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The house famine/ referred to by clergymen as a deterrent to marriage because of the difficulty in setting up homes, is not the sole cause of the falling-off in weddings (says the London "Daily Mail.")

An authority states that there are over a million and a half women in Britain who will have no chance or marriage for the reason that there are not sufficient men. In 1917 the surplus of single women over single men was 1,337,000. ' Sir Robert Armstrong-Jones, M.D., told a pressman that he did not think the estimate of 1£ million surplus of marriageable women over marriageable men was too high. A great number of girls realise that the chance' of marriage is very small,;:.'and'' are getting employment with a view to establishing their future. .. V . : : v<Many>-'of these women workers," he. said," "paid" the penalty" by sufferingfrdia nervous troubles, and resorted "to the use of sedatives. They smoke cigarettes, ajid: some of them after their day's work even* smoked cigars. At dances jt.js the fashion for a girl to dance with the same partner all the evening; she does not get the chance of sorting the men out. A great nunir bor of people are prevented from mar'"riase" as they . are unable to fin<J bous.js. The fiat system, although it : favours 'marriages," does not favour i families. • •

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FEWER HUSBANDS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9602, 6 May 1919

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FEWER HUSBANDS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9602, 6 May 1919

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