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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - July 14, 1874, Winnipeg, Manitoba }m mtw. BASHFUL JOHN. 6 'YITE really mugt get John said Amy YV Ellsworth, lazily pulling a bright hned flower to pieces. "II is not possible. There is no way of think- ing of such a thing, Amy You've had at least twenty of your lady friends here, und all with a 'view of having John find a partner among them yet you have failed, and John is getting to be a regular woman-hater, in spite of his good-na- ture." "Well, I shall try once more at least. Anabolic Cameron is coming next week, and if she don't win him I shall surely give up in despair, though I hute to leave him alone. He would make such a good husband And he can be as gay and nice as any one when he gets over his bashfulness and' becomes acquainted. You know that Alf and I haven't quite despaired of him yet. I must get him married before I leave. Think how lonely he will be in this great house by himself! And he would not invite any, com- pany woiild not know what to do with them." The object of this conversation was at this mo- ment idly lounging on a rustic seat in his spacious grounds his cigar had dropped on the ground, and the paper which ho held in bin hand was up- side down, showing that he was not reading. There was a frown on his high white brow, and his musings ran something in this wise: "Deuce take it I wish Amy had never met Alf Benfonl But I suppose t'would have been eomc one else. What I'm going to do without her don't knorr. Alone in that great can't Amy and Alf Mvo here? But he won't, of course, sacrifice his fine house in the city, that he had fixed up for her it would bean insult to pro- pose it." An impatient groan escaped poor John at this juncture'. A carriage-was rolling slowly up a steep hill near a mile from John Ellsworth's beautiful home. There were two ladies in Anabdle Cam- eron, a brunette with a handsome though too masculine face, dressed in a showy travelling garb, and her companion Ruth Lily, a sweet little blondo clothed, inanjattire ofsegond mourn- ing. "Now, said Miss Cameron. "I intend to marry this John Ellsworth it will be e. splendid catch, I assure you. Why, ho is worth nearly a million, and is just one of those men that will let his wife twist him around her little finger. Now I can hardly exist on my income." Here Ruth opened her eyes in wonder, for she knew how much Miss Cameron's income was. and it seemed to her a fortune. "Itlooks smaller and smaller to me every she continued, "and then, besides the money, it will be such a charming tiling to captive Mr John Ellsworth, for so many have tried and in vain. And you needn't be afraid of losing your situation, Ruth, for I could not do without you, my dear and when I am Mrs Ellsworth, your wages shall be raised. There, Euth, we can sec the place from here. The grounds are so large that one can't see the house until within them. Dear me how anx- ious I am to see Mr Ellsworth 1 I've heard he is very handsome." Here the one-sided conversation stopped, while Miss Cameron sat in pleasant thought, and little Ruth drank in with an artist's eye the surround- ing objects. Poor her life had been a sad one, She once had a happy home, a rich father and a loving mother. Every advtintage of education that money could procure was her's, and she never knew a moment's sorrow imtil the death of her .parents. Her father had died a bankrupt, and her mother soon followed him to the grave. So Ruth had hired herself to Miss Cameron as a companion and had boen with her for years. John had been informed of Miss Cameron's com- ing, and great was his discomfiture on hearing of it; but, as he could not avert the calamity, he bore it with a tolerable grace. He did not appear at the tea table on the eve of Miss Cameron's arrival, but Amy found him, and brought him into the parlor after tea was over.- When he was once there, Miss Cameron completely cornered him, And there he eat with his handsome face flushed scarlet, MissCtmcron sat beside him, talking her best, asking him all sorts of questions, seldom waiting for answers, for which John was very thankful. He finally escaped when she had taken her place at the piano, and commenced to sing opera music. Poor John was sitting near the and, feeling that he should suffocate if he stayed there any longer, quietly slipped out. Not very polite in him of course j but he detested opera music. Up in his room he heard her sing- ing for about ten minutes, and then all was quiet, and John, wicked fellow! sat congratulating him- self upon his escape. The next morning Amy induced him to take .breakfast with her guests, and Miss Cameren sat opposite him, wishing very much to say some sar- castic things about the evening before but the presence of Amy and Alfred put a stop to that. She was not quite as talkative ap on the evening previous, but closely watched poor John. Poor John indeed Every moment threatened to choke him, and his was fond of eggs left untouched; he could not eat it, for he was certain that he -would spill it, or do something dreadful, those eyes watching his every movement. And then could she not have known the cause inquiring if he was ill, and ask- ing, John thought, all sorts of silly questions. At last he could endure it no longer, and hast- ily excusing himself, he rushed from the table End locked himself in his room. In about an hour he crept stealthily dowh the back stairs and walked quietly to the lake, where he intended to take a sail to cool his troubled thoughts. What was his surprise to see the boat already occupied, but not by Miss Cameron, as he 'was thankfun to note, but by Rulh Lily, who was engaged in read- ing Tennvson. John stood watching her as she still Toad on without noticing him. "By Jove I She's the prettiest little thing I ever thought John. Just then Ruth glanced up, and blushed on see- ing John, and then John did something which he had never done, before, and was very much sur- prised at himself for doing; he asked Ruth to sail wiith him, and, before the sail was ended, he concluded there were other women like his sister, after all. That was not the last sail they had together, and, if Miss Cameron hr.d followed her companion, she could not have wondered how he kept out of her way. It took her two weeks to learn that she never could win John Ellsworth and, at the end of that time, she began to think of going home; no Ruth told John one day that they were" taking their last sail together. It never struck John tiil this moment what Ruth was to him, and the thought overwhelmed him so without stopping to consider tho had done so, his bashfulness would have kept him from saying one told Kuth that, he loved her and asked to her be his wife. "Well, Ruth, I never thought of such a never! I'm perfectly astonished." "I am too. I never thought of his caring for me." said Ruth, simply. "Of course you cared for him sneered Miss Cameron. -Of course I answered Ruth, "I'm so glad John is said Amy, as she folded a long letter phe had received from that young man. "And he chose a better wife than ever I could have chosen for him." "Ruth, darling, sing "Annie Laurie" for me. I am so glad you don't sing said John, thinking of the time when Miss Cameron sang opera to him. "John Ellsworth is married I" said the world, and married to a lady's companion. Dear me! what taste But John was happy. THE American to whom the young Duke Nicholas of Russia gave his mother's stolen diamonds, is now in Paris, with tho jewels, worth (Vance, in her 'oosscssion. She is do- a. scribed as intelligent and The duke is said to be madly in love with her and wishes to marry her. J A 0 K B E N S O N'S RORIEST., NEAR POSTOFF1CE, is tho largest, most complete, best stocked, and generally tip-top establishment in the city, and is equal to anything in Ontario. Business buggies, open arid covered yacht butrgies, covered PhojtoVis, open nnd covered; one first-class Victoria Phaeton. Eight Teams of First-class Horses. All go; no cripples. No stop when they want to; all well taken care of and able to show it. Best assortment of harness anywhere. Money says all the above. jlO-m J. R. BENSON. A GRJ.CULTUBAL WAREHOUSE. J. C. D. RflcVICAR CO., General dealers in DRY G-OODS, GROCERIES, Ready-Made Clothing, Boots and Shoes, AGRICULTURAL IMPLEMENTS, Sewing- Machines, Etc. A {Splendid stock and at exceedingly low prices. Call and see them. jl6-m w. H. LYOST, Main St., Winnipeg, WHOLESALE RETAIL dealer in DrvCoodsandClothing, (riatsand Caps, Boots and Shoes, etc. Can't be beat in General Groceries; Provisions, Flour and Feed, WINES AND LIQUORS, Confectionery. Orders taken for the Meadow King Mower and D aytoii Kay Rake. CIGN OF THE BUFFALO, JAS. CO Dealers in GENTS' FURNISHING GOODS, and Ready-made Clothing Consisting of Straw, Pannama, and Linen Hats, LINEN AND LUSTRE COATS, "White Dress, Regatta, and Oxford Shirts, SILK, COTTON, AND MERINO UNDERCLOTHING. TTAEDWAEB STOKE. TIN AND SHEET IRON WORK. TAYLO Beg to notify the people of Winnipeg and surrounding co'u-atry that they have opened their WHICH IS The Most Complete and Commodious in the Great North West. This Firm is prepared to Manufacture all sorts of Tin and Sheet iron Work on the shortest notice and at reasonable rates. IMMIGRANTS will do well to call and inspect our stock before purchasing their Plows, Rakes, Reaping and Mowing Machines, Farmers' Wagons and Carts. All Kinds of Farm Implements always on hand. jlG-ui _ g- MANITOBA FUSE PHESS is a handsome eight psige paper of forty columns, published every Saturnay, contains more reading matter, and has a larger circulation than ALL the other ptipcrs in the Province combined, and is THE BEST ADVERTISING MEDIUM through which to reach the people of the Province. It it- a regular visitor to nearly every Engiiiih speaking household in Manitoba. THE DAILY FREE PRESS has already attained a large circulation in the city. To advertise in it is to secure communication with the entire city. THE JOB PRBNTSNC DEPARTMENT is unequalcdby any establishment west of St. Paul. It is supplied with the latest improved presses, and all modern styles of type are received as fast as produced. This depart- ment is under the control of one of the most experienced job printers in the Dominion. Excellence in quality, promptitude in execution, and fair prices arc the character- istics of this department. ilao, a full assortment of Gents' Ready-made Clothing. Garry Street, west sido. ra Lately have been added to this establishment, complete facilities for all kinds of book-binding. ;