Religion: Elkton's Originals

Like all States which permit hasty marriages at all hours, Maryland has a "Gretna Green"*—small Elkton just over the line from Delaware. In Elkton 3,500 to 4,000 marriages are performed annually, at an average $10 the couple. Elkton's best-known parsons are two retired Baptists. Rev. William R. Moon, about 80, is tall, scrawny, intersperses his talk with "thees" and "thous." calls himself the "Only Original Marrying Parson." Rev. Edward Minor, about 60. is short, dour. Signboards advertise Parson Moon and Parson Minor. Taximen meet all trains, conduct marriage-seekers to the courthouse, to a parson, to a hotel, charging a blanket fee...

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