|Newspaper Title||The Colac Herald (Vic. : 1875 - 1918)|
|Trove Title||The Bush Wedding|
. -By J.-R. Lockrs?a-.] - Author of " Goulblnr'r Mary," " Little Mothier, "Mr. Bunyip,' or " ary Somerville s-? Rable;'" &d., &c. ..o 'VT-."VI. At length the arrival of/'the young couple is announced, anraccident to the train having been the .cause of their dla.y,~tand whiclitivas nighi con verting a wedding festival into some thing far different-of a ''sad' and soler'ni-character indeed, and which forcibly'reminded them of the wis domw of, being always prepared. foi, the riis?eting of thle spiritl,'o Bride groo6i',who, to show his sympathy for humanity, once.took part Himself at a marriage feast. r..The yojputhful panir escorted. y relations and-friends, at once p: oceed arm inarm:from their parents',place, near to the railway station, to the Shearers'. Arms, at-few hundredyards tbhei-froni. The bride is "but little past seventeen, .'"petite'' of, pleasing features and dark- complexioni her husbafda in 'bis twenitythii;d .~ear is somewhat above the:mi dium ?tafnre and'0f' refineddair: The. bridal diresC, silk ofth palest linue, simply, and p propriately:decorated; the orange blos som; the white 'lace; veil'; and all those"other helogiiings which leinaso irresistible a charm to,aydufigc-mile at suclih' time, are eachli and all there, and~ fitti?iig accompaniment to- ,'all tbhcensymibols 'ofbhlis,. a light, Happy heart as well, or her face speaks How dark and'direar imust-'their lot apptslia'r slibdetheii r beliany;n sch present,,whio havd?llowed the golden opportuinity to elude them,. of making' 'a Paradise on earth'i; ' ?: ,alludes to gentlemen of advanced years, .usially somewhait ;derisively' (cruelly' it al most seems to us) referred to as " old bachelors"-as they gaze upon the ci?;ifistof t?le ii ppy1 bride, and con trast.their. own solitary, ho peless-lot. ifiththat of the no ess lihappy bride groom I The cpjict~ne is ialinost too harrowing, we feel disposed to drop a:tear,.and blot it out forever,!. It T.Warmly,. if, inczsome.. cases some,, what roughly, is the younf bride' welcomed aodinigt them, the more boist~~'0us;i:making up in vigour of demonstration, 'whatever they= muay lack iii':rfihnemienti.I Thie intoidntoio' ordeal passed, they are all soon seated at ''the tea tables, whose dimensions; have to be enlarged by verious,:nud' ingenious.'iim'promptu" mean's, ever nook and corner of the laige -'diiing room .being" made to assist in pro viding accommodatio f6or thie"nume robbs gathering, twhilst the i'arlours and even the kitchen:itself has,to b"e iouighit into use-and 'tlie Sheaiers' Arms is one of the imost commodious hostelei;i's ietween Melbourne and the "iurray. pWe will not dwell.loig uapon the proceedings'at the tea tables;- andal i:t was tea a la fourciitTi, 'inere.the bumi of cinversation and thie clatter ofithe utensils' ' e re relieved .by : 'anu oc casional outburst of laughter,.w~hen ever atea-cup or plate should be cap sized; and' is contents deposited'upon sombie' iortioff; of the peirson Iyno means improved liy its precence, or a knife, fork, or spoon sent spinning acroSs the table,,to the imminent.risk of life or limb of the asiwkward ones vis-a-vis, oi the unsuccessful attempts of some of the young fellows more acciustomed `to reapin'-1liool' "r scythe to: assist their " liddye loves'" to savoury appetising morsels, when cruets, plates, . and: other ,utensils would' le made to perfrm f? emarkable feats of somersault cliaracter, their blended'contents`shed upon the table cloth, forming an-" Olla Podrida "of a' novel and' striking chliareter; bom of the young fellows-not beiig accus` tomied'to 'suchnconfined" space at theig own homes, this want of elbow? iooni combin~ed "with their native blish bashfulness aggravated rbv the ptesencebof such a number of pcrsons leading to these someivhat"eamu?sing thdiigh dnibai-assing result s:" we cannot heie resist"recording our astonishment 'a:tI"the rapid dis app'earaince of the colossal mounds of viands' of -vaiious kinds .s;s 'well is thei rivers of 'tea and'; other'jiiqids, for tile guests hadbulouglttnlini .ibulsh appetites vaith them, tlieexercise of which forced us to, thecodncelusion that werei the colonists generally equall;wiell favored in this respect, there-woaild be blifutlitt?l??hfiinicffe of our havingi nuch i beef--on mutton to export, rather would the very hoofs and-horns of thecattle require to be :.ir.tised fer or own consumptioni ? 1?t ilt the quantity odf-f luids dispboed -'?-of is t haivhild tAn! bippreciable ?infliuie n-uponi. the' watermi 'sipplyof thelcdistri'ct' :"thle 'Brokedi 'Riveir eslueaisllT sufferin-g therfrom. '~Bii as everytliincg imust have "an" end, Seyen e the most:voiacious; appetite:s and the very thirstiest 'ofAoulhs became satisfied at-last, anfl the tea the company forming,?.,tliemselses into little knots, sundry onies'-stretli. ing their legs:'-oitside f?r a while, the youthful 'iag.ged" being sud denly sciied;k:"'ivith a desire for .isolation, severing themselves from the rest, .and sti'olling: dhi m", i ?iet. lanes and littie-freqiiented 'byeiva5-w where third parties waould be uniable to lihear te heatits ' tediieir oit pourings. "Ourrtall nd" lizuoirous young friend: with, -the.i itcabbage adornment, lwhich lhe had set aside -'fors the- present, iv-as .to 6hd. sedeli dnring the tea time busily engaged as an amateur waiter' wivth-a white bandkerchief 'for an "apron before him and a towel over his shoulder, pressing delicacies upon: this or that lady,: strongly recommending to theni certain, dishes,' which were always his favorites he would tell them , whenever he dined with his old as friend the Governor in town, add '± which he, the Governor, knowing Iis young friend's refined taste invariably had placed upon the table wheniever he visited him--and generally helping to keep matters in a simmer of jollity. The two lovers we saw start away in the morning we noticed amongst the rest, having reached the town ship in safety, shie seemingly not one whit the worse for hlier somewhat long ride, but looking as bright and joyous as she well could do. At length a general mustering again took place in the dining room when, after a little light skirmishinig, Sin the way of general' chat., thle ireal : business of the evening co?imenced, t-: he tables in the interim having been
bopntifully furnished - with eatables and drinka:bles of various kinds- the formei of a light character. the ;atter generally the reverse of this, lthough ;ample provision had been inde for abstainers from intoxicants, amongst which number twere the bride and groom. An elderly gentleman, of .sixty.or hereabouts, representing the farming interest, residing in the neighborhood, and who witl his wife' had: ome f6 io honor to the uriupiial of the eldest so? of their oldest and miost es'teeimed friend, rose to his feet, an?diafter. waiting for a ' few, momnents ;till the hinm of conversationiid 'snubsidedi" opened up thusi " beliehve. saidhej frieindof young: ,Tom's r family; minthie room (Tomewasithe'name;both of'tlbe' brideg?rinom ad hliiscfatlier'ad beii' a" tl irtm hid ldhs~i' fricnc''!of the family, I thinklI'vea .right to, ie first say, tlior h ',ou mnstu'bkesxpect to hear 'ianfind talk .fromine, as' I tint much' of a' schiolaithonu h what I say'tI mein, anid tlht's perh ps more than aom; of them die larned chaps ccan .says?that comes. out. with such a'alot of! /dixionai'y "words '(a laugh)?' I've knowed 'ld Toin tliere 7-yboung' lone's fafather-loug , before he wjasis .old as young,,Tom as~ bs jest,got,spliced ' (Lould laughter). Am I right, old man," appealing''to To : Qps uite right~ ,,ed,',' e plind he a homely type of tire bush pioneer, wlor in. the eir'ly days. had had to " hiew , his way through. ihis forest of ., ?ifficulties'.' in, ' moiie than a .'figurative sense, l3- and upon every -feature of whose` fice honesty and good nature e?r6e plainly written' and lx Iich may be said of his good,,wile as well sitting.by-his side,,.their uin erous olive;: braiches around 'theimu., ",'` Well, thien;" con tinued the- old?gentleman, 'lilit's, a gbood lon whilwble to know a man in this,,.coiinitry,, 1and w.hen .,;yonc' e knowed. lipm a., matter., of nigh on forty ;,yca;,. and never knowed any thing agen him-never: knowed.him tog be: guilty of :a mean- ors'diry actioinall themi years---tha't sain something miore-- ad i defy any man, to say lie ever knowed old[.Tom tobei guilty of, a mean or,,dirtyr action" and lie brought down"his lhand upoli the table? with! sledgel?hammer~n foi'ce to emphi:size "lii assertioni, making idecanters, bottles, and .glasses to ring 'aga"in ias; if :echoing his challeuge, castiug his eye around the room the w?hile as if; aniiois to "see if there shouldbe anyone. presentl possessead of sufficien' te?,? rity to gainsay his ;statement, in- which ,,case;he should only be..too, happy, to give.,that individial a bit of his inud. " Well, thern' ,he;, continued, " what, I mean' to say is this, if young Tom, as ny cmisses here hiatd in i er arms before he was a hour old; God bless him and he sndde~ily.dreni ihis hand ancross Ihis eye to' biush away a fly, perhaps, -oi.5sonuiething,i his old lady appeaiuing atth sanen moinment to lie suiferiing from :as. similar. disturbafices;, wh'ul t ever, it , vas, the -old. -gentleman seemed to have a',difficulty in pro 'ceeding till restored to.himself again by clapping of liaiids, stami'iung of feet,, and cel!ers from different parts 'ofthe.room . . :.. 'o be i Cdtinuri: . ' '