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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 action :— "Do you like toast, Miss B ?" " Yes," responded the lady, slightly surprised at the question. "Buttered toast?" "Yes." "Buttered on both sides?" "Yes," "That is strange; so do I. Let us get mar ried." 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 will." " 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 ually. 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 arated. 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 Kate!" "This will never do to take the youngest, and by all odds the prettiest," said the old gentleman, seriously. " I must have her or none," was the response, spoken decidedly. " 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 dollars," " 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 upon it." " 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 somebody." 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 own knowledge. A lady and gentleman who had been ao-