|Mr. Arthur Wallace and Miss Lizzie Ahern, the two well-known
members of the Socialist party, were married this morning. The ceremony, which was devoid of any
religious character, was performed at the Court-house, Major Crane, P.M. and Registrar of' marriages
being the officiating officer. The bride, who was simply and neatly attired in white, and the bridegroom
were accompanied by Mr. Tom Mann and Mr. E. H. Gray, who acted the important and legally-essential
offices of witnesses.
The ceremony occupied about a quarter of an hour. The bride was described as "Elizabeth Ahern, of
Broken Hill, Social agitator and spinster," and stated that she was born at Ballarat 28 years ago, and
was the daughter of Edmund Ahern, a miner by occupation. The bridegroom was described as: "Arthur
Knight Wallace, of Broken Hill, secretary and bachelor," and gave his age as 28 years, having been born
at Yacka South Australia, and the son of Mr. Andrew Wallace, a well-known storekeeper of that town.
The couple first made a solemn declaration that they were both desirous of being married and both had
conscientious objections to being married by a minister of religion. This declaration having been duly signed
by both, they subscribed a further declaration that so far, as they knew there was no impediment either by
kindred, relationship, previous marriage, etc., to their union. Then came the declaring and signing of the
fatal bond which was in the form "I, Arthur Knight Wallace, do hereby declare in the presence of Frederick
William Charlesworth Crane, Police Magistrate of the State of New South Wales and Registrar of Marriages
far the district of Broken Hill, that I take Elizabeth Ahern to be my lawful wife." The bride made a similar
declaration with the transposition of the names and the substitution of "husband" for "wife."
The next stage was the signing of the certificate, which in accordance with the custom, the lady signed
first. Then Mr. Wallace signed and Mr. Tom Mann and Mr. Gray duly appended their signatures to the
fateful document, which was signed in duplicate, one copy being handed by Major Crane to Mrs. Arthur
Wallace, and the other copy will be forwarded to the Registrar-General in Sydney. The bride received the
hearty congratulations of the officiating registrar and the two witnesses. But before this Mr. Mann remarked
during a late stage of the ceremony, "It's all over now ; you're done for life." "I hope so," simply replied the
bride. Mr. Mann also exercised the right of a fatherly witness by giving the bride the first kiss after
the ceremony, but he took a rather sharp advantage, for he committed this courteous and congratulatory
act while Mr. Wallace was still engaged in placing his signature to the certificate.
The signatures of the contracting parties were both appended in firm handwriting, and the couple, having
fulfilled the obligations of the law and paid the accompanying fee of £1, withdrew as man and wife,
accompanied by Mr. Mann and Mr. Gray, who, doubtless, had the marriage
been performed in a church, would have played the parts of paternal giver-away
of the bride and best man respectively.