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ILLEGITIMACY   69

At the same Session of the Legislature 7'he Legitimation flct was passed, which provides for the legitimation of a child born out of wedlock by the subsequent marriage of the parents, so that such a child stands in the same position as a child born after marriage except as to inheritance. The child born before marriage is postponed to a child born in wedlock to the same father in previous marriage to another woman, or to the same mother under a previous marriage to another man.

The provisions of this Act formed part of the English bill respecting illegitimate children to which allusion has already been made and these sections of that bill were passed by the British House of Commons by a majority of 179. The Act is a wise and merciful provision, particularly in a comparatively new country to which persons come from other lands to make a new start in life.

A rather drastic but useful provision was added to this Act for the protection of children of a bigamous marriage, that is, a marriage entered into by a man who is already lawfully married and whose wife


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