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POPPING THE QUESTION.
We have heard of many cases of M popping "
under very singular circumstances, the eccentric,
the abrupt, the business-like, the silly, and a
hundred other styles. Of the eccentric, we would
cite the case of a well-known merchant, who
one day dining at a friend's house, sat next to a
lady who possessed rare charms of ccnversation.
The merchant did not possess this in a very rare
degree, but ho could do that which was next
best, ho could appreciate, an appreciation which
he endeavored to show by the following mode of
"Do you like toast, Miss B ?"
" Yes," responded the lady, slightly surprised
at the question.
"Buttered on both sides?"
"That is strange; so do I. Let us get mar
There cannot be much doubt that the lady was
taken slightly aback, a fact tliut did not prevent
the marriago coming off in about a month after
ward, nor the accession of the lady to one of the
unest establishments in the city.
As a specimen of the abrupt, we shall cite the
ease of a gentleman who had retired from busi
ness at the age of forty, and built himself a beau
tiful house, determined to enjoy life to the ut
most. One day a friend was dining with him,
and said, half jokingly—
" You have everything here that the heart can
desire but a wife."
"That's true. I must think of it," and then
relapsed into silonce for a few minutes, at the
end of which time he rose, begged to be excused
for a short time, and left the room. Ho seized
his hat and wont instantly to a neighbor's, and
was shown into the parlor with the information
from tho servant that neither his master nor
mistress were at home. He told the servant that
he wanted neither, and requested that the house
keeper be sent to him. She came, and the gon
tleman thus addressed her :—
4' Sarah, I have known you for many years,
and I have just been told that I want a wife. —
You aro the only woman I know that I should
be willing to intrust my happiness with, and if
you agree we will be instantly married, What
is your answer?"
Sarah knew the man that addressed her, and
knew that his offer was serious and as well
weighed as though considered a year, and she
answered him in the same spirit.
" I agree."
" Will you be ready in an hour?"
" I shall return to you at that time."
Which he did, the gentleman who had sug
gested the idea accompanying him to the clergy
man's. Many years have passed since then, and
neither party has seen cause to regret the abrupt
proposal and acceptance.
Of the business style, we can cite a case related
to us which we know to bo true. A young man
who had succeeded to the ill-kept, badly culti
vated, though really valuable farm of a deceas
ed uncle, saw at a glance that two things were
absolutely necessary to make him succeed ; the
first being a wife, to take charge of the woman's
department, and tho second, a few thousand dol
lars to stock it with. He could not help think
ing to himself that, possibly, these two great
aids to his happiness and prosperity might be
found together, and yet without attempting to
put his matrimonial and financial ideas into
practice, he allowed them to haunt him contin
With this upon his mind our farmer startod a
horseback journey to a distant part of the coun
try, and upon his return, made an acquaintance
upon the road, in the person of an old gentleman
who was jogginjj the same way. The compan
ions' dined together at a wayside inn, and frater
nized pleasantly, during which the young man
opened his heart to the elder, telling him all his
plans anil aspirations, when the old gentleman
addressed the younger:
" I rather like you, my friend, and your hon
est way of telling your story, and if you will
come and see me I will be glad. I have three
daughters, all as good girls as ever lived. Now
perhaps one of them may be tho very one you
are looking for; if so, I will do my best toward
making the balance of tho matter agre« able.—
Ride over and sco me to-morrow, take dinner
and stay the afternoon, which will give you a
fair chance to see them and judge."
The young man instantly agreed to the pro
posal, making only a condition that the youtig
ladies should not bo informed of the nature of
his errand. This was agreed to, and they sep
The next day at tho time appointed tho young
man dismounted at the door of the house of his
new-made friend, and was heartily welcomed.—
The hour before dinner was consumed in looking
over the farm, the young man in admiring its
keeping, and the old in approving of the sensible
and practical remarks of the younger, when the
meal was announced and the three young ladies
and their mother introduced. They were all, as
the old gentleman had said, fine girls, but the
younger, rosy-cheeked, blue-eyed and laughing
faced, charmed the young farmer especially.—
The dinner over, they once more walked out
for a chat.
" Well, how do you like my daughters ?'' was
the old gentleman's first question.
"They are all nice girls, very nice," said the
young man, thoughtfully.
" And which of them do you liko best ?" was
the next question.
"The youngest, Kate, she is charming, and if
I am to be your son-in-law, you must give me
"This will never do to take the youngest, and
by all odds the prettiest," said the old gentleman,
" I must have her or none," was the response,
" How much money did you say you wanted ?"
" Five thousand dollars will put my farm in
excellent order, and make it worth twenty
thousand to-morrow. I must have five thousand
" 111 give you the sum with either of the eldest
girls," said the old man, positively, " but I will
give but three thousand with Kate."
" Then I may as well go to my home. Five
thousand I must have; I have set my mind
" And I have just as strongly determined to do
only what I have said," was the old gentleman's
reply; "so I suppose the matter is at an end,—
However, we will be good friends, and you must
sometimes run over to see me."
This ended tho conference, and they parted.—
The young man mounted his hoi se and rode
down toward the road, but just as he was about
opening the gate, stooping from his saddle, the
laughing-facjd Kate sprang through the shrub
bery to save him the trouble, |
"Can't you accept my father's terms?"
" Yes, by George, I will, if you say so," was
the instantaneous response.
"Then come over to-morrow morning, before
ten o'clock, and tell him so," and the girl van
ished liko a fairy among the leaves.
Tho young man rode slowly home, but he wan
on hand next morning, according to bidding, and
married the fair Kate in two months after.
As a specimen of tho absurd we cannot do bet
ter than cite a case that occurred within our own
jurisdiction, in a country village of Massachn
setts. There was a certain Zachariah Peebles, a
stout, industrious, sober and bashful farm hand,
a resident of that locality. Zach was celebrated,
not for what he did say, but for what he did not.
his silence being a matter of marvel through all
that chattering neighborhood. Zach, with all his
taciturnity, was not proof against the shafts of
love, and one day was smitten with the whole
some charms of the only child of Widow Brown,
a bright-eyed, aood-looking girl, possessing the
same trait of silence as ZacL, though not in so
eminent a degree.
The first time that Zach showed his admira
tion for the fair Sally was by seizing up a large
bucket of cow feed she was about to carry into
the stables, and hurrying hither in a frightened
way, much as th:ugh ho was taking it from a
burning house. After that Zach seemed to be
perpetually on the watch for opportunities to
save the lair Sally from her heavier work.-
These delicate attentions could not fail to attract
the attention of the Widow Brown, who, really
respecting the young man, invited him into tho
house to spend the evening, and from that time
Zach was a fixity. He wouid sit in the chimney
corner of the old-fashioned house, scarcely ever
speaking, dividing his attention equally between
tho lire and feasting his eyes on Sally,
For two years this quiet adoration went on,
and the neighbors wondered why, as there was
nothing to prevent it, they did not marry. It
never has been known whether the idea arose
out of Zaeu's own brain or whether it was a hint
front a mend, but at last he did rind coqrage to
pop the question. It was done in this way,—
The time was New Year's Eve, and the fair
Saiiy had been preparing a stout jug of mulled
cider, that she might have something to cheer
Zach'a heart when he came in. Zach came, he
drank and took his accustomed seat in th©
chimney corner, where he sat quietly as usual
for a few minutes, and then, without any pre
vious symptoms, he rose up to h.s full height,
six feet and two inches, putting his head up the
chimney, so that but little of him was seen übovo
the waist, and delivered the following ora
tion ; —
"If somebody loved somebody as well as some
body loves somebody, somebody would marry
Zach remained with his head up the chimney,
after this speech, silent as death, for soma
minutes, until he came forth from his place of
refuge at the earnest solicitation of the Widow
Brown, with a face glowing liko the setting sun,
The thing was done, however, and Zach and
Sally were married in a few weeks after, and we
are convinced that if either of them could be in
duced to talk, now, after a trial of a dozen years,
they would say that they were entirely satisfied
with that mode of popping the question.
Among the oddities of the mystery, the one
oyer which we have personally wondered much,
occurred in the city of Philadelphia under our
A lady and gentleman who had been ao-