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THE REV. C. SPURGEON’S ESCAPADE.

A JEALOUS HUSBAND,

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AUCKLAND, Jem; 2-1

At Waiwona, Mariposa County, on Thursday, May 2-1, the sou of the great pulpit orator of London sought safety behind the women whilst his accuser and threatener took off his coat, rolled up his shirt sleeves, dared him to “ come on,” danced about him in a very vicious manner, and stared savagely at him through a pair of goggles. All this gave the people of Waiwona intense amusement, was a source of great excitement for the friends of the preacher, made the lady who was the cause of all the trouble to scream in her distress, and brought the town PoohBah on the scene, who promptly told the supposed injured husband that he was under arrest. The Rev. Mr Spurgeon was uninjured in the affray, as, after he had put a few miles between himself and the excited crowd, he waved his hand encouragingly towards those who would notice him, and shouted to them that he was not yet dead. The rev. gentleman, who will doubtless gain much notoriety ou account of the attack made on him at a famous watering place, first became distinguished because of the fact that ho was a son of the Rev. Mr Spurgeon, of Loudon. He arrived from New Zealand in the Mariposa two weeks ago to-morrow. In the land of the Maori he had been visiting a brother, who also occupied a pulpit. While “doing the colonies ” he met Mr James Duckworth, of Castleton Hall, Rochdale (England), one of the richest tnillowncrs in the three kingdoms, who was travelling with his young wife. The Rev, C. Spurgeon had seen enough of the colonies with the millowner and his spouse. Mrs Duckworth is some years younger than her husband, is a typical Englishwoman, with a bright fresh complexion, light eyes, and a perfect figure. She is of a quiet dignified temperament, and was admirably suited to carry on a discussion ou theological subjects with the Rev. Mr Spurgeon, The trip was very delightful, and a short one to the preacher, although it lacked much of taking its place as a red letter day with the husband. Did someone suggest a green letter day ? No doubt ho became jealous before the Mariposa was docked in San Francisco; and his expostulations must have been in vain, for Mr Spurgeon accepted the invitation to visit the Yosemite with Mrs Duckworth and her husband. Whether the outsiders noticed the pastor was constantly marking places in the lady’s book, pointing out the beauties of Nature to her, discussing theology from her standpoint, and making her head comfortable with pillows and shawls no one knows ; but these things were, however, apparent ,to Mr Duckworth, and lie spoke of them to Mr Spurgeon, telling him of the pain they caused him, and expressing a wish that they should bo discontinued. The freedom of the husband caused an estrangement from

his friend, but Mr Spurgeon continued with the party. The Vosemito was visited, and its beauties were the topic of many conversations between the lady and the pastor. The latter has a quick eye for beauty, a musical tongue for metaphor, and can paint in pleasing words a simile that would sound very sweet in the ears of a maid or matron. His attentions to tho lady became noticeable again, and the husband saw cause for jealousy in every look ; and on the stage line from tho Yosemite to Woshbury’s Hotel the husband could hardly contain his feelings. On Wednesday last the narty reached Waiwona on their way back to tho city, and there the storm that had long been brewing in the mind of Mr Duckworth for the past four or five weeks burst, and caused tho Rev. Mr Spurgeon to shake and seek the protection of two weak ladies. The preacher was a very surprised man when his friend disturbed the “ peace,” for which Marshal Lcitch put him under arrest. The tourists were strolling about enjoying the beauties of the place, partaking of waters, and very anxious for something to break the dull monotony of tho spiritual pleasure. “ I have a mind to thrash you, sir,” said Mr Duckworth, of Castleton Hall, Rochdale, England, in a tone that was heard with pleasure by a number of persons standing about. “Oh ! what?” gasped the Rev. Mr Charles Spurgeon, to the intense joy of the same and other persons who gathered about. “ I’ll thrash you, sir,” answered' Mr Duckworth, altering the phraseology of intense feeling, but iu no sense robbing it of its salient features. “Those present can easily prevent the thrashing,” Mr Spurgeon evidently thought, and a little “bluff” might work in here. “ Well, do it now,” he said, and with commendable promptness Mr Duckworth set about his self-imposed task. But the two men were held asunder. The one struggled so that he might be held tighter, and the other struggled with a different purpose. Mr Ducksvorth said: “ They would moot again.” Mr Spurgeon may have thought “Not if I can help it.” The incident was thoroughly enjoyed by tho many people at Waiwona Hotel, who failed to apprise Marshal Lcitch of the disturbance, and his appearance on the scene next morning was entirely unpremeditated. Later in the day Mr Duckworth saw at table his late and present antagonist, who, when the former took his scat, jeeriogly remarked “There he is ; why don’t he do it now.” Some of the guests sat up all night so that they would not lose anything of the expected fight, but nothing of an exciting nature happened before morning. After breakfast preparations were made for departure, and the disturbance of the evening was almost forgotten in the hustle and hurry to catch the stage. Some hoped for a renewal of hostilities, and this hope was not in vain. “ I’ll thrash you now,” cried Mr Duckworth, shedding his coat and squaring off in true British fashion at the Rev. Spurgeon. “ I’ll thrash you now. Como out.” He made a rush at tho preacher, who attempted to clinch, fearing to strike his antagonist, “They are at it again,” yelled someone. “ Form a ring, gentlemen.” Just at the moment a lady rushed between the combatants crying : “Oh, James, James, don’t; don t fight; don’t do that,” She ultimately succeeded in parting them. Then Marshal Leitch appeared on the scene, and arrested Mr Duckworth for committing a breach of the peace. When he got on tho train at Martinez Mr Spurgeon told a reporter that the whole affair had arisen through a misunderstanding. Later in the day Mr Duckworth made a similar statement, saying that tho whole affair had been very unfortunate; that he had spoken to Mr Spurgeon and expostulated with him on his conduct, but the answer he had received had roused his feelings, and he hud assaulted Mr Spurgeon in tho heat of passion. The whole thing had been due to a misunderstanding.—‘San Francisco Chronicle.’

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THE REV. C. SPURGEON’S ESCAPADE., Issue 7942, 25 June 1889

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THE REV. C. SPURGEON’S ESCAPADE. Issue 7942, 25 June 1889

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