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An Irish Leap Year tradition — in Monroe
Each leap year, according to an old Irish tradition, women could to propose to men on Leap Day, February 29. In 1892 George R. South, editor of the Monroe Sun, stated that the “spirit” had moved him to present a list of the eligible bachelors of the city who are “dead ripe for the (h)alter and who would have long since have followed the example set by the gay old beaux who have taken the fatal step, but who unfortunately, are too timid to propose and ‘pop the question.’ We have entertained this idea for some time of giving the girls a chance but have put off publishing the names of those who would make good husbands and so-forth.
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