1864: Need a revival of Leap Year "law"
LEAP TEAR. The present year, it -is -is well known, is bissextile or leap year. Prom time immemorial, it has been understood tho fair sex have tecuilar rriviWs dnrinir everv fourth vear. Bv common conseni ine iaci nas oeen ac-i ac-i ac-i A 1 1 A 1 I knowlcdged; but wo are very sorry to Wn M;w5!flMa l,, Lan know theso privileges have tot been know theso privileges have ot been carried as fully into effoctas they should o I be. It is universally admitted that unwritten or common law is es obligatory obligatory as that of the statute book. This will bo admitted by every one having common sense A great amount is written and spoken spoken in these times about "women's rights. Wc arc among those who believe in acknowledging and enforcing all the rights of thc better half of thc world 'woman " n , i J thc original rights of woman under tie law giving them, one year in four, pc- pc- .,i:. i,w.t.i abused and often ignored. It may be thc spirit of the rebellion which has affected affected tkis age, may have influenced the other 6cx to neglect the acknowledgment acknowledgment of the law. It may be our friends of tho fair sex, out of sheer modesty, havo neglected to enforce their just and righteous claims. .However it has been brought about, depend upon it, there has been a woful ignoring of this law. We ardently desire to see the origi nal law restored in all its Justness and grandeur. primitive This' law of leap year originated in Scotland, and we will go back to the old statute which is the origin of the -acknowledged -acknowledged rights of woman, once in lour years, t or the reason, simply, that we desiro to be specific in this matter, we quote from the law. verbatim tt lit- lit- eratim, as follows. It is. dated A. D. 1228, reign of Queen Margaret : "It is ordonit that during ye reign of "her bless it Majestie, ilke maiden Ladee. .of both high and low estait, shall hae liberty to speak ye man she likes. Gil he refuFcs to take her to be his Wif, he shall bo mulct in ye sum of an hun- hun- drity poundis or less, as his estait may te ; except and always gif he can make it appear that he is bcthrothittoanither woman, then he shall be tree. Hero our readers have the very law which has originated the common rule of giving tho ladies the privilege to make their own selections for husbands. This is a just law, and reasonable. We ask any man if he can raise any sensible sensible objection to it? Three years are given, wherein young gentlemen as well as middle-aged middle-aged middle-aged men, can give all proper attention to tho important subject of i . - T1, selecting partners for life. If they neglect it, and willfully and obstinately persist in neglecting this . important duty, we see 'no better remedy than the law mentioned. Let us have such a law in Kansas in Lawrence, and there will soon bo a different state of domestic domestic things. . seen. the thc was his r0s and ed ed A the of by-street, to on do a of a 1