|Newspaper Title||The Colac Herald (Vic. : 1875 - 1918)|
|Trove Title||The Bush Wedding|
T-[B-J. 191. LOCiiEAG. Author of : "Gouflr"ti'DI ry," "Little .- Mother,," r.; Busyip,- or- lIary " . , Somervillis Bambld/'=1'e! CHAPTIa iVI.; After. :a ?brief intervsallulsecond& speaker, the local blicksmitlihrose to his feet retaining :his h did so'-ifirm hold of his glass, upon wlij hehfiixedi his eyes, as if driinking inspi.ari0 from-that.crystal source. --He opened. up thus-" Now :Ned'sdone I should like to say a word-or-two. Ned says he's thehld6st friind3ofT'Ti'sanamily in tlhe room, but he? s outthlere ; after me he is, but I come.into lthe district before Ned ever "'r Helas:as'here interrnpteduby h~js predecessor in "the oratorical- way, whoat once rose to his! fdet to vindicate:his claimato being as=l;d' hkb?depiesented himnself, the oldest "'friehd of'"tlie fa 'niiljy; whe'a soiiewhait alimated;- not" toA -s ac-iuimioiios ',diiscussion '- took :place between the tuoe old hgentleiinen upon the "old chum, aspect;,of the ques tion, concerning which ireference had to be madc'toisundry'old settlers in thle room; a complete -Babel -of voices ensuing, .half-a-dozen"_ speaking.- at once;f aud ivliich' ld to'a gener'al retro spect of tie histoiyj of the little town-. ship fi?o its first settleme.iitand which, before it should lead to any thing-of an unpleasant character, the landlord (whom we have not pre viously intidu'ced to tlir eaddr, lie hbving goine as considerable .distance down the line to 'ascerdtain what had delayed; the newly married.d couple) deemed advisable to-bring to a speedy termination; priority of iresidence in little un-country f;toivnships being a subject to which . t? ti'iiibs the utmost importance is attached. lThe speaker's teniiibrlhaving;become a little soared by thliedecision. being given igain~st himn? after eurtly';wishing thie voniig couple lhappmess,.,witliout .more ado he "flopped" down i into his 'chair with, something of the .air of. an injuedman -.: .. After a fewv moroe- peechesi,? ?f similar.: character,.-:the bridegroofm, who'':wdis' possessed of considerable self culture, rose to respond and was received with deafening cheers. He spoke of the delighl it rafforded him to see so iiainy of his old schoolliaid play mates, as .well as:his father's friends tlher?,: and hoped to :have it in his power ere lo'ng; to' ieeilrocahte, uinder similar circumstances, the kind wishes expressed .towards :himself and wife. :She was a stranger to them, but he doubted not'ere long, whe thliey caine to;:kknow" each' other; they` would bec6me'tihe very best ''of friends. (Ifiimeose "applluse.) He lheai'tily thanked. those deari friends who had travelled so far upon the matrimonial joirne hlie and his wife had but just commenced for their kind and vali'able' advice, iliich both: lieand she would tireastire up and do their very best to profit b'y. .He iagain thanked thcm from his heart fori the exceedingly kind feeling displayed towards them both. He resumed, his seat. amidst the healiticst demonstrai tions of good feeling. . After this, "J:ack," the. landlord, rose to respond to the toastof himself anduwife',his orition partaking'm 'some what of the proveirbial characteristic of the gallop of "thit ipatient and useful, though much abused animal, the donkey, being short if not sweet At his best he was-not brilliant as an orator,'" and whlen he ippeariied-w? were:going to siiy to the best 'advan tage, we should ritlher.:say to 'the least disadvantage,, was whenhe .was indulging in a quiet tetele-mete l'witi? a customer with his .elbowsv upon the bar. counter,, and .even then ihis flights of oratory, rarely. exceeded-a ".i My word," " It is so," IfNo-'fear," and other equally brilliant' flashes, varied with "What's y;ou drink ?" and so forth; "accomplisllinents .irifi'whih '; decently educated piýi iot could have eqffalled' him-this with the simplest of local topics furnishiig hiis'`oratori cal, repertoire. And now. hlie was de'cidedlly it his iporst, lis 'frequent nippings with friends'all'day having produced a cloudiness of mind and -a thickness of utterance remarkable even for, him, so tliat it had to be taken for girant.ed from the niovement of.ihis_ lips, rtlier :than hisB ictiial utterapces, that. he was responding in; a' suitable maninel to the toast, wlii?sit'his l iface, from hlisi"freqhent imbibings (he: ws: .of florid om plexion ane inclined to corpulency) wore-'sometlhiig of the hue of the setting sun on li ot-wh;sid daii. The oiatorical portion of the prd ceedings hasiiig at.length been done ample justice.to,: it was ilproposed and carried; 'eui col, tllit the business of the: evening be viried with a little singing, t;he ladies being.in especial demuaiid." The 'vocl proceedings were therefore ,opeied by)4 _young. lady woli~,after eutieating to 1be excuised on.the.scoi'eof the usual cold .with which singers appear to be. often aifflicteed, ad who;- strnge to so.y, may have exhibited iio ,r'evibus syjpos:'s of the same, favored the compans' wuitlh a dittv, whliich f'reatnbd of the dilatoiines of a cer:tain swain in:dulyimaking the feelings:of his his heart known to his "inamorata," and wsliich dilaftoi'?ess inhei it s jist pnnisliuent:in,.his Ihidye, love being ,bornmeamy from beforehis l ei'ey eyes by's"e one ofi ? ' re energetic' tem perament, and it seemied to us-it certainly might, have: been fancy that the friia singer cast from 'time to time, aslhe:procee'ieded with heu song, wariinigglances tos irids .he yqoiiug man, and svliich said as' plail jras looks: cpuld' .do/' "And. you'd.better miid what you're about, or you:niay find juoii'elf:'in his position." The song' was received with rapturous applause, by the young ;ladies especially,:usith svlh?se isentiments it' seepsed to be.in exact accord.t I.She then.-exercised :herr prdrogative,3 by calling upon her '?iiveethearit for a vocal contiibiutionu'whiich set him moving somewha t u!?ne'asily ! ln his ch'air,-and led us to believe from his looks that he'd infinitely h:ve pie feriii'jbit i then to" havebeen folloiw iigg the ploughm 'ci hurrwiirmg the latter being. sormeihkt'it sufgge'tiv of the efe.o"tli'hth'eiquest to sing was having upon his feelings. Outside he wodld willingly-lhavo accepted a challenge to mount the most developed for~i??· b'kfbikju?l? to be; foiund in the'lmuish, or would h?iive entered fo a mile spin against,: the young fellows individually or collectively with one exception--our tall young friefid with the cabbage adornment but singing.was an ietirely different matter, that was an ai-complishmenltt he lihad never been able to master, tlhe
bare-thought.- of the thing causing" him to break out into a cold perspirn tion: But escape tlhere was none, ivithout -showing the white feather;, beforei all.lis friends, aend. firfeitiiw, in soie :'degree the' gon 1 opinion of?:his -sweetheart, whose -, eye ivere' noy -beino rivetled some what reproachfuilvy "uponji . him, as h6began to display decidea symp4 toms o5 declining to favour the corn pany, andti ho was natnuially anxious tha.be lishould, stind i"upon -no worse: footing in this respect.than -the otlihr young follows there; : The ilence` at lengt0h, becoming !toot prolonigedi and oppressive, : and- ironical .'remarks reaching him friom all parts of- the moorn-'orie snggesting a pint of, salt ivater to?."get his courage ;tp,- a secind:offering to supply.,the; neces sary;air, $byrean.of a pair of bellows; a -third volunteering his. services-as accompanyist with *a Jeew's lharp, till goaded almost ."to fenijy, his ..sweet heart.- too; ?inow Adisplaying .:decided. symptonis of annoyance,,nupon the' spuir" of !the'se', con biniedl urg'ingas he sunglie hadsttmp~ted (thouegh iarly satisfactorily) and--resolved at all risks to make an attemn pt at -this, so after a few more uneasy ,nioveimenut in the 'tchair he fixed his eyes upon ithe ceiling and staiýted off with,.the.time honoured ditty; ".A T.ife on the Ocean Wave," but had not proceeded beyond the first few' notes before 'discovering thalt hlie ad pitched the key too ii h, and started afreshl this time descend ing as mudch too low; when ta .length he managed tio "attaino the' happyj mean, but foundl aftier finishing the first verse that his memory had failed, him in i-eg ard to the rest. He thent started back,?a'nd maniagedd:at last to round up the words scattered, abo-ut id his brain, eventially succeeding in getting through the' song somehow, to his owu' intense' relief 'as well as to that of his sweetheart,' who by her uneasy loks" was momeinnta ily lex pecting a fiasco. From a poetic point of view his desire for, ': a.life on,the ocean: wavse" ;-might i perhaips' hUve been acceptable enough to his young ladty,- Unt the reverse, probably ivoold have been the case had-he attemlpted to give practical, effect to such ,ex pressed desire. Songi follow"edeon in quick sue cession, relievesd bs coricd?rina play ing by . the' .most skilled .playeri About those parts :the". ball being kept well r- olling'--till Frank T--, from Benalla;W amiidst immense cheering; from thie, station hands especially ; w:is called upion. Frank possesses a grand tenor voice, which is in constant demand of an evening at 'the '"Yaiko " acnd other stations at shea.risng time. Heidi not acquainted with a note of music, ansd yet in spite of this serious drawback, even cultivated musicians can listen to, hiin with. pleasure, so fine a.n orga? has he, and., so good is ,his natural taste for niusic. His recitation, too, indicate t;he possession or considerable dramatic ability. His singing powers lie seems to have inherited from his father, nows peacefully restinig in the Benalla cemetery. " Frank's songs are, generally speaking, those which Were fasuorites withll his father. He opened lip with, " Wheni other Lips," which was': ; rapturously, applauded. ,(hPe r'arely escapes with less than three songs). His second wias "Her Bright Smile Hlaunts me still." This was no less warmly received. Then fol lowed ani especial favrorite of. hiis father's,' Can I e'er forget 'the Valley," and the "words of vwhich-. tlhey seeming to us exceptionally sweet and attractive-we will .gire for the benefit of 1those of our ,readerss dh` have done us the lionor to follow.our little 'narrative, and lwh:o may not have previously seen or heard them Can I e'er forget the valley, , Or the geltly rippling till, Whose unwearied waters wandered; Throighh mygood old father's mill'; : W Vhre oftin suhny childhood - -The limped broolk I'd leap Ori roa u at will the Wi ild wvoods Or climb the craggy steep. - Can I e'er forget the valley, etc. Can I e'er forget the valley;. Or those friends to memory dear, s Who at eventide surrounded, TLe easy elbow chair, The group of happy faces, i In:fancy still I see, SBut, ah ! their vacant places, Alone.i emaii to me. - Can I'er forget the valley, etc. : Can I e'er forget the valley,: Or the ivy mantled pile. -Where thbs inuclh-loed' forims' now moulder, Beneith' its sncrd aisle. Thonugh Fortune's choicest treasures, Be mine wihere'er I roam, ' i Can that orestore the pleasures, , SQf 'childhood's happy home - ; -: Can I e'er forget thle valley;ete. This was ' also raptuirously ap plauded. A .:younig. lady. whose paioents hailed from thebEmer?ld Isle, thcii gave wit.h admirable taste :' The TJast Roso of Summe·," this being fdlloived ga?n by the '' Ltss o' Gostici": by a yonUig mif il of Scbti?l; desceint, possessed of a.. rich baritone voice. -It waS:then riememberedl-thiht oir tall youirgu friend- the recent amateur waitner--had iot yet contri buted his quotai to the i'harmonyof the evening. He wash ticrefore callid upon to do.so,wvlhen aftera-.consider able amouft of piressing oi the 'tart of some of the ladies, and assuming tlihe mdst? b.eshful air possible, in a? high-pitched filsetto6 voice, nd is look ing the very picture of miserytand despair, e fvyoulred -the: compaij with . singularly applopiriate ditty (considering tl??t naituime hiad' favoiu?d him .with an. unusual number- of irichIs) entitled, a' Ity me in iiiy Little l3edVJ fairly jconvhlsing :the audience with his . drolleiries during the?.progriess of:the soilg.. : - - - (To be Continated.) - - - STHE,.FAAL .FUTruIT OF CONTEruFEITS. -I?t"?ould aminost seein as if there was a spell of fascination'iin fraud, as if in the very conception and execution of a vicious deed there was some smack of a charm. For surely the imitator mist kInor that his iumposition will sooner or later be detected. And yet here are parties still striving to -reproduce WOLFE'S SCHNAPS. : Be sure' you obtain WVolfe's Schnapps. Ho OLLnoWAV's OINerIENT AND PeILLS. Sure Relief.-The weak and enervated siTffer severely from nervous affections -when storms or electric disturbances agitate the atmosphere. Neuralgia, gouty pangs, and flyidig pains, very distressing to a delicate system, may be reaidily removed byrubbing thibs Ointment lupon the affected part after it has been fomented with warm water. The Pills, takent occasionally in the.doses prescribed by the instructions, keelp the digestion in order, excite a free flow of healthy bile, and regenerate the im poverished blood with richer Materials resulting from thoroughly assimilated food -wantimg which, the strongest must in evitably soon sink into feebleness, and the delicate fiid it dilliocult to maintain existeuce. H[olloway's Ointment aud P'ills are infallible remedies.