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A Bride And Her Double

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A woef ui predicament in which a Chinese would-be bridegroom found herself ia desoribed by a Yokohania (Japan) correspondent of the Cleveland Hervid. He writes : A very curioui story comes to us from China. A bride was on her way in a sedan-ohair from the house of her parents to her husband's abode. Passing through a graveyard, the bearers of the chair noticed that their burden grew heavier. This, however, they ascribed to fatigue. On reaching the bridegroom's house, though, what was the disniay of the honest folk to find, on opening the chair, two brides instead of one. Two spiek, span new brides, alike even to a hairpin ! Confusión reigned, aud polygamy was imminent. Better oouncil prevailed, however, and the about-to-be mother-in-law appeared and instituted a searching investigation. But even maternal eyes and instinct failed , and the old lady was obliged to give it up in despair, boing heard to declare, oto voce, that she " never knew that girl was twins before." Just at this moment a bright thought occurred to the father. He remembered that his girl was what the Chinese cali a " rip-snorter " at weaving, and he forthwith suggested that the two girls be set to spinning, and the ono who carne out last be declared to ba " t'other." No sooner said than done. The girls were put in separate rooms, and the materials for spinuing placed at hand. The doors were locked, and watch and ward kept over theui by the anxious parents and all the old ladies of the neighborhood. When the day was done the doors were opened and the work exauüned. Wonder of wonders! Both girls had dono the same amount : nuither had a thread more nor less than the other. The poor father pulled his pig-tail, and tramped about in a very indiscriminating way, while the ruother sat down discousolately in a corner and addressed the assembled oompany as " hussy." At last accounts the matter was still in a very mixed condition. Nobody is able to teil which is which, and the would-be bridegroom, unwilling to oast himself away on a duplícate, has gone to California to ease his aching heart in the " washing pigeon " at San Francisoo. The " Master of Heaven" has been summoned to drive away the devil that haunts the bride. In view of this true and veraoious history, who will say that lite is not a dream, and who is willing to cast a first stonè at our Puritan ancestors of StUem. witnheraft memory 'i A clergyman being annoyed bysomeot' his audience leaving the church while ho was speaking, tookfor his text, "Thou art weighed in the balance and found wanting." After a few sentences he said, " You will plMtt paM t ai fat at yon rt wigkï."


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