MANNERS & MORALS: The Pink Slip

MANNERS & MORALS

Algernon George de Vere Capell, bald, pipe-puffing 66-year-old eighth Earl of Essex, was taken slightly aback last week when a Seattle marriage-license clerk told him that he would have to wait three days before getting hitched. The Earl's bride-to-be, 37-year-old, New York-born Mildred Carlson, had come back to the U.S. from Australia to become his third wife, and he was naturally impatient to get the details concluded—he was short of dollars and planned to travel on Mildred's funds until he got to Bermuda and a rapprochement with the British pound.

When the clerk told him the three-day waiting...

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