The Rolla New Era (Rolla, Mo) July 10, 1880 Page 1
(From the Waynesville Tribune)
One day last week, as Squire A. G. Cook was working in his field, a man came to him and asked him to unite him with the maid of his heart, who was anxiously waiting down by the creek for her lover's return. The Squire, duly appreciating the situation, immediately reported himself ready for duty, and accompanied him to where Venus was, and found her all smiles and willin.
He accordingly proceeded to make them man and wife, to the evident delight of the foresaid Venus, though Adonis rather reluctant to take the important step.
Adonis was a long, lean, lank, cadaverous looking fellow, dressed in cottonade pants and a hickory shirt, and evidently from the middle walks of life. We cannot enter into so minute a detail of Venus' trosseau; suffice it to say she was a fair specimen of the 27-year-old grass widow, and would hardly rank with Adonis in the social circle.
They rode poor, jaded horses, and had come some distance. They said they hailed from Texas county. Adonis gave the name of John McKinney, Venus the name of Nancy Jane Hopps. Under the spreading of a gigantic oak they plighted their vows, and we hope their progeny may be as numerous as the leaves which sheltered them from the sun's hot rays.
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