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COURTSHIP ENDS IN MARRIAGE
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BY FREDERICK M. KERBY
Jersey City, N. J., Feb. 14.
If you love me
As I love you,
No years can cut
Our love in two.
That was the version of the an
cient childhood valentine-rhyme An
na Doelman sang to John Burgess
18 years ago.
Today John and Anna, bride and
groom, are the most popular young
married couple in Jersey City after
an engagement of 18 years.
Their marriage was the result of a
long romance that tested the stead
fastness of both of then; and they
stood the test
Today, sitting in the living room of
the comfortable little home John
Burgess bought with the savings
from his wages as a journeyman
carpenter, Mrs. Burgess told me the
" 'Twas many years ago I prom
ised to marry John, but I had what
I thought were good reasons for not
"Is it not better to wait until the
road is clear ahead, instead of tak
ing on at the start a load of debt that
would make married life unhappy?
"Then, too, my father died when
I was 10 years of age, and left my
mother with 10 children.
"I had to help her.
"By going to work and helping to
support the family I believe I did my
"If I had married at once I would
have had to leave my mother to take
care of the younger children alone.
"As it is we are happy. Yes, Mr.
Burgess came to see me three times
a "week regularly and sometimes
oftener during all the 18 years of
"How are we spending St Valen-
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