Marriage of the Sultan's Daughter.
--In the beginning of the present year one of the Turkish Sultan
's daughters was married.
There was a magnificent display of luxury and wealth on the occasion.
The cost was "fabulous." The modus of royal husband taking is thus described by a correspondent of the New York World
If one of the Sultan
's daughters has attained the age at which Turkish girls are generally married, the father seeks a husband for her among the nobles of his court.
If a young man specially pleases her he is given the rank of Lieutenant General
, nothing lower being ever selected.
The chosen man receives in addition a magnificent, fully furnished palace and sixty thousand plasters a month pocket money; and in addition his father-in-law defrays all the housekeeping expenses.
The bride-groom is not always over and above pleased at being selected.
If he be married he is obliged to get a divorce; he must never have a wife or mistress in addition to the princess; and, moreover, he is regarded as the servant rather than the husband of his wife.
The Sultan himself announces to him his impending good fortune, and it is his bounden duty to bow reverentially, kiss the Sultan
's feet, and stammer a few words about the high honor, the unexpected happiness, &c. He then proceeds with the chamberlain, who wears the imperial hat, to the Sublime Porte
A military hand precedes him, and soldiers are drawn up along the road, who present arms.
At the head of the stair-case the bridegroom is received by the grand vizier, conducted by him into a room where all ministers are assembled, and the halt is read aloud.--This ceremony corresponds to the betrothal.