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,lnd. California marriage mills flourish Quickie chapels lure impulsives India Battles The Bottle With Prohibition By Tom Tiedc OUTPOST JUNCTION Calif. - (NBA) - Jt was George Bernard Shaw who observed that the world is full of "snares, traps, gins and pitfalls" for preserving the institution of marriage. He might have been thinking of Outpost Junction. There is not much here save an "instant wedding" chapel to ambush traveling couples. The chapel sits in a snaggle of dry trees, on the edge of the Mojave Desert, hard by Interstate Highway 15. On a good day, a dozen couples will stop. In the last year, 1,000 people have taken the plunge. "1 don't know why we did it," sayi a recent victim named Dan Mayo. "We just saw the sign, and, bingo, we were hitched." Outpost Junction used to be a Pony Express slop on the way West lo Los Angeles. In those days men and women had to plan their unions: get papers, pass tests, and wait the proper interims. Now, like Big Macs, California marriage* can be drive-in activities. "Always Open." the sign reads, "No Appointments Necessary." There are other places in the Americas where people can be wed in double time. Yflt even in Nevada and Mexico there is some legal work to be done, and in most cases a visit to both a courthouse and chapel is necessary. Not here. Outpost Junction requires no footwork, no license, not even enthusiasm: just 125 for various fees. Well, actually, there may be other costs as well. Rings can be purchased at the chapel for J19.J9. If the bride wants a garter, that's another 55 plus tax. Also there are plastic flowers, boutonnieres and wedding photographs for sale. Finally, for one more (in, the nuptials will be recorded on a handy spool .of cassette tape. Whatever the costs, the "California Quickie" is clearly the nation's easiest way to wedlock. It may also be the least known. Although state law has authorized hurry-up marriages for 100 years, new residents or non residents take advantage. Much of the Junction's business, in fact, is from people on their way to a DONNA OREL A and her husband, Julian, perform instant marriages at their Outpost Junction. Over the door of their tastefully decorated chapel bangs a printed sign: "The .Management h Not Responsible For What Happens Next!" ci>iwr«fc>TM!TMri Nevada marriage mill. The California law is contained in paragraph 4213 of the state civil code. It allows unlicensed marriage in circumstances where couples say they have been living together for a period of time. As a bonus, paragraph 13 also allows the unions to take place in all but total secrecy; records of the events are not open to the public. The law is an obvious holdover from an era of past morality. There was a time when cohabiting people were ostracized. Such women who had babies were further shamed. And since churches often refused to legitimize ' on, Grelas' shop is rather nice. They have a church building for larger marriages ("$ 10 extra will be charged for more than 10 guests"), and a smaller chapel-office in their home. Yard flowers are kept up. There is a rooster about for local color. If needed, a plastic water fountain can be activated. The small chapel is the most often used. It has a February H contemporary decor. Paper valentines are on the walls. The altar is a wooden arch with a Pisa tendency. There is also a bulletin board full of wedding snapshots; one shot features a m ° ck rescue. Tempus fugit, of course, but the law still exists. Donna and Julian Grela are happy the law does continue. They run the chapel and perform the marriages here at Outpost Junction. As a sidelight they also run a church of their own creation: The Friends Fellowship of America. The Grelai are mail order ministers. The credentials give them authority to operate their marriage shop. All things considered, the The weddings need not be in the chapel or church. The Grelas are nothing if not accommodating. For an extra charge, they have performed ceremonies on top of nearby Mount Baldy, and on an Indian blanket in the Mojave. "We do it their way," says Donna Grela, and if this includes a hillbilly band playing Bluegrass, so be it. Few questions are asked, of course. Though couples are required to be of age, the ' Grelas seldom get personal. If the girl spends.hours deciding in the car, the Grelas wait with non-committal patience. "Some people never smile, some people fight, some people get sexy; we never interfere, it's none of our affair.'' Without doubt, these conditions are ripe for abuse. Kids.on larks "get married," but not really. Other cheaters, using false identification, wed again and again merely for the sex and good times of it, Still, the Grelas do not pass judgment. The Junction offers courtesy and understanding to virgins and old mammas alike. The weddings take 10 minutes or less. Some couples cheer when it's over. When Dan Mayo's ceremony was completed recently, his first words were: "Where's the Mad?"'Ah, matrimony. Ah, the quickie trap! Occasionally even the Grelas wonder about the things they've wrought, in which case they point to a- small printed poster over the chapel door: ; "The Management," it reads, "Is Not Responsible For What Happens Next!" i NEWSPAPER ENTERPRISE ASSM i NEW DELHI, India (UPI) India hag launched another ol Us battles against the bottle, this time with the personal encouragement or a teetotaler prime minister. "There has to be prohibition by law and total prohibition." Premier Morarji Desat said in a recent speech that brought groans from the parched throats of hotel owners, tourist officials and everyday tipplers. . Desai, 81, is a puritanical man who shuns alcohol, cigarettes and most foods ex- cept.fruits and nuts. He counts himself- an associate and follower.of the late Mohandas .Gandhi, architect of India's independence and a lifelong campaigner against the demon rum. Desai, who took office last March, told state government officials India should be completely dry "within a maximum of four years." Although prohibition would cost India an estimated $500 million or more in annual taxes, Desaj says that's no argument against a ban on liquor because .such money is tainted. , "Would you commit a robbery to raise money for building a hospital? "he asks. Desai contends that only about 15 percent of India's 625 million citizens drink now. For one thing, it's an expensive K habit in a poor country. Imported Scotch can cost $25 to $50 per fifth in govern- 'Born Again' Singer Is A Missionary United Press Internationa) The expression "bom again" was practically unknown lo the all-knowing, sophisticated public until Jimmy Carter began his campaign for the presidency. Carter used the term to underline his new outlook on life and some of his opponents attempted unsuccessfully to Bargain Fares NEW YORK (UPI)-A new "Bargain Fare" of $180 one way and S350 round trip between New York and Luxembourg In the heart of Europe has been announced by John J. Loughery, director, western hemisphere, Icelandic Airlines. In making the announcement, Loughery said "these new lares are for Individuals and cannot be booked more than 48 hours before scheduled departure time. Returning from Luxembourg, reservations may not be made more than 72 hours prior lo scheduled departure time." Loughery also said that there is no time limit on the amount of time to be spent in Europe. In theory, a passenger could leave New York on a Monday night, arrive In Luxembourg at noon on Tuesday, Immediately make a reservation (providing space was available) for Friday's flight and be back at Kennedy Airport in New York at 7 p.m. on Friday. However, the ticket could be used at any time within oneyear. make it a political issue. Long before President Carter became an office-seeker, Lee Russell was "born again." Russell, known round the world as "The Singing Missionary," was the.lead singer in the Vincent Lopez orchestra, one of the best of the big bands, around 20 years ago when he met a deeply religious woman who changed his life. He gave up a 'promising career as a professional singer of popular music and began a mission that was to take him to Burma, India, Indonesia and Africa. He found (hat his strong feeling of religious faith enabled him to change the attitudes of handicapped persons, in many Instances healing them physically. Russell did not ' abandon singing, rechanneling his voice into hymns, most of them of his own composition., Over a 15-year-perlod, Russell recorded a dozen albums and used the royalties to finance his missionary work. Russell's latest album is "Born Again (Dear Mr. President)" (Slcepletone LR- 1007), which can be obtained by ordering directly from Lee Russell at Box 565, Radio City Station, New York, N.Y. 10019. Even if this album was not dedicated to the President, it would stand up as a worthwhile contribution to contemporary religious music. Russell's hymns are. generally lively, wilh the upbeat tempo reflecting his feeling of joy In prayerful song. In "Born Again," Russell uses a narrative to set the scene for each of the 10 numbers. Only one, "In the Garden,", was not written by Russell. The music that influenced Russell as a composer developed during and after the Great Depression of the 1930s, when the big band flourished and radio was the home entertainment device. Most of the good music of that era was written by such esteemed composers and lyricists as Richard Rodgers and Larry Hart, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and Jerome Kern. These men had a knack of knowing what the public wanted to hear and they channeled their talents inlo music to meet that appeal.. ' A good example is a recent re- Issue of "The Rodgers and Hart Songbobk" by Ella Fitzgerald (VerveVE2-2519). ., ",./' Ella was in her musical prime then and 'she put all of: her charm into the Rodgers and Hart hits, among them "Where or When," "Blue Moon," "Lover," "My Funny Valentine," "Bewitched." "There's a Small Hotel," "Manhattan," "I Could Write a Book'Vand "Thou Swell," . Another excellent re-issue of 1930s band music is "Joe Haymes and His Orchestra, 1932-1935 (Bluebird AXM2- 5552), a two LP-album. Most of the tunes in this selection had faded away, but some, are still heard now and then - "The Lady in Red," "Honeysuckle Rose," "Old Fashioned Love" and "I Would Do Anything for You." Boots Randolph, whose name is always associated with good music, has an oldie, "Blueberry Hill," in his latest album, "Sax Appeal "< Monument M G 7611). The. old-time composers, didn't' have, £ monopoly, 'in producing, good tunes -as. is evident in such songs in this album as "I Write tire Songs" and "Ode to Billie Joe." IMMANUEL MISSIONARY CHURCH 84 1 Sherman Street v Weekend Meeting Service! Nightly at 7:30 R«v. Marvin Young, Speaker Everyone Welcome Rev. Mlllord Smith, Paif or FURNACE FILTERS WITH METAL GRIDS All Popular She* B&M PLUMBING * MUTING SUPPLY CO. INC. IttttirllngtonAve. 7S3-3790 _OpenMenday thru Saturday tto 5, WATSON ELECTRIC SERVICE Residential Specialist-— New and Repair Wiring 20 Years Experience U censed-Bonded-lnsu red FREE ESTIMATES GENERAL ELECTRIC Independent f ranch jsed appliance repairman. REASONABLE RATES Ernest Watson - 7U*17thSt.,Logansport Ph. 753-7247 ment-licensed shops. Indian whiskey, which can give a Westerner a headache with the first sip, costs about $5 a bottle. Beer, some of which Is passable, runs a bit under Si. The wine is a little less subtle than kerosene and would be over priced even if free. Each year hundreds, If .not thousands, of Indians kilt themselves drinking vile and .lethal concoctions ol furniture polish or derivatives of methyl alcohol. , . There are no western-style bars, although the hotels catering to tourists do have bars attached. Indians can drink there except on "dry days." which used to be Wed"- nesdays and the first and last days of each month. But the dry days are changed often enough to confuse the most dedicated alcoholic. ' The loudest cries against prohibition, aside from those of Indian journalists, have come from people in the tourist trade. "Prohibition will definitely, affect tourism." one travel . agency executive said. "Foreigners are so used to their drinks that they will not accept its absence. From our experience in Tamil Nadu, where tourists have to get special permits for liquor, we know that if there is total prohibition they arc going to think twice before coming to India." Tamil Nadu, the southern state formerly known as Madras, and Gujurat, the western state that was home to Mahatma Gandhi and Desai, are the only two of India's 22 slates that are now dry. • "Of course I'm an alcoholic." a senior Tamil Nadu government official laughed in an interview earlier this year. He explained that anyone knowing the right doctor could buy a certificate of alcoholism for about K, which entitles him to drink legally. "All my closest friends are alcoholics, too." he said. • The system has since been changed, with permits now coming from the prohibition commissioner and government officials barred from drinking. But to beat the new rules, Tamil Nadu residents hurried to get certificates while they could. The number of permits was 27,000 on March 31, 1976. It shot up to 59,000 a year later. Desai has long been a chief speaker at sessions of one or another of India's prohibition groups. His autobiography is riddled, with .tales of the harm done to poor people by drink. As chief minister of what was then the state of Bombay, Desai introduced 'prohibition two decades ago. The city Itself now is partially wet. with a patchwork of rules about who can buy what sort of alcohol where. Desai says that when Soviet leader Ntkita Khrushchev came to Bombay in 1955 he was Issued a liquor permit but didn't use it. He said Khrushchev praised the prohibition policy and expensed the wish it could be •Introduced in the Soviet Union. The drive for prohibition is a periodic one In India. Two years ago the government of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi announced a 12-polnl program to culminate in a dry nation, but nothing came of it. India's brewers, tourism officiate and drinkers hope the same thing happens this time. 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