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A NARROW SQUEAK.

At a marriage ceremony which was being performed the other day at a small hamlet not a hundred miles from Waikouaiti an incident occurred of a rather seriom character to the principal actors, but amusing to the spectators, of which there were a goodly number present. The more prominent actors in the drama were marshalled up to the communion rails, and the ceremony proceeded without interruption until the important question was put to the bridegroom : “ Wilt thou have this woman for thy wedded wife?” Before, however, the answer so musical and sweet to the ears of the bride, and which plays so momentous a part in the history of her wedded life, “ I will ’’ could be uttered, a voice from the body of the church was heard to exclaim : “That is not the woman !” As may be imagined the clergyman and spectators gazed with amazement on tho interruption, but it was nevertheless well-timed, as ft few moments later the nuptial knot would have been tied which we are told no man has a right to unloose. Explanations, however, followed. The bride was some distance from the bridegroom, and in the confusion which ensued it was not observed that the two had become separated, until the fatal words were pronounced which would have lost to the one the husband of her and to the other the wife of his affection. On realising the peculiarities of the position the bride burst into tears, but the spectators tittered and apparently regarded the thing as an excellent joke. They were, howevei, Eromptly rebuked by the minister, and the ride having been placed in heir proper position the ceremony proceeded, and the twain

were made man and wife, A a the people wore leaving the ehurch, however, the mother of toe bridesmaid who had nearly bowled out the bride and won a husband was heard to exclaim : “ Weel, weel, Annie, you wore very near off that time!” —‘ Palmerston Times.’

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A NARROW SQUEAK., Issue 7921, 31 May 1889

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A NARROW SQUEAK. Issue 7921, 31 May 1889

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