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'■ JTORY OF £y
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[CopyiiKlit, IS9B, by the Author.]
I gave Jane a locket on Christmas
day, 185)6. It was of gold, enriched vvitli
a design in diamonds. The jeweler gave
me his word that they wero real dia
monds, and I gave mine to Jane. It
was obvious anyhow, for glass diamonds
I pointed out to Jane the advantage
of having diamonds go small that every
one would know they wore genuine,
and sho said with delicious flattery that
no one else could have thought of that
The locket was shaped like a heart,
as that organ is figured in the jeweler'*
physiology It was very beautiful 011
the outside, and it had my portrait on
the inside. So that, viewed throughout,
it averaged well, as lockets go.
Opposite my portrait were some words
engraved in tho customary copy book
script, so appropriate to the majority of
sentiments that are graven on trinkets
That which I had chosen, however,
was not open to such criticism. I have
no liking for foreign phrases culled
from the back of tho dictionary and
comprising all that either giver or re
cipient knows of that particular lan
guage. So I contented myself with:
"Gerald to Jaue. Christmas, 1896.'
For some inscrutable reason the en
graver cut tho names very large and the
date very small, setting the latter to tho
left and below This style may have
been fashionable or artistic, but it pro
duced a singular effect of incomplete
ness, and I did not like it. However, it
suggested an idea to nie.
In explanation of it let me say that
Christmas day, 1896, was the first of
our engagement We did not know that
we loved each other till quite late in
the afternoon of tho day before. Every
body else knew it
My office boy could have told you
that I was in love, and as for Jane's
family—tho Wetherells—from the head
of the house down to Jane's little fox
terrier with "Beauty Wetherell" on his
collar, they were all fully aware of our
Beauty didn't bark at me, and tho
rest of the family were obviously study
ing my good points in order to prepare
for the inevitable.
But I was fairly shivering with tear
lest Jane did not love me, and when I
had told her what my heart would hold
no longer, she said with tears in her eyes
that it came as a great surprise to her
1 had a ring that had been my moth
er's, but as for tho locket, I had just
time to buy it before tho stores closed
on Dec. 2-1, and I bribed an engraver by 1
•a great fee to work by night upon the
Tho portrait was stripped from a pho- 1
tograph she liked, and pasted in. So tho
locket and our love were new on Christ
mas day And now for the idea that I
"When you cease to love me, Jane,''
•said I, "fill out that lino with another
date. Thus we shall have tho life of a
ilove, as men's lives are recorded on
their tombstones—'born, so and so;
•died soch a year.' ''
"There will bo no dates when I cease
to love you," said she, "for dates end ;
That should have satisfied any one,
-yet I was not willing to give up my
3WB idea. Few men are, even when
they're in love, and a great deal of trou
ble grows oat of it.
"Promise mo," said I, "that you
will keep the locket always, and that I
you will add the other date when love
Under protest and with her hands I
clasped in mine so tightly that it seemed j
nothing could ever part them, she prom- '
What would either of us have said to '
any absurd creature who had dared to j
prophesy that before another Christmas j
should come wo would bo estranged? j
Nothing that he'd have liked to bear, !
you may bo sure.
Yet it happened. The cause? Heaven
may know. You cannot learn it of me
Perhaps 1 made a nuisance of myself by
tug her too much ; it is a great niis-
J remember that our first difference
resulted from Jane's assertion that love
did not mako me happy, and also that
my attempt to prove that it did was
productive of great unhappiness for both
of us. What is the use of trying to
prove anything to a woman?
If I bad simply been happy, sho
would have felt it, and that with her
sex is much better than knowing.
Still I don't seo how so small a mat
ter as my happiness could have parted
us or why wo supposed that such a part
ing would help it I only know that one
evening when I left her house I wasn't
engaged any more, and New York
wasn't New York any more, and tho
moon in heaven was not tho moon
My happiness—or whatever it may
have been—had lasted a little less than
We did not publish our estrangement
Few persons outside her family knew J
! anything about it.
i Christmas was drawing near, and a |
doleful day it was likely to bo for me. !
The last three I had spent in tho Weth- |
erells' homo, and tho change from that j
■ to a lonely bachelor apartment and a !
cheerless dinner at a club was enough |
to make me wish that I had been a pa
gan with no knowledge of this sacred
In any event, however, I should not
have been at tho Wetherell house that
year, for since tho early part of Novem
ber Jane and I had been bound by a
promise to tho Grays of Princeton, who
were to give an old fashioned Christ
mas party in their historic mansion.
Of course we could not go under the
new order of things. I had written a
note of regret, with some mild false
hood as my excuse, but I understood
that Jane had told the truth in her own
letter of declination to Mrs. Gray.
At the last moment I was seized with
a desire to go. Perhaps it was impossi
ble for me to face tho prospect of spend
ing tho day alone. Whatever may have
been tho impulse, I wrote again to Mrs.
Gray and begged to be allowed to
change my mind.
My friendship with them all was
close enough to permit of such an un
conventional act and to justify mo in
expecting the cordial reply which I re
ceived by the earliest possible mail.
Thus it happened that I took a train
from New York on Christmas forenoon
with a heart so heavy that I don't see
how the engine managed to haul it.
I would not positively assert that this
overweight was responsible for the dis
aster of the day, but whether from that
or some strictly mechanical cause the
train on the little branch from the
Junction to Princeton jumped tho track j
about 800 yards from Princeton station
and distributed itself crosswise upon
No one was hurt, but there was con- j
aiderable excitement. A woman who
was sitting behind me clasped her large, ;
warm arms around my neck and yelled
into my ear that we should all bo killed, j
and if her husband had not come to my I
rescue I should never have breathed ! 1
This incident delayed me so much ■
that I was otio of the last to loavo tho ■ <
train. Looking ahead from tho plat '
form of the car, I saw tho passengers j <
walking the track in a long procession, ; 1
and among them, to my inexpressible I '
lurpriso, was Jane! |
Sho was not more than twice a car'* <
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"PKOMISE ME THAT YOU WILL KEEP THE LOCKET ALWATB."
/ength from me and was looking hark
when my glance rented on her, hut she
immediately turned away and began
to walk with the others toward the sta
The sight of her filled my mind with
confusion. Of course she could not be
Journeying to Princeton ou that day
with any other goal than the (irays'
Christmas jiarty It. \va> equally ob
vious that she would in*t have coins if
■ hi' had hud any idea runt 1 was to be
I : doubt Uy she bad I ■ n deceived
Lv i - declination ot nr. itation, as
1 by b rs
Such bi'iiiit lite i.i- my plain
intv « i lieu 1 . t her !•.
» 'iN T COUNTY PRESS, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1898.
»he aunoynnce of mnetiiiß me. Neither,
lo be perfectly fruuk, could 1 ataixi Fiioli
i colliniou myself
The best course seemed to be to loitei
uutil .Tune had ridden away in one of
j the Grays' carriages that would surely
be waiting at the station, and then to
] look up some conveyance that could take
) me back to Princton Junction.
| I approached the station warily, for I
i did not wish to be seen by any one who
would report my presence to the Grays
I 6aw one of their equipages moving
, away filled with people, but could not
| bo sure whether Jane was of the uum-
| Inquiring of a baggage man, whom 1
j found in an obscure corner of the station
platform, I learned that two coaches
were already waiting for passengers
who wished to ride over to the Junction
I Ho pointed out an ancient and ponder
i ous hack, and, after a word with the
1 driver, 1 climbed in.
There was already one passenger, a
lady who sat on the rear seat. I did not
notice her particularly until we were
face to face in the vehicle, and then 1
perceived that she was Jane.
"You saw me, then!" I cried.
"Yes," said she, "I saw you on tho
train, and, thinking that it wotild bi
embarrassing for you to meet mo at th«
party, I decided togo back to New
York. You must get right out and go tc
"Certainly not," said I warmly. "Dc
you suppose that I will spoil jour day
by driving you back to New York in
this way? I am not such a brute. I will
return, but you must go to tho party. 1
never would have come here but that 1
heard you bad declined. "
"So did I," said she, "but I changed
my mind day before yesterday. Mothei
wanted me to go. She thought it would
be well for me to do so. "
"Jane," said I, with a trembling
voice, "has this folly of oars so hurt
you that your mother is anxious and"—
"Not in the least," she answered
quickly "You entirely misunderstand
"It has frequently been my misfor
tune to do that," I replied. "But it'.'
too late to speak of it now. Won't you
pleaso forget that you saw me today
and goto the party as you had in
But. she wouldn't do anything of the
sort, and wo sat there disputing as to
which of us should bo the humuii sacri
fice and which should goto tho party
until three more passengers for the
Junction arrived and cut off our discus
The subject involved too many inti
mate details for ua to talk of it in the
presence of strangers, and tho situation,
which had been bad enough before, wa«
rendered much worse by their advent.
Jane and I had been unablo to arrivo
at a decision before they came, and wo
certainly couldn't do it afterward. Nei
ther of us could leavo thecarriago with
out. seeming to sacrifice tho other, and
tho result was that we remained and
wero trundled over to the Junction.
We had to converse, because tho oth
ers had heard us talking and subsequent
•Hence would have seemed peculiar. As
we could not speak of the one topic
which interested us, we spoke of every
thing that didn't. I wish I could re
member all the stupid things we said.
They would make a first rate modern
society drama of the innocuous kind.
The ride seemed so long that I was
afraid the driver had lost his way, hut
if he had he found it again, for
we pulled up alongside the station at
\\ ) went into the writing room, and
then;, in a comar. wo renewed our (lis
CU.-MOU Itiii dto persuade .lane togo
li;i< !: to Fiiiii .'tun, and she insisted that
1 should do ■ o
We t eea ho intere- i d that we 1< t
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BUFFALO & SUSQUEHANNA R. R
Time Table taking Effect June 6tli, 1898.
"The (irand Scenic Route."
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BuTalo and Susquehanna Railroad
A. M.IP. M. P. M. P. M
ir.K't'ngSmt.. 855 73s 12 •
Austin SlO 708 . . 12 00
Costello, 7 00 11 53
.. .Wharton, 8 16 11 41
Cross Fork J'ct 6 00 10 56
....Corbet t . 5 31 10 29 ;
.. (iermania 520 10 18 j
dp. Galeton P.M. 1 5 13 10 12
ar, " .... 710 12 55'10 00 I
... fiaines, ... 6 55 12 41 9 12 i
..Habinsville,.. 630 ... 12 17 906 !
. Westfield, ... 619 12 06 852
.. Knoxvllle... 605 11 50 830
Osceola 5 55 11 41 807 1 I
.Elkland,.... 5 51; 11 36 7 58
Lv Addison a 15 11 05 7 15
P. M.I P. M. A. M. A. M |
A. M.jp. M. P. M.la. M. |
I.\ K'tingSmt 12 40 7 50 9 10
Austin 6 40 1 05 8 201 9 50
Costello 6 47 1 12 ! ;. ...
—Wharton 6 59 1 24
Cross Fork Jet. 7 44 2 Oil ! 1 ! ...!.
Corbett 8 11 236 1
—Oermania... 8 22 2 47 11
Uaincs 8 52 3 08
.Sabinsville.... 921 333 '
. Westfield 9 33 3 43
. K noxville.. 9 47 3 56
Osceola 958 4 06
Elkland 10 031 11
Ar Addison lO 31 l 13
A. M. P. M. ...
Head up. Head down.
I*. M. I'. M. A. M.J A. M. I'. M.
... 5 10 10 00 Ar. Gaieton Lv 0 30 1 05
... i 51 941 —Walton ♦; it i 24
t27 9 171 -Newfiekl Jet.. 713 150
... 109 8 591 West Bingham,. 730 206
.... 368 848 .... Genesee.. •. 741 218
I 40 10 io ar. .Gaieton.. lv 8 25 2 00i 1
4 20 9 58 Gaines 8 43 1 2 26 '
350 088 lv Ansonia .ai 15 00 •
.... P. M. A. M. ar dp A. M. P. >1
.... 100 630 tip Cross Fork ar 12 00 7 00l
All trains run daily except Sunday.
At Keating Summit with W. N. Y. Si P. It. 11.
tor all points north and south.
At A nsonia with Fall lirook R. R. for all points
north and south.
At Newlield Junction with C. & P. A. H. R.
west for Coudersport, east for Ulysses and points
on Cowanesque Valley branch of Fall Brook R.R.
At Genesee for points on the New York &
Pennsylvania R. R.
At Addison with Erie R. R., for points east
At Wellsville with Krie R. R. for points east
II.C. I'NDERHILL,Gen'I Pass.Apt.Buffalo, N.Y
C.W. GOODYEAR, Gen'l Man'ur. Buffalo.
W. W. ATWOOl), Supt. Addison. N. Y.
W, C. Park, Supt. Austin. Pa.
TIME TABLE No. 23.
COUDERSPORT & PORT ALLEGANY R. R.
Takine effect June 15th. 1898.
10 t 6 2
P. M. P. M. A. M. P. M.
Port Allegany Lv. 3 15 7 18 12 10
Coleman, *3 23 00 »12 15
Burtville, *3 30 7 29 12 22
Roulette 3 40 7 36 12 30
Knowlton's, *3 45 00 *l2 SS
Mina *3 59 7 46 12 40
Olmsted 4 05 *7 50 *l2 44
Hammonds, 00 00 *l2 49
Coudersnort 112 Ar ' 420 757 12 53
uouuerspuri. Lv g , 5 ,
North Coudersport, 00 *1 05
Frlnk's *6 29 *1 14
ColesburK, *6 36 121
Seven I!ri<lges : | *6 39: *1 24
Raymonds'*, j | *6 49 135
(ioid i 654 141
Newfield, I 1 1 45
Newfield Junction, 702 150
Perkins, j 00 *1 53
Carpenter's, 1 00 *156
CrowelPs j *7 10 *1 59
Ulysses, Ar j 7 18, 210
111 5 8 I
A. M. P. M. A. M
Ulysses Lv. 7 32 2 30 10 05 ....
C rowel I's, *7 41 *2 39 *lO 15
Carpenter's, 00 # 2 41 *lO 18
Perkins, •2 44 *lO 21
NewfieldlJunction, 7 47 2 4fi 10 25
Newfield, *7 51 2 50 *lO 30
Gold ' 7 55 2 54 10 85
Raymond's *7 59 259 *lO 40 ....
Seven Bridges, *8 11 *3 11 *lO 55
Coleshurg # 8 14 3 14 *ll 00
Frink's, »8 22 »3 22 *ll 09
North Coudersport, 00 *3 31 *ll 20
JAr. 8 36 336 11 30
Lv. 841 600 120
Hammonds, 00 00 00
Olmsted, *8 46 *6 06 *1 27
Mina, 850 fi 10 131
Knowlton's, 00 *6 18 00
Roulette 9 00 6 21 1 45
Burtville 908 629 255
Coleman, 00 *6 35 00
Port Allegany, I 9 21, 640 2 35!
(*) Flag stations. ( ■ Trains do not stop.
Connections—At Ulysses with Fall Brook R'y.
for points north and south. At Newfield June- ,
tion with Buffalo & Susquehanna R. I?., north of 1
Wellsville, south of Gaieton and Ansonia. At
Port Allegany with W. N. Y. & P. R. It., north
for ItnHalo, Olean, Bradford and Smethport;
south for Keating Summit, Austin, Emporium
and Penn'a R. R., points.
B. A. McCLURE, Gen'l Supt.
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U Childrens' white wool vests and pants, usually sold at
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tt Childrens' white wool vests and pants, usually sold at %'
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Childrens' white wool vests and pants, usually sold at M
50c, for 35 cents. ' w
Childrens' white wool vests and pants, usually sold at Q
p 45c, for 30 cents. ' 3r~
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