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In the discussion upon one clause of this Bill the

Government sustained the severest defeat it has ever borne since 1852. The Chamber was alarmed by the effect the Bill might have on the progress of population, and M. Calvet Rogniat moved an amend- ment allowing soldiers to marry after the sixth year of service. Marshal Niel resisted strenuously, but the amendment was carried by 237 votes to 11.