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Ti marry by poxy, or, as It Is oalled, "mirriajre by »he glove," is ommon In Holland, aid la caused by the faot that many of the ollglble young men, After faaviog finished their edoofttlon In the sohoolß of the Fatherland, depart foi Dutch India to engage In some lucrative commercial enterprise, or to accept a posttioa In the colonial service. The eoeroUy of raartlftgeable white wom?n m that olimo induces the would«be husband to write to a friend m Holland, enoloslng bla wish for a wife. The friend selects a willing young lady, generally with a substantial dowry, and otherwise conforming oloiely 30 the speculations of the letter-. A photograph of the favored one is then en* O osed In tbe return ep'stle. After the lapse of a few months, a solltd lefi~band g'ova, with a power of attorney, 1b retoraed from the far away bsoholor. The friend In Holland marries the selected tride In preolsely the same manner as If ho were the &ota*l groom, and the young wife departs to bring happiness *nd prosperity to the lonely one In the Far Bast. A marriage of this description is M binding as If the bridegroom were present, and is never repudiated. 'If either pwfty •of the glove marrlsgo should die before meeting m India, the survivor would share the property of the deceased In aooordanee with tbe laws.

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MARRYING BY THE GLOVE, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2054, 4 February 1889

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MARRYING BY THE GLOVE Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2054, 4 February 1889

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