that he wanted a [son - crossed out] wife for his son.
[I - crossed out] Every one knew the relationships existing
[so that it was not certain - crossed out] and as these
matters had been discussed in the
various camps the probability was that
some [one - crossed out] other man would say I will give my daughter.
This implied that the father of the boy
would in turn give a sister of his son
to [the - crossed out] a brother of the girl. It must be
remembered that as all cousins
are counted brothers this would widen
the facilities for exchange while it on the
other side narrowed the limits of choice.
This matter being settled the girl
was regarded as the boys future wife and
when that boy had finished his term
of probation, which will be spoken of
hereafter the marriage would be completed.
When the Gommera (Headman) or [even - crossed out] the
father or both gave consent the father
would say to his son "You are now
a man, you can get your own living,
here is your sister, take her with you
and go and get your wife."
The exchange would thus in fact
be made between the two young men.
A It happened occasionally that [the - crossed out] a
girl rebelled and having a fondness
for some other youth eloped with him.
These cases are said to have been
common but not nearly so frequent
as the ordinary marriage by exchange.
On the elopement taking place
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