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Another Enoch Arden

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The suicide of Mrs. Johanna Boettger in this place recalls a romantic story of her early life that is a counterpart of Tennyson's "Enoch Arden." In 1848, when Johanna was a maiden, she was as prctty as a pink, and in her circle was a belle. One day thero saiied into the barbar a Spanish man-of -war, and the eailors obtained leave to go ashore. Some of them attended a dance ono night where pretty Jolianna was a queen, and one of the sailors, Jacinto Casariego, feil in lovc with her. After a brief coortship the youug sailor and Johanna became engaged, and when bis vesse] left he promised to return again, quit the sea and marry her. A year or more rolled around and Johanna remained truc to her Spanish lover. Then bis ship came into port again, and bis term of enlistment Iiaving expired he was discharged and thev veere married. Two yeara of wedded bliss followed and a son was born to Jacinto and Johanna. Then the young Spaniard longed for sea again, and finally he packed bis chest, went to New York and enlisted on board a Spanish man-of-war then lying in the harbor. Time rolled on. Johanna, with her baby boy, heard nothing from her busband. Time had dealt leliently with her, and her maiden charrúa had ripened into womanly beauty that drew many admirers around her. Among them was Herr Boettger. He pleaded a long time, but she was not sure her ürst busband was dead, and, though she favored the honest, earnest Germán wooer, sho would not marry him until a certain length of time had passed. That time came, and the steadfast devotion of Herr Boettger was rewarded. ïhey were married and severa! children blessed the union. Ten years passed, and one night while the farnily were at supper a handsome looking man in the uniform of a Spanish naval orlicer appeared before them. Herr Boettger was astounded as he saw the mother of his children fall into the arms of the sailor and he cover her face with kisses. Eecovering, Mrs. Boettger, or Casariego, explainod matters to both husbands. The first husband was astounded, but he renounced all legal claims to his wife, and after a stay of a few days he went away. His son, the young Jacinto, had been well cared for by the stepfather, and his own father left with tho prornise to do sometlüng for hiin. Kothing more was ever Been of hini by his wife. Ho remembered his son, however, and as lie rose step by step until he became a commodore in the Spanish navy, he from time to time made remittanees to bis son for his education and support. Young Jacinto was a fast youth himself , and soon spent his money. When the remittanees Btopped, on the death of the old commodore a few years ago, he opened a saloon in Sandy Hollow. He married a respectable girl.who, a few months ago, eloped with a younger man, taking with lier $1,000 of her husband"s savings. It was the action of tliis daughter-in-law that woi'ried Mrs. Boettürer into insanitv and drove her to commit


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