CHINA: Mass Marriages

To earn, scrimp, save and toilsomely amass the Chinese equivalent of seven U. S. dollars may take an industrious Shanghai coolie seven years. Last week, as a great and novel civic philanthropy which aroused nationwide excitement, Chinese Mayor Wu Te-chen of Shanghai enterprisingly began to marry poor Chinese in batches for only seven dollars per couple.

Hitherto a Chinese marriage, what with exorbitant fees for priests, costly offerings to the gods and enough food to gorge all the bride's & bridegroom's friends, has often cost enough to run the couple into debt for...

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