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By Idah MqGlone Oibson.
, Birth, marriage and death arejthe
three great events of life. Compared
;with them, all others are insignifi
cant Of the three, marriage, is per
haps the most important certainly
the only one that is voluntary. Birth
js forced upon us, we are horn to die,
but we achieve marriage.
Three wishes hath each maid I know:
To handsome grow and have a beau,
And to the marriage altar go.
"Human hearts remain unchang
ed," and life methods differ hut little
the wide world over. We conduct our
campaign strangely alike wherever,
'whoever, whatever we are and
from the North pole to the South
rwooings and weddings are much the
The Indian of America proposes
marriage by throwing the game he
has killed at the feet of a maiden as
a symbol that he can and will sup
port her, very much as the high-horn
Pole throws the wild boar which he
has speared at his sweetheart's feet.
Betrothed Britons drink brandy and
-eat white bread together; the Japan
ese bride and groom drink sake; the
Romans ad their hymeneal 'meal,
(and the Germans their hymeneal ale.
i The German peasantry never wed
when the moon is full or diminishing.
Tie nuptial Juck will decrease if the
marriage moon is past its full; if at its
-full the couple's luck will at best be
stationary; while the increasing mar
riage moon brings increase of health,
wealth and happiness.
No German bride wears pearls, not
even a royal bride, as it is believed
that for every pearl she wears her
husband wJU cause her to shed a flood
of tears. "
The Russian bride must prostrate
rherself at her bridegroom's feet and
pledge that she will submit herself
rand fcer will to iim In all things.
Whatever else a Japanese bride
groom fails to dp, he must not neg
lect to send his bride a. girdle; 4 s
tne weamng ring oj tne Japanese.
The girdle has also flgdred promin
ently in the marriage ceremonies of
the old Romans.
The Malays pay for a marriage be
fore they celebrate it They are easy
goipg people, but to eat a wedding
cake or .wear a wedding rpbe which
is unpaid for would 'be an irretriev
able disgrace. According to the
Malayan code, all wedding expenses
are paid by the "bridegroom, and the
sum which covers them is sent
by him tp his father-in-law elect on
the day previous to that on which he
claims and receives his bride.
The old Jewish law most earnestly
enjoins that in choosing a wife the
characteristics of her family shall be
carefully considered, for "a woman
generally resembles her father and
the man Wa maternal uncles." No
Jewish marriage can take place when
less than ten persons are present
at least ten Jews must he assembled
when prayer is offered in any re
No woman is more noticed and
more courted before marriage than
is the Spanish bride and certainly
few wives are more neglected after
the. brief span of the honeymoon.
While the marriage kisses are yet
moist upon her lips her husband
lights his eigaret and strolls away.
The Turkish woman must, nom
inally, at least, give her consent be
fore she can be married, arid no
betrothal is binding until the T)ride
elect has thrice and formally
assured a high priest of her will
ingness. The superstitions connected with
the marriages-ring in "the middle
ages were various, in irrance, to se
cure protection against .diabolical
arts, a ring pf cane or straw or one
made from the nail of a horseshoe
was placed on the finger of the
Sometimes a ring was passed three
times in water while the words, "in