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WHAT STRANGE INFLUENCE HAS INTERFEREDllEiEIl
IN FIFTEEN MONTHS Tj
WEDDING OF AB FF.NDPJ
MILLIMl
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n FKMUMl and Miss Millie doings will be mar
ried st Whltesburg. Ky., next Wrdnrsday if
Follow Inn that "If" In n strange, weird
story, nnd a mystery which has puzzled
Whltesburg nml most of (In- hill people of
Letcher county for the last fifteen ..lonths.
Homebody, or come organization, or tho
superstitious People declare -come evil spirit
ftiwtt not want Millie fining to marry Ah Fonder nnd In striv
ing hy means of the queen st plan ever conceived to keep them
apart. Five times In the last fifteen months the young couple
has planned to he married, five tlmis tin- due has hecn set.
P live times the guests have assembled, arid five times, on the
eve of the wedding, once within ten minutes before the cere-
ninny was to have begun. Ab Fender has suddenly dlsnp-
; reared. F.ach time, nftir two days, he has returned to
U Whltesburg. a little disheveled, a great deal angry, snd wild
"for revenge. Much one of the five times he has been seized
" upon by an unknown person, or person, and cnrrled away
Into the Hlue Ridge fastnesses to the east of Whltcsburg.
along the Virginia border. Yet not once has Fender hail
t even a glimpse of his assailant or assailants, nor has he heard
a voice speak.. Most of the time he has been only half con
scious, and each time but one he has come to his full Senses
In some out of the way gorge or in some deserted cabin, and
' found himself alone.
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Puzzled to Know Cause of Kidnaping.
The strange ran of It all Is that. In the country of feudists
and bitter enmities and sudden iiuarrel. Ah Fender Is not
known to have even one enemy, his Rental good nature and
Ills sutinv disposition, his willingness to help, his kindness
and generosity, as well us his good looks, having made him
friends in all parts of the county ami with all Tactions. Hut
stranger than that Is the fact that, except Ab, Millie doings
, has no suitor, no acknowledged lover, although she has ad
mirers by the score. She Is one of the prettiest girls in all
liCtchcr county, and, as a girl, the boys from both sides of
the Hlue Ridge were her admirers. Callers flocked to tho
home of Arthur doings, her father, three miles across the
valley from Whltesburg. when she came Into full bloom of
womanhood, but none of them ever had a chance, as Ab
Fender was recognised for years as her favorite.
Ab. Jolly, kindly, handsome. Is one of the "best fixed"
young men In all the Hlue Ridge region, and his timber
lands since he got an opening to the railways across the
mountains In Virginia-have made him a wealthy man-Tor
that district.
Apparently every fine was pleased, and certainly every
one In the district rushed to offer congratulations, when, last
July, It was announced that Ah and Mllly doings would be
married. The date of the wedding was get for Feb. l.'i on a
Wednesday, been use Mllly's mother had been married on
Feb. 1. also a Wednesday and Milly planned to be married
in the same saffron silk gown and old lace veil that hT
mother nnd her mother's mother, back In Petersburg. Vn.,
had worn when they were married.
First of His Queer Experiences.
All the plans for the wedding were laid. Ab traveled
over the mountains to Manchester to buy his wedding finery
ami It was planned that they would take a wedding trip to
Richmond and to Petersburg. The day of the wedding ar
rived. It was to be an evening wedding, and the young couple
was to spend the night at the doings' home nnd start the
next morning over the mountains on horsebnek to dlani
organ, Va., to catch the train. Ab and Millie were together
during the morning but the women were busy and told him
not to be fussing around the bouse and sent him away.
He kissed Millie tenderly and declared he would take him
self out of the way until supper time. Then lie rode Into
Whltesburg, treated the crowd of men who gathered to con
gratulate him, and went up to his sawmill. He returned
to his home In Whltcshurg before fi o'clock, ute supper with
Vance Mullenlx. who was to be his best man, and went up
stairs to attire himself for the wedding, which w,as to take raised
MUlle'g house, but the family refused to permit him to see
her.
Ills story was a strange one. " I was Just finishing
dressing." he said. " when suddenly I thought I heard a noise
on the roof of the porch. I stepped to the window and looked
out. I saw nothing and leaned out further to look Into the
yard. Then it seemed as If 1 was being strangled and I lout
consciousness.
" I waked up late this afternoon. I was In a deserted
nigger cabin on the banks of liven fork."
The mystery of the disappearance and th reappearance
AB FENDED
place at 8 o'clock.
At 7 o'clock Vance, who was dressed and waiting, got
uneasy, fearing they would be late after a three mile drive
to the scene of the festivities, and, going to Ab's room,
knocked nt the door. There was no response and he pushed
the door open nnd entered. Not a trace of the bridegroom
was to be found. The alarm was hastily raised. A score of
persons were let into the secret of the disappearance. A
messenger was dispatched to the doings homestead to notify
the bride of the disappearance of Ab.
Millie was prostrated. Her family and her friends thought
Ab had deliberately run away to avoid marrying her. but
her faith in her lover remained firm, although she wns frantic
with fear that harm had befallen him.
Disappeared While He Was Dressing.
The friends of the missing man scoured the country for
some trace or him. An examination of his room showed that
he had almost finished dressing and was rcudy to put on his
coat and waistcoat when he stopped. Vance Mullenlx vowed
that Ab could not have left the room or the house without
his knowing It, us he was waiting In a room at the bottom
of the stairs. An Investigation In the garden showed
of Ah was the wonder of the district. Millie's angry rela
tives tried to keep them apart, but she saw him and was con
vinced or the truth of his story. Together they discussed
the strange case and decided thnt some unknown enemy had
plotted the kidnaping, hoping that his disappearance would
cause Millie to throw him over.
Lured by His Sweetheart's Voice.
The wedding date was next set Tor April 4. Ab purchased
another wedding outfit, and. in the busy preparations ror the
ceremony, they almost forgot the kidnaping, although Millie
begged Ah to be careful, fearing that some Injury might be
done him. He promised. Again tiny planned an evening
wedding nnd again Vnnce Mullenlx was chosen as best man.
This time Vance staid In the room with Ab until he was at
tired, nnd together and on horseback they started to ride to
the doings home, where the minister and guests were waiting.
Two miles out of Whltesburg they stopped to give their
horse s a drink in Distillery run. which flowed down through
a wild gorge. They had been riding side by side and both
were armed. Dusk had fallen and the shadows were getting
deeper In the woods. Suddenly from up the gorge there
tame a wild scream: " Help, O. Ab. help!"
" My God, It's Millies voice," said Ab, grabbing Ids re
volver, leaping from his horse, und starting toward the
spot, running through the shallow water. " Come on, Vanco,
they're stealing her," he called back.
Vance wns ufter him In a minute. They went crashing
forward up the creek, following the sound or the screams.
Suddenly Vance ceased to hear any sounds. The noise of
Ab tearing through the underbrush along the creek had
stopped and so had the screams. Wild with fear, Vance ran
forward. In vain he searched and called for Ab. There was
no sound. After fifteen minutes' frantic hunt he retreated
tT the road and galloped rapidly to the doings household and
the alarm. All the guests set out to find Ab and
rescue him. Not a trace was to be found. His footsteps
ended suddenly in a piece of soft ground along the creek.
Superstitious Blame Evil Spirits.
All that night and the next day the guests and neighbors
searched, but there was no clew. The superstitious whites
and the ignorant blacks began to think that evil spirits were
conspiring to prevent the wedding.
Friday night Ah, almost crazed by anger, chagrin, and
shame at the notoriety he had brought upon the girl he loved,
reappeared. His clothing was torn, his flesh cut and bruised,
his hands scarred, and he showed evidence of fierce re
sistance. This time the family of Miss doings was determined that
the match should be broken off. " That's Just what they
want," declared Millie. ' If I refuse to wed Ab it will be
Just what they want. I love him and am going to marry him
in spite of them whoever they may be."
Ab's experiences were worse than his first. " I went tear
ing along under the bushes, my revolver in my hand," he
said. " when suddenly I ducked my head to iro under th
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lower branches of a tree. Instantly I was caught by a rope
or Oimthlntr nnil 4..c1r.1 Inln M rri
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footprints RH If some one had Jumped from the low porch around my neck, but I fought as hard as I roold T .
dragged up Into the tree, out of breath and choked. I re-
on which Ab's room faced
The entir mnuinlty was ready to upbraid (or worse)
the recreant lover, and there were a dozen young men ready
to comfort Millie, but she would not listen to them. She de
clared something had happened to Ab and that lie would re
turn and explain.
Two days later, nt dark, Ab reappeared. His wedding
finery wns sadly soiled and torn and he was suffering from
great excitement and Intense feeling. He rushed straight to
member hearing Vance running around on the ground, yell
ing and whistling, and then I partially lost consciousness.
I remember being lifted through the tree and on to the bluff.
I heard no one speak nor did I feel any hands on me. When
1 recovered this morning I was on the banks of Lents creek,
twelve miles down."
A family conference was held and everybody concerned
discussed the matter. There was not a breath of suspicion
attached to any one. The entire affair was a puzzle. There
was a hint that Vance Mullenix might be Interested, as he
had once asked Millie to marry him and been refused, but
both Ab and Millie declined to consider that supposition. It
was even hinted that one of the brldemalds might have in
spired the attacks through love for Ab but Ab blushlngly
denied that such a thing wns possible.
Secret Ceremony Is Interrupted.
Nevertheless, it was decided that the young couple should
be married In secret on the next Wednesday morning. No
one except Ab's mother. Millie's immediate family, and tho
minister was told. It was planned that the wedding should
be arranged so that no one would suspect such a thing. The
minister was to call at the house during the morning. Ab
was to go to his sawmill, cross Copperas mountain, and
come to the doings homestead by the mountain path, arriv
ing at the house at 11 o'clock, and the marriage was to be
solemnized before noon. To further deceive his enemies Ab
was to wear ordinary working clothes and change to better
garments after arriving at the bride's home.
The program was carried out exactly. Ab went to the
room to change his clothes and disappeared again. He was
Blmply gone, and there was not a trace left of him. Friday
morning he reappeared again, sick, suffering from hunger
and exposure. He said that, while dressing, he simply fell
asleep. He remembered smelling some pungent odor Just be
fore he lost consciousness. He had waked up on the other
side of Old Horny mountain, on the Virginia side, the morn
ing after he disappeared, and had been over a day getting
back to Whltesburg.
The only theory possible was that he had been chloro
formed, carried out upon the roof, and thence over the
"leanto" kitchen to the back of the house nnd up the
mountain side. That this could have been accomplished
without attracting the attention of somebody In the house
full of guests seemed impossible.
Refused to Yield to Enemy.
The third disappearance and third postponement of the
wedding caused a great sensation among the ignorant peo
ple, both whites and blacks, who declared evil spirits were
bunded together against the young couple. Ab was so h(
fected that, in his desperation, he offered to renounce Millie,
fearing that he would bring some calamity down upon her.
The girl bravely refused to listen and declared they must
light their enemies together.
It was planned then to delay the wedding until fall and
watch nnd wait for the enemy to expose himself. Nothing
happened and the young people begun to think that the
enemy had forgotten them. On Sept. 0. without saying a
word toaany one, the two decided they would ride Into
Whltesburg. go to the minister's house, and have the cere
mony performed. They reached the minister's house safely
and asked him to marry them at onco. He declared two wit
nesses were necessary. He offered to go for them. The
young couple remained together In the parlor waiting for his
ret urn.
When the minister returned with the two witnesses he
found Millie alone, sleeping, evidently under the Influeu
of some nowerful anesthetic. Ab had disappeared. Mil
did not know when or how. Two days later he ret urn. d
ii gain.
"I was sitting talking to Millie." he said, "and suddenly
1 caught a whiff of the odor 1 noticed the last time I di
nppeared. I turned my head suddenly and saw a shadow
fall on the porch. I started to step to the window and l"..k
out. 1 remember reeling. The next thing I knew I was up by
Baxter's mill. In the mountains."
Kverybody concerned realized finally that they were 1 -it
Ing with some powerful enemy. They decided that the oul;
way was to guard both the bride and groom carefully, sni
round them at all times with friends, and keep guard on tin m
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Accompanied by Armed Guard.
Tho date of the wedding was set for Christmas night.
Again Millie got out her veil and her grandmother's saffron
silk, and again Ab garbed himself In ojie splendor of a groom.
The company asst milled Christmas afternoon, the nu-ti
drinking the health of the bride and groom several times
Kvery time Ab moved one or two of his friends accompanied
1dm. Every man In tho party was armed. 1
At 7:30 that evening Mrs. Clint Rowe, who had been help
Ing dress the bride, called down the stairway: " O, Ab, come
up and see how pretty she looks."
With a bound Ab started up the stairway. Now, at the
landing where the stairway turns, Is a long window, flush
with the floor of tho landing. Ab turned this corner and
stopped, seeing his bride standing, beautiful In the saffron
silk and the old lace veil, at the head of the stairs. An In
stant later there was a shriek from the bride.
"Ab's fallen out of the window." she screamed.
The women stood motionless. The men below were slow
to catch the alarm, but when they did they grasped tluir
revolvers, sprang out the door, and ran around the house.
Rcnrcely a minute had elapsed from the time thnt Ab fell
out of the window, certainly not more than two minutes,
but he had disappeared utterly, nick doings, a brother of
the bride, and Sam White declared they heard the sound of
horses' hoofs beating on the clay road, but whether they did
or not, no one knows. It was discovered that Ab's body had
been carried over the picket fence that separated the yard
fr m the road, but the trail was lost there.
Found in His Bed After Two Days.
The scare that time came near breaking off the match
entirely. For an entire day and two nights tho search con
tinued, then Ab was found asleep In his own bed In Whltes
burg. Whether he was carried there, or came there In a
duze, or how long he had been there, he nor any one else
knew.
The bride was prostrated from fear and the shock of the
fifth destruction of their plans, and Ab was Hick for weeks.
He had suffered two broken ribs and a fractured arm.
" I was caught by the coat from behind and dragged
through the window," he said. " I was not falling, but was
swung out of the window. I distinctly heard some one
slip down the steep roof of the little porch. 1 wns knocked
senseless when I hit the ground and remembered nothing
more."
After Ab recovered he and Millie talked It nil over. They
agreed to get married, despite all opposition, and they firmly
believe that, once wedded, the opposition will cease.
The date for the wedding has been set for next Wednes
day. Guards will surround the house and Ab and Millie will
lie watched constantly until tho ceremony is over. The fact
that no violence, beyond whaf was necessary to effect tho
capture, has been used in any one of the five kidnaplngs. as
sures both Ab und Millie that whoever is behind the act
means them no harm beyond separating them.
Hut they will breathe easier when the " I wills " are said.
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ssklTII) is a youth much worshiped in this hind;
men in love place offerings at his shrine and
love sick maidens seek his counsel he is kept
wonderfully busy binding hearts.
Hut there are many lands where this same
Cupid Is considered a madcap, a bungler de
serving of a whipping. These peoples believe
In marriage based on Judgment, und so tiny
Intrust these affairs to professional matchmakers. In Turkey
these women do a flourishing business, for If there- Is any
thing that a Moslem dislikes more than a Christian It is a
bachelor or an old maid.
In Turkey all women are expected to be wooed and Won.
When the time conies for a man to marry Ids mother calls on
a go-betwien nnd says she wants a worthy wife for her
splendid lioy. She makes the matchmaker understand the
girl must be attractive, but she is willing to yield on a ques
tion of looks If the girl . of good family and is possessed of
means.
The " koulavouz " makes out u list j suitable families
nnd submits It to her patroness. They then hiuil word to the
harems of their approaching visit. The mammas receiving
notices bustle around to put their households aright. The
houses are swept and g irnislied; the floor cushions are tc
pcrfunicd. They are received at every home In turn with
great ceremony. As soon as they are seated the marriage
able daughter enters with a tray full of coffee cups. When
the cups are emptied the girl retires.
When tho visit is at an end the friends and the ambitious
inainina discuss the qualities of the diff. reiu candidates. The
most vital question Is which girl can bring the most elaborate
wardrobe. The matchmaker, the mother, and son then go into
secret session until a common opinion i reached. If the
koulavouz Is sufficiently diver she gets a spicndul compensa
tion for her efforts.
Chinese Bride Seekers Flourish.
The Chinese, along with the Turks, hclieic that unmarried
folks lead a most Hellish t xiatence. Anxious as they are to
tee their sons and daughters well settled they never negotiate
a marriage, they have this to the bride seekers, who carry on
nourishing business.
A in in w ishing a wife for his son or a woman wanting a
husband foi her daughter sends for the matchmaker. The
matchmukir are or Uith sexes. The women are known to
drive the beat bargains and the men to dial more honestly.
T)he go-betweens take cognizance or the age, education,
wealth, position, and appearance of the candidates. Red is
the color used in negotiating murrlages, any other is consid
ered unlucky.
. The go-between sends a vivid account to the girl's family
and does likewise with the groom. If Imt.- parties are satis
tied the affair is considered with the necromancer. He com
pares the exact dales of their births. After deciding that the
stars are favorable he tells the matchmaker that the engage
ment may be formally announced.
t Hut the matchiiiuker's work Is not over Kef ore the mar
riage takes place she brings the bride gifts fiom the groom a
roasted leg of pork, i bag of money, two b. ttles of wine, and
two candles, but the gl-1 is expected to return art of the
offering. When the family has plenty of n.uney the mutch-
nakcr js well rewarded for her service..
The Russians are another people who no not approve of
bachelors of bachelor maidens nor do they favor Cupid's
wiles and pranks. Sometimes their marriages are arranged
through priests, but more frequently through a " svaclia."
She is supposed to be a cross between a witch and a notary
und Is well versed in the affairs of her client. Rut her talents
extend beyond; she performs the duties of an astrologer and
knows the lucky days, though she does not always consult
the stars she makes use of diamonds, clubs, and hearts.
Among the peasantry she arranges all the details of the wed
ding, and they are many. She behaves like the wicked step
mother of the fairy tale to those who daro do without her
st rvlces.
The Orccks employ matchmakers in much the same way
except that It is their business to see that the father of the
young girl Instead of the oung mun gives the dot.
Irish Matchmakers Are Shrewd.
The peasants of Ireland also believe thnt men and women
are lsiru to love and make homes and they employ match
makers to see that this task is well done. Mr. Carleton, the
novelist, lulleves the shrewdness of these women Is or no
mean sort There Is no one capable of dilviug a better bar
gain. She goes about It usually In this fakhlon:
"Clrra Kiddy, then Paul Hefferinan. Is that your beauty?
If It is, why, keep him and make much of him."
" O. wurrah, the dlff-r there Is between the hearts an'
tongues of some people. . . . Well, well, I'm sure that
wasn't the way he spoke of you. Kiddy, an' dod forgive you
for runnin' down the poor boy as you're doin'."
" Who, me? I'm not runnin' him down. 1 am not neither
runnin' him up nor down. I have neither gooa nor bad to say
about him the boy's a nlack stranger to mc, harrln' to know
his face."
" Falx, an' he in constate wid you these three months
past, an iuUnds to be at the dunce on Friday next, in Jack
dormby's house. Now, good-by alatina; keep your own counsel.-It's
not behind every ditch that Paul !!efferman grows."
Next day a similar "accidental" mectii'R takes place le
tween Paul and the matchmaker, much In this wise:
" How is your father's son. ahugur'"
" My father's son wunis nothing but a good wife, Mary."
" An' it s not every div or liontlre night thai a good wife
is to be had, Paul that Is. a good one, as yoa say; for throth,
ther's many o' them In the market such as they are. 1 was
talkin' about you to a friend of mine the other day an' trogs.
I'm afcard you se not worth ull the abuse we give you. Hut
who Is the friend In the iiianetime?"
" Kiddy Sullivan. 1 that ing Jack's daughter of
Carga?"
"The same. Hut. Paul, avh k. If a syllable o' what 1 told
you."
" Hut. Mary. Honor might. lo you Hun', me a stag, that
I'd go and inform on you?''
' Fwlshpt r. Paul. She'll be at the dance on Friday next
In Jack dormby's new housi . Think o' what I botliiayod
to you."
Of course, when Kiddy and Paul meet it the dance Friday
night they know nothing of Mary's Intcrcetudon and fall dts
IMiaicly in love with o'he another. Still, Muiy is always wel
comed among young pe iple, who respect her sagacity and .
appreciate her kindness of heart.
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iHK prettiest forehead In the world is the prop
erty of Dora Konn, a beautiful girl whose por
trait has been painted by h.i'.f the great artists
of the day. It is sho who has revived the Marie
Antoinette lorehead. Miss Fonn's pictures are
the rage. Society women and club leaders, staid
matrons and dignified dames, are alike copying
her forehead. Miss Konn is tho Wenzell girl.
an artist who considers her of all girls the moat nearly his
ideal. " I do not paint a Wenzell girl." says Mr. Wenzell,
" because my style Is too broad to admit of any one girl ex
clusively. Hut when I aim at a type I consider Miss Konn the
nearest iny Ideal."
To get the Marie Antoinette forehead the hair must be
brushed back and high, and you can wear side curls with It
If you want to. Queen Al xundra tried last week to wear the
lofty forehead, but had to give It up.
Miss Konn knows that hur forehead Is the prettiest feature
of her face, and she cherishes It and brings It out, so us to
show It off to better advantage. There uic certain things she
never does, tilings that would hide the loveliness of her brow.
She does not comb tier hair down over her forehead.
Sim docs pot pull down her poinpaduut to make one of
those hldaous bags over the eye.
She dresses her hull' high and wide, and manages to make
a frame always for that lovely forehead of hers. She never
lets It suffer from lack of a frame. A forehead without a
frame Is as bare as any other un framed fcuture. Aud she
keeps her hair bright.
SvHI.S Is the story of the love of James A. I.earn
the first Canadian to sue a woman for breach
of promise of Seraphlne White's marriage to
another, aud of James' subsequent marriage
to another love, nil told amid the unromantle
surroundings of an assize court at St. Thomas,
Canada.
James I.earn wanted pecuniary balm for
hls-frostbltten hopes, and he sued Seraphlne for J,tHKI. Thus
was tlie romance laid hare to a curious and unsympathetic
public.
This is how James told the story in the witness box. In
1S1IS he lived with his uged mother and 10 year old son in
Mapleton. Canada. He was a widower, and among other
New Year's resolutions lie made one that he would marry
again. So .In January he advertised In a Chicago matri
monial paper for a wife, nnd on Feb. l.'l. lsuti. received a
reply from Seraphlne White of Port Rowan. The letter ran:
"Dear Sir: I saw your charming advertisement, and It Is
with great pleasure that I reply, as I like your description. I
Suppose you will receive a great number of letters, but I truly
hope you will not forget to answer mine. I am a farmer's
daughter, aged .'III years, .1 feet .1 Inches high, brown eyes,
auburn hair, and a well to do young lady and highly re
spected. I am, your unknown friend, Skrai'mine White."
James Didn't Look Pious.
Highly gratified by the description, Jame s replied and a
correspondence of a more or less tender nature followed.
Ijcarn outlined some or ills good points, und In the course of
time to be exact, on March 'JS-recelved a letter which con
tained the following:
" dot your best love, but did not have to wait to the end
of the letter, as I got it all through. I was glad to get your
love letter. ... I want to know all about yourself. Have
you been a mil man since your wife died? Wire you mar
ried only once? Tell me the truth and it wi'l he all right."
A whole leaden footed month passed, and on May 4 the
two met for the first time and exchanged tender sentiments
in a parlor at Simcoe. Kach was well pleased, and it was
decided to keep the correspondence going. They were not
really and truly engaged though, merely keeping epistolary
coiiipany.
Finally, on Oct. lit. James Learn committed himself
Irrevocably. He went to a Jewelry store with the measure
of his intended's finger, previously provided by mall, und
bought an engagement ring. Tills he placed on her linger,
in another hotel parlor, and the two became engaged.
Then matters dragged for a time.. There were letters and
reciprocal visits, but no wedding cake. James was in a hurry
to get married, but Seraphlne la id back. So the years rolled
by. Old Mrs. I.earn died iu July, l!Nrj. Her sou had to get
a man and his wife to work the farm on shares for a year.
There were letters uImhii Il ls time too. In one of them tlguics
a man destined to take a prominent f art in the, nubwquent
proceedings Kdwaid Kiddle, familiarly known as "Ted."
Mr. Learn Crows Impatient.
After this Mr. I.earn began to get real Impatient, and
pressed for a speedy marriage, but still Kcraphine wis coy,
Shu wanted to make something out of the stuff on the farm.
Tills farm, Learn explained, wns one of seventy acres. In
South Wulsiiigliam, in which his betrothed had a half in
terest, besides a certain amount of cash and other properly.
Then James made a bad break. He did a strange, an un
accountable thing. He advertised fur a wife in an Aylmer
(Canada) paper. Another advertisement to the same effect
in a Port Kurwell paper ho repudiates entirely. His Aylmer
" slip " he explained by saying he Intended to advertise for
a " housekeeper." Ky a most regrettable error he had wrlt
ti n "wire." He had had a few drinks at Aylmer on that
occasion aud had spent the night In the lockup for disturbing
a Salvation army meeting. Concerning the drinking biisim ss
Mr. Learn described a drive home from St. Thomas with his
prospective bride. In the course of which the subject was
alluded to. M ss White said she didn't want a man who
got drunk when Me went away from home and begged him to
become an ubstaluer. He kindly but firmly (bellied.
Taffy and Kisses for James.
On Christmas day, nm:i, he visited Miss White at her home
and (hey were friendly. They sat in the parlor for more
than two hours that Christinas night, lie did not use strong
language. No such thing, lie never told Miss While to go
to u warm place, where his Michigan girl Hint. The Idea:
He was too much of a gentleman to use language like that.
He always enjoyed himself when he visited Miss While. They
did extra baking always when they knew lie was coming, his
betrothed used to make taffy Tor him, and he was fond or
f ifty. He never gave her any presents during their five
years' engagement only a littlu jackknife. It was not an
expensive engagement; quite the contrary, but he never got
the engagement ring hack.
Pressed to enumerate the losses he had sustained Mr.
Learn thought the necessity of hiring help had cost liliu
about ifloo, having a balance of $l,!m. lie had not counted
tin taffy and tin- meals and the pleasant time he had had as
a contra account In estimating his claim.
Shortly after the visit to Si. Thomas Miss While stopped
writing. Why? Mr. Ithldh "Ted," who was nearly killed
by learning or a previous visit had reappeared on the scene.
Mr. Iarn was Ignored and his letters un.uiswi red.
In despair he sent a telegram and paid for it and the reply
ill agricultural currency, biuns being the medium in this case,
liut there was no reply.
Then the blow fell. On April JI, l'.xil, Ted married Sera
phlne. James Appeals lo the Law.
Flouted by Cupid, the stricken James sought out a sterner
deity, the blindfolded goddess, and carried his woes into the
law courts, demanding the sum of fJ.ooo to heal the lacera
tions In Ids feelings.
Then another hui prise came. Four months to a day after
the wedding of "Ted " und Seraphlne, Mr. I.eiirn led a brldo
to tin; altur. older than Seraphlne. much older III compared
to :!7 older even than himself, aud this disparity of age Mr.1
Learn, or, at any rate, his counsel thought should weigh with
the jury In considering the case.
That the Jury did think so may bo gathered from the fart
that they rendered a verdict for Hcraphir.t pardon; Mm.
Kiddle with .costs.
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