A Parisian Romance.
The latest Parisian sensation for the summer time is the strange case of the "lovely widow and the lucky engineer." The son of science is only a humble worker in the lower walks of his profession, and as he was sauntering along the banks of the Seine, near Neuilly, the other day, lazily and listlessly, he espied a tall, graceful, and charming lady, attired in widow's weeds, walking quickly down to the water's edge. After having looked about for a moment the lady suddenly jumped into the river, and was soon floating helplessly away on the current. The engineer took off his coat, hat, and boots, and was in the water in the twinkling of an eye. Striking boldly out for the ludy, he reached her before she sank for the third time, aud skilfully conveyed his almost lifeless burden towards an adjacent boatwhich had been put out from shore by two bargees. The lady and her rescuer were taken into the craft, and, restoratives having been applied, the lovely one, all in Mack arrayed, opened her eyes and asked to be carried home. Her wishes were complied with promptly, and her gallant rescuer accompanied her to a semi-baronial villa not far from the riverside. Next day the engineer called to see the lady, who thanked him most warmly, and asked him to come again. He did, as he was requested, keeping up his visits for nearly a week, at the end of which time he succeeded in winning the hand and heart of the lady whom he had saved from drowning. As she happens to be the possessor of a handsome jointure, as well as of houses, lands, and chariots, all is about to go as merry as a marriage bell. The fair widow had been eaten up with ennui, and life became so utterly unfit to live for, in her estimation, that she resolved to end it. Luckily, the young and intrepid engineer appeared at the proper moment.
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A Parisian Romance., Evening Star, Issue 8047, 25 October 1889
A Parisian Romance. Evening Star, Issue 8047, 25 October 1889
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