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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

particularly to the bawdy, obscene books and pictures which are 

secretly circulated among the youth of both sexes, and to their 

corrupting influence. The hope is not entirely a vain one that this 

evil may be controlled; but there seems no possible practicable remedy 

for another evil which ultimately leads to the same result, though by 

less gross and obscene methods. We refer to the sentimental literature 

which floods the land. City and school libraries, circulating libraries, 

and even Sunday-school libraries, are full of books which, though they 

may contain good moral teaching, contain, as well, an element as 

incompatible with purity of morals as is light with midnight darkness. 

Writers for children and youth seem to think a tale of "courtship, love, 

and matrimony" entirely indispensable as a medium for conveying their 

moral instruction. Some of these "religious novels" are actually more 

pernicious than the fictions of well-known novelists who make no 

pretense to having religious instruction a particular object in view. 

Sunday-school libraries are not often wholly composed of this class 

of works, but any one who takes the trouble to examine the books of 

such a library will be able to select the most pernicious ones by the 

external appearance. The covers will be well worn and the edges begrimed 

with dirt from much handling. Children soon tire of the shallow sameness 

which characterizes the "moral" parts of most of these books, and skim 

lightly over them, selecting and devouring with eagerness those 

portions which relate the silly narrative of some love adventure. This 

kind of literature arouses in children premature fancies and queries, 

and fosters a sentimentalism which too often occasions most unhappy 

results. Through their influence, young girls are often led to begin 

a life of shame long before their parents are aware that a thought of 

evil has ever entered their minds. 

 

The following words from the pen of a forcible writer[43] present this 

matter in none too strong a light:-- 

 

"You may tear your coat or break a vase, and repair them again; but 

the point where the rip or fracture took place will always be evident. 

It takes less than an hour to do your heart a damage which no time can 

entirely repair. Look carefully over your child's library; see what 

book it is that he reads after he has gone to bed, with the gas turned 

upon the pillow. Do not always take it for granted that a book is good 

because it is a Sunday-school book. As far as possible, know _who_ wrote 

it, who illustrated it, who published it, who sold it. 

 

"It seems that in the literature of the day the ten plagues of Egypt 

have returned, and the frogs and lice have hopped and skipped over our 

parlor tables. 

 

"Parents are delighted to have their children read, but they should 

be sure as to what they read. You do not have to walk a day or two in 

an infested district to get the cholera or typhoid fever; and one wave 

of moral unhealth will fever and blast the soul forever. Perhaps, 


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