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cies that just as soon as more women
know that you can get married as
quietly as you can get divorced, they
will forsake the old way.
"Marriage seems to me simply a
matter between the two people con-
No Frolicsome Farewells. '
cerned and no one else's business at
all. That's the reason I was married
by contract," she said.
"It's simple and quick and private.
All you have to do is to have a con-,
tract drawn up in legal form. You
No Silken Train.
take this contract and sign it before
a justice, and that's all there is to it.
The only people that were there were
our parents who were the witnesses.
No fuss and no tears.
"You avoid the terrible wear and
tear that comes to a girf before a
wedding, and the aftermath of shat
tered nerves. That is what kills ro
mance. "I wanted to keep my marriage
secret, but some friends did find it
out and for a day or two before my
telephone was going all the time,
flowers and presents kept coming in
very tiring! And when I think that
most girls go through that sort of
thing for weeks before the event, I
don't see how they bear it!"
Mrs. Levy is only one of a number
of Intellectual young women who
have recently foresworn the religious
ceremony in favor of the contract.
Miss Agnes McDonald and James
McKittrick, both of New-York city,
were married by contract, and
among the most prominent of the
contract brides was Miss Freda
lOrchwey, daughter of George Kirch-
wey, former dean of Columbia law
schpol, who signed a contract to
marry Evans Clark of Princeton university.
SAMPLE MARRIAGE CONTRACT
The Indenture of Marriage entered
into at the city of New York, county
and state of New York, this eighth
day of May, 1916, between James
McKittrick of the city, county and
state of New York and Agnes Mc
Donald of the city, county and state
of New York, compliant to section
11, subdivision 4 of the domestic re
lations law of the state of New York.
That we, James McKittrick and
Agnes McDonald, the parties to this
contract being each of the required
legal age, and sound in mind and
body and of our own free will do
hereby declare ourselves from and
after the execution of this indenture
Husband and Wife,
promising faithfully to perform to
the icommunity all the duties and ob
gations of marriage necessary to its
In witness thereof we hereby affi
our hands and seals this eighth" day
of May, 1916, -