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WOMEN'S PROPERTY RIGHTS   29

from her husband for two years, under such circumstances as disentitled her to alimony, that is, where she left her husband voluntarily and without excuse, or where the wife is a lunatic or of unsound mind and confined in a hospital for the insane, or is an infant, or where the gaol surgeon of a county or district and another medical practitioner known by the judge have certified that the wife is insane. Except in the first case mentioned above, the judge must ascertain and state in the order the value of the dower and provide that the amount thereof shall remain a charge upon the land, or be secured otherwise for the benefit of the wife, or to be paid or applied for her benefit.

What is known as the "Assignment of Dower," that is, the apportioning to the widow of her dower in her husband's land after his death, may be made by an agreement between the dowress and the tenant of the freehold, or in lieu of an assignment of dower a yearly or gross amount of money may be agreed upon and the agreement may be registered in the proper registry office and will entitle the dowress to hold the land so


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