Married to the wrong brides

From China an extraordinary matrimonial muddle is reported as having occurred through two bridal processions becoming mixed on entering the city barrier gates.

The result was that the brides were taken to the houses of the wrong bridegrooms, and the mistake was not discovered until the day after the marriages had taken place, when the friends went to call on the brides: the bridegrooms, according to the prevailing custom in China, never having seen their brides previously.

The discovery was then, of course, too late, and had both sons-in-law been equally well-off, no great regret would probably been felt, but one was rich and the other poor, and while there is much rejoicing in one family, the other is inconsolable.

The Worcestershire Chronicle, November 18, 1893. 

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