Legal Loophole Utilized in 1901

(02/18/2002)

Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 6/18/1901.

Recently Thomas Jackson decided to get married.  That, within itself, is nothing strange, for where is a man of mature years that has not decided the same thing?  But in this case, there were other elements that made the circumstance out of the ordinary.  The bride-to-be was a blushing damsel of 17 summers, who had been made an orphan so young in life that she did not remember her parents names.  Now, the law requires all persons under the age of 21, desirous of taking a voyage on the matrimonial sea, to obtain the consent of their parents or guardian.  In this case the unfortunate young lady had neither, and Thomas's matrimonial prospects for the next four years were rather gloomy.  Necessity is the mother of invention, however, and Thomas bethought himself to "Aunt" Clarinda Bennett, with whom the young lady had made her home from earliest infancy, appointed her guardian.  This was accordingly done, and the two were made one.


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