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A Melancholy Marriage.

On the 32nd or July a melanoholy marriage ceremony was celebrated in the principal gaol of Madrid. Some days previously a young man named Alvarez Oliva and his mistress, with whom he had lived for several years, were tided for murder by the criminal tribunal in the Palacio de Justiz, and, having been proved guilty, were sentenced, the former to death by the garotte, the latter to ten years’ imprisonment with hard labor. Shortly after their condemnation they ■ craved permission of the authorities to be united in matrimony ere the dread sentence of the law should he carried into effect, in order that their only child, a little girl five years old, should be.legitimised. Their petition was granted, and the gaol chaplain pronounced the ■blessing of the Church upon their- union on the morning of the day appointed for Alvarez’s execution. Having duly exchanged rings and pronounced vows of mutual fidelity “till death should part them,” they took an eternal and affecting' leave of one another, after whjch the bride was removed to the scene of her future punishment, and the bridegroom was - conducted to the condemned cell, where, having confessed his sins and received absolution, he was pinioned and conveyed to the scafibld. ; [ A few minutes later he had ceased to live.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 187, 8 November 1880

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A Melancholy Marriage. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 187, 8 November 1880