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ROMANCE ON THE LAKE. A Lovo Cnas in Which Several of Oar Old Kavig-atox Kavig-atox Kavig-atox Participated ca Either Bids, And In mich Captain E. C. Bristol, Afterward or Chicago, Was a Central Figure. Eloping with an Heiress, "the Onsen of Eii Heart" Stern Parent Oroal - rate. - Chase tad Capture Thrown Into Prison Trial ud final Aequittal Rear Lot tad Utrriage, Etc To'Um Editor of The Inter Ocean. ' Bin Tawab, Mich., Juno 2, 1883. The actors In the drama which I am about to re-lato re-lato re-lato hare tor the most part passed from the busy stage of life; hence no one's feelings can be lncerated oy the recital of the tale by one of the prominent actors in the play. In 1838, bavin; reached my home In New understanding; so far. The parties eame along as captain Bristol bad foretold, I crossed where he bsd indicated boors be- be- fore, and as they reached the vacant lot we stepped np to tbem. the captain Urine bis hand on tbe lady's shoulder, who, turning ner beautiful lace toward us. exclaimed: -l -l aptain oriRtoi, i mat tout" tie replied: "Yes, Josephine, and I want you to go with me. one accepted bis proffered arm. tier escort turned with RAISED Altai AND THRIATKNTXO OESTtmX, and exclaimed: "No, Captain Bristol, by G d!" I laid mv hand on bis shoulder. sarin?: "My pood friend there is no need of any force here." "Oh, no," sold he; "I didn't Intend any. Let me get my slippers, won't your" lie bad dropped tnem in the street, - At this moment the promised coach wheeled into tbe road, the gallant captain and his lady fair sprang into It. and away they went as a "rawing Dace," leaving me a stronger in a strange place, with mv hands upon a strange gentleman's collar, OQ the pabllo blgnway. iioiaiug mm only so long as I thought ex pedient, i at last relinquished my group ana put off after the disappearing coach at a 2:40 pace. Down past old Uamot' e man aion, down the almost preoipitous bill side. down the long pier I rushed with constantly accelerating speed, the cold air from the ice neldsln the lake cutting my very lungs. I reached the steamer almost as soon at the matrimonial candidates, sprang oyer the rail. ordered my men to slip the moorings, while Pilot McFadden at the wheel guided the steamer tnrongn the tortuous channel of the bay and into the lake, where Large and heavy upon tne stoop of the principal notei, ma hands well filled with rolls of banc bills, , which be freely dispensed to the many witnesses witnesses of Captain Bristol to defray the ex penses of their merry trip to nitsourg una their merrier Journey borne. Thus ended one of the most exciting Incidents Incidents in those early days, in the history of Lake rie; and throughout tbe far West, and among tbe Mississippi captains, the affair excited the most intense and absorbing absorbing Interest. Captain Bristol afterward, on one of the trips of tbe Madison from Buffalo to Chicago, peoame aoquaintea witn axjuihb, the lovely and estimable nanghter of Captain John Clark; who resided near St, Clair, upon the 86. Clair lUver. the Captain being a prominent Free Mason, and well-known well-known well-known to our old lake steamer captains, Captain Bristol was KAMIED TO am CLABK in 1839, and moved to Chicago, where, un der tbe patronage of his good mend, General General Beed, be became one of tbe wealthiest and most successful grain dealers in Chicago. Heullt the first grain warehouse In Chi cago, at the foot of State street., on South Water street, at which time there existed a strong rivalry between the North and South Side, each offering a bonus, carpenters and mechanics donating their labor. At this warehouse grain was conveyed to the v sels for shipment in t wo-wheeeled wo-wheeeled wo-wheeeled grain carta, holding about thirty bushels each. Planks were laid from the dock over the hold of K wam I SlS Yi u tha n , u... MrklH . and, by means of an iron - rod running from a trap door in tbe rear of the cart to . the front the wheelers opened the trap, letting out tbe t The ; On of Exhibition Tcrk Cay after a most tedious and perilous I ring were not needed or required. ice fields seemed to bar our course toward 1 grain into the hold of the vessel. This ware- ware- buv new iiuA port wnere licenses lor max- max- ptssage of seventy-five seventy-five seventy-five days' duration from Ii rerpooL, having lost nearly all out soils, with a crew, most of them frost-biten frost-biten frost-biten and ued up by excessive hardships and unusual labors, I beard from the lips of a Western friend such glowing accounts of the magnitude magnitude and beauty of our inland seas and the' treat and Increasing demand for sailors there, I determined to abandon my ocean life and try the fresh water for . a while. A wierd fancy pictured to my mind the de-ltghta de-ltghta de-ltghta of sailing aloqg In sight of land continually; continually; where green fields and trees would break the dreary monotony of a sailor's life over the cheerless salt water, desert; of a charming country sweetheart gazing from hex cottage door at ' THI BEAUTIFUL CIXPPEB 07 EES I4OVEB as it dashed throngh the foaming seas on toward tbe desired haven. I thought of the delights, on a hot summer day, of dipping the clear and crystal water from along aide to quench the thirst, Instead Instead of drinking stale water from a wooden cask heated by the rays of a torrid sun, and skimmed over with disgusting "mother.! Thinking of all these charms of fresh-water fresh-water fresh-water life, I resigned my position on the crack Jew York and Liverpool liner, and with my letter?, letter?, of Introduction and recommendation from my employers to their friends lu Buffalo, Buffalo, I reached the latter place In the month ot March, -1838. -1838. As the opening of lake navigation drew near, while casting about for employment, I met one day at the counting counting bouse of Joy t Webster, Captain fi. C, Bristol, who proffered me a situation oh; tbe steamship James Madison, then lying at Erie, I accepted the position, as second officer, and reaching Erie I commenced tbe duties of getting the snip in readiness for sea. While engaged In the details of "fitting uV I toot up my quarters at tbe old Man-sion Man-sion Man-sion House, then kept by the "Widow Champlin, and noted as one -of -of the bAt hotels. In those days when good "substantial.," "substantial.," and clean beds had not given place to the show and glitter of the present puAio bouses, with a corresponding loss of many of tbe "creature comforts." One afternoon while engineers carpenters, and sailors were all unusually busy In their several departments. Captain Bristol approached approached me and asked me If everything . would be in readiness for a short trial trio that evening in my department, aaj-ing aaj-ing aaj-ing that " nirHiin wuaiu nave tne requisite boats, or buckets, on the wheels. I replied in the affirmative, and be then requested me to call npon bun at the Eagle Hotel, where be stopped, alter I had been to tea. I noticed noticed that be seemed A LlTTla. XEBVODS AND EXCITES, but I attributed it to bis anxlntv as to the terfect working of the machinery and the enavior of tbe ship on a trial trip In the spring. Accordingly, alter tea, I called on Captain Bristol at bis room at the Eagle, and he then asked me if I bad heard of his Erie "love afialr." - 1 told him that I had not: that I bad made but few acquaintances in town, and that my leisure time had been occupied in reaalng and writing letters to far-away far-away far-away friends and relatives. Ue then proceeded as follows: "Some time ago I woe the accepted suitor of Miss Josephine Josephine Hamot, the lovely daughter of a rich old rreucn gentleman, whose lordly residence 011 the bimf you must have noticed in your walks to the pier. Matters had progressed so far that last fall everything was In readiness readiness fur the full consummation of the long-chexiMhed long-chexiMhed long-chexiMhed hopes of the beautiful girl and myself. But on tbe eve of the weduing, on visiting the house of my intended's father, I was ruduly rebuffed and forbidden to bold any further communication with one 1 dearly loved. The tacts connected with mv wooiug were generally known and understood, understood, and attar a short time, finding all my endeavors to change the old man a determination determination vain, 1 left Erie to pass the winter with my Eastern friends. Returning a short time since, 1 learned that my aUianoed bride was to be married to a Mr. Walker, an old room mate of mine, to whom my discomfiture discomfiture was easily traceable, for be had written to old Air. Hainot an anonymous note stating that 1 has a wife 1 at tbe East, and other stories equally untrue. I learn that this unholy weduiug is to be duly solemnised to-morrow to-morrow to-morrow evening, and I know from mutual friends that Josephine's affection for me is unchanged and tunfr she only requires to be withdrawn from the father's pernicious influence to become mine. This I wont you to assist me In carrying carrying to a successful result, and to this end I have been hurrying up the work on the Madison. Prominent and influential citizens, awareof tbe Justice of mycuuae, have volunteered volunteered their services to-night, to-night, to-night, ana 1 will give you our pian ot operation. My 'lady love' will attend the last ball of the season tonight tonight at the American. She will leave the festive scene at half-past half-past half-past 11 in company with J am os Flu Christy, her father's clerk and ward. They will pass along on that side of the street, cross here at the Eugle, and when they reach yonder vacant lot, you and I. will step up and accost them, a coach containing two friends of mine, which is now in readiness, 111 tue large barn opposite, will wheel into . the road. We Will jump into it, drive to the ii (Wilson, embark for Dunkirk, and there we will have the merries wedding at which you ever participated. My desire tor your com- com- ftanionsbip here is that you may prevent the ady's attendant from giving the alarm and frustrating the success of my operation We old sailors, you know, are cognizant of three sorts of men: those who are always willing but never ready, those who are ever ready but never willing, and those who are always both ready and willing. May I class you amoug the latter number and receive your hearty co-operation co-operation co-operation to-night!" to-night!" to-night!" 1 replied, if everything was "on the square" and truly "level,'' if all that was necessary to be done was to give TUB lOUKO LADT A FAla CHAXCB to obey the dictates of her heart; if she was agreeable to this arrangement, I would go with him heart and hand. This assurance was readily and solemnly given, and I listened listened to a long and enthusiastic dissertation f rotu the gullant captain on the young lady's beauty and accomplishments. It appeared tiiut sue was an heiress in her own right, ber mother, at ber death, bequeathing to her quite a snug fortune fortiioae peaceful days. At length the captain, looking at his watch, said that It won 11 o'clock, and we bad best adjourn to the street, as Miss Uamot would make her appearanoe In Just one half hour. A full moon was shilling In an unclouded unclouded sky, und tho night was as light as noonday. Standing iu the shadow ot the liable a mighty good shadow to be under. Jet me tell you, in peace or war tbe captain suddenly and nervously exclaimed: 'There she comes I" I looked up the street and saw 11 couple emerirlng from the American Louse, and looking at my watcb, the bands ladioated 11 UiU. Ibis looked like a mutual Finding Dunkirk a blockaded nori. It was deemed advisable to BEAD TBS BTCAaTEB VP TBS LAKE, and thus, boring through masaes of floating ice, tne long night at last gave place to the daylight of a dark, gloomy, lowering March morning, which found us off Ashtabula short of fuel, and with our small complement of seamen and firemen utterly exhausted witn excessive labor. Captain Bristol, McFadden, and myself were garnered around the pilothouse pilothouse in earnest consultation, and tms plan was decided upon, to land at Ashtabula, take on a supply of fuel, and if the wedding ceremonies could not be accomplished there, to stoer for Detroit. We made fast to the dock, and while the crew were busily employed In - wooding. Captain Bristol went up to the town to "see how the land lay." He bad not been absent many minutes before MoFadden called my attention to a large steamer in the offing, her decks black with people, evidently bent on mischief. - This proved to be tne Jefferson, Jefferson, the sister ship of tne Madison, both owned by old Colonel Seth Beed, ot Erie; I hastened np town to acquaint Captain Bristol of the fact, but I met him coming down, and he then said that be had dispatched dispatched a boy on a fast horse to Jefferson TO OR AUCBNSS; - that he and Miss Hamot would go ashore and we must put off up the lake, and thus deceive the "Jefferson party," who, following following us, would give him time to get bis license, be spliced, and then all would be WeiL We tried this ruse, but the Jefferson ran under our stern, and Captain Dobbins, ot . the revenne cutter, ordered us to put back to Erie at once, or be should seize the ship, which he could hsve done, as we bad no ship's papers on board. We accordingly retraced our steps, and reaching Erie we found all the inhabitants on the dock awaiting the denouement of the exciting "Love Chose" with breathless Interest. Interest. As soon as we reached the dock scores of Captain Bristol's friends jumped on board, aud eagerly asked bow tne wedding bad progressed. I told tbem that It was all right; that we landed Captain Bristol and Josephine Josephine at Ashtabula an hour or more before the Jefferson arrived; that the license bad been sent tor, and that In all probability everything was lovely." But even while talking thus the Jefferson came around the corner ot the peninsula and the cutter's boat was soon alans-aide. alans-aide. alans-aide. while a lady was seen descending tne steps into it. : - THX MATTER 1HOW LOOKED BLUI to me, and what had bidden fair to be a very romantic affair seemed suddenly to assume very matter-of-fact matter-of-fact matter-of-fact matter-of-fact matter-of-fact proportions. lu a very short time all the officers of the Madison were arrested, except myself; but I bad taken to a state-room state-room state-room in the ladles' cabin, determined to await further developments developments ot the enemy. The town seemed divided divided into two adverse factions, and the Bristol party numbered four to one of the opposition. Tbe ladies of tbe town to a man were sympathisers ot tbe gallant Captain Bristol, whoso sterling good ana honorable qualities have si no been fully developed. ine disappointment or the eloping parties parties was soon revealed. It seems that the pursuing parties, beaded by Captain Dob bins, had seen the whole movement ot tbe captain and his lady companion, and, after the Madison had left the scene of operations, they rushed up the Ashtabula pier and found Captain Bristol and Misa Hamot at tbe hotel and forcibly compelled the lady to return with them to Erie. There tbe young lady assured many of her friends that Captain Bristol bad treated ber with all due respect and consideration; but ner vindictive lather completely terrified her, aua by threats and imprecations foroed her to consent to an immediate marriage with Mr. Walker. That gentleman, bow-ever, bow-ever, bow-ever, was currently reported to have refused refused such an arrangement until tne rich old Frenchman agreed to increase the lady's dowry some thousands of dollars. On tbe evening of our return to Erie I sent for Mr. Flu Christy, and he recognized me readily, having sailed under me In one of the Liverpool liners sevrsxal years before. He told me that Mr. Hamot censured him aa . bouse was the headquarters tor Beed's line of steamers. Captain BrsHol took as partner Hiram Porter, and for manv years thereafter was this site a favorite steamboat dock, lbs popularity of Captain Bristol was such that tor over a year alter be lert the Madison bis name was used as captain, he occasionally taking trips to Buffalo, McFadden being retained retained as pilot. After dissolving partnership with Mr. Porter be (looking ahead to the rapidly-developing rapidly-developing rapidly-developing grain interest, and desiring desiring to enlarge warehouse faculties, to which Mr. porter -objected) -objected) purchased of tbe city of Chicago the piece of land directly fronting the liver and lmmediatelv south of 4ake street bridge on Marxet street, where he erected a large frame warehouse for grain trade wholly. In this the motive power for several years was a span of mules kept In the upper story of the building, where they worked a power similar to tbe old fashioned cane-grlnding cane-grlnding cane-grlnding power. Tbe completion of the Illinois canal, in which construction Captain Bristol took great interest, interest, was tbe abeansof bringing avast amount of grain to Chicago, and against the protestations protestations ot nls warmest friends no purchased a piece of ground south ot and adjoining the Red Warehouse from Pierce Brothers and erected thereon TO P1BST BUCK EXETATOa, In which he placed a large steam power, being being tne first steam elevator. And now friends and relatives, excepting only his still true warm xrieoa, tjenerai need, declared turn really insane and a fit subject tor the insane asylum; that be was foolishly spending bis large property In visionary enterprise. Not so, said he: "This warehouse of one hundred thousand thousand bushels capacity will in our day become second or third rate, and Chicago la bound to be tbe greatest grain oity in the world, now trne this prediction prediction 1 warehouses now of ten timee its size. Among tne first settlers ot Chicago, aa a business man, Chicago is to htm much indebted indebted for much ot her early start, He was one of the originators of the Board of Trade, a life member. He fitted out the propeller Independence, purchased ber. and, had ber taken overland, npon ways, to Lake Superiorthe Superiorthe first steamer ever taken there. Captain Captain A. J. Averill, of Cuioaga, being in command. command. He also patented several valuable inventions, soma of which be sold for considerable considerable in England and France, which places ne visitea, ana soon niter ms return, aiea at Brooklyn, N. Y. He was aa upright, klndsy gentleman, of high and generous impulses. Of bis family, one son and two daughters are living. H, C. B. It Is awakening shall be the were State; regiment fessors mercial county suuooi NOVELTIES IN DECORATION. ABETTIKO THS ELOPKMIKMT - of bis daughter, and If I would go to the old gentleman's house and there assure him that he, Fitz C., had done all be could to prevent the "spiriting away" of bis daughter, he would see to it that I should be beid barm-lees barm-lees barm-lees in the matter. - That morning, however, one ot the scouts of the Bristol faction came to me with the intelligence that my quondam quondam sailor-boy sailor-boy sailor-boy was to play me false, andmad tne officers prepared to airest me after I had exculpated him before Mr. Hamot, Old Colonel Beth Beed sent word to mo to come to his bouse, and after receiving my explanations of the whole affair, he had ma carefully bestowed until tne next Sunday night, when In the very midst of a heavy rainstorm a horse was brought to the door, and. disguised as an English drover, I sprang into tbe saddle and never . drew bridle until I crossed the State bne. . : Soon after, muchot the excitement having Subsided after the lady's hasty wedding, I resumed my berth on the Madison, and in the early sunAner Captain Bristol also re turned to his command, when P. & T. Hamot Had nim - . ASBESTEP VOB ABDUCTIOX npon the high seas, and be was sent to prison at Pittsburg to await bis trial. Early in the ensuing fall I Was notified by Captain Bristol of .bis approaching trial, and he earnestly . begged me to be on band as the only . witness . on his side, of the Madison's crew who had not been arrested. arrested. Accordingly-1 Accordingly-1 Accordingly-1 jolneoa large party of Captain Bristol's friends a "cloud of witnesses" at Erie bound, in four-horse four-horse four-horse post eoaohea for the "Iron City." Thither also went the Hamota in great state. The trial Boon commenced, with an array of legal talent seldom combined in any court. There were the venerable and talented Judge Williams, Mr. Blddle, and Messrs. Forward Forward and Shaefer. Miss Ellen Tree was then "starring" it at Pittsburg, in the "Love Chase,'' and the Hamota pert H fllle, and their witnesses were nightly attendants at the theatre. The actors during the day visited visited tbe court-room, court-room, court-room, and as the case progressed progressed it was so evidently) ridiculous on the part ot Hamot that many things were said on the boards at night not contained in the original original drama, reflecting severely on the haughty and vindictive old Frenchman. The merits of the oase for the prosecution hinged upon the question whether the laites are "high seas" or only low ones. To bring it under the Jurisdiction of the Supreme Court, It waa necessary to swear tbac tbe alleged crime bad been committed npon a small triangular space of water, between umo ana rennsyivsnia, ot thirty mues area, which had not been laid down in the surveys, and which, consequently, would have made an offense committed thereon amsnable to the laws of the United Stales Court. After several days of most able and exhaustive srgument on both side, it was decreed that the United Statee Court had no jurisdiction In the matter, and Captain K C Bristol WAS BELEARED VBOM CUSTOUT amid the cheers and welcoming shouts of a crowded court-room, court-room, court-room, the masses who thronged the streets in tbe vicinity hailing" his appearance with waving waving bats and shouts of joy, while hisses and groans greeted tbe carriage of the defeated party to a suit which hod but few backers and fewer friends. General Char is M, eed, tbe Lris taUiionaico, stood Gathered plush bands are pretty for looping looping back portiertt or window curtains. They are made on stout muslin foundations, and are narrow toward tho ends. Both edges are gathered. Bed Is most general, and tbe gathering makes It quite effestive. Hand screens are now covered witn red plush, gathered toward the handle, and finished off with a plaiting and bow ot ribbon. Tbe fashionable . bandies vary 'from one- one- half to . three-quarters three-quarters three-quarters of a yard In length,.: and tbe screen stands against tne wall by the ' side of the fireplace, fireplace, Tho new Japanese paper band screens. In different sizes, bave these very long handles. Wood baskets are now placed in rooms, and are made ornamental. Tbey are usually ot brown wickerwork, and are long. Tbey are lined with cretonne or fluted satin, and bave a vandyked valanoe outside, headed by a satin ruche. Any abort length ot embroidered material! especially ot East-ern East-ern East-ern appearanoe, is now used up for these baskets. baskets. Sometimes they are lined with chintz harmonizing with the furnishing ot the room in which tbey are kept. Some people nave a lid added, and use tbem aa work or scrap baskets. Squares ot work, originally Intended Intended for loots toois or cushions, are now being let into the sides ol these bankets. A strip ot colored plush is often twisted round one aide of a picture resting on an easel. Any fancy piece of effective material can also bo arranged - in the same way. Small mirrors can be decorated decorated after this fashion. It is much tbe fashion to paint a wreath or spray of flowers In oils on these mirrors. A great many were to be seen about Christmas time as novel gifts. Glass stands for tbe dinner table, standing nnder little flower vases, are painted In tho name way. Larger mirrors, and also a front ot an upright piano, the panels and door of a cabinet are so decorated. An original way ot ornamenting ornamenting a wooden front of a piano la to paint a long peacock eye feather leaning across, with the stalk toward the left corner. Across the stalk la painted a immature hand-screen, hand-screen, hand-screen, witn a inonogrm of the owner, or a spray of Bowers. Small simulated band screens seem quite popular now, for some were recently seen on doilies, made ot different colored satin, appliqued on, with a tiny spray of flower worked la the center of each. The dollies were the ordinary white ones, and the tramea and handles of the fans were worked in silks. Each tan waa In tbe center, center, in a slanting position. This Is quite a novelty In doilies, and not at all dlfaouit to carry out. . The center of a dinner table is now' frequently frequently covered with a good-sized good-sized good-sized plush mat, with a fancy border and tasseled edges. Only light ornaments are placed upon it. This has quite superseded the strip of plush or satin. . It the table la long, to accommo date a large number of persons, small square mate, to match, are laid at the corners, with a glass of flowers on them. -Andrew's -Andrew's ttfuetn. 'THEY HAVE COVE BACK AGAIN. bers of directors. voters,- more public State, youths control property, in the. ever such Illinois State It of nish expended that State In a of as to this Superintendent. Incompetent place, about This Intention who ventions you are only venture, nn their y the a worm secret It . . . letter oinoera attempts oi to at go Dr. well the sent nnder tor of for the state It to with medicine, par as of who of competitors at that that of sent of His the his all tbe eys, ail ot not ot the : Fashion teems to have the regulation ot aa exact science. When an Inventor bits npon some lucky project to add comfort and convenience convenience to tho human race some finishing genius will come' along and perfect the Invention Invention by the addition ot little contrivances that enhance its value materially. Bo it is with the fashions prescribed for ladies. Among the most delightful attractions for the eye is the new hosiery in silks and lisle thread, beautifully embroidered and decorated. decorated. A shapely limb encased by one of these skillfully. woven articles of secluded wear presents a contour ana curve as fascinating an a poet's areata, and is innniteiy more tangible. tangible. -But -But . bad fashion not come to the rescue ladies might have worn these dsvioes under the close-fitting close-fitting close-fitting dresses ot a year ago, and nn art worshiping world been quite oblivions to the tact, liut the modiste Know a tning or two, and with the advent ot richly colored boss comes the mandate that "tillers, " or petite crinolines are in order again. So thse hoops are worn as an abettor of the stockings. A lady has but to don her handsomest how and buckle on ber crinoline, and --the --the --the panorama is in shape for exhibition. - A lady no sooner sits down than the tiller, a most intractable arrangement of stiff wire and braces, gently lifts the point of ber dress a convenient number ot Inches to permit a very distinct view ot the bewildering color beneath. Of course the lady is serenely unconscious of tne expose, ana Is buppilv uninlndiul that every time she la "scrouged" by some one sitting clotto be-lde be-lde be-lde her a more comprehensive comprehensive range for vision is presented to the exploring exploring eyes opposite. . In this way the lady Is permitted to assume the most innocent attitude attitude ot pensive reserve, and yet go borne Joyous in tbe thought that toe $3 invested la A-osa A-osa A-osa was aotapent La vain. To ot be a to '

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