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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

Long Courtships.--Chiefly for the reasons presented in the preceding 

paragraphs, we are opposed to long courtships and long engagements. 

They are productive of no good, and are not infrequently the occasion 

of much evil. There may be circumstances which render a prolonged 

engagement necessary and advisable; but, in general, they are to be 

avoided. 

 

On the other hand, hasty marriages are still more to be deprecated, 

especially when, as is too commonly the case, the probability is so 

great that passion is the actuating motive far more than true love. 

Marriage is a matter of most serious consequences, and deserving of 

the most careful deliberation. Too often matrimony is entered upon 

without any more substantial assurance of happiness as the result than 

the individual has of securing a valuable prize who buys a ticket in 

a lottery scheme. In the majority of cases, young people learn more 

of each other's real character within six weeks after marriage than 

they discovered during as many months of courting. To every young man 

and woman we say, Look well before you leap; consider well, carefully, 

and prayerfully. A leap in the dark is a fearful risk, and will be far 

more likely to land you in a domestic purgatory than anywhere else. 

Do not be dazzled by a handsome face, an agreeable address, a brilliant 

or piquant manner. Choose, rather, modesty, simplicity, sincerity, 

morality, qualities of heart and mind, rather than exterior 

embellishments. 

 

"It is folly," suggests a friend, "to give advice on these subjects, 

for no one will follow advice on this point, no matter how sensible 

and reasonable he may be on all other subjects. The emotions carry the 

individual away, and the reason loses control." This is all too true, 

in nearly all cases. We believe in affection. The emotions have their 

part to act. We have no sympathy with the theories of those who will 

have all marriages made by rule. But reason must be allowed a voice 

in the matter; and although there may be a time when the overwhelming 

force of the emotions may force the reason and judgment into the 

background, there has been a time previous when the judgment might have 

held control. Let every young man and woman be most scrupulously careful 

how he allows emotional excitement to gain the ascendency. When once 

reason is stifled, the individual is in a most precarious situation. 

It is far better and easier to prevent the danger than to escape from 

it. 

 

Flirtation.--We cannot find language sufficiently emphatic to express 

proper condemnation of one of the most popular forms of amusement 

indulged in at the present day in this country, under the guise of 

innocent association of the sexes. By the majority of people, 

flirtation is looked upon as harmless, if not useful, as some even 

consider, claiming that the experience gained by such associations is 

valuable to young persons, by making them familiar with the customs 

of society and the ways of the world. We have not the slightest 

hesitation in pronouncing flirtation as pernicious in the extreme. It 

exerts a malign influence alike upon the mental, the moral, and the 


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