you man & wife, & Dr. Bliss said what God hath joined together
& c. (Just before pronouncing man & wife the ring was given &
received.) After it Dr. Van Dyck offered prayer.
Then the choir sang a hymn, a wedding hymn, & Dr. Dullies pronounced
the wedding benediction. Then followed the congratulations & people
circulated around. After a little while tea was served with cake, a little
later lemonade, a little after came strawberries & ice cream &
cake. The bride was sometime in one place & sometime in another. During
the ice cream service, the bride's loaf was brought to the center of the
court on a table, & cut by the bride, & Dr. Brigstock passed it
to the bridal party & then other people were served in the usual way.
The loaf was about 20 inches in diameter (measure it & see the size).
A second bride's loaf was not cut as the first was so large that only
half of it was used. The French confection made it as also the cake served
with the tea. But Ameen made the rest that was served with ice cream &
it was very nice (Shaheen helped him although he could scarcely sit up).
You know we sent Ameen down to be 10 days with Mrs. Bliss.
After a while Dr. Post called the people to order and said he did not
believe in prying into family secrets, but (holding up a sealed tin) he
said, "Here is one 23 years old & no one has seen it for that
long. It is Mrs. Bliss' wedding cake" & c. & c. He then opened
it with a tin opener & took out the loaf of black cake which was sealed
up 23 years before & Mrs. Bliss cut it before the company & invited
all to partake. Dr. Post said he advised people to be satisfied with the
sight, for itappeared to be perfect. However every one wished to taste
& so they did, but a very little satisfied. It tasted like "brandy
cheese". If it had been put in hot from the over & instantly
sealed doubtless it would have kept well for eating. It was remarkably
preserved as it was.
I will not undertake to describe the dresses. I will only say that the
bride was dressed in white, Miss Black in color or mauve cashmere &
Miss Eddy in white. The party broke up at 10 3/4. Mr. & Mrs. Amsler
taking the first step in leaving. Americans were all there, but Mrs. Van
Dyck & Lizzie were not able to come. Lizzie was greatly disappointed.
She has been over taxed during Flossie's sickness (Flossie is able to
come out of her room now). Mr. Bird did not come & of course Mrs.
Pond could not. Mr. Bird was at B Hamden. Mrs. Calhoun also did not feel
like coming. Emily came down the week before. She rode from the Deir to
Beirut without dismounting once. She is getting fat, like her mother but
of course is not so large. You know that you & your wife & Miss
La Grange were not there. Aside from the Americans there was Dr. &
Mrs. Brigstock, Mixeres, Blacks, Wortabets, Scott (who came late) Dr.
Brigstock's nephew, Amsler & wife & Miss Portalice, 5 Deaconesses,
Miss Everest Sonervilles & Mrs. Carleslane. Yakobe Sunoof & wife,
Mr. Smith, Mr. Black (cousin of Mr. Black), Ferha & one other Seminary
teacher, Mrs. Bucter & Miss Wiley & several officers of the U.S.
Corvette Wyoming with their gay uniform, Dr. Dullies & son & Mr.
The presents were displayed in Dr. Bliss' study, & made an imposing
appearance. Gold & silver & jewels, & glass, & all sorts
of wares & materials beautiful ornamental & useful. Of these I
must speak another time. I will only say that over one of those high doors
into the court hung a splendid Persian rug, about 6 feet broad and twice
as long as the door is high which was Mr. Dickky's present. (Mr. D was
classmate, schoolmate & playmate of Mr. Dale.) Mr. Dale said he had
a room or two full of presents still in Zahleh which he could not send
back to Beirut for the display.
All passed off most pleasantly & people went home to dream & sleep
or lie awake, & think ofMr. & Mrs. Dale starting at 6 a.m. in
private carriage for Zahleh where they were received by the grandees in
the highest style of horsemanship. The cavalcade met them at Shtoreh where
Mr. Rattary had provided an entertainment. Their house was ready in Zahleh
& a throng of people greeted them there & showered them with perfumes
& they then took possession of their own house, & now we hear
that Mary is "happy & quite at home".