This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1903 Excerpt: ... Note.--Among well.to.do people in all the tribes it is common to betroth children at a very early age. Instances have "been quoted of persons being betrothed at all ages above one year. But there is nothing to prevent the ceremony being performed when the children are less than a yenr old. Among the poorer classes, betrothal does not take place till the girl ie about to attain the age of poberty. It is considered a disgrace to allow a girl to remain unmarried after she has reached her puberty. The proportion of women to men is comparatively email in this district and there are hardly any unmarried adult women. In arranging a eok (betrothal) it is considered desirable that the girl should be younger than the boy, but there is no rule as to what the difference of age should be, nor is it quite necessary that the girl should be younger than the boy. Question 2.--In the case of persons between whom marriage is lawful, who can make the contract of betrothal? State whose consent is necessary to the validity of a betrothal? Can a person consent to his or her own betrothal, or is it in every case necessary that parents or guardians should consent on behalf of the child or ward, whether male or female Answer 2. All Musalmdns--The contract of betrothal is generally made by the father of the boy or girl in tho first instance and in his absence bv the nearest male agnate. The mother can make a contract of betrothal if there is no male agnate, but she cannot give a daughter away out. cf the tribe. The contract of betrothal of an adult male may be effected by himself if his father is not alive or if l.e is independent. of his father bnt in no case can a female, whether a minor or an adult, enter into a contract of betrothal on her own behalf. The consent of the father ma...