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HOW A MINISTER’S WIFE CAME TO GRIEF.

(From the Inventor*' Record.)

An ingenious Chicago inventor has constructed a bicycle driven by the expansive force of a strong steel spring. When the machine is to be used the . spring is wound up. The rider then P leaps into his place, and the-moment ihis weight presses the saddle the spring | is released and the bicycle starts off at is full speed, thus obviating all danger of-| falling. The spring is warranted to Jj keep the bicycle in motion for an hour,|| and by pressings lever placed immedi-'l ately in front-of the saddle the can be instantly stopped.. Rests for the i feet, unconnected with the treadles ofi the driving wheel, are provided, and® the rider can thus journey withoum making the least at tbe|| end of an hour he is obliged to dw|| mount and wind up the spring, The Rev. Mr Macpherson had beei||| for nearly a year the rector of the|| church in Ishkatawhunky, lowa, andj| together with his young and attractive!! wife, had won the warm admiration df|f all but the unmarried ladies of his " parish, when he became, interested mV bicycles. Being young and he soon became an excellent rider, every afternoon after 4 o’clock he accustomed to mount his bicycle in Ural back yard, to ride swiftly down the.cipP riage path to the street, and thenoyj through the village. As his house wala an isolated one, and no curious nefefiji hors were near, Mrs Macpherson undei||| took to learn to ride, and in a shojr|| time was able to ride the length of th|i yard, where her husband would, med|| her and hold the machine' while sht|| 1 dismounted. She greatly enjoyed th«| sport, and it may possibly have been Upl order to remove from her the temptall j tion to venture or ride outside of thel yard ..thatJbec_hushand .avoided ing her to dismount without his helpi'| A fortnight ago Mr Macpherson one of the new Chicago spring-motor 1 :’ velocipedes, without informing his of the nature of his purchase. It wass delivered at his house while he was ah|| sent at the Diocesan Convention,|avp|P his wife was filled with its beauty. She was entirely jgnorajii' that it was in any respect different frmm other machines, and late in 1 noon she determined to try it; Hiß| husband not being at hand to hejj||| her to mount it, she called the coc||u| and .gave her instructions as to how.|nH catch the machine and hold it. Th|n| taking the hew bicycle to the extrengi rear of the yard Mrs Macpherson spiaSH into the saddle and—was off at of fifteen miles an hout. " 1 It need hardly be said that ahe'<«||| terribly frightened. Scarcely "-JffiH frightened was the cook as she saw:;|ffl mistress sweeping down on her atfSH terrific a speed. Instead of stop the machine she screamed wd(Bp and ran out of its path. The gate im| open, and. Mrs Macpherson whirj|gj into the street.: She would have worlds to stop the runaway bicytajli but she did not know the. secret of tM|| lever, and she did not dare to risk IjSi life by jumping off. In a few mintd||| she found herself entering the'; kin principal street of Ishkatawhunky, am| saw that the inhabitants were flockimM to the sidewalk to watch her. 'SmB was crimson with horror as sheffflH fleeted that -the machine was stnenl designed for riders in trousers, and :fl| a momenr she almost made up mind to throw herself on the .groutaH regardless of consequences. tunately, she reflected that the results||9 a fall would be even more startling aHuH extensive than those entailed by keepowH her seat, and so, trying to comfort self with the reflection that her hose real Balbriggan, and unusually .tastefl||fl ill color and pattern, she rodc -.dd^B She would gladly have changed with Mazeppa, who rode through adesoitij instead of a crowded street, and envied Lady Godiva, who had mdac£d|a the people of Coventry to close theflM window blinds. The sensation sHiiß made as she rushed through the and out again upon the prairie, cannolß be discribed, but she knew well that no possible story that smß could devise would be accepted asan eiM planation of the frightful impronrietf J of which she had been guilty. The runaway bicycle came to a stop® ten miles out of Ishkatawhunky, and® close to a railway station. Mjrs pherson promptly took the train - t&9 Milwaukee, where her parents residinH and then telegraphed to her husbai||fl Of course she never returned to Is®H katawhunky, and Mr Macpherson ImH requested to resign his parish on js®H ground that the conduct of his wifeflH to the last degree scandalous.

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HOW A MINISTER’S WIFE CAME TO GRIEF., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 386, 4 July 1881

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HOW A MINISTER’S WIFE CAME TO GRIEF. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 386, 4 July 1881

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