|Newspaper Title||Launceston Examiner (Tas. : 1842 - 1899)|
|Trove Title||Matched and Mated: A Romance in Real Life|
CHAPTER XVI. Brandon-Hall. The union of two ancient families was witnessed in the English church at R-onWednesday last, when Mr Hugo Brandon, son of Sir Geoffrey Brandon, Lord Chief Justice of Sydney, was married to Miss Pauline Bail, daughter of the late Admiral Hall, of Broad Acres, Tasmaunia. Aboat 800 people turned out to witness the marriage. Express trains free of charge ran from all directions during the whole of two days, and all comers had a hearty welcome to drink the health of the happy pair. Gaily coloured tents were pitched here and there about the pad. docks adjoining the house, while a band of musicians played continually. But Hugo and his bride left them a few hours after the wedding amidst deafening cheers and showers of rice. Husband and wife sat side by side and looked at each other with love lit eyes as the carriage moved off,their hands clasped in eloquence too great for words. They were both thinking of the vows just spo ken, which were still sounding in their ears. To have and to hold from this day forward ' till death us do part.' She dropped her head blushingly upon his shoulder as he called her wife for the first time. 'Oh, husband,' she murmured quite humbly, 'it is more happiness than I deserve. I have tried you too much.' 'I am glad you did, dear love,' he answered her. ' You have proved that I would make you and you only my wife against father and mother and all the world, even if you were the Kitty from nowhere. Nevertheless it is very joyful that our joy is so shared by all we both love.' By this time they were at the railway station, where another band of music burst out with the 'Wedding March,' and a crowd of men with bare heads marched forward, unyolked the horses from the carriage, and drew it themselves through the streets. Then hundreds of girls and children dressed in white walked in front strewing the ground with flowers befo -o the car tiage. All the railway station was decorated and carpeted with flowers,while the cheers of the crowd mingled with the strains of the band. The railway carriage was reached at last, while every girl and child pressed forward with floral offerings. Pauline shook hands with everyone, for she knew them all. Pauline's father was the first English gentleman who took up grants of land in Tasmania. He and his had lived there for a half century, making himself and his people beloved by their never ceasing goodness and charity. He and his brother were about the only ones who kept their estates free and unencum bored all those years. The name of Hall had grown into the soil and into the hearts of the people. ' They are off !' There are times when the heart is too full. Too much joy, like too much grief, has the same effect upon the heart. Pauline was crying then. Hugo wiped away the tears. ' My wife must not cry on herswedding day,' he said tenderly. All Pauline could say was that she was too happy. It was arranged when mak.
ing the marriage settlements, that the name of Hall should still be used, then in the event of Mr H. Hall's death the name should not be extinct. Therefore the name henceforth will be Bran'duonHall. Now, my most indulgent reader,I have brought you back to the first part of the story. 'Brandon Hall,' sail Alice. 'is the j ame of the present owner of "Broad cres " ' So the marriage made in Heaven was over at last. The little group consisted of Mr and Mrs Hall. The Brandon family, Alice, and Mr Clifford were look i;ng after them with empty rice bags, and tear-dimmed eyes. For the most part they were tears of joy, but Ariel was spoiling her beautiful eyes crying too, because it was quite fashionable and grown up looking. She looked really grown up and womanly in her long satin gown. Clifford thought so too as he looked at her. ' Miss Alice,' he called out. ' Get your paints and reproduce her. She looks like one of Vendyke's young queens just stepped out of canvas and frame.' She had taken off one of her little slippers and thrown it after the carriage containing her sister in law. Clifford, kneeling at her feet, replaced the slip per ; she tapped him on the head and said. 'Arise, Sir Cinderolla, you are my knight elect. They were all soon laughing at the witty child and Clifford's homage to her. The music and revelry continued outside, while our friends strolled over the grounds bidding all the guests wel come. But this merry.making, like all other pleasant things came to an end, and as everyone seemed settling down to the old everyday life, Mr Hall declared that he would not have the party broken up. 'Here you are, and here you must stay. We must have a holiday of our own now that we are together. 'Tisn't every day we have a wedding.' Thus they lingered on. Again, Alice and Clifford climbed up the hills together. Neither of thous could prevent their thoughts goingback to the last time they were there. They both felt shamed-faced and guilty as they tried to keep up a matter-of-fact conversation. Clifford of course made the embarrassment greater by reminding her of what she wished most forgotten, (To be continued.)