1896 Heatwave In Europe

Now OK to marry your wife’s dead sister.

http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&d=CL18960717.2.24

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5 Responses to 1896 Heatwave In Europe

  1. watkinstanya says:

    Let me be the first to say..Wow.

  2. gator69 says:

    Apparently politicians have not changed as much as the climate.

  3. Ivan says:

    “Now OK to marry your wife’s dead sister.”
    It’s the other way round — i.e. OK to marry the sister of your dead wife.
    In pioneering times, times were tough. There was no welfare, no food stamps – no time to sit around fretting whether the sea levels were rising – it was about survival. If a wife died (which frequently happened in childbirth), one of two things happened: either the children were packed off to live with relatives (usually the wife’s family) or an unmarried or widowed sister of the wife would move in as housekeeper, and subsequently as de-facto. This was actually practical and useful legislation (for a change) which legalised what was an extremely common occurrence.

  4. Sleepalot says:

    That’s “dead wife’s sister”, not “wife’s dead sister.”

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