|Newspaper Title||The Colac Herald (Vic. : 1875 - 1918)|
|Trove Title||The Bush Wedding|
THIE Bi USlH ?I EDaDIG. [By J. R. LocrEEARn.] Author oft "Goulburn Mary,' "Little -Mother," "I r. Bunyip," lor.".bIary. Somerville's ..Ramble," &c., &c. CHAPTER II. For the girls had. their poultry to feed, and cows to milk, and dairy asnd other duties to do, matters of whose postponement riot e' en a wedding celebratiqncwnould,peimit, wyhilst heir sweethearts and brothers had their horses and cattle-to'see 'to, and othei' duties about the fam~, which were no less impe'ative than those, of the. girls, whilst deputies, had to.be hunted up to look after, the :live stock in their absence, so thati they should be enabled to leave·:ltheir homes with minds free from aiikicties of every kind. A goodly pi?:.idon of theipreyiosii 'ly It,'iad been occupied by the young fellows x.nthe blacken ing.of.harness, and the brightening of.buckles, bits, stirrup-irons and so forth, and this morniug a little extr?i 'timCetwould hlivd to6:be devoted to the currycoriaiiing of inags as 'there would be no little "emu lation' 'displayed amongst:the. younig men in these respects, and as all these little affairs had ,to be..seen to, ands iinx many instances from ten-to twenty miles,' andin some cases indeed coisideraijly more .itiah this of grouid' covered before Violetteville would bie :ieched, an..,eailjm':h orning start would be necessitated.- . W.:Whether .the ;forth-coming event; had formed the subject of the dreamnis 0of the 'maidens the'' previodusi:iglit, only those iniiidens could tell, though some of us,' not of their sex, could, peIlrips, give a pretty shrewd guess thereupon, .whilst .portions of the weddiig" cake found to resting place, we have been confidentially told, undider more than bne' of theiri pillows. S" Coming events cast their shadows before," for see at the gate-of that wild-rose-encircled farm over there, while the clatter of the cleari ngaway of'tlie breakfast things -is still to be heard, that swain reins up his steed, which he has evidently been putting at a pretty good pace,.to judge by its moist flaniks. It is no ordinary every-day farm- business :that brings him there, he is too spruce for that. He.is no' stranger there either, by the way " Collie" runs.bourding out to welcome him, and licks his hand, eventually directing his attention to the horse, who beiids down his 'head to him and, whinneys -in friendly recognition. Dismounting,, lie throws the 'reins over the gate post, enters the house preceeded by "C ollie" as avant courier and-' gives a cheery "Good morning" to all there, and follows up withl a hearty hand shaking with prospective father and mother-in-law, and the enquiry "Well, how have you been getting on all. this long while"-" this long while" consisting of some forty eight hours or so, though lthat conm paratively limited period of time under ordinary circumstances does sometimes seem an age under his absence from his sweetheart. Then he casts an anxious, enquir isig glance around to see wliete is she, his heart's magnet, and who, experiencing the elcctrical thrill of the sound of his voice, is not many seconds ere setting the question at rest in his mind by presenting her self before him-ithe rosebud in her bosom he gave her when last there and placing her hand in his, blended love and fun sparkling in her bright blue eye, maiden coyness alone restraining her from shewing before father and mother and brothers and sisters all gathered around the extent of the power he possesses over her hearit, that heart he.has fairly and honorably won, and which was at first drawn towlirds him at'an agricultural show and ploughing match, at which lie was a prize taker, his superb work securing him this distinction, she having been no less successful with her poultry, cheese, and butter. Thus wi-s a bond of sympathy first estab lished between .them which soon ripened into warm friendship, and that again into the still intenser feeling of love. Before many months; are over he will be the proud possessor of a selection of his own, and then as soon as lie has it fenced, a portion cleared, a nd a dwelling thereon,.he ,will take her stherc to reign supreme over hlier own dairy stock and 'poultiy, and make the desert generally to " blossom as'the rose." And now he tells her to ' luTrry up" ns th'e morning's running along, reminding her thsit they've a good lot of ground to' get over, rand that if they don't look alive all 'the good things will be gone. She 'needs no second remiinder but smilingly replies that ':she's only one or tWo little' things to do outside, and then she won't be Sfive minutes "slipping on'her thinigs" S(usually, by-the-bye, a somewhat Sprolonged five minutes withl ladies upon occasions of unusual importance like the present). Off she then goes, ,'leavinghsim sittiug thcere as patiently as.:n man's nature will pe!nmit under .such: circumst.aces, chatfing with :the old couple upon things iucolic in general, and tlhese relating to his father's fsarm, upon which he 'at present is employed--and his pi'os pective father-in-law's, in partichaI,' Ibeating a tal;too the; whilc iupnni'the toe of his well-polished boot with his whip; when,i after.a while she. puts her head out of her bed-room door and wants to know "If lihe can't find :oinething bettei<to do than sit there gossiping all day, can' t he go-'into' 7the stable. nd -et out :her -mnre· (whiclh, bythli-bye, her young brother - Tom has thoroughly groonied for.her): and put .the saddle o-n liher?":anid b-hic! he, as an obedient lover should, "' t oncd riises'and .proceeds' to 'dbo'. Theli have extendcd themselves into a full half-hour--hawvug elapsed, out she comes from her room, her ridin_, -habit gatlhered u01 in lici'lmandl', iv'ii and all, the latter a. llndsome sp~cei men of the whip-nuaker's art, :i present from him whIo is now actiig as her. groom of the st able, and wearing besides a bewitching feather entwined little wide-awake hat, Slooking right winsome" as she stands there, the flush of happy ex citement in her peach-like cheek, waiting for him to come and button her glove for her. SHe has taken her maroe, all saddled and bridled, outside the gate, and placed hlier beside hIis horse, the two immediately exchanging signs sud soeuids of recognition, they being by nb means strangers to each other,
baving carrled their master and mis tress together upon inmany a prcvious occasion, to church, five miles distant, on Sundays amongst other places, quietly grazing side by si:,i in the adjoining paddock until s-ivice 'is' bee, over. His stable iduties coin pleted the young fellowv icrenters the,? house, and sees her 'standing waiting 1 for him to- button her glove, she 1 questioning him as he- undertakes the h littl liabour'of, love as to ,whethr rhe has thought to give the mare some oats and a? adrink,` botil of lwhich lie has done. So long is he now fumbling 4 over that glove tiatshe in lies turn I has lier patience tried;' and wants I-to know"' If' hJ's` gbisig to be all'"day abont it,".:lie 'irejlyiingtltiat "His fingers are. all. thumbs, and that he iw's never cut oiutfoi 'i lady's maid," ,t' tlid sa'iis tini:e exkpessing lis astonishment at th ?n'timie it takes gils to ge"t ?ied up" wihenever they aire goin, 'anywlhrc;e, ad.d which observation is met w?ithl the reply flat-' lie will "Just please to mind his own busiiiess andct not. trouble' his head about what lie knows 'notlhing, sand-,:what .is .-more, .,.doesn't con; corn 'him," and as a:n .additional sting, she. adds . that '..If : tih. girls were as long over :every little ariticle of their dress as he has-been 'ovir' that button,"they would bie a great deal ?longer still, wfhich is of course very, severe upon .the youth, 'and effeetivcly 'sileuces:him' as far as :the subject of female dressing is con cined i?. Bt'theni as -regairds tho uiiiie le :las been thuls occupied it must be taken into account that a goodly por ition of it has been spent in looking up iiito her face; not seeing what' lie was, doing--`. Looking. one way.and rowing another," as the old saying has it-and considering -lwu-ta pretty face hers is, this is' perhaps not so much to be wondered at-whilst.sshe, "particeps criminisi," instead of check ing him, by usirt ti her her head say, or other means; has been no less looking into his--and thatl again, is perhaps not so much.to be wondered at. con sidering that lie is no less good looking than she. Many a time hais hee ad-miiingly gazed upoin that pretty face before, but upon this particilari occasion, owing, we may snuppose to siurround ing circdmstalsces; it seeins td'him more than ordiniurily fascinating, and lie' begins to wish it lhad 'been his own; as well as his friend's wedding, he lrid been about to celebrate. At length they are ready and make for the pate, slhe having first fastened a rose. in. the. buttonhole of his coat, liinghingly telling him as she does so, t;lhat "shcdoesn'tknow tlhat lie deserves it though, for his impudence in speak ing of the timie she was in dr;essing,'" and her face being so close to his as she accomplishes this little labor. of love, is it to be wondered at tlhat he should imprint a glowing kiss uploin those inviting lips, little less ruddy than the rose itself. This results in heir requesting him to "just be quiet now . anndmind wht lie's abodlt," which adu?'nio tion; by the Ibye, is quite needless, lie being per fectly well aware of whatl he is about. In a few seconds more she is by her mare's side, and then with a foot upon lhe sweetheart's hand, up she bounds into the saddle, rises once or, twice to secure a comfortable seat, settles her habit to her satisfaction, gathers up the reins;, and is ready;. lie flings himself acrdoss his hoirsc, and then with a cheery "good bye to father and mother and the rest as sembled at the gate to see them start. and as cheerily returned, withl the additiona.l parting advice from the old couple to " take care of themu selves," and the reminder as well from the youthful members of the family " not to forget to bring them home some of the wedding cake," away they start down the lase nwhich leads into the main road; get inito a gentle canter, which cre long breaks into a gallop, and in a few minutes more are lost to sight, with a twenty inile ride before them. But: whlat, would they care if it were the cicnuit, of the globe tlhey lhad to make, with the affection they entert:iin for each other ; it would be to them but' as onle long, cloudless; summer's holiday. "Oh! there's nothing half so sweet i s life, as Love's young dream." To be iContinued.