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Saturday Snippets: 22 June 2013: Satin shoes filled with flowers, an 1858 honey trap, a bride killed by lightning

A victorian bride in veil

Celebrating wedding fads and fancies and the battle of the sexes in today’s Saturday Snippets.

The Balloon Case Decided. CINCINNATI, April 26. Judge Evans has decided the divorce suit of Sam. C. Young against Laura Schwarzel by annulling the marriage. They are the people who were parties to a mock marriage in a balloon at Pittsburg. The judge decided that inasmuch as marriage is a civil contract in which the consent and intent are both necessary, the ceremony was not binding. The couple had no intention of marrying, did not consummate the union, and were as strangers after the mock proceedings. Although the person performing the ceremony was qualified by law, the marriage had the force of an illegal contract and he therefore annulled it by desire of both the principals. Newark [OH] Daily Advocate 26 April 1888 

A peculiar and romantic episode occurred recently at a wedding ceremony in Cleveland. Above the bride’s head was an elaborate device, with her name in small electric lights. Above the groom appeared a similar decoration, save that it was his name that sparkled there. All through the ceremony the lights burned brilliantly, but at the words: “I pronounce you man and wife,” the bride’s name was “turned off.” Omaha [NE] World Herald 10 November 1900: p. 11


Fiancée Killed By Lightning – Midst of Trousseau

Geneva, Sept. 25. Sophie Gugnite, aged 22, the pride and beauty of the village of Chatillens, near Lauzanne, was seated in her room at home alone in the midst of her trousseau, presents and jewelry yesterday when she was killed by lightning during a violent thunderstorm. Her parents were unharmed in a neighboring room. They found their daughter dead, with her head resting on her table, with love letters from her fiance, and her wedding gown on fire.

The girl was to have been married to a Geneva lawyer, who is heart-broken. The church had been decorated and the bridesmaids appointed.  St. Albans [VT] Daily Messenger 25 September 1919: p. 1 

The Latest Wedding Fad

London life

The latest novelty at fashionable weddings is for the bridesmaids to carry satin shoes filled with flowers, and the result is charmingly pretty. At one wedding the shoes were of eau de Nil satin and were filled with blush-pink roses. At another there was a very effective combination of pink satin and maize-colored roses, while the delicate structure depended from the bridesmaid’s arm by pink satin ribbons, like a veritable miniature hanging garden. At a third the shoes were pink satin and the flowers were golden-brown chrysanthemums, toning from dark brown to pale yellow. In some cases these shoe bouquets take the place of ordinary posies; in others they are merely supplementary to huge clusters of flowers carried in the hand; sometimes, however, by way of intensifying the novelty of the innovation, the bridesmaids are divided into two detachments, half carrying shoes filled with flowers, and the other half being supplied with bouquets of the regulation pattern. Kansas City [ MO] Times 24 January 1889: p. 6

 It is alleged that a London  money lender has a $2,500 note which he lends to aristocratic brides to be exhibited as a wedding gift along with other presents. The Stark County Democrat [Canton, OH] 9 June 1899: p. 7

 Singular Marriages.—When the Rev. J. Clark, late master of the charter house in Hull, was curate of St. Trinity there, four couple were married by him at the same time, and the following odd circumstances attended each, viz. With regard to the first couple, the bridegroom had forgot to bring a ring, in consequence of which he was obliged to borrow one; the bride of the second had lost that finger upon which the ring is commonly put; a man, violently shaking the iron gates leading into the choir, said aloud, that the third bride had already a husband; and with regard to the fourth, one of the bridegrooms implored the parson to be quick, as the bride was in labour! Sporting Magazine, Vol. 41, 1813, p. 132


Winsted, Conn., May 27. When Civil War Veterans decorate graves in New Milford Memorial Day they will not overlook that of Miss Elvira Morehouse. When she was buried a few days ago her shroud was the wedding gown she had made before the war. Her fiancé went to the front and never came back. Trenton [NJ] Evening Times 28 May 1916: p. 3

 “INTERESTING CASE OF CRIM. CON. IN DECATUR.—The Decatur correspondent of the Springfield Journal gives the following account of a little affair that recently occurred in that miniature city, the parties being a well known ex-hotel keeper, and the wife of a saloon keeper”:

One night last week the husband of this woman, returning home from his saloon at an earlier hour than usual, was startled by his wife’s screams, proceeding from within the house. On endeavoring to open the front door, he found it locked, and rushing around to the back door, forced it open, and succeeded in making his entrance. On entering, he found the personage aforesaid in back room, and his wife in the front, who proceeded to inform him how the grain dealer had forced his way into the house, and endeavored by his threats, force and persuasion, to accomplish his object. The “infuriated husband” immediately caught the gentleman by the coat collar, and drawing out an extremely disagreeable-looking and most provokingly-sharp knife, proceeded to inform him that if he did not pay him for his wounded honor, he would cut his throat, and chop him up into mince meat. Whereupon a note for $2,000, payable six months after date, was drawn up and handed over to the husband, and the gay Lothario allowed to depart with a whole skin, but nearly frightened to death.

But the drama does not end here. The grain merchant, not feeling quite willing to pay this little amount of $2,000, has brought suit against the saloon keeper for conspiracy to extort money from him. The case will be before our Circuit Court at its next session. Weekly Vincennes [IN] Gazette 10 February 1858 

What is the sort of paper to write love-letters on?


[You ought to have known that, you folio!]

More Puniana, Hugh Rowley, 1875