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♦ The yoang gentleman bad just been admitted to the Bar, had opened an cffioa m thla olty, and was waiting, Mloawberlike, for aomethlng to tarn op. He was engaged to * young lady whose beaaiy sod true worth were not to be equalled, m hia estimation, either m thla country or m Barope. She had onoe bean wealthy, and at that time had moved In that aooial circle known to fame aa " M'Alllater'a Four Handred." Her reduced otroumatanoea, however, had brought her to the olrole m wh'oh abe met and won the love of the atrnggllng young barrister. Hia sense of honor waa of the finest-— perhaps too fine — and he congratulated hlmaelf that abe yaa no longer an helreaa, for had she been >hn would not have become hia fiance. And he waa aure that hta finer feelings would never permit him. to " marry money," For thla reason he wai anxious to make a atart m hit choien profession which would enable him to hasten the happy day. Hia first ollent enabled him to do tbla, but had not thia initial oaie been a long time m coming there never would have beeu ocoasion to ohroniole thia romance. To out a long atory abort the young lady, through the death of a distant and almost unknown relative, fell heir to a property larger than that the originally poseeeeed. The young man, true to bis senae of honor, gave her her freedom m a abort note, although the apt coat him a gn at pang . Tbi« brought from the young lady a longer note, aaklng him to reconsider hia aotlon and reqaestlog an interview. He thanked her by poat for her klndnels, and told her that aa an equal m wealth he would have been honoured by a union with her, but that ahe was now m a ! position to make a much more desirable allianoe. The days that followed tbla generona renunciation of wealth and happiness were aad onea for the young lawyer, made doubly ao by the fact that they were spent m aolltude m bla office, uninterrupted by olienta. About a week aftpr breaking off hia engagament the young man waa startled by the appearance m his offioa of tb.e girl he had given up. She smiled beautifully on film and aald j '< If yon will not marry me let ns at any rate be friendi. I need the advioe of counsel m a suit which I am about to bring, and for the pake of old times I hope yon will do your beat for me." II By all meaou," replied the astonished disciple of Blackatone. "If you will give me the faota of the caie I will attend to it at ones." 11 1 wish to bring a suit for damages for breach of promise against — — •— «-. I would not do thla only I know he lovea me atlll, and will net marry me because be thinks I oan and want to do better." It la needlese to aay that the oaie waa compromised and neyer brought Into Court.— " Australian Star."

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2046, 25 January 1889

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A PRETTY LITTLE ROMANCE Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2046, 25 January 1889