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xuc a t ft a fti i ta e j t a lib 4 hi t.a n & FB"nK' AN INDEPENDENT FAMILY NEWSPAPER. "ZZ'bSJ?,' - : v . . - . '" " - -: ' -' 1 - 1 - - .i." - --- ' . ' . . - -- rol. I"V. New J31ooinliolcl, IPai., TVtsireli 1S? 1870. Xo. 11. TlfK BL00XF1ELD TlMES Is Published Weekly, At New Kloomfield, Pcnn'n. FRANK MOUTHER. sunicniPTioN thumb. ONE DOLL Alt mil YEA It ! IN ADVANCE. ADVEHTISINO KATES. Trantitut 8 Cents per line for one insertion. 13 " " " two insert ions. 15 " " " three insertions. Business Notices in Local Column 10 Cents per line. Notices of Marriages or Deaths inserted free. Tributes of Respect, &c, Ten cents per line. YEAW.Y ADVEKTISEMENTS. One Square per year, including paper, I 8 00 Two Squares per year, including paper, 12 00 Three Squares " " ' 10 00 Four Squares " " " 20 00 Ten Lines Nonpareil or one Inch, is one square. The Hasty Marriage. AX INTERESTING STORY, SOME sixty-five or seventy years ago, a vessel from Boston, arrived at one of the wharves in London. Among the liands on board, was one by the name of Tudor, a steady, respectable, and well looking young man, who acted in the capa city of both cooper and sailor. Very early one morning, and before any other hand Tudor had como on deck, a young, beauti ful, and tolerably well-dressed female came tripping down the street to the vessel, and enquired of Tudor for the Captain. She was told he had not yet rose, but she insist ed on seeing him without delay, and with Tudor's permission, proceeded to his berth, and arousing him, addressed him with : " Good morning, Captain, I have called to see if you would marry me." " Marry you 1" replied the astonished Captain, believing her to lie of a suspicious character, " leave my vessel instantly if you know what is for your interest." She then went to the mate's berth and asked him if he would marry her, and re ceiving an answer similar to the Captain's, sho went upon deck, where Tudor was en gaged in some business, and put the same question to him. "With all my heart," answered Tudor, in a half serious and half jocular manner. "Then," said she, como along with me," Tudor left his work and followed her, with motives which ho afterwards declared he could never satisfactorily account for even to himself. By the time they ' had reached the principal streets of the city many of the shops had been opened. The lady en tered a barber's shop followed by Tudor, beckoned him to he seated, and ordered the knight of the razor to take off his beard and hair, both of which operations ho un questionably greatly stood in need of. She footed the bill, and they left the shop, but soon entered a hat store. She requested that the best lot of beavers in the store might be placed upon the counter, and then told Tudor to select such an one as suited him. lie soon did this ; the price was paid by the lady. Tudor threw aside his old tarpauling, and left the store, in company with his companion, in a beaver that would not have disgraced his Majesty the King himself. They next visited a shoo store, where Tudor was not long in selecting a pair of boots, nor the lady in paying for them. Tudor by this timo was puzzled to divine the object the lady had in view, and it must lie acknowledged, ho was apprehensive all was not right. But fully aware that he had committed no crime to make him dread the face of any mortal, and wishing to see the end of the farce which he considered then fairly commenced, ho was determined to press forward prepared for the worst, trust ing everything to his guide and compan ion. Ho solicited from the lady an explan ation of her designs, but she told him to bo silent and ask no questions, and immedi ately led tho way into a clothing store, with Tudor at her side. Here Tudor was told to select the best suit of clothes in tho store that fitted him, with corresponding articles of clothing ; and the sailor in his doublet, tar-bedaubed pantaloons, and chequered shirt, was in a few minutes metamorphosed into as fine a gentleman, as far as appear ance was concerned, as had walked tho streets of that great metropolis for many a day. Tho bill at this place, as at the oth ers, was paid by tho lady. Tudor's amazement was now complete, lie neither knew what to say or to think. Who tho lady was, what her intentions were, he could not even surmise. He again asked for an explanation, and insisted upon ono ; but tho only answer he received, was, " Follow me, and be not alarmed all will bo explained hereafter to your entire satis faction." t One thing Tudor was obliged to acknowl edge the lady, thus far, had done by him as ho could have wished ; ho therefore re solved to ask no more questions, and to comply with all her requests and demands. Presently she conducted him into a mag istrate's office, and politely requested the minister of tho law to unite her and her companion in the bands of matrimony ! This was something of a damper to Tudor, but nevertheless he strictly yielded ; the ceremony was soon commenced and in a few seconds tho couple were pronounced wan and wife. Without uttering a word, or even ex changing a kiss, Tudor and his wife now left tho magistrate's, but not, however, un til she had given him a sovereign for his services. The couple passed through many streets in silence Tudor "hardly knowing what he was doing, or what ho had done, and cer tainly ignorant of where he was going, or what awaited him ; and of the thoughts that occupied liis wife's mind, the reader will soon bo able to judge for himself. Turning the corner of a street, Tudor be held a few rods in front of hiin, a splendid dwelling, towards which the wife seemed to direct her footsteps as well as his own, and into the front door of which they indeed soon entered. Tho room into which Tudor was ushered by his wife was furnished in a stylo of the greatest magnificence. She sat him a chair, telling him to make himself contented for a minute or two, and then passed into another room. Tho first ono here to address her, was her uncle, who, on seeing her enter tho room, jumped in astonishment from his chair, and calling liar by name, demanded how sho had escaped from her room, and where she had been. Uer only answer was, "Thou fiend in human shape, I allow you just one hour to remove your effects from this house. The actual possession of my property hero you have long deprived meof, and vainly thought you had made arrange ments by which you could have deprived me of it through lifo ; but I havo frustrated your wicked designs I am now mistress of my own house, for I was this moment mar ried, and my husband is now in the front room." I must now leave tho newly-married couple for a short time, for tho purpose of reverting to the previous history of Mrs. Tudor. She was tho only child of a very wealthy gentleman, whom I shall designate as Mr. A., not recollecting his actual name, and for the same reason, I shall give to his daughter tho name of Eliza. Ho had spared neither time nor expense in tho edu cation of his daughter, sho being tho only object of his care and regard, his wifo hav ing died when sho was quite young ; and, before his death, which took place when she was fourteen or fifteen years of ago, he had the satisfaction of witnessing her one of the most beautiful young ladies of London. A short time previous to his death, an ar rangement was entered into between Mr. A. and a brother of his, by which his brother was to have possession of his dwel ling house, his servants, horses, carriages, and such other property as had not been deposited in banks for tho benefit of his daughter, till, the time of her manage, when tho possession of them was to be given up to her husband. It was a condition of, the agreement that in tho case Eliza diod without marrying, tho property was to go to her uncle and his family. Immediately after the death of Mr. A., his brother removed into his dwelling ; Eliza boarded in his family ; and everything went on very agreeably for some months, when Eliza discovered in her uncle and his family, manifestations that she should never marry tho reason for which, from what has already been said, must be obvious to every reader. Unluckily for Eliza, she did not discover tho diabolical plot in season to frustrate) it in its bud. It was nothing less than this : to shut her up in one of tho cen tre rooms, in the third story of the house ; to prevent her leaving it by keeping tho doors and windows thoroughly bolted, and refused her tho company of her associates, by telling them, when they called, that she was cither at school or was at some of the shops on business, or had taken a ride in tho country for her health, and to see some of her relations, or telling them something clso equally destitute Of truth. Eliza generally received her meals through a small door in tho ceiling, from the hands of her unfeeling aunt, to whom her cries for liberation from, her lonely and dismal prison house, were no mora effectual than they would havo been had they been direct ed to the idle wind. Three years was tho unfortunato gill thus shut out from all communication with the world, when ono morning her scanty breakfast was carried to her by an old fe male servant of her father. Eliza once more discovering the faco of her old friend and servant Juan, burst into tears, and at tsmpted several times to speak, but was unable to do so. Juan well understood the meaning of these incoherent sobbings, and said, herself almost unable to speak from emotion : "Hush, Eliza, Mistress; speak not; I understand all. Your tyrant aunt was taken suddenly ill last night, and the doc tor says it is doubtful whether she long sur vives. I will see you again at noon, and at evening. Somo of your old servants havo long been planning means for your escape, and are now in hopes of effecting it ;" and without waiting for Eliza's thanks and blessings, tripped down stairs. Eliza, although unablo for somo time to partake of her simple repast, did so at last with a better zest than she had ever before. I lor old servants were still about the house, and were bent upon her rescue ! Most wel come, soul inspiring intelligence ! " What 1" said sho to herself, "is it pos sible that I am to be delivered from this vile place of confinement? Is it possible that ail connected with this establishment my own establishment do not possess hearts of adamant ? God speed thee, Juan, and thy associates in thy work of love and mercy." It is unnecessary to detail all the minutiiu of the scheme for Eliza's escape, and tho several interviews held between her and Juan during tho threo days sho supplied Eliza with her meals. Suffice it to say, that on tho evening of the fourth day after the above interview, Eliza was furnished with an instrument to unbar her window, and was promised a rope ladder the following evening, to effect her descent from ono of the windows in tho room adjoining ; but having loosened tho bars of the window the samo evening the instrument for that pur pose was put into her hands, she determin ed not to wait until tho following evening for the promised ladder, not knowing but the plot of the servants might be discovered by her uncle, or by somo of his children ; and she accordingly went to work, making a rope, (if such it may be called) from her bed clothes, by tearing them into strips and tying the ends together. After a few hour's labor sho completed her rope, but fearing it might not bo strong enough to support her, it was sonic time before she dared to at tempt a descent. But preferring deatli to a longer confinement, and fearing she might bo detected, she resolved to make the at tempt, resigning herself into- the hands of Him who is the orphan's friend. She did mako the attempt, and sho was successful ! Yes, sho was now liberated from a prison in her own house, where, for filthy lucre's sake, sho had been confined by hei uncle, and once more breathed the pure air of free dom. This was about day-light. She im mediately bent her steps towards the wharf where the Boston vessels lay ; and from that period in her life till sho ushered her hus band in her own house, tho reader lias al ready had an account of. Tho surprised and horror-stricken uncle stood in mute astonishment for some mo ments, after being informed by Eliza of her marriage. Sho again repeated the demand, "Leave my house in an hour, monster 1" and then returned to her husband where tho promised explanation was made. Tho amazement of Tudor, and the trans port of his wife, at this sudden change in their fortunes and conditions, may possibly be conceived, but they certainly cannot be expressed. Being incompetent to tho task, I will not attempt to describe tho scenes that successively followed the embraces of the happy couple, and the kisses exchanged tho joy of the faithful servants at seeing their young mistress once more at liberty the chagrin, mortification and decampment of the inhuman uncle, and his family tho congratulations of old friends and acquaint ances tho parties that wero given by Mrs. Tudor, as well as those attended by her and her husband their many rides into tho country, &c, &c. Ono pleasant morning, somo four or five days after the marriage, tho attention of tho officers and hands belonging to the Boston vessel was directed to a splendid carriage drawn by two cream-colored horses, richly caparisoned, which was approaching the wharf, and in a few moments halted in front of the vessel. The driver dismounted the box, and let down tho steps of tho carriage ; a gentleman gorgeously dressed, stepped out, and assisted a lady with corresponding habiliments, to alight ; they then stepped on board tho vessel, when tho gentleman asked tho Captain what port ho was from, how many days he was in performing tho passage, when ho intended to return, the amount of faro for passengers, and other questions of a like nature, and receiving appropriate answers to tho same, asked leave to examine tho cabins and tho other accommodations of the vessel (all tho while avoiding, as far as possible, the scrutiny of tho Captain,) which were very courteously shown him. He then observed, that ho and his lady had somo thoughts of soon start ing for America, and in case they concluded to do so, assured tho Captain they would take passage with him. They then left tho cabin, but liofoio leaving the vessel, the gentleman turned to tho Captain and said : "Capt. , (calling him by name) before leaving your vessel, permit mo to in troduco you to Mrs. Tudor." It was licit until this moment, that the Captain and those around him, recognized in the elegantly dressed gentleman, their old friend and companion, Tudor the coop er ! they supposing that some sad, if not fatal accident, had befallen him. I once more leave tho reader to judge of the congratulations that now followed, and of the healths that were drank. Tho remainder of my imperfect sketch is soon told. Tudor distributed the wages coming to hiin among his old associates bade them good-bye, but not however, until he had extracted a promise from the Cap tain and his crew, to call its often as possi ble upon him, bofore sailing left the ves sel, entered his carriage and was driven to his own door. Tudor and his wifo lived through life upon the most amicablo terms, and wcrft blessed with prosperity and an obedient and especttui circle of children. Somo vcars after his marriage, he returned, accompanied Liy lus wife, to his native place, Boston, where he built two or three wharves., that bear his name to-this day. They afterwards cturned to London, where thev died as they had lived since their union; honored by all who enjoyed theii acquaintance. Terrific Cat and Kat Story. riIIE following was given to mo by a JL farmer living near Peru, as a veritable? truth, to tho best of his ability : " He was sitting in his barn silently en gaged in mending an old harness, when ho observed his favorite Tom cat cautiously- approaching an opening between two bar rels. Tom squatted near the point of ob servation, his tafl moving with majestic slowness, his care set forward inquiringly, while his body glided nearer and nearer to tho opening. Suddenly he shot forward like a black bolt of lightning, and as quick ly back again, bringing with him a huge rat. The rat struggled violently and squeal ed terribly, but Tom laughed, his long, black tail proudly perpendicular. Tom laughed before he was out of the woods, for the terrible screams of his victim called a whole regiment of rats to the rescue. They rushed in upon Tom from every point of tho compass, too swift and too numerous to be counted. Tom was surprised out of his discretion and sprung three feet from tho floor, with a rat holding to each hind leg, and the rest eager for him to come down. He came down, of course, and then began a most fearful struggle. Tom sworo terri bly (in cat latin), furious fell his blows. Tho rats fought in silence, except when Tom's sharp teeth met under tho back bono of somo luckless wretch. Tom was losing ground ; the pressure was too great for him ; he was down, two or three wero clinging to each leg, had a dozen at his throat, and rats swarming all over him. At this criti cal moment, an Amazon cat, with her two grown kittens, leaped from the hay-mow and pitched in for Tom. This timely rein forcement soon ended the struggle. Tom limped away, bleeding freely, but tho dead and dying victims of his prowess were no less than thirteen, besides the wounded that escaped no prisoners taken. A Singular Will. Tho following singular will was made by a miser in Ireland : "I give and bequeathe to my sister-in-law, Mary Dennis, four old worsted stock ings, which sho will find beneath my bed : to my nephew, Charles Macartney, two oth er pair of stockings, lying in the box whero I keep my linen ; to Lieutenant Johnson, of His Majesty's fifth regiment of foot, my only pair of white cotton stockings, and my old scarlet great-coat; and to Hannah Burke, my house-keeper, in return for her long and faithful services, my cracked earthen-pitcher." Hannah, in high wrath, told tho other legatees that she resigned to them her valu. able share of the property, and then retir ed. In equal rage, Charles kicked down the pitcher, and, as it broke, a large num ber of guineas fell out and rolled along tho floor. This fortunate discovery induced those present to examino tho stocking?, which, to thoir groat joy, wore crammed with money. A Good Answer. Old Kingsbury, of N. II., was remarka ble for dry humor. As ho passed a rye field, one morning, in 'August, ho saw a lawyer of tho village, surveying his posses sions. Says the lawyer : "What makes you cany your head stooping upon your breast, friend KV You see me ! I carry mine erect and upright." "Squire," answered Kingsbury, "look at that field of grain ! Tho full ears han down like mine ; but the empty lw.uls.stan up like your own."