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July 29, 2013

News from 100 Years Ago: 07/29/2013

• SOME POINTERS ON MARRYING GAME. - Denver Justice of Peace makes public what he observed during time he married over one thousand couples.

After having married more than 1,000 couple in the past five years, during which time he has kept track of the couple following the ceremony, William Rice, Justice of the Peace of Denver, and sometimes called the ‘Marrying Justice,’ believes he has the right to ‘tell ‘em how to do it.” First and foremost, Justice Rice says no woman should marry under twenty-five and that no man should marry until he is thirty. And when they do marry, says they should be the same age or the bride should be older, and not younger.

“ The idea of marrying to grow up together,” said Justice Rice today, “is wrong—all wrong. It means that the two young people will indulge themselves in childish quarrels and not have the restraint of wisdom that years bring to last out these squalls on the matrimonial sea. If people these days waited until they have some sense there wouldn’t be so many divorces and separations.”

“The reason why the old fashioned marriages did not result in divorce as frequently as the marriages of today was not because the couple experienced any more happiness. It was because they hadn’t gotten the habit of breaking up their partnership as soon as a few domestic windstorms blew up. Society did not lean toward divorce as it does now. Man and wife made the best of things, believing themselves wedded for life, and after all is said and done, the system worked pretty well, as our grandmothers and grandfathers will tell us. Divorce has become a habit. People don’t look askance at the divorcee any more, so the selfish person accepts it as the easiest way to settle a fuss.”

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