Judge Wilbur declared from the.
bench -that the illegal practices
must cease and caused the inter
preter to transmit his decision
carefully to the courtroom full of
.A federal inspector attended
the trial and it i& likely that Un
cle Sam's agents will probe .the
unwholesome affairs of the col
ony. Elsa's case was brought into
the juvenile court through charg
es of delinquency lodged against
her by her parents. The .whole
Russian colony in their pictur
esque garb, men in high-heeled
boots and pleated frocks, with
flowing hair and beard, the wom
en in- short-skirfed, gaudy-hued
dresses ;and flaming -head-gear,
Many witnesses, the .majority
of whom had to givetheir state
ments through an interpreter,
testified that they had a general
knowledge of girls being sold
into marriage. The price brought
by a bride ranges from $100, $150
to $300 and $500 in the-case of ex
traordinary pretty girls.
E. F. Gerecht, a -native-born
Russians lawyer, declared on the
stand that it is a common Russian
custom for parents to sell their
children into marriage and to
choose husbands for their daugh
ters before thegirls have seen
their intended husbands.
Sometimes the girl's parents
even .buy a Jiusband.
"If the crirl is attractive the na-
rents figure on receiving, a round
sum from the bridegroonibut if j
she, is ugly, they frequently pay,
fhe'prospective husband to marry
her and take her off their hands,'
declared the witness.
'John Vedierieff told the court
that his sister, Sarah, had been
sold into marriage for $150. '
"She cried two days and nights
before the ceremony," the brother
Philip Shtibin, an eagle-eyed
patriach, with a great shock of
tousled hair and long, flowing
beard, acknowledged leader of
the colony, sat bolt upright in the
witness chair,. with.the mein of a
ruler, and told, volubly in Rus
sian, of the practice of marrying
He, admitted also, y1ien-press-ed,
that money- -sometimes
changed hands in consideration
of marriage vows'butdenied'that
girls' were "sqliL" ; "i
"The greatest number marry
without a license."
"Ask him," said the court to the
interpreter, "if he does not know
that marriage without z. license
,,(We do here as in the old coun
try," said the witness, "it was
lawful in Russia, therefore we
think it is lawful here."
Navikoff, Elsa"s father, testi
fied that he had a married daugh
ter in Russia and that she is but
13 years of age.
Prosecutions may result in
many cases of unlawful marriages
as the result of the investigation.
When we 'stick up" for our
principles folks calLus a grouch.
When we give up we're 'quitters.'
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