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On Monday morning an elopement under romantic circumstances was abruptly terminated at the Citadel Station.  Just as the Caledonian train leaving Carlisle at nine o'clock was about to start, a city policeman appeared on the platform and requested a youthful couple who occupied seats in a first-class carriage, to alight.  After some colloquy the occupants of the carriage complied with the constable's request, and it then transpired that they were a runaway couple.


The young lady was MISS IDA LENA COOKE, daughter of MR. ALFRED EUGENE COOKE, whose circus has, for the past week, been established at Keswick, and her companion gave the name of WALTER PHELPS DODGE, and said he was the son of MR. STUART DODGE ( a well-known citizen of New York ), and cousin of the American Minister in London.


MR. DODGE, who is a good-looking young fellow of about twenty, had been residing with his tutor at Keswick, and had fallen victim to the charms of the fair "equestrienne".  The pair accordingly arranged to run away together, and on Sunday evening they left Keswick by train with the intention of proceeding to Glasgow, but on reaching Workington they found that they could not get on any further that night.  They therefore went to an hotel, registering themselves as husband and wife, and remained there till Monday morning.  Our artist happened to notice the loving youngsters up Winscales way on Sunday night, and took the following sketch.


(here a sketch of the handsome young couple)


On Monday they started by the early morning train for Carlisle en route for Glasgow, where they intended to get married.  In the meanwhile, however, MR. COOKE had discovered his daughter's absence, and a telegraphic message was sent to the railway officials to see whether the runaways were in the train.  When the tickets were examined at Cummersdale, the youthful couple were observed in a first-class carriage, but no effort was made to interfere with them, and they proceeded to Carlisle.


Here their career received a check, and after they had taken their seats in a Glasgow carriage, the policeman induced them to await the arrival of the young lady's father. 


After a 'painful scene' at a neighbouring hotel, MR. COOKE took his daughter back to her home, and the youthful lover was "left lamenting".  But he does not intend to rest passive under his disappointment.


With characteristic American smartness, he has already telegraphed to his parents for their authority to be married by special licence within a week, and does not despair of obtaining their consent to his marriage with the fascinating young lady.