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each case given my correspondent as the authority. I do not see
what more I could do to ensure correctness and my correspondents
stick to the statements as given. In the Gournditch-mara there was no
M. by E. except without parent's consent. The rule of M was by gift, ie consent
of parents. The divorced wife was not common - noa - and Stahle
assures me that there was no such unusual licence as among Kŭrnai and
others. He may be mistaken but I cannot check this unitl I go up
myself. You will see from the Mūk-jarrawaint of which I send you
a precis by the post that the neighbouring tribes had no such
custom of "noa" attending marriage - but they had it attending
elopement of married women and attending [of - crossed out] captives. Stahle is a trained
Moravian missionary. He ought to have fully understood my question.
The surroundings of the Mara were not exceptional. I believe that they
were part of a great connected group of tribes which stretched over
all western half of Victoria from the meridian of Melbourne (say)
and from the sea to the Murray. I hope to work this out from the
remaining fragments of evidence. I begin to see that individual
marriage and decadent class systems characterise all this
group and I further begin to suspect that we shall find the
advance from group marriage to individual marriage
especially shown in these tribes which have lived in
country rich in [fold - crossed out] food. The lowest tribes I know yet
are in the worst country; e.g. Cooper's creek - as to which I

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