This was divorce day in the circuit court at Jacksonville, and five cases were disposed of before noon. No appearance was entered on behalf of any of the defendants, all the plaintiffs claiming on the ground of desertion. The nonappearing defendants were represented by the state in the person of the district attorney, and the witnesses were subjected to a searching cross-examination by that officer and by Judge Calkins.
Three male parties to the matrimonial contract claimed more than a year's abandonment of the home on the part of the so-called better half, while two women claimed willful desertion on the part of the husband.
Two of the marriages were childless; in all of them there was no real or personal property involved. One marriage, the result of a matrimonial agency ad, failing utterly of domestic happiness after a month of married life. In this case the papers filed by the attorney for the plaintiff, some of what confused the name of the defendant, and the court was unable to determine just who the plaintiff wanted a divorce from. The decree in this case was held up until the plaintiff could correct the tangle of names to the satisfaction of the court.
A new law enacted at the last legislature of special interest and importance to this section of the state and which became effective June 3 was the change made to the recording of cattle brands. The amendment, as according to the 1913 session laws, reads as follows:
"Sec. 5526. When a brand has been recorded in any county, no other person, company or corporation can record the same brand or brand similar thereto, except with the written consent of the owner of the brand so recorded, which written consent shall be recorded with the county clerk; and it shall be the duty of all persons, firms or corporations now having brands upon record to renew the same by oral or written request of the owner of record of said brand to the county clerk within one year from the passage of this amendment. The county clerk shall make a memorandum of said renewal with the date thereof on the margin of the record of said brand. All brands, the record of when shall not be renewed as above provided, shall be canceled and may be appropriated and recorded by the person first applying therefore."