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CHARGED WITH BIGAMY.
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George Coats Said to Have
Two Wives.

     George Coats, who lives near Sowers, was arrested yesterday afternoon by Deputy Sheriff Allen Seales on an affidavit charging bigamy.
     Coats appeared before Justice J. M. Skelton this morning and waived examination. His bond was fixed at $500, which he gave and was released.

- January 2, 1902, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 5, col. 2.
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MARRIAGE -- DIVORCE.
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More Permits to Wed Issued in
1901 than During any
Previous Year.

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SOME CONCLUSIONS DRAWN
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December Heads List for Weddings, While Au-
gust Leads the Grand March of Di-
vorce Court -- Figures Compiled
From Official
Records.

     Records of the clerk of Dallas county indicate prosperity, in spite of bad crops, the continued drouth or inherent laziness man. It has been an undisputed axiom these many years, that marriages result in greater numbers when all classes seem to be contented and money is plentiful. Work at living wages encourages Cupid and nerves the love-sick swain to not only propose, but to insist upon launching out on matrimony's' sea and drifting with his bride, regardless of divorce court records or the proverbial mother-in-law. Rampant dads do not seem to discourage when fond hearts beat in unison and there is a mutual desire to start house keeping.
     The recently entombed year, preserved with the embalming fluid of memory, which teams with love, laughter and song, as interpreted in the parks, along the driveway, at public and private entertainments, or under the beguiling influence of the man in the moon, surpassed all previous records as regards the number of marriage licenses issued, and gave the first cycle of the twentieth century something to be proud of. During the twelve months ending Dec. 31, 1901, the county clerk's office issued 1373 permits to marry, and, for so doing, received $2069.50.
     An inspection of the records dissipates the belief that June is the favorite month for weddings. It may have been in the past, but such statements can no longer stand in the light of facts. December holds the record, although October is a close second, while June has been set back to the sixth place. Christmas time is in great favor, as the interested parties, doubtless, deem it more in the line of economy to have the word pronounced so that household necessities may be given as presents instead of articles whose chief value lies in associating them with the name of the giver.
     The record does not state clearly the ages of the contracting parties, but it is known that the range is from the teens, up to more than three score years and ten.
     Ceremonies were pronounced in many instances under the direction of the church, while others dismissed all formality and declared that they were "willing to be spliced as soon as the judge could speak the word."
     Marriage, as a civil contract, seems to be as binding as the more solemn form, as it all depends upon the character and adaptability of the contracting parties in the perpetuation of the ties which man and wife assume. A judge can pronounce a life sentence with as much assurance as a preacher that the interested parties will work in double harness until death or the divorce court drives them asunder. Human nature enters into the agreement much more than divine grace, and there is no wonder that some people soon realize that their supposed affinity is no other than a glittering fraud.
     Marriage licenses secured in Dallas county during the respective months of 1901, follow: January, 117; February, 99; March, 89; April, 103; May, 102; June, 109; July, 111; August, 102; September, 89; October, 168; November, 110; December, 174; total, 1373. Quite a number of other residents were married last year, but went to other cities for their choice.

DIVORCE SUITS FILED.

     Another story is told by the docket in the district clerk's office. It relates to divorces, and it may be said, with a degree of satisfaction, that 1901 shows a slight decrease over 1900. The marriage licenses exceed the divorces prayed for, being upward of three and two-thirds times as great. In this class of cases, women exceed the men, as plaintiffs, by two to one, which justifies the student of human nature to declare that the lords of creation are not as dutiful as their position would warrant. August holds the record for 1901 by a good margin. During this month, there were 53 divorce suits filed. December, with a total of only 18, is awarded the booby, quite a contrast to the report of the marriage license clerk.
     Divorce suits make up a large per cent of the cases docketed in the civil district courts, but they take up but a small proportion of each term. The hearings are usually short, as but few contests result and several cases can be disposed of each day.
     A familiar sight is the procurement of a marriage license by parties as soon as they are relieved of the ties that bind.
     The usual fee in divorce cases is $25, although some lawyers frequently take cases for less, while, if property is involved, a greater charge is made.
     Petitions for divorce filed during the respective months of 1901, follow: January, 32; February, 24; March, 30; April, 36; May, 35; June, 25; July, 33; August, 53; September, 32; October, 34; November, 22; December, 18; total, 374. Of this number, women were the plaintiffs in 261 cases, while the sterner sex were plaintiffs in 113 instances. One hundred and ninety-four actions were brought in the fourteenth district court, while one hundred and eighty were assigned to the forty-fourth district court.

- January 5, 1902, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 8, col. 4-5.
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LOCAL COURTS.
Forty-fourth District Court.

     Montie L. Rogers vs. Harry M. Rogers; divorce granted plaintiff who is permitted to resume her maiden name.
     L. B. Gallimore vs. W. H. Gallimore; divorce granted.

- January 21, 1902, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 6, col. 2.
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LOCAL COURTS.
Fourteenth District Court.

NEW SUITS FILED.

     B. V. Weaver vs. E. L. Weaver; divorce.

Forty-Fourth District Court.
NEW SUIT FILED.

     Johanna Small vs. Wm. Small; divorce.

- January 23, 1902, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 5, col. 1.
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LOCAL COURTS.
Fourteenth District Court.

NEW SUITS FILED.

     Kathryn E?/F? Huey vs. Robert A. Huey; divorce.

Forty-fourth District Court.
NEW SUIT FILED.

     Sarah Pender vs. Will Pender; divorce.

- January 24, 1902, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 5, col. 5.
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The Local Courts.
44th District Court

New Suit Filed.

     Allie Hughes vs. James M. Hughes, divorce.

- February 19, 1902; Dallas Morning News, p. 10, col. 5.
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The Local Courts.
14th District Court

New Suit Filed.

     J. W. Robertson vs. Dora Robertson, divorce.

- February 20, 1902; Dallas Morning News, p. 10, col. 7.
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The Local Courts.
Fourteenth District court.

New Suit Filed.

     Mary L. Craycroft vs. J. Frank Craycroft, divorce.

- February 21, 1902; Dallas Morning News, p. 10, col. 4.
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The Local Courts.
14th District Court.

New Suits Filed.

     L. Hagan vs. E. H. Hagan; divorce.

- February 22, 1902; Dallas Morning News, p. 12, col. 2.
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The Local Courts.
Fourteenth District Court.

New Suits Filed.

     E. H. McGoldrick vs. C. M. McGoldrick; divorce.

Fourty-Fourth District Court.
New Suits Filed.

     Mike Ryan vs. Mattie Ryan; divorce.

- June 8, 1902; Dallas Morning News, p. 7, col. 4.
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Local Courts.
14th District Court.

New Suits Filed.

     Henry Deutchmeinster vs. Dora Deutchmeinster, divorce.
     G. A. Drew vs Laura J. Drew, divorce.
     Edmond Cecil vs. Martha Cecil, divorce.

44th District Court.
New Suits Filed.

     Fred J. Mayfield vs. Mattie E. Mayfield, divorce.
     H. C. Barlow vs. Laura Barlow, divorce.

- August 11, 1902, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 7, col. 4.
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Local Courts.
14th District Court.

New Suits Filed.

     Emma Qualls vs. Porter Qualls, divorce.

44th District Court.
New Suits Filed.

     Alice Brown vs. Andrew Brown, divorce.

- August 13, 1902, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 7, col. 3.
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LOCAL COURTS.
Fourteenth District Court.

NEW SUITS FILED.

     W. M. Pemberton vs. Effie M. Pemberton; divorce.

- August 14, 1902, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 7, col. 4.
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Local Courts.
14th District Court.

New Suits Filed.

     Mary King vs. Sam King; divorce.

- August 17, 1902, Dallas Sunday Times Herald, p. 5, col. 5.
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Local Courts.
44th District Court.

New Suits Filed.

     Mrs. Gussie Cole vs. W. P.[?] Cole; divorce.

- August 19, 1902, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 5, col. 3.
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LOCAL COURTS.
Fourteenth District Court.

NEW SUITS FILED.

     Alice D. Brown vs. Joseph D. Brown; divorce.

Forty-Fourth District Court.
NEW SUITS FILED.

     Drusilla E. Tyra vs. James Tyra; divorce, etc.

- August 18, 1902, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 5, col. 2.
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LOCAL COURTS.
Fourteenth District Court.

NEW SUITS FILED.

     Annie Yearger vs. Jacob Yearger; divorce.

- August 21, 1902, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 7, col. 2.
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Local Courts.
14th District Court.

     Lucy Smith vs. Blake Smith; divorce.

- August 22, 1902, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 8, col. 5.
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Local Courts.
14th District Court.

New Suits Filed.

     Mary Sumners vs. Geo. Sumners; divorce.

- August 26, 1902, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 8, col. 1.
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Local Courts.
44th District Court.

New Suits Filed.

     Harry W. Mott vs. Earna Mott; divorce.
     Clara Burns vs. A. H. Burns; divorce.
     Bettie Eastwood vs. Ormund Eastwood; divorce.

- August 27, 1902, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 7, col. 4.
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LOCAL COURTS.
Fourteenth District Court.

NEW SUITS FILED.

     R. M. Staats vs. Sarah B. Staats; divorce.
     Ruty Arney vs. Will Arney; divorce.

Fourty-fourth District Court.
NEW SUITS FILED.

     Annie Rush vs. E. H. Rush; divorce.

- August 28, 1902, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 7, col. 2.
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