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420 Loves of A. Fitz Clarence and Rosa Ethelton
Behind the unconscious Rosannah stood "Aunt Susan," another picture of astonishment. She was a good allegory of summer, for she was lightly clad, and was vigorously cooling the perspiration on her face with a fan.
Both of these women had tears of joy in their eyes.
" So ho!" exclaimed Mrs. Fitz Clarence, " this ex­plains why nobody has been able to drag you out of your room for six weeks, Alonzo!"
"So ho!" exclaimed Aunt Susan, "this explains why you have been a hermit for the past six weeks, Rosannah!"
The young couple were on their feet in an instant, abashed, and standing like detected dealers in stolen goods awaiting Judge Lynch's doom.
"Bless you, my son! I am happy in your hap­piness. Come to your mother's arms, Alonzo!"
" Bless you, Rosannah, for my dear nephew's sake! Come to my arms !"
Then was there a mingling of hearts and of tears of rejoicing on Telegraph Hill and in Eastport Square.
Servants were called by the elders, in both places. Unto one was given the order, " Pile this fire high with hickory wood, and bring me a roasting-hot lemon­ade."
Unto the other was given the order, " Put out this fire, and bring me two palmleaf fans and a pitcher of ice-water."
Then the young people were dismissed, and the elders sat down to talk the sweet surprise over and make the wedding plans.
Some minutes before this Mr. Burley rushed from the mansion on Telegraph Hill without meeting or tak­ing formal leave of anybody. He hissed through his teeth, in unconscious imitation of a popular favorite in