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Marrying Yenng

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The RIow York Tribuae, Laving discovered that onder the coniniruon law 14 is the marriageal.le for macs of the human species and 12 for fomales, sent round among the persons of New York and Brooï lyn to se3 what they thought of the matter Most of theiii were ruucli surprised to learn at what extremely tender age the law allowed marriagesto tske place, and they emphatie.iTly disapprovu of it, with the exeeption üf Mr. Henry Ward Beecher, who observed "if any boy is so foollsh as to want to marry at 14 I would say let hiui go." Mearl all the minÍKt.Mrrt fjivm-ni) oqi-lr mor.; ages, but thought 1 WfW young onough for the man and 18 for the woman. The laws goveri ing marriagcs are eyidenÜT a littlo looso in Ntw York state, as thejr are in Fennsylvinla. Tho eommon law provisión as to what is marriageable agc was deriveil froni tie Romaii civil law, aml was never intetulüd for such a cliine as ours. It ia well enough to cncourage men and women to marrv voung but boys and girlts should be debarred this privileges Tor, whateyer elso is to be siiiil, marrlaga is not b game for ohiidrea lo ]lay at.


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