Skip to main content
Hide Articles List

15 articles on this Page

IMPERIAL . PARLIAMENT.

PROFESSOR HUXLEY ON THE PEDIGREE…

[No title]

CHE GOVERNMENT EDUCATION BILL.

TERRIFIC STORM AT NEW YORK.

A JEWISH DEDICATION SERVICE…

THE "PECULIAR PEOPLE" AGAIN.

AN INVITING COLONY.

SUICIDE IN A PRIVATE LUNATIC…

SPUTTEBINGS FROM JUDY'S PEN.

[No title]

---CHOOSING A WIFE.

News
Cite
Share

CHOOSING A WIFE. They have a singular custom at the Foundling Hospital of the Annunziata, Naples, on the 25th March (Lady Day), or the Festa deli'Annunziata. The building is thrown open to the public, and any young man who wishes can provide him- self with a wife, in case he can prove to the satisfaction of the governors of the institution that he is able to maintain her. The business of the day is, we hear, managed pretty much as follows:— All the girls who have arrived at a marriageable age are drawn up in line in one of the large rooms, where the cavaliers are allowed to enter. A regular inspec- tion then commences from left to right, front and rear. Some prefer dark beauties, of course, and others blondes, and each is allowed to suit his own particular taste or fancy. When smitten the swain drops his pocket-handkerchief in front of the lady of his choice, and if his suit is accepted she picks it up and they walk off arm-in-ann to signify their in- tention to the authorities, and make the neces- sary preliminaries previous to their marriage. The bride receives a small sum of money by way of dowry, and a few necessaries which comprise her trousseau, a few sheets and ablanketor two. These mar- riages, contrary to what would be naturally supposed, generally turn out happily, as a man must have greatly felt the want of woman's soothing influence to enable him to muster up courage to undergo such an ordeal previously to entering the happy state. This is what m'ght be almost called marriage at sight, or marriage a la cotillon.

CUTTINGS FROM AMERICAN PAPERS.

EPITOME OF NEWS,

THE -MARKE jCSs