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EXTRAORDINARY PROCEEDINGS AT A YORKSHIRE WEDDING. A Woman Acting as Parish Clerk. On Tuesday a very unusual occurrence was wit- nessed by a large congregation who had assem- bled in the Mexbro' parish church, to see the wedding of a Miss Dodsworth, of Mexbro', to a Mr Fleet, of Birmingham. The vicar, the Rev. H. Ellershaw, M. A., was in the vestry at the hour appointed, and the bride and bridegroom and friends were duly prepared for the ceremony. The parish clerk, Mr Lovett, had not, how- ever, turned up, and to the 8llrJn.jse of everybody, a Mrs Dunk, ths church cleaner, went, Prayer-book in hand, to the front of the chancel rails, taking up a position by the side of the young couple, about to be joined in wedlock. This had apparently been arranged by the vicar, for the rev. gentleman proceeded up the aisle, and at once commenced the service. But, instead of solemnity, the proceedings were provocative of mirth, and the ludicrous nature of the situation fully aroused the risible susceptibi- lities of all excepting the clergyman and the two in front of him. The vicar treated the matter with perfect serenity of mood, but mortification was depicted on the countenances of of the affianced. The cletner was the reverse of that condition her- self,and appeared as though she had just come from the midst of her domestic duties. A jacket, through which she had not taken the trouble to rplftce her arms, dangled over her shoulders the remainder of her attire was of that indifferent character adopted by some house wives when they are "throng." She thus stood before the congre- gation with the Prayer Book in hand, uttering the Amens and other portions of the service devolving upon the clerk in a voice particularly audible. Just as she was in the midst of the per- formance, and apparently much appreciating the honour, the clerk entered the edifice, almost breathless, having, as he said, accidentally heard of the wedding. Astonished at what he saw, he took a seat at the back of the church, curiously noting how she went on." The couple were eventualty declared man and wife, and the cere- mony ended. The affair has caused rather a sensation.

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