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ZULU WEDDING IN AMERICA.

The Nfem'iFbri: Herald says.'—‘‘Miss Anita Q.Corsini, a young French girl, TT TO labbut eighteen years of age, and daughter Uii Oof, '/&/ show-case.. manufacturer sit 180 ,BrQadway,waamarried the other day, by the- Rev. G.‘ J. Page, at the latteria resis., ... T v dence,3lßUnion street, Brooklyn, to ', • ‘Ukano, otherwise known as Charles ‘Benaon, and better known as I ‘ Zulu 1 Charley.,’ ' The bridegroom is only about " ; twehlty, ahd;ia one of the so-called Zulu chiefs thathave forsome months past on exhibition in BrUnnel’s j ' . * J r ‘ j & 'this city and in Brooklyn. ‘ He is my Othello and I am his Desde- ’ . mona,’ the 1 newly-made wife remarked upon being questioned regarding her , ■ strange matrimonial venture with this I . ' . representative of Zululand. ‘ltisto be I ' a J hoped,’ mildly suggested the visitor, ‘ that I “ ' your marriage may not find the same I , tragical termination as in that play.’ I p‘i I We love one another too much f

‘ r for that,* naively answered the young • i>rid e . • I never kill her,’ interrupted the youthful bridegroom, who seemed to ' ‘ appreciate the reference to the Shakspearlan drama, and appeared pleased at being given the title role. This conversation .took place in the basement of the museum, ' "where the Zulus give daily and nightly - representations of their skill in hurling , the assegai and in fencing,' besides exhibitions of their national dances to the ' Strange accompaniment of their wild national chant. Ukano was seated on an elevated platform in his full Zulu: regalia —a turban filled with drooping variegated feathers' encircling his head, and a belt,

; pendant from which run the tails of wild animals, girding his loins. . This was the sum total of his diminutive wardrobe. He held in his hand a war-club. Near him sat his young wife, a petite and fascinating young French girl. She is positively - handsome—a dear and rosy complexion, large and dark languishing eyes, full rounded cheeks, and a pure aquiline nose. : Her hands, * which were small and well

shaped, were ornamented with abundant - finger: rings, some of exquisite design . and pattern. A massive gold bracelet enclosed each wrist. The crowning glory of her adornments were diamond ear-

rings. She wore a richly-shaded purple silk dress, and her hat was . the chief iPaeueve of jauntiness—a light straw with a I- snowy white plume. There was quite a crowd gathered near, who divided their attention between the swarthy bridegroom and his fair bride. She told with- • ont' hesitation, the story of the wooing and the wedding, together with the unredenting opposition of the ‘ stern patient,’ who so'very often figures so conspicuously , OP. nuptial occasions. ‘I first saw my husband at the"museum about four months . ago;’ thus ran her story. ‘ It,was a case of live at first sight. 1 could not I help ft. i I went to the museum day and evening to feta look at him and to be near him. He nSlly noticed me, and began to speak to me in his broken way. We then met out- . side, and he came to my father’s house , when father was away, on his business. Bister, who is older than lam (and I am Only eighteen) fell in love with him, too, and there was trouble on this account. I Father heard of his coming, and forbade , jne seeing him. But we were already en- I '■ gaged, and we planned an elopment. I • ran away from home, but before We could get married my father had me arrested I and locked up all night in Jefferson- Market Prison. He wanted I

tb have me sent for six months to

Blackwell’s Island, but I begged so bard he did not insist upon it. It was Wednesday night I was locked up. Having got my freedom, we were married yesterday. Father has become reconciled, and We now shall be; happy. ’ ‘ Will you live with your father V ‘ No. When the performance closes this afternoon, we shall start looking for rooms.’ ‘I shall atay at the museum for the present,’ said XJkano, * but by-and-by we shall go back - - -to Zulu.’ ‘ * How many wives do the chiefs have inZulu l’ we asked. ‘ Ten, twenty, and fifty if they want; but I want only my one wife.’ At the close of'the performance, Ukano put on his citizen dress, which metamorphosed him wonderfully. It was a dark steel-grey suit of the latest stylet He sported a heavy gold watch and.chain, a Derby hat, and a cane, and altogether was very gentlemanly in appearance, but looking all the world like a .. stylish young mulatto. The young bride .’ ’. looked very, smiling as she took bis arm and walked away. She says she has ; lived in this country four years, and claims to have been a music teacher.” ’

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ZULU WEDDING IN AMERICA., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 505, 30 November 1881

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ZULU WEDDING IN AMERICA. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 505, 30 November 1881

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