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 - GIRL OF 14 WANTS DIVORCE Married by Force in...
GIRL OF 14 WANTS DIVORCE Married by Force in Persia When She Was Only 11 From the Chicago Herald An unusual spectacle was presented In Judge Kerstens courtroom when Mrs Ister Smile 14 years old appeared to obtain a divorce from Samuel Smile 38 years her senior to whom she was married In 1913 in Persia She charged her husband with cruelty and desertion and Judge Kersteu indicated he would grant her a divorce Attorney William P Meyers representing the girl told the court thatshe had been forced Into the marriage at the age of 11 years by her grandfather In accord with the Persian custom Ten days ago attention was attracted to Ister when Henri Hornbach appeared at the fruit store conducted by her father Rupert Thomas and told htm of his desire to marry his daughter When threatened by the father Hornbach took a box of poison from his pocket and emptied a part of the contents Into his mouth

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  1. The Washington Post,
  2. 03 Apr 1916, Mon,
  3. Page 6

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