suitor had at first intended,--Lincoln
continued his visits, and things moved on smoothly as before.
had dropped out of the race, and everything pointed to an early marriage.
It was probably at this time that Mr.Edwards
and Mrs. Edwards
began to doubt the wisdom of the marriage, and now and then to intimate the same to the lady; but they went no farther in their opposition and placed no obstacle in their paths.
The time fixed for the marriage was the first day in January, 1841.
Careful preparations for the happy occasion were made at the Edwards
The house underwent the customary renovation; the furniture was properly arranged, the rooms neatly decorated, the supper prepared, and the guests invited.
The latter assembled on the evening in question, and awaited in expectant pleasure the interesting ceremony of marriage.
The bride, bedecked in veil and silken gown, and nervously toying with the flowers in her hair, sat in the adjoining room.
Nothing was lacking but the groom.
For some strange reason he had been delayed.
An hour passed, and the guests as well as the bride were becoming restless.
But they were all doomed to disappointment.
Another hour passed; messengers were sent out over town, and each returning with the same report, it became apparent that Lincoln
, the principal in this little drama, had purposely failed to appear!
in grief, disappeared to her room; the wedding supper was left untouched; the guests quietly and wonderingly withdrew; the lights in the Edwards
mansion were blown out, and darkness