to the exclusion of the younger men. These elder men
are those who exercise authority in the tribe.
They are the repositories and expounders of ancestral custom and they are supposed the [??]
not only of wisdom but also of secret and deadly
[?power?] of sorcery by which they can destroy their
enemies. Their dicta are therefore [cl - crossed out]
charged with authority and [with - crossed out] they have the means
of making that authority obeyed. It is universally
true that man as an individual or as a class
will [ha - crossed out] if he have the power, appropriate to
himself privileges and advantages to the exclusion
of others. All history and experience is full
of instances. This is precisely that which
the elder men of such tribes [have done - crossed out] do
when they monopolize the women to the
exclusion of their fellow clans men.
The perpetuation of this monopoly is
ensured by those interested in it having
[dau - crossed out] sisters or daughters to exchange
with each other for wives. Such a
practice would in itself tend to
bring about [indur - crossed out] the Pairing Family
as we see it here. Namely the monopoly
by one man of one or more women.
The practices of capture and elopement
would [natu -crossed out] easily and naturally
fall into the path thus struck out
and individual marriage would result.
Exceptional case such as that of the Kurnai
would accelerate the process and
confirm the habit. This explanation of
the ongoing of Individual marriage is I submit
entirely in accordance with [ex - crossed out] what we know of
the Australian aborigines, it is in accordance with
probability and render unneccessary such [??]
conclusions that "capture and capture along could +c)

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