Clipped From The Emporia Gazette
A Syrian Wedding Winneld Courier; "Cowlcy county, at the little town of Torraucc twenty .miles cast of here, yesterday was the scene of. the biggest social event, of the year among the Syrians .of the great Middle. West: , the wedding of Miss -Sadie • Cohlmia, of Wichita, and Albert Kazoolc, of Torrancc.. Both belong to prominent and .well-to-do families of the -Syrian eolonv which has. in this .part of the country, it; largest group at Wichita. -But there are many others scattered around in I,, c .1 • • , the Soufliwest, some m towns where ,, they CULM :igc successfully in trade, and others on farms, growing wheat, corn, cotton and livestock as well as the best of the Western people. "From Tar and near, came kinfblk and friends of the young couple, and preparations -were made for the entertainment of guests. Acceptances u ere received from Missouri, Oklahoma. five or six hundred f the invitations Illinois. Iowa, Texas. Nebraska, and places even farther away/ The American neighbors of the family were -also invited, and these\saw for the first time in' their Ijves the way a wedding is conducted among tl"- warm-bloodcd people oí Asia •Síínor! The wedding occurred .at 3 .o'clock Sunday afternoon, hut . the festivities began. Friday evening and continued for several days, the signal for de- n.-iruirc being the complete exhaustion of the participants. The hosts of ; 'the occasion expect: the fun to last-until Wednesday at lenst. "jMiss C'llilmin. the bride, was here Monday accompanied -by her ("i.-uice, 'liis sister. Miss Mary -Razook, and uncle, A. F. Razook. Both the young women are handsome in any company, and the groom a filie spcci-í men oí physical manhood. They were here shopping for the wedding and to procure I lie marriage license. There is no-attempt at secrecy in a Syrian wedding. Mouths before the marring;. 1 ceremony the formal betrothal takes place, a contract recorded with the probate judge and with the priest as carefully as the marriage license itself. -The nearest priest of their faith—they are Christians of the Syrian Catholic church—is al Corncy. j Nebr.. ;iud he came here to perform the ceremony. "The record of the betrothal o[ this young couple was on December 24, 1006. which was done by taking out a marriage license, the only form provided by our law. Young Raxoúk explained that this was for the purpose o: searing the other young men away. It was then intended that the wedding l>e in six months, bin his absence for business reasons prevented' the, consummation at that time. But' a year flics'tjnickly enough when all, the young men 'are all scared away.'i "Mr. Razook is a prosperous fanner j and merchant ;it Torraiicc. lie and' his family have hern in this country ( r, number of years and M'cok Knglish , well. Most of those who attended, also .speak English, out many are re- ( ci'nlly from Syria and have not ¡earn <.d it. Wherever they settle, they, n¡:ike (.Miod, industrious citi/.ens, and rapidly become good Americans/ Their prosperity is atteMC<i by their, ability to travel long distances to lake part'in-a big wedding."