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Affectionate Girl

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[The follovving singular case wa brought, last spring, before the justice o the peace of the fourth district in Paris The object of the dispute was tvvo white roses, whose withered leaves had long since been dispersed to the winds.] Madame Galien, (mantua-maker.) I demand thirty francs, (six dollars) damages, froni Miss Flora Minville, for causing me to lose an order worlh 150 francs. Judge. - Explain the facts. Madame. - Yes, sir. About two months ago, Miss Leontine de Crillon was to be married to the Prince of Clermont-Tonnere; the marriage gifts were to be magnificent. I received an order to raake a dress for the bride; it was to be a chef d' oeuvre. Splendid lace, pearls, giinp - all the marvels of the art of dress-making were to be united. But something more rare at that time was wanting; it was a natural white rose - a rose at the end of February'? Judge. - And Miss Flora engaged to procure one for you? Mad. - Yes sir; shecultivates flowers, and often sells them to the great milliners of the capital. I went to her, and she promised to let me have one of the two roses she then possessed, for twenty-five francs, which sura was to bo paid on deIjvery. I depended on her promise, but she did not keep it faithfully; for I did not receive the rose, and for that reason they refused to take the wedding dress. Judge. - (To Miss Flora.) Why did you not deliver the rose? Miss Flora. - (with tirnidify.) - Ii was not my fault. The eveniug before the áay of which l had promised the white rose to Madame Galien, a shower, which took place during my absence, made the flowers expand, and some hours afterwards nothing remaihed of it but the stem. What I teil you is the truth. Judge. - I believe you, young girl. - But the second rose, could you not have deïiyered that? Miss Flora. - (with tears in her cyes) - Oh! as to that one, it was not promised. Madame Galien would certainly have accepted it, for it was the more beautiful of the two. But I could nol give it. It was dêstined to my mother. Judge. - Was it her birth day? Miss Flora - (sorrowl'ully.) - No, sir, it was the nnriiversary of hor death.- (Profound sensation in the auditory.)- Every year I lay on her iomb one of those white roses w'hich she so much loved. This year I did the same. I said tó myself, the bride will be as handsome with a ílower less, and my poor mother shall again to-day have her favorito rose. Fiere Miss Flora shed abundant tears. and Madame Galien, endoavoring to console her, said to the judge - "Stop the cause sir; it is wrong for me to molest this poor girl fora good action; let us say no more about it; it is a misfortune that cannot be helped. All that I wish for compensation is, to have a daughter like Miss Flora." The justice of the peace, muchV afleeted, sent awïty the parties without any


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