Sad Bridal Romance.
From the Pittsburgh Chronicle, Aug. 16th. The following story comes over the hills from Ebensburg. Cambria county: The lady was an accomplished girl of twenty - two years, daughter of George M. Eead, a prominent attorney of the Cambria county bar ; the husband, a young man named T. H. Stopbell, of Strongtown, Indiana county. He hud been attentive to Miss Read for some time, but her fattier, a widower, and her brother, objected, and the meetings of the jrair were recently carried on secretly. During the absence of the father a month or more ago the two were married by Rev Mr Thomas a country clergyman. The announcement,
however, was not made public, andithe man and wife continued to meet cloSestinely as before, as opportunity presented. Why Stopbell did not manfully claim his bride does not appear. On Saturday last he arrived in Edensburg and put up at the Blair House, with the intention, it is said, to remedy this defect in his married life and carry Mrs Stopbell off to Johnstown. The lady was in a high state’of excitement on reaching the hotel, which increased as time passed, notwithstanding the efforts of her husband and his friends to soothe her. While thus engaged, they were surprised by the abrupt entrance into the room of Mathiot Read, the only brother of the distracted bride, who flourished a loaded revolver and seemed intent on making short work of the man who had the temerity to become his brother-in-law without his sanction or consent. Seeing the peril of her husband, Mrs Stopbell excitedly interposed herself between him and harm, and a moment later j'oung Head was disarmed through tlie united efforts of Mr Stopbell and Mr Blair, son of the landlord, who chanced to be present. In the meantime the foolish precipitancy of young Read resulted in throwing his sister into a state of hysteria, and she was taken to a room in the hotel in a raving condition, hysterical coma intervening by Sunday dawn and death from brain fever at one o’clock yesterday morning.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 15, 30 October 1879
Sad Bridal Romance. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 15, 30 October 1879
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