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STRANGE BREACH OF PROMISE.

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STRANGE BREACH OF PROMISE. One of the most remarkable breach of prom- ise cases that have ever been brought before the courts is about to be tried in Athens, writes a correspondent. The plaintiff, a young woman from the village of Marcop- ovlo, sdme thirty-five, miles from Athens, bases her claims upon an ancient custom of the village, which, it is held, will influence the jury in her favour. The custom, which has the1 force of law in the village, is. as fol- lows —On certain fete days the villagers as- semble on the green, when dancing is indulged in. Any girl wishing to marry drops her handkerchief, and the swain who picks it up is bound to marry her. In the case in ques- tion the young man, who picked up the hand- kerchief by accident, had never seen the girl before. When acclaimed by the assembled villagers as the prospective husband of the girl he demurred; hence the action at law. The young lady is decidedly good-looking and his lack of taste in not taking her for a bride is much commented on in the village.

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