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Cupid Hits Hard

     Hampton, Feb. 9 - Cupids dart impaled 214 hearts in Franklin county, last year, as half that number of couples plighted their troth at the alter hymeneal during 1906. The marriage statistics in the county show the interesting fact that June, the month of weddings, had to sidestep and the month of February shows up the best in the nuptial business, thirteen couples having selected the shortest month in the year to try connubial bliss. From this the number ranges to three for April. The average age of the brides was 20 years, and five of them had to present evidence of the willingness of their parents and guardians to the marriage, while four grooms had to do likewise. The average age of the grooms was 25 years, the youngest being 20 and the oldest 64.

                  (Evening Times-Republican; February 9, 1907)