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At a marriage oeremony which was being performed the other day at a email hamlet not a hundred miles from Wai* koualtl an inpldent occurred of a rather serious obataoler to tbe principal actors, but amusing to the spectators, of which there were a goodly number present. The more prominent actors m the • drama were marshalled up to the communion rails, and the Geremony prooeeded without Interruption until the lmporttnt question was put to the bridegroom : " Wilt thou have this woman for thy wedded wife ? ' Bofore, however, the answer, so musical and sweat to the ears of the bride, and which plays so momentous a part m |he history of Tier wedded life, "I will" oould be uttered, a voioe from the body of the church was heard tp explain : " That is not the woman J" As may be imagined the olergyman and spectators ga?ed with amazement on the interruption, but it was nevertheless well-timed, as a few moments later the nnptiaj knot would have been tied which we are told no man has a right to unloose. Explanations, however, followed. The bride was some diataooa from the bridegroom, and la the eonfnslon which ensued It was not observed that the two had beoome separated, until tho fatal words were proaounoed which would have loit to the one the husband of her oholoe and to the other the wife of his jffaotion. On realising tbe peculiarities of the position the bride burst into tears, but the spectators tittered and «pporently regarded the thing as an excellent joke. They were, however, promptly rebuked by the minister, and the bride having been placed In bar proper position tbe oeremony prooeeded, and the twain were made man and wife. As the people were leaving the ohurob, however, the mother of the bridesmaid Who had nearly bowled out the bride and won a bnsband was heard to exolalm : " Wtel, wisl, Annie, you ward yaiy ntti off thtfc tfmi {"•-'♦ Pajmaritoa

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A NARROW SQUEAK, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2141, 3 June 1889

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A NARROW SQUEAK Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2141, 3 June 1889

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