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Lately a rumor was spread at Fayoua in Egypt, to the effect that the Goverpmen intended, in view of the approaching re sumption of the advance towards Khartoum to requisition for military service the yoon unmarried men of the country. This repor led to something like a “boom” in th matrimonial market, and the marriage rat* went up by leaps and bounds, many of lh( bachelors hastening to enter into the holj estate with the idea of avoiding the irksome necessity of shouldering the rifle. But, an cording to the Cairo correspondent of th( ‘ New York Herald,’ this story had not the slightest foundation in fact. It was simply due to the ingenuity of certain astute individuals who were blessed with marriageable daughters, but who either possessed no means of providing them with the dowry, which is indispensable in all such transactions in the East, or who desired to avoid parting with their cash for the purpose. In any case, the trick does credit to the inventive faculty of these Oriental parents, although whether the] husbands, who have sold their freedom to se| little purpose, will look at it in the saipp] light remains to be seen. 1

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MATRIMONY V. MILITARISM, Issue 10417, 11 September 1897, Supplement

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MATRIMONY V. MILITARISM Issue 10417, 11 September 1897, Supplement

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