Sunday, July 22, 2007


Age Carlson of Aalborg, Denmark, took to himself a wife at the age of twenty in 1811. Matrimony had a strange effect on Aage. He was seized with an irresistible wanderlust. After a long a conversation in which he tried in vain to induce his bride to share his nomadic life with him, Aage decided not to stand in the way of her happiness and divorced her. “I shall always love you,” he said in a tone of deep conviction. “But since you decline to roam the seven seas with me, it is only fair to give you a chance to find happiness with my successor.”

Aage left Denmark in 1811 and nothing further was heard from him during the remainder of the nineteenth century.

With the dawn of the twentieth century rumors reached the ex-Mrs. Carlson that her former husband, now a ship’s captain, was still alive and that he was thinking of settling down in his native country.

In 1903 Aage Carlson returned to Aalborg and called upon his ex-wife whom he had not seen in ninety-two years. Mrs. Carlson received him with dignity and reserve. When Aage learned that she had never remarried, he sank to his knees and delivered a proposal of remarriage couched in such ardent terms that her resistance melted away.

They remarried in 1903 and lived long enough to celebrate the rarest of all matrimonial events - the hundredth anniversary of their original wedlock. Both died a year later.