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LLAN ASA.

MILITARY MARRIAGES IN FRANCE.

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MILITARY MARRIAGES IN FRANCE. The military marriage in France is a serious affair. It is said that fifteen years of peace has developed a craving after the bonheur conjugal among young officers, but the ridiculous obstacles and formalities surrounding the ceremony are a formidable barrier to any officer wishing to marry. Having made up his mind on the subject (which however, has very little to do with it) he informs his colonel of his intentions. The colonel passes the word on to the War Office, and it at length is put before tha Minister. The first thing then to be done is to find out if the young lady concerned fulfils the requirements of the law, whiph tays down that she must have an irreproach- able moral character, and a dot worth a yearly revenue of 10,000f. The unfortunate young man s application begins to descend the ladder of officialism until it reaches the officer commanding the gendar- merie in the district where the officer's fiancee re- sides. It is then passed to a gendarme who is com- missioned to inquire into the young lady's moral character. He proceeds cautiously as a detective. Should he happen to know the father of the demoiselle indicated he goes and sees him if not, he culls his information from the neighbours. He will even follow her when she goes out to theatres or entertainments. Having finished his investigations he draws up a re- port on strictly police-court lines wherein he talks of thejroung lady, not as mademoisellebutas fdle. Off goes the document on its way upward through the bureaux and red tape, until it gets to the War Minister. Should the conditions be fulfilled the officer is per- mitted to marry. If not, he must renounce his inten- tions. If the fiancee has morality, but not money, it must be raised before a union is sanctioned. Officers with means frequently provide the dot secretly them- selves. It is needless to say there is not the samp rigorous inquiry into the moral character of theofficers. 0

ANOTHER GEORGE WASHINGTON.

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