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iN THE presence of a la run and fashionable gathering recently. Miss 'BUllne Whlttler, daughter of K.igu.dier General and lira. Chrrtas A. Whlttter. wui mar ried to Mr. Ernest iMelln, only son of Mr. and Mra. Adrian lselln, Jr., at fit. i'Htrlok's cathedral, Nw York City. It was the larg est gathering thus Tar at an Easter wed ding, but simplicity tnicrhwd the ceremony. The only decora lions were in the sanctu ary and on the altar, where Easter lilies, white roses and palms were tastefully ar ranged. The bride and her only attendant, Miss Alice Kuhcock, were quite punctuul, und sjoon after their arrival the brldul proces sion wan formed, being led by the ushers. Thn came Miss Hubcock, followed by the bride and her father. As the music for tills procession was not familiar us u wedding Inarch, it in-In,; Lemon's "1'ontlficiul March," the guests were not altogether prcpured for the bridal party. It made, however, a very effective processional. The bride's gown wus a beautiful one of real point net over white satin, with a long round train. 'Die skirt was covered with flounces of old point laco put on in fes toons and garlanded with orange blossoms. The wulst of net and point lace was made c n I te full nt the front, the Hleeves of the same material fulling to the elbow. At the tops of the sleeves and down the stdea of the front and buck of the waist were trips of satin embroidered with an orange blossom design. The veil, a beautiful piece of old point lace, was fastened well buck from the head, falling to the end of tho train. A spray of orange blossoms rested t the front of the veil. The bridal bouquut was fashioned of 11 lies of the vulley and white orchids. The only jewelry worn wus a string of diamonds set In platinum, a tiny watch, also set In dia monds, being attached. This was the bride groom's gift. Miss Baboock wore an effective and pic turesque gown of the art nouveau style. It was of white silk chiffon and aapho silk, elaborately embroidered with iridescent paillettes. The hat was of white luce, with brniid streamers of pale greon satin rib bon and her bouquet was of green orchids trimmed with ferns. Irnd IT! vile to Marry. The women of Cuba are preparing un ap peal to the Congress of tho republic, claiming the riaht of suffrage and demand ing tho repeal of the ordor of the secretary of public Instruction forbidding young women employed as teachers In the school t to marry. When the Cuban constitutional conven tion met two years ago female suffrage was mode a leading plank In the Magna Charts. The widows of war veterans and the wives and daughters (over 21) of quali fied male voters were granted the ballot. After considerable discussion the plank was finally expunged. The wives of the leading men of the republic have been fighting the measure of repeal and hope to emerge victorious. Hcnl Wr4dlH Olrkrat John W. Tcters, school superintendent of Carmal. lnd., u juarried Ut Miaa Nellie Hawkey, and he and hi" bride war taken to school In wt el barrows. Ths girls ot the chnol conveyed the tortds aud the boys handled the euperrntendant. lis had leld them experiences of his col lege days, and they had been waiting for the opportunity to work off their energy in emulating his undergraduate deeds. Mr. and Mrs. Teters were taken Into the school room and called upon for speeches. The superintendent introduced his bride, and a parade of the ytrcots followed. Mrs. Tetcrs was wheeled about and carried on a ladder by the girls of the school and the teacher was lifted high in the air by some of the sturdy boys. He took the Joke good nuturedly, only occasionally pulling tho hair of a handy student to keep his fingers warm. When Mr. Tcters thought the celebration was all over some of the boys procu cJ a mil and tied him on it. lie hud on house slippers which dangled in the chilly air. Sweethearts from Childhood. Miss Jcanette W. F. Schnltzier and Claude Howard Kafter were married last Sunday evening In St. Peter's Protestant Kplscopal church, Itrooklyn. She Is tho daughter of Paul Schnltzier, who ut the time of his death fourteen years ago, was a well known portrait artist, A year after his death Mrs. Schnltzier married Lucius Kafter. At that wedding Miss Schnltzier, who then was only 7 years old, met her step father's youngest brother, Claude Howard Rafter, who was 12 years her senior. "Why don't you get married, too?" aha asked her new uncle, to whom she had taken a great fancy. "O," he returned gallantly, "1 Intend to, but I'm going to wuit until you get older and nigger." Tho little girl clapped her hands In de light. "Then we are engaged, aren't we?" she asked. "Yes," replied Claude, with a smile. "We're to he sweethearts from now on." The "engagement" then plu fully ma never was broken. By her murriag? Mhm Schnltzier will become her stepfather's Bis-ter-ln-luw, Claude Rafter will become the son-ln-luw of his sister-in-law, Mrs. Lu cius Kafter, and stpson-in-law of his own brother. Miss Schnltzier, by marrying her "stepuncle," also will becomo stepaunt to herself. Wlilawi la ladla. "If you will examine the census statistics you will be astonished at the enormous number of widows in Indiu," -writes Wil liam E. Curtis. "Out of a total of M4,t)U0, OdO women in 1H01, 25,syi.Uofi were widows, of whom 19,738,4 wero Hindus. This is ac counted for by child murriuge, for it Is cus tumury for children 6 years of age and up ward to become husbands and wives. At least 50 per cent of the adherents of Brah minlsru are married before they are 10 years old and 90 per cent before they are 15. This also Is an ancient custom and Is due to several reasons. Fathers and mothers desire to have their children set tled In life, as we say, as early as pos sible, and among the families of friends they are paired off almost as soon as they are born. The early marriage, however, la not much more than a betrothal, for after it takes place, usually with great cere mony, the children are sent back to their homes and remain under the care of their parents until they reach a proper age, when the wife is conducted with .gro&t re joicing to the home of her husband, and what is equivalent to another marriage takes place. This occurs among tho highly educated and progressive Hindus. They defend the custom as wise and beneficial on the theory that it Is an advantage for husband and wife to be brought up to gether and have their characters molded by the same influences and surroundings. In that way, they argue, much unhapplness and trouble Is prevented. "Hut in India, as everywhere else, the mortality Is greatest among children, and more than 70 per cent of the deaths re ported are of persons under 10 years of age. Those who are married are no more ex empt than those who are not, which ex plains the number of widows reported, and no matter how young a girl may be when her husband dies she can never huve a sec ond. "Widowers are allowed to marry again and most of them do. There are only 8, 110. OKI widowers in all India, as against nearly 2t,000,0C0 widows." May aud Meceinber Wed. Miss Marietta F. Johnson, one of the wealthiest spinsters In Erie county, New York, who Is 69 years old, eloped and wus clandestinely married to Gabriel Abukalll, 28 years old, a penniless Syrian Jewelry peddler, about six weeks ago. Mrs. Abu kalll says that the marriage ceremony was performed In New York. In nnte-nuptiul glftB Miss Johnson pre sented her husband with various sums of money aggregating $124,000, the most recent beneficence being a donation of $05,000 cash. The marriuge is tho culmination of a pe culiar courtship extending over five and a half years. In the summer of 1X99 Gabriel and Alex ander Abukalll secured permission from the Ilarnes-Henger company to display their small stock of Syrian Jewelry at ono of the novelty counters in the department tore conducted by this firm. Gabriel Abu kalll sold Mlsn Johnson a filigree chain and Interested her by a tale of the hardships and privations he had experienced. The spinster gave the yourg man $10,000 to stnrt In business and .presented him with other large sums of money. $ advertises Matrimony. Thomas M. Skaggs of Sturgeon, Mo., Is believed to be the first man to buy spaca In a newspaper to advertise the advantages of matrimony. He carries a regular adver tisement in the Leader, the only paper in Sturgeon, in which each week he advances some new reason why the young people should marry. As a result of his vigilant advertising campaign the number of mar riages in Sturgeon and vicinity has greatly increased. Mr. Skaggs Is not Inspired by wholly un selflfh motives. He Is a notary public and performs marriage ceremonies, for which he receives a fee. It Is necessary to make application for a license before a notary public, and he receives a fee for that serv ice also. As Sturgeon is not the county seat, pros pective brides and bridegrooms must ob tain their licenses In Columbia. To sim plify matters and make the road to matri mony easy, Mr. Skaggs has made arrange ments with the marriage license clerk in Columbia to send licenses by mail on hi application. This saves the young persons a trip to Columbia, and when they are in a 'hurry to marry they can obtain a license by telephone. One of Mr. Skaggs' charac teristic advertisements reads follows: "Take my advice, young man. Get mar ried and let me aend for the license for you. I can keep' a secret." Although preachers did a thriving busi ness in marriages before Mr. Skaggs began his campaign, they have been left far T hind by his progressive methods. He per forms nine-tenths of the marriage cere monies in Bturgeon and many come from a distance to be married by him. El aired te Avoid "Telny. With the wedding party assembled, the bridesmaids waiting, the clergymen pre pared to perform the ceremony, and the candles burning brightly on the table where the wedding supper was to be served guests In the home of Sidney P. Stevens, in Wilmette, a Chicago suburb, it was suddenly discovered that the bride and groom were both mlsslrg. Confusion reigned "while a hasty search was made for Miss Anna Brlnker, the bride-to-be, and Ir. John Nuttal of New castle, Ky., the man to whom she was to be married at o'clock Nine o'clock paRsed and confusion changed to anxiety and anxiety to distress. Just as the wed ding party was dispersing In whispered excitement the missing couple walked in and announced: "We're married." The bridesmaids looked aghast, the guests stared In stupefaction and Dr. Solon C. Bronson, the minister who was to have Joined the couple In the bonds of matri mony, gasped for an explanation. "Wo were married this afternoon in Ham mond, lnd.," explained Dr. Nuttal as he smiled at the bewilderment of the wed ding party. "Election day, you know," lie added. "Yes, you see we couldn't get a license In Chicago," chimed in the bride, "be cause It was a holiday. But we didn't want to postpone our wedding day, bo we Just took the train to Indiana and got married there." The wedding party was hastily reassem bled. Dr. Bronson offered his blessing upon the pair and the candles were relit at the supper tattle, where the wedding party that had -found Itself at last sat down to drink the health of the bride and groom. 4 Crosses Ocean 1a Wed, Love that was pledged last summer on the brou-d Atlantic will be sealed In two weeks within sight of the sunny bay of Naples, -when MisB Frednrlka Kees of 47 Hillside Place, Newark, becomes the bride of Wllhelmus David Allen Westfall, an instructor in mathematics in Yale uni versity. Miss Kees sailed for Europe with her mother, Mrs. Christina Kees, on Sat urday, February 27, and the day of their arrival in Naples wedding bells will tinkle out the satisfied happiness of two young American hearts. Miss Kees, who was graduated from Cornell In 1903, Is popular in society She is the leader of the newly organized Col lege Woman's club. Mr. Westfall Is tak ing a course in the University of Goettln gen, Germany, for his doctor's degree. He Is a member of an old New Jersey fam ily, which went with the early Dutch settlers into Sussex county. He was on his way to Germany last summer when he met Miss Kees. Before the liner had passed through the narrows. Cupid had began to weave a net of romance about the couple, and before the const line of the old world rose out of the sea the man and the maid had exchanged vows In en gagement. The honeymoon will be spent in Rwltierland, and after two years, when Mr. Westfall will have finished his studies in Goettlngen, they will return to this country.