or indiffer
1 iove her as my 6wn eonl, and I
. no .visa in i'11- ai'HJ i uum uu.
'' ' WfH, my Pun, I advise you to mount
err :.nr.- nt once an'l ride as fast as you
!! to t tit- gl
s hou.-.,.anl it you can
my terms she gives I doubt if you will
lave an easy 10b of it. How you can ex
plain vour silence to her so as to satisfy
icr pride and nllection 1 Uon t see, out
oso no time and do your best.'
lliese words put me into a period
"in less than an hour I had started for
tho low country. I never spared either
my horse or myself, I rode night and
day, and at last reached Fayetteville one
stormy night long alter dark.
Laura's home Jay nearly a day's ride
further on, but my horse and his rider
were both worn out, and rest we must.
" W hen I went to register my name 1
saw Laura s name written just aoove,
anil upon inquiry found that she was ac
companying her broiher-in-law to Ten
nessee where they meant to make their fu
ture home. I at once sent -a request that
she would see roe, which was refused. I
sent another more urgent entreaty,. and
received another refusal.
I then sent for the brother-in-law.
Ho came, very cold and stiff, resenting
what he called mv treatment of his sister.
I threw mvself unon his meretf. I
told him the exact truth. I could not
explain how it happened that I never
thought of writing, but 1 had never one?
thought of it. I loved her with all my
soul, and and had but one wish in life,
and that was that she should my wife.
" He was completely won over to my
side, and promised to use his influence in
my behalf. He went oil to see Laura,
and after a long time came back, very
much annoyed, and said :
" ' I can't do anything with her. She
will see you if you insist, but she would
much ralher be spared the pain of meet
ing you and frankly, I don't think it
will do any good : but you can try.'
"I insisted on seeing her. I would
have fought my way to her, for it was a
life and death matter to me.
"She camo at once at the summons.
cold, pale, changed, like an ico image of
the lovely, tender, clinging young creat
ure from whom I had parted.
" I seized her hands and poured forth
my story of love and longing. Sho list
ened like a statute; and when I paused
lor a reply, she only said :
" ' Why did you not write to me I'
" 1 1 don't know. I I never, thought
of it,' I stammered awkwardly. ,
" 'And yet you say you love me ! You
let four months of unbroken silence
stretch between you and the woman you
had promised to be your wife in so short
a time. And vou can onlv account for
such an unheard of thing by saying you
never thought about writing and stil
you profess to love me !'
" ' I do love you. I have never ceased
to love you, or to think of you for one
" 'And I t can not belieye you ! Nol
Stop ! Hear mo out. I know I love you.
I know the thought of you ran like a vis
ible thread through every moment of my
iife. I know how I hoped to hear from
you ; how I longed and agonized ; how
bitter was my disappointment; how deep
my hurt; how. keen my humiliation as
days, weeks, months passed in utter si
lence, and at last your name dropped into
silence. My friends, hurt and indignant
for me, were yet too kind to add to my
anguish by words or questions. And be
cause I know what lovo h I can not be
lieve that you love me. I do not know
why you have sought me and insisted on
seeing me I only know that my faith in
you is dead, and I am worse than a wid
owed woman, for I have not even the
memory of love to comfort me.'
"She wrung her hands together once
with such a hopeless gesture, and then
stood still before me.
" I had nothing to say. What could I
say ? I had.urged my only plea in vain',
but at last I said :
" I can not defend, explain, or excuse
my silence further than I have already
done. I can only repeat before God as
my witness that I love you with all my
soul. Will you not try to believe
, She looked at me with an agonv of
longing in her eyes. I knew she wanted
to yield, and perhaps if I had dared to
take her in my arms it might havo been
different; but I waited in i.bsolute Bilence
and at last she said :
" I can not believe vou. Let me go ! "
I stood aside, and held the door open
for her to pass out, and she went out
without one backward glance. And in less
than live minutes 1 was in the saddle and
on the road home
' ' But you tried again ? "
" No, I never did. I gave it up there
and then. If you had teen her face and
heard her voice you would have seen tho
nselessness of further eflort. Father w as
very kind to me, but died in a few months,
and I went straight to the dogs. 1 drank,
swore, fought, gambled, ana was all that
was ruffianly for ten straight years; then
I sobered down and went to work and
finished building my house, and here I
am. That was thirty years ago. I have
never courted any other woman, or
wished to put a mistress in my house.
1 built it for Laura. It is hers, or no'
body's but mine."
. "And you lovelier still?"
"I love her as dearly to-day as I did
when I first kissed her solt cheek under
the great chestnut-tree yonder tho even
in she promised to be mv wife."
" But, Uncle John, did he really love
" Oh, yes, dear ; there is nq doubt of
that. I never saw a man show more gen
uine emotion.' Why, ho walked the floor
like a caged lion, and his face was as
white as a handkerchief. It was a curl
oiu. story and he couldn't explain it him
self, but he certainly loved her." From
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