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JVABIHS AND HYDROPHOBIA.

A DISAPPOINTED BRIDEGROOM.

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A DISAPPOINTED BRIDEGROOM. In one Of the arrondissementa of Paris ca short J, time ago, as we (Globe) learn from a Strasbourg journal, a bridal pair, each evidently belonging to prosperous and cultivated middle-class society, pre. sented themselves before the civil functionary for the purpose of betrothal. The bridegroom came from busy Mulhausen, which, as every one knows, was lately French, but is now German. When M. Ie Maire, in the course of the prescribed queries, came to the statement of the etat civil," he discovered that the gentleman had emigrated from Alsace without going through the famous option"—that is, he had neither declared himself willing to be German ner willing to be French, and he bad thus selfishly escaped the obligation of military strvioe to both these alternative fatherlands. The Maire was, no doubt, indignant; but he politely hid his feelings. The numerous company of kinsfolk, on the contrary, scowled unpleasantly at the craven and unpatriotic man who was on the verge of entering into close re- lations with a French family. But the wont blow was dealt by the gentlest hand. When the Marie put the specific marriage question to the bride, Consented vousf a round, full ringing Non" burst from her lips, which at once astonished and gratified tha whole assembly, with one exception. Turning to the would-be bridegroom, the young lady said in a quiet tone, I will never marry a man who denies his fatherland in-order te escape from the duty of serving it." Then gathering up her skirts, bo'h metaphorically and literally, she abruptly turned from the rejected bridegroom and marched out, her approving kinsfolk following her. In such a nation as Fr;»t.ce, a lady eo full of character and patriotism is certain not to have to tiait long for another and mere worthy suitor. .1

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