IN THE DESSA
we arrived; and already several marriages were being arranged in the dessa, among the number that of the headman's pretty daughter to a good-looking youth, her remote cousin.
As a preliminary the village scholar had been consulted as to the young couplea s chances of happiness; and he having declared the cabalistic meaning of their
Bride and bridegroom sitting in state.
united initials to be a a broadly-branching waringin treea which is the symbol of health, riches and a numerous progeny, the parents, reassured as to the future of their children, had begun negotiations about the dowry. This, it should be noted, is given by the family of the future husband.
After a great deal of haggling and protesting, they