WOMEN: Common-Law Marriage

Six years ago Claire Ulrich, chorus girl met Charles E. Whitehurst, Baltimore. Md., theatreman, in Manhattan. They went to a hotel. In their room, without witnesses, they read to each other the marriage service from a prayer book, exchanged vows. On page 449 the girl wrote "Claire" and then "Charles." As man and wife they lived together briefly.

Less than a year later Whitehurst died, leaving an estate of $280,000 and no will. Last week the Maryland Court of Appeals decided that this marriage was valid under the laws of New York, that...

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