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IV AN opinion handed down at
Reading. Pa., Judge II. Willi Bland of the Berk orphans' court not only preaches a aernoon to parent tipon the training of their children, but establishes a precedent that may go far toward settling a very trouble some problem. He plainly states that whore parents fall to net with wisdom the courts must step In and see that tho futures of the daughters are not bllghted-that where a girl has "loved not wisely but too well" there Is an other course than the one that leads to the brothel. William Rlssmlller and Mary Lorah of IUandon have been lovers for several years s-nd affianced since last September. Mlrs Lorah Is but 20 years of age, and. her par ents contend, "too young and not suffi ciently acquainted with household duties to marry," though she has Incurred an obligation to do so. lUnsmlller l 23 and earns $3 a day In the Blandon rolling mill. When, after numerous entreaties. Allen I-o-ah, the girl's father, rcfuxed to sign the application for a marriage license, a petition was presented to Judge Bland Bik ing him to appoint a guardian who could give the necessary consent. The Judge has appointed William H. lioyer as the guardian, and filed an opin ion that can lie studied with profit by many parents. In it he says: "This In one of a type of cases whirh has come before this court of late with deplor able and. Indeed, painful frequency. It is a ease hard to deal with, because It In volvta the question of the court's Interfer ence In a matter which nature, and law com wilt primarily to the domestic authority of parents. "Boms parents seem to think that the whole circle of their duty to their children embraces nothing but the supply of their physical needs, and that If they clothe them, feed them and house them they have perferroed their whole duty. They seem to be unaware of the fact thst all tho value and beauty of life have their sent and source In the soul, ard that while the sup ply of the physical wants of children la rtee'essary to the maintenance of their bodies, the nurture and true cultivation of their spiritual life and character Is the highest duty and most sacred function of the parent. "There Is a significant statement In tho answer filed by the father In the eaBe, and strongly persuasive as evidence that the petitioner here has not received that home training to which she was entitled. The answer says that she "Is ton young and not sufficiently scqualnted with houseliedd duties to enter the bonds of matrimony." In a little more than a month she will lie 20 years of age and In another year she will attain her majority, when she will l free to mnrry when and whom she pleases. If she has not yet been trained In the performance of tho duties of house keeping, when Is she to be taught It, and why has the Instruction been so long de layed? The petitioner Is large and ap parently, a strong, healthy girl, and there Is no reason disclosed why she should not have been taught In the ordinary duties or housekeeping. A large proportion of women marry under 21 years of age. and there la no good reason why a girl of that ago should not be thoroughly trained In everything nece-s:iry to the proper man agement of a home. This voluntary declar ation of tho rather Implies a neglect which may have extended to her moral inter ests. "Of all men living, William nissmlller p Is the one who ought to marry the peti tioner, and if he does not, who will? As I am charred with the duty In the premises of doing what. In my opinion, would be best for the petitioner, and as it is my opinion that she will be best served by opening the way for her to marriage I will grant the praytr of the petitioner." White and Yellow Wedded. It roved almetrt ns difficult to get mar ried In Denver as it waj fc.r Dong Yet to have the c remony perfo:med at San Fran cisco, which would mike Mrs. Juliette La Jeune his wife. He hunted for a minister o.- a justice of th peace who would con sent to perform the ceremony and ons after another shook his head and said ho didn't car.; to." ton Yet arrived In Denver sev e al days ago in company with hi i Intenlcd bille from 8an Fr;neleo, where he had l.ie- -xrret rccordrrg to Chin -Be custom, and the couple had lived together for some lime. One day Mr '. I -a J une discovered that ui.de.- the law.i or Ca ir rnla a ee'eitial could not marry a white woman, and thin, t here r. ire, she was "not the wire of her hu band." She demnn'el that a lei te l und where a legil ceremony could bj lei-.'o-mcd and It was decide 1 to come to Colorado. On 1helr arrival the coup e went to the Salv.itlon Army barracks and give not3 or .their intention to be marrtel by an offi cer or the Army. They were founj a tla a to ip nil the tight and the next morning were Ukcn In tow by Lister Fulch:a. First they went to the courthouse, where the li cense was to be procur.d. The line of ques tioning there revealed the ract that the wom.in had been the wife of a Frenchman and that she was divorced. Thereupon Sister Pulchra announced that no ffli-er of the Ba'.vatlon Army could marry them, as the laws of that organ's i tion forbade the celebration of marriage vows for clvorced person?. Th?n the hunt for romeone who would have no scruples on the dlvorco queslon was taken up. More than twelve ml: Isters anl justice were visited before they came In contact with Itev. F. Boyd, a retired minister, who gave his consent and rend the service. Dong Yet and his wife left ror the metropolis of the la.itlc immediately after the cere mony. Msrry on Friday, the 11th. Iemuel W. Morse of Buyonno, N. J., had fallen in love with Mlsa Km ma JohnBtn of Pen?acol Fia., then on a vl It to the northern town. It came time for her to go home, and Morse endeavored to pr.v.nt it. "Il'a Friday," he sjIJ. "it's a bad day for a railroad trip.' "I am not frightenel," raid Miss John son, laughing. The separation might mean the end of their friendship and acquaintance, so Movt braced hlms If and made another ot"J ctl in. "It's the thirteenth or the month," he continued. "I am not at all superstitious," she re plied. The young man was downcast ror a mo. ment and the i ho rexoverei desp3ratcly. "Will you mnrry me?" he asked. "Yey," she said. Since she had. not objected to Friday and the 13th with regard to a railroad trip, she could not obj ct to them with regard to a marriage. It took place that duy. As this happened In November, It is too early to say whether they were unwise or n t tut of course every one hopes that they were not. ' Keeks Wife la Many States. Since his return to the village of Craley vllle. Pit., on Christmas day with a young bride whom he found in Indiana, after hunting for a helpmate in twelve states and meeting 130 fair candidates, A. II. Craley has been receiving congratulations from his friends and neighbors. Craley was a lonely widower when he turned his business over to his assistants and left here last Beptember on a wife hunt In the west. Today a pretty woman of 20 years graces his home, and sunshine glitters where lonely broodlngs once held sway. The bride was Miss Mary Frantl of Mecca, whom Craley met, wooed and wedded In the closing of an exciting quest. For the first time Craley today told of the details of his hunt. He said: "In my travels I met 130 women who were willing to marry me. Most of them were young and too frivolous to suit me. Several were worth from J20.000 to W0.100, but I was not hunting a fortune. I was seeking a life partner, and money did not enter Into the search. 'There has been nothing to mar our honeymoon, and I am sure our married life will be happy. I consider myself at the present time the happiest man in Penn sylvania, and I know my bride shares my happiness." Mrs. Craley is well educated and accom plished. She owns a house In Mecca, and will shortly fall heir to a snug fortune. Leather Heart Wlsi Oat. The girl with the leather heart Is Miss Naomi K. Woods, daughter of Benjamin F. Woods cf Ban Francisco. The man who found the leather heart and won the girl was Wilmot F. Haughton, son of the late Major Charles Haughton of Louisville, Ky. Mr. Woods had refused to allow Haugh ton to marry his duughtcr. until he had stopped gambling and had saved 12.000 by honest toil. The way the leather heart comes to figure in the case is thus: I.ast year the Wholesale Saddlery association, of which Mr. Woods is a member, met in Cleveland, and Miss Woods attended the sessions with her father. The women at the meeting were presented each with a photograph case of morocco leather in the shape of a heart. Miss Woods put her picture in this case and then lost it the heart and the picture. It was found by Haughton, who was astonished to find the picture that of his old swetheart, from whom he had been separated by the e-dlct of her father. Woods was determined that Haughton should not marry his daughter, believing he gambled and was not saving. That had been four years before. When Haughton found the picture he car. rled It to the girl and said; "I should like to return this and claim the reward." The father found that the young man hod stopped gambling and had saved the necessary $2,500, and accordingly the en gagement was announced. Bad Story of Disappointment. A sad, sad story of disappointment comes from Birmingham, Ala., the scene of the plot being laid in the office or the probate court there. There appeared in the office a young man, accompanied by three women. One of these was the Intended bride and the accompany ing women were her mother and sister. A license was asked for, but in the course of making It out It waa found that the young woman was but 17 years of age. The mother of the girl waa willing to give her consent, but the law stands that the father's word is necessary. Tho intended groom then left to bring the father to the office. Soon after he had gone the mother and sister decided to take a walk down the street, leaving the intended bride alone in the office. In a few minutes a stranger appeared, and after a short conversation witii the girl the pair left the building. The would-be bridegroom then returned with tho father ready to give his consent, and the mother and sister returned from their walk. What was the surprise of the party to find the would-be bride had left. The father instructed the official to issue no license to the pair, should they ap ply, but It la supposed that they are al ready In another e'ounty where no difficulty will be experienced in securing a license. Children Aid Klopers. Helen Monroe's merry boy and girl friends of Winsted, Conn., helped her U elope, and folks over Stockbridge way, In the Birkshire hills, are still wondering at her pluck and their shrewdness. Helen is only 17. Her sweetheart, Will Squires, is a decent fellow of 22, and the only objection to the marriage waa the youth of the two. A big sleigh halted before the door or Mr. and Mrs. Charles Monroe at 7 o'clock Mon day evening. Three boys and three girls, all friends of Helen, entered the house and asked ir Bhe might join them on the ride. Mr. Monroe said he was willing. Helen went to her room to put on her wraps. The young people gathered around the piano and sang "The Girl I Left Behind Me." Every tlmo ihey came to the chorug the three girls giggled, tee-heed, gurgled and finally shrieked with laughter. Mrs. Monroe became suspicious. Shsj went up to her daughter's roe.m Just in time to see through the open window Helen being helped down from the roor or an ad Joining shed by Will Squires. liven then Mrs. Monroe was too excited to give an alarm. She ran downstairs and saw the giggling boys nnd girls throw a bundle or clothes into the big sleigh, jump In and drive off. while Will Squires and Helen led the way in Will's cutter a quar ter or a mile In advance. Then Mrs. Squires chrleke.l, but by the time Pa Squires yoked up and got to goln it was too late. Hair a dozen detectives round young Mr. and Mrs. Squires at Austerlitss, N. Y., and brought them home, Mr. and Mrs. Monroe gave them forgiveness, turkey and flxlna Poor Richard Junior A thousand-dollar boy with a ten-thousand-dollar education Is overcapitalized. In these common sense days a good writer Is known by tho adjectives he doesn't use. Our ancestors were brave and hardy heroejs. They had no pepsin tablets to fol low the plum pudding. A newspaper that boasts of its denart. ments generally omits the most nourishing or them all the department store. leaving the word obey out or the mar. rlage service doesn't matter much. Man waits in the front hall Ju.-st about the same. Saturday Evening Post.