April 2, 1902
Christian C. Nelson, who stands accused of being married to thirteen women, confesses that he is a bigamist, but vigorously defends his conduct. In his confession he said:
“I was a bachelor until I was fifty-six years old, and kept out of trouble. Then I got married, and just see what a fix I am in now. If I had been fortunate enough to get the right kind of a wife in the first place, I would never have become a bigamist. I was deceived in every instance, and I kept right on trying, expecting finally to meet my affinity.”
Nelson may be deserving of some consideration for so persistently applying the principle that “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again”. But he should have known better than to have tackled the fatal number “thirteen” in trying to meet his affinity. For his first twelve trials he might have escaped, but his thirteenth trial has brought on another “trial” of a different nature. It will doubtless send him to the penitentiary; but possibly Nelson figures that prison life is preferable to a life of so-called freedom in which he is liable to meet up any day with some of his irate thirteen wives.