MEXICO: Dismantled Mill

From 1934 until last week, a discontented wife or husband could get unhitched within three days in the resort town of Cuernavaca, 47 miles south of Mexico City in the state of Morelos. All the restless spouse had to do was sign a few papers, pay a registration fee ($100), and give public notice. That could be done by placing a three-line ad in a local newspaper or pinning up a curt announcement on the courthouse bulletin board.*

Over the years, more than 40,000 people, two-thirds of them U.S. citizens, took the Cuernavaca cure, bringing the state government an average...

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