Law: Marriage Mills

The U. S. declared war April 6, 1917 and as the rumbling of the guns rolled across the Atlantic, marriage records began to tumble nationwide as U. S. males jumped to escape the draft or to marry their best girls before going out to die. Chicago's municipal marriage license bureau set an all-time high on April 9, 1917, issuing 1,124 licenses. Last week saw that Wartime record tremble on Monday when 1,119 licenses were issued, tumble on Tuesday with 1,153, be trampled underfoot on Wednesday by a mob of 1,407 engaged couples...

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