MANNERS & MORALS: The More the Merrier


Although the Mormon church has banned polygamy since 1890, some fundamentalist heretics practice it in defiance of church and state. Last week, Arizona authorities were trying hard to catch one of them. The fugitive: George Merlin Dutson, excommunicated middle-aged Mormon.

Dutson, according to a Maricopa County prosecutor, not only has married eight wives (plus an earlier one who divorced him in the 1920s for starting out to get others), but has had them all toiling cheerfully for years to support him. Sheriff's officers arrested six of them on a charge of "notorious cohabitation" last week. Four (plus ten...

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