Peter Clawson courtship
ar- generallsat- it iidl-ence Bur- re?re- son-slderlng lven- pleas- amuslnglper- Cou- PETER CLAWSON'S COURTSHIP. Scotch Plains is the name borne by a New-Jersey hamlet about four miles north of Plainfield. One of the most modest cottages in the village is occupied by an old ladv named Brown and her two daughters, Mary and Margaret. Forty odd years have passed since both the daughters were born, and time has not used either gently. Some two years ago they became acquainted with an old gentleman named Peter Clawson. living in Dunel-len. about seven miles from Scotch Plains. Thongh the old man has passed over 60 years in the free enjoyment of bachelorhood, he has long since tired of that estate, and for years has been searching for a wife. His adventures have been singularly unfortunate, and though engagement rings and wedding suits have several times been purchased by him. something has always happened to interfere with the holy banns. Since he met the Misses Brown. Mr. Claw-son has made no less than three matrimonial attempts. None of these was connected with the fair ladies of Scotch Plains, and until a few weeks ago it was not even suspected that his heart was leaning in that direction. At that time he sold his farm rear Dunellen. upon which he had been living, to a Mr. Smith for $600. The money was placed to his credit in a New-Brunswick bank, and Mr. Claw-son determined not to rest till he had found a partner with whom to share his good fortune. Then it was that be thought of the sisters whom he had met two years before, and be at once started for Scotch Plains. The ladies received him graciously, and spread out all the delicacies of their pantry. He told them of his wandering vicissitudes, and they extended their sympathy. He narrated the story of his recent mercantile transaction, and they gave him their hearty congratulations? He boldly announced his determination to marry, and they applauded his resolution to the echo. The old gentleman was now in a quandary, as he couldn't marry both. Hapnily for Margaret. Mary was called out of the room, and when she returned ber sister and the old man were betrothed. As Mr. Clawson was without a .home, he was easily prevailed on to accept that of bis sweetheart. He grew very confidential In his relations with all the members of the family which he was soon to make his own. He bought tbem a me-lodeon, carpets, a sewing-machine, gold rings, dresses, cloaks, watches, chains, and many other souvenirs of his affection. When be went out he left his money and watch in their keeping. The marriage with Margarst was arranged for yesterday, and In anticipation of the Joyous event he bought a handsome bedroom set, and gave his wife 860 with which to set up honsekeeping. Last Saturday afternoon the Mr. Smith to whom the old man bad sold his farm drove up to the cottage of Mrs. Brown, and, calling for Mr. Clawson. demanded 20 which be claimed as borrowed money. The old man opened his purse, but found only $i left He asked his betrothed for the balance, but the gentle Margaret demurred, and Mr. Clawson was obliged to request nis friend to wait until be was married. It was necessary to go to Dunellen to make some preparations for the festive occasion. He departed on Saturday night, promising to return on Monday. On that day. arrayed in her bridal costume. Margaret waited all day for the coming of the groom. The shadows began to lengthen, but still the ancient lover failed to put in an appearance. As she was about giving him up. Margaret heard a loud noise outside the door, and, opening it In blushing haste, was astounded to find the heavy hand of Constable Moffett on her shoulder, and to hear him announce that sbo was his prisoner. The Constable was accom- S anted by her late lover and his friend Ir. Smith. Margaret promptly fainted, and Mary began to scream. " You're my prisoner, too," said Constable Moffett to tne latter, "and you are both harged with stealing S200 and a watch from Peter Clawson." The house was searched, and Clawson's watch, clothes, and $100 in money were found. The entire party were then driven over to Plain-field, where the unfortunate Misses Brown were given a hearing before Justice L. E. Clark. While that official was adjusting his eye glasses and taking down bis ponderous books of law, Margaret began to approach her recreant lover, who was stated quietly on a bench. She took a seat by his side, and laid her hand on his arm. "Didn't you say you loved me, Peter?" she asked. The old man made no reply. Didn't yon tell me you'd marry me, Peter?" she continued. As Peter remained motionless Margaret threw her arms about his neck, and filled the room with cries of lamentation. The old man struggled to free himself, and called loudly to the officers for protection. Margaret was soon quieted, and the examination proceeded. On the strength of the old man's testimony the sisters were beld In default of $350 bail each. When this decision was annonnced Margaret became furious, and demanded that the Justice should perform the ceremony of marriage between her and Clawson then and and there, or she would sue for breach of promise. Under the protection of his friend Mr. Smith, Mr. Clawson was obdurate, and his former enchantress and her sister were sent to Jail. Yesterday morning bail was furnished by Mrs. Brown, and they were released. Margaret announced her firm determination to sue for heavy damages.