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16   LAWS OF ONTARIO

intended marriage, not being a widow or widower,, is under the age of eighteen years, the consent of the father, if living, or if he is dead, of the mother, if living, or of a guardian, if any has been duly appointed, must be obtained before the license is issued or the banns published, and the consent must be in writing. If the father and mother are dead, and there is no guardian duly appointed, the issuer or deputy issuer, on being satisfied of the facts, may grant the license. It is unnecessary to say that in such a case the issuer should exercise the greatest possible care.

Where a parent whose consent is required, though living, is not resident in Ontario, and the party under the age of eighteen years has been resident in Ontario for the next preceding twelve months, the issuer, on being satisfied by evidence of these facts, may grant the license or certificate. In such a case it would be wiser for the issuer to take evidence under oath.

No license or certificate may be issued for the marriage of any person under the age of fourteen years, except where a marriage is shown to be necessary to prevent the illegit-


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