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  • Two little children, who think themselves very much in love with each other, imbued with the ideas of their elders, plan a romantic marriage. Alvin Strong, the boy, confides his intentions to the family's colored servant, Jaspar. Alvin arranges with Jane, his sweetheart, to elope in the usual way, through a window, with the assistance of a ladder. Jaspar, the negro servant, is instructed by Alvin to have the pony hitched to the cart and drive him to Jane's house. He enters into the scheme greatly enjoying the amusement it affords him. He tries to deport himself with dignity, while restraining his laughter, which almost convulses him. At dusk he drives his young master to the trysting-place, where Alvin meets his fiancée, and then drives them both hurriedly to the parson's. The good man, entering into the humor of the situation, makes some plausible excuse and the young couple go away greatly disappointed. Not to be daunted, Alvin tells Jaspar to drive him to his cabin, where he induces Jaspar's young son to play the parson and marry them. Jaspar's wife, taking it all as child's play, goes soundly to sleep, while Jaspar peeps through the window and almost laughs himself sick. The ceremony over, Alvin directs him to take them to an ice cream parlor. It is now getting rather late for the youngsters, and both fall asleep over their refreshments. Alvin's and Jane's parents are distracted when they miss them and immediately start a search for them. Finding them in the restaurant, they lift them tenderly in their arms and into their carriage. Alvin wearily shakes his hand in an effort to be gallant. Jane, in dreamland, is driven home, and put to bed.

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