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PREFACE
INTRODUCTION
REPRODUCTION-1
REPRODUCTION-2
REPRODUCTION-3
ANATOMY OF THE REPRODUCTIVE ORGANS-1
ANATOMY OF THE REPRODUCTIVE ORGANS-2
ANATOMY OF THE REPRODUCTIVE ORGANS-3
ANATOMY OF THE REPRODUCTIVE ORGANS-4
THE SEXUAL RELATIONS-1
THE SEXUAL RELATIONS-2
THE SEXUAL RELATIONS-3
THE SEXUAL RELATIONS-4
THE SEXUAL RELATIONS-15
CHASTITY-1
CHASTITY-2
CHASTITY-3
CONTINENCE
MARITAL EXCESSES-1
MARITAL EXCESSES-2
MARITAL EXCESSES-3
PREVENTION OF CONCEPTION:ITS EVILS AND DANGERS-1
PREVENTION OF CONCEPTION:ITS EVILS AND DANGERS-2
INFANTICIDE AND ABORTION
THE SOCIAL EVIL-1
THE SOCIAL EVIL-2
THE SOCIAL EVIL-3
SOLITARY VICE-1
SOLITARY VICE-2
RESULTS OF SECRET VICE-1
RESULTS OF SECRET VICE-2
EFFECTS IN FEMALES
CURATIVE TREATMENT OF THE EFFECTS OF SELF-ABUSE-1
CURATIVE TREATMENT OF THE EFFECTS OF SELF-ABUSE-2
CURATIVE TREATMENT OF THE EFFECTS OF SELF-ABUSE-3
A CHAPTER FOR BOYS-1
A CHAPTER FOR BOYS-2
A CHAPTER FOR BOYS-3
A CHAPTER FOR BOYS-4
A CHAPTER FOR GIRLS-1
A CHAPTER FOR GIRLS-2
A CHAPTER FOR GIRLS-3
INDEX

time among some oriental nations. In many cases the parties are not 

allowed to see each other until after the wedding ceremony is completed. 

The Hungarians often betroth their children while they are yet in their 

cradles, as did the Mexicans and Brazilians of the last century. In 

some countries it has even been customary to betroth girls 

conditionally before they were born. The primitive Moravians seem to 

have adhered to the ancient Jewish custom in some degree, though making 

the selection of a wife a matter of chance. The old people did all the 

courting there was done, which was not much. When a young man desired 

a wife, a helpmeet was selected for him by casting lots among the 

marriageable young ladies of the community, and the young man was 

obliged to abide by the decision, it being supposed that Providence 

controlled the selection. We are not prepared to say that the young 

man ran any greater risk of getting an uncongenial or undesirable life 

companion by this mode of selection than by the more modern modes in 

vogue among us. 

 

As before remarked, we do not present these customs as illustrations 

of what might be considered a proper mode of conducting the preliminary 

steps of matrimonial alliances. On the contrary, we unhesitatingly 

pronounce them decidedly objectionable on moral grounds if not on 

others, and we can readily see that such unions must have been in many 

cases exceedingly unsatisfactory. 

 

In various other countries, marriage customs quite the opposite from 

those described have been in vogue. In Irving's "Knickerbocker's 

History of New York," a somewhat humorous account is given of a custom 

which has prevailed in some parts of this country as well as others, 

even within the memory of persons living at the present day, and is, 

indeed, said to be not yet altogether obsolete in Finland. The author, 

in dwelling upon the social customs of the early Dutch settlers of New 

York, describes "a singular custom prevalent among them, commonly known 

by the name of _bundling_,--a superstitious rite observed by the young 

people of both sexes, with which they usually terminated their 

festivities, and which was kept up with religious strictness by the 

more bigoted part of the community. This ceremony was likewise, in those 

primitive times, considered as an indispensable preliminary to 

matrimony, their courtships commencing where ours usually finish,--by 

which means they acquired that intimate acquaintance with each other's 

good qualities before marriage, which has been pronounced by 

philosophers the sure basis of a happy union. Thus early did this 

cunning and ingenious people display a shrewdness of making a bargain, 

which has ever since distinguished them." 

 

"To this sagacious custom, therefore, do I chiefly attribute the 

unparalleled increase of the Yanokie or Yankee race; for it is a certain 

fact, well authenticated by court records and parish registers, that, 

wherever the practice of bundling prevailed, there was an amazing 

number of sturdy brats annually born into the State, without the license 


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