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FOUR MAIN CAUSES AGE, RACE, RELIGION, CLASS LONDON. Four main causes of unhappv marriage were listed by Dr. David Mace, secretary of the Marriage Guidance Council, lecturing at Morley College. They are—wide divergencies of age, ami divergencies of race religion, class. "People who propose to embark on marriage across any of these four gulfs should think very carefully before they do so," he said. "The engagement period is of the greatest value, and the shortening of this period is the cause of many tragic wartime marriages. "During the engagement period a couple can test out their compatal&hty of comradeship." He did not think the period should ever be less than one year and would like to see it two years. Dr. Mace said he believed our system of mate selection— the free mixing of the sexes in games and recreation, followed by courtship and engagement—was the best ever encountered in any society. "When a couple have made their choice and have gone through the friendship, courtship, and engagement, there should be before marriage some preparation for marriage," he added.

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UNHAPPILY WED, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 185, 7 August 1945

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UNHAPPILY WED Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 185, 7 August 1945

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