"He'sa engag-ed to marry de pretty Maria Cenini, de prettiest girl in our village, back in It' excepta my wife. Beppo, he senda on de money, so she can coma dis country and marry him. Dat wasa four week ago she shoulda be here. But, signor, whena Beppo go toa de Battery to meet her froma da Ellis Island bigga boat he no finda her." "Did she die?" "Oh, signor, Beppo, he wisha she hadda died.