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Full Date1870-01-08
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Newspaper TitleThe Herald (Fremantle, WA : 1867 - 1886)
Trove TitleA Bet and Its Consequences
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TH1 8TORLY-TELLER. A BET AND ITS CONSEQUENCES. CHrA~TER III. Loixis left? the .pattern: shi:rt next day at the registrar's lihouse. Mrs kXich add Christiih were stonriisled at tiffh finiuss of thema irnaria w th which the shiut was maade bli? fhe old linien-driaper, who had taken a great: fancy. to this:newr :customer, said, " NoI doubt he hl.s two Sunday shiuris and heithoLBht it better to biinig .one of theni than ai bid:i oe." Oldd Caspal did nio know what to malke of .his master since hle had begun.to wear theildlcoat and ait, Louis, who li'ad fohrierley been accusto;idi to go bit a G~ieat deal, now# seldom :left tlhe hoise. I~e, sat in a corne, of the sofa, witi his Seyes closed, and yet wide awike He held his hand on his head, as if it aLhed; and wben Caslpar askired about his heailth, lie .assured him t]hat he felt perfectly well. ".Well,'! stidi Caspar,.after eight days had passed, "if hle isn't in love, I don't know who is." - Siirrelfthe old servant had-hit the :.nail• on -the heaid; It was Christine Koch who had woikod-.this. change -in the young pgn; No girl had ever. befor;e. made an .mpression on him; and now he began 0o torture himself with the idea that she had most lilkely already given her heart to anotlier. - Sit down, Anidermatt," he said to t'he tailor one day, after he had fiBtted oni a coat that he had just/ 6rdered, "sit down. You seem to have something to say." . "" Indeed I have," replied Andermatt; r' a?.d..that is why I brought the :coat mnyself.'-" Well, begin," said Louis. "Yes,"said the tailor; "but where phall I begin ? First, about. the. rent. Hirsch gave thu poor people the acquit tuzce, and his description of their grati. tude made the-tears roll down my cheeks. A few days after my wife went to Hirsch to get somne lining. He asked her if she knew an usher of the name of Vogelmann. My wife told him she did not, and he said * le had a strange tale to tell her. A youtig man, good-looking, honest, and modest, went to his shop, and bougiht some linen for shirts, and then asked him to, recommend a good needle-woman to iiii~e them. Hirsch said he took him to t?.?-pretty Christine's, and that the young man wept a second time with a pattern shirt; but made of a kind of linen that wyas far above the reach of a schoolmas tr; He said he felt sure the linen had been bought at his shop; and, looking Sin liis book, he found it had been pur chased by my wife. My wife said she remembered buying it for a very rich young.man, but she would not mention the name. He told her the shirt was pnarked 'L. V.' My wife, who had got & glimnpse of the- platter, asked him to descaribe the young man. The Hebrew liad taken a good look at you, for he described you as accurately as a mirror: Ain olive-green coat, old-fashioned grey trousers, and an old-fashioned hat. .Birsch said he thought there was. some thing behind; and he added, 'If he is not the uniknown man that sent the rent, . am a fool,' My wife laughed, and said she knew no schoolmaster of the name of Vogelmann, and she knew nothing about therient. My wife then left Hirsch, and went to see the Kochs. They told her all about the young man, and the mother said she believed the shirt belonged to Louis Volkuiar." " I hope your wife did not enlighten her," said Louis. :" '.No," replied the tailor; '" she only nlaughed, and said she thought the laun deiss must have made a mistake, because ~of the similarity of the initials, and sent t?he-ehirt to the wrong place, and that the young man might not have noticed the hasinge." " Excellent !" cried Louis. #' The !oohs and Hirach believed that," continued Andermat, ::but, we Aon't; and my wife will have it that it is iyou Who are makinig acquaintance with .thi pretty Christine." .:::'-. A woman's perception beats every -thing," said Louis. "But I am yei:y minich pierplexed:" " How so ?" inquired the Swiss. :::.Louis was silent a fevi moments; at -e.tath he said, " Good Andermatt, you muiist help me With this affar. Ireally do .like thisg.irl. You were right when you said she is a. pearl, a jewel, an angel in human form. If:ever T marry, Christine Koch shall be my wife." '" The best couple in. the world to be ut?iited!" exclaimed Andermatt, "Surely tiat is a marriage made in heaven." "But;," .aid LIouis, ": who knows whether Christine has not given away Sher heart.?"

L I doubt it." replied the Swiss; "but if you will.perinit me, I can get my wife to find it out."· - "Yes ; but, dear Andermatt, do it with all caution," said Louis. " ? O, leave th.t 'matter to me," said lme, Aiidei'matt went 0way, and returned in :. few da;s with a fape'eo mournful look ing, that Louis trembled. "' I am sorry to say you have a power ul l," he began. ,..' A rival !" exclaimed ouis, turning pale. :"- Yes, a ver foimidable fival," re lie'd Andermatt-" the teacher, 4b0po1, iYogelmaniin. Youimusn try and crtt hid. put." "A ndermatt," cried Volkmar, spring. nguUp, " how can you jest about a matter that involves the happiriess of my whole life ?" " Jest! No, indeed, it is truth," re plied Andermnatt. "My wife sounded the open, innocent girl, got her o tallk about Leopold Vogelmann, and she is no woman who cannot get to know a maiden;s heart. At first Christine blushed, and then my wife asked her plainly what her answer would be if qr. Yogelmann asked her for her hand and heart. Chris Stine ;rested her blushing face on my wife's shoulder, and burst into tears. !'I .wounld say yes,' she answered , 'but "tiis secret I pray you to keep.'-' May I not tell him?' my wife said. She turned pale and trembled. ' Him!' she )ried out; 'whliat are you thinking about ? po you know him ?'--' Yes, I knaow him,'

mywife said: 'I kr;ow he lvesyou: arid he is a noble y3udg sian, and' le5rvees ybur loe - " Victoria," iitrrupted' Li iis, Y 'ie t~rra !I amn then,. the 'h'pig st being tif thee~arth.: But, Ad'ermatt," ho.w shiall Iiundeceive her ?" ' Stop a, moment," said he. ".The great G;od cares more about you than you think. Lis'tdli for a niome'nt more:: When my wife was talking to Christine,; who should corie in but the old Jew! 'I am half niaid,' he said.;' for 'do you: know I have just passed the rich Yolkmar's house aind there camne VdYgelnmani down the iteps, but diessed like a gentlemanr. I was thunudeistruck. The sanme young. manaL.s: iam~i 'ark Hirsch! I asked a merich?nt who was the man who had passed .us. " .Why, don't you know my neighbour Yollnu. ?r "" he said, " the gentleman who won tlhe bet at the Pussian Hotel." ' My head gotconfused, therle was siingng in my ears, bit-- Why arre you.laughiiig, Mrs. Andermaitt?" My wife then told hinm that ]Mr. Volimnar and Mr. Yogelmnann wer'ethe same man. Hirsch sal astonished. Christine turned deadly pale. --Then my wife told..them all: whiy you had masked yourself, and ivhy you had goie with the pattern shlrt; and she spoke df.our kindiessaid goodness ;you could not: have had a bet ter advociate in the world. And, wihen Mrs. Kbch came in, my wife told her .yerything:; so now you have nothing to do, but to go and ask Chiristine's heart' and hand."? : k # : .. a " . # #t~ * " : Four wehise later a bridal party sat down ito a simple repast at a village inn;, four miles from town. The party con sisted of the bridal pair, Louis and 'Christine Volkmar, Mr. and Mrs. Koch, Andermatt and his wife, the old Hirsch, Karl Herder, and the clergyman; a rela tion of the registrar's. Joy beamed on every countenance. After the health of the newly-married pair had been drunk, Karl Herder rose to propose " ' The bet and the black bread;' for," said he, "but for these, we never should have seen the happy couple before us." "Not so," replied the clergyman, " for in God's hand lies our fate. Wonderfully does his hand weave the web. We only see what comes before our eyes. His secrets we are not permitted to know. To Himbe all the praise. If ever a mar riage were made in heaven, it is this. Surely the blessing of God will rest upon it." "God grant it may !" said the blind man, raising towards heaven his sightless orbs, Which were suffused with tears of gratitude. After luncheon the young couple, ac companied by the blessings of the whole party, set out for a six weeks' tour; and, in their absence, Andermatt assisted old Caspar to prepare the house for the re ception of its new mistress. The predic tion of the clergyman was fulfilled, and many a time Louis blessed the bet that had brought to hlim for a life's companion " a pearl, ajewel, and an angel in hummn form." This. tale isnot a ronancei but an authentic history. (Conclu~ed.)