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20   LAWS OF ONTARIO

its solemnization between these hours desirable. It was the law of England that a person could not be married after the noon of any day.

At least two adult witnesses must be present at the marriage, and two or more of them must sign their names as witnesses to the record in the register.

A clergyman, who is an issuer of marriage licenses, must not solemnize a marriage for which he has issued the license, but this does not apply to any of the provisional judicial districts except Muskoka.

If any issuer of marriage licenses issues a license for a marriage, or if any minister, clergyman or other person solemnizes a marriage, knowing or having reason to believe that either of the parties to the marriage is an idiot or insane, or is under the influence of intoxicating liquor, he will incur a penalty not exceeding five hundred dollars and will also be liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding twelve months.

The improvement in the marriage law of Ontario has been very marked during the past few years, and every reasonable effort has been made to prevent the misery and worry


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