Almost A Man
by Mary Wood-Allen
ALMOST A MAN.
MARY WOOD-ALLEN, M. D.
Author of TEACHING TRUTH, CHILD-CONFIDENCE REWARDED, THE
MAN WONDERFUL IN THE HOUSE BEAUTIFUL, etc.
What is man that thou art mindful of him?
Every true man is a cause, a country and an age.
God on thee
Abundantly his gifts hath also poured;
Inward and outward both his image fair.
WOOD-ALLEN PUBLISHING CO.
ANN ARBOR, MICH.
MARY WOOD-ALLEN, M. D.
Almost a Man 5
A Gateway and a Gift 22
The White Cross 40
Two lads had crossed the sunny meadow-land of childhood and stood by
the gate, at the entrance to the rougher paths of youth leading up to
the grander heights of maturity. They glanced backward, but not with
regret, for their eyes shone with eagerness to climb the upward way. As
they waited, an angel came bearing a gift for each, which he gave them,
saying: I have brought you a wondrous gift, not for yourselves but for
And they bent their heads and listened. And one said: I hear most
entrancing music. It thrills my very being. It is for me, for me.
But the angel said: Listen again. Shut your ears to those
bewildering tones and you will hear a deeper, holier strain.
But the youth said: No, I hear only that melody which speaks to my
own heart. I can hear nothing else.
The other youth too took the gift and, bending his head at the
command of the angel, said: I hear that sweet entrancing strain which
speaks to myself, and which promises me pleasure; but deeper than all
that I hear a tone soft, sweet and low, that sounds like the voices of
happy children, and of a mother singing to her babe.
The angel smiled. It is for them, he said, that you must keep
your gift. And in the years to come that music will be to you the
sweetest in the world.
So the youths started on their devious ways through the hilly land
of youth. There were bird-songs and flowers; there were bright paths,
and dark ones; there were sunny by-paths, which ended in dreamy
forests; there were pitfalls in unexpected places; there was often
sorrow where they looked for joy, and failure where they expected
success. And the one listened oft to the entrancing music of his
angelic gift, and was led to think only of himself, and his eye lost
its fire, his feet often stumbled, and the days and nights had no
pleasure for him. As he reached the heights of maturity he was met by a
bright creature who laughed with great joy when he offered her his love
and said exultantly: I have kept myself pure for you, and he, knowing
his own dark secrets, could make no reply but hung his head and was
silent. And, thus silent, he heard no more the bewildering music of his
youth, but instead there came to his ears the sound of a broken-hearted
woman's sobs, and the weeping of children mourning the birthright that
had been lost for them in their father's wayward youth. And the man
O that I had my innocence again
My untouched honor. But I wish in vain.
But the other lad turned a deaf ear to the brain-bewildering music
and listened with his soul for the happy melodies of the future. And
his eye grew brighter and his strength increased and his paths were
straight and clean, and as he neared the heights of maturity he was met
by one whose robe was shining in its brightness and who whispered: I
have kept myself pure for you.
And gladly he answered: And I for you; and so their lives became
one, and the melody of happy children's voices drew nearer and nearer,
and listening to the sweet voice of the mother singing to her babe, and
looking into the bright and rosy faces that with every glance and
motion thanked him for their dower of health and honor, he blessed the
great Creator from whom he had received the wondrous gift of potential
fatherhood, and gave thanks that he had wisely listened to the angel's
voice bidding him keep his gift for those whose life, in the years to
come, was to be his holiest possession.
ALMOST A MAN.
By Mary Wood-Allen, M. D.
Let me take your book of quotations, please.
Certainly, if I can find it. O, I remember. I let Susie Glenn take
it. No doubt I can find it in her desk.
As she spoke Miss Bell walked to the desk and, finding the desired
book, took possession of it. An open note dropped from it and fell upon
the floor. Picking it up Miss Bell read: My darling little
sweetheart, and glancing at the close saw the signature, Carl.
Sending of notes in school was forbidden, therefore Miss Bell had no
compunction of conscience in taking possession of this one, and, on the
impulse of the moment, read it aloud to Miss Lane, her fellow-teacher.
It was not only sentimental in tone but there were mysterious phrases
which seemed to hold a deep and sinful significance. The women looked
at each other with sorrowful faces.
What shall I do about it? asked Miss Bell.
What a depth of wickedness it reveals! exclaimed Miss Lane. Who
would have imagined that such a nice appearing boy as Carl Woodford
could be so base? And Susie Glenn too, such a shy, modest little
creature as she seems.
Do you suppose it is really as bad as it seems to us? Those
expressions which appear to indicate suchsuch almost criminal
intimacy perhaps they do not understand fully.
Don't you believe it, said Miss Lane. I tell you these children
are wiser in sin than we older people can imagine. That boy needs to be
whipped within an inch of his life, the little reprobate! I'd give him
such a lecture as would make his eyes open wide for once. I'd make him
understand that he'd better not let me catch him in such mischief
again. And I'd tell Mrs. Glenn about it so that she could punish
I really am afraid that the result would not be what we wish.
Suppose we go and talk it over with Dr. Barrett. Maybe she can tell us
what to do.
Dr. Barrett received the ladies with cordiality and professed
herself willing to aid them in the solution of their problem. She did
not appear as shocked as they did, and even smiled a little as Miss
Lane, in indignant tones, read aloud the offending note.
Don't you think that little rascal should be nearly annihilated?
she asked, turning to the Doctor.
I think he should be instructed, replied the latter. Will you
send him to me, Miss Bell?
Most gladly, but I don't believe he will come.
Yes he will, if you don't frighten him beforehand. Don't say a word
to him about the affair, but send him with a note to me and tell him to
wait for an answer.
The next evening Carl appeared at the Doctor's residence with the
note from Miss Bell. I am to wait for an answer, he said.
Dr. Barrett only nodded as she wrote on steadily for a moment,
seeming too much engrossed in her work to notice him. Then she read the
note, thought a moment, excused herself and left the room. Returning
immediately she said, It will be half an hour before the answer is
ready. Can you wait?
Then sit down here and look over the Youth's Companion while I
finish my letter.
For some moments there was silence and then the Doctor, laying down
her pen, turned to the boy and said, pleasantly; You are Carl
Woodford, are you not?
It has been so long since I saw you that you have almost grown out
of my knowledge. You are getting to be almost a man. You must be
fifteen years old.
Not quite. I will be next June.
Almost a man, said Dr. Barrett softly as she looked thoughtfully
into the fire. After a moment's silence she asked, Carl, what is it to
be a man?
The boy drew himself up with a self-conscious air as he replied.
Why, to have your growth, and get into business for yourself.
Well, that is not quite it, said the Doctor smiling, for I have
my growth and am in business for myself, and yet I am not a man.
Maybe it means having a mustache, said Carl, with a slight flush.
That has something to do with it certainly, but Mrs. Flynn has a
mustache, and she is not a man.
Well, I don't know how to explain it then, said Carl.
You have studied grammar, will you parse the word man?
Man is a common noun, masculine gender, third
What does masculine gender mean?
It means male.
Then to be a man means to be a male. How does the grammar define
The distinction of nouns with regard to sex.
Have you studied physiology?
Was it the physiology of man or woman?
Why, it didn't say anything but physiology.
You studied, then, only those organs in which men and women are
alike, as in their muscular and nervous systems, and in the organs of
digestion; in fact you learned only of the organs which are for the
preservation of the individual. You learned nothing of them in regard
to sex, which is termed special physiology.
A wave of color was creeping over Carl's face, seeing which the
As you have never studied this special physiology supposing you try
to forget that any one has ever told you anything about it, and let us
for a few minutes talk of it as of God's laws. We believe God to be
pure, and we cannot believe that he would make a law that was founded
on impurity. It is true we are able to think of his laws in an impure
way, but that is our fault, not his. Let us now try to think his pure
thoughts after him. If there are two sexes created by the Almighty he
must have a pure purpose in creating them. We seldom think how much of
beauty and melody and loveliness is due to sex.
It is because of sex that we are gathered in families and enjoy all
the delights of home. It is because of sex that we have ties of
kindred, brothers, sisters, father, mother, uncles, aunts and cousins.
Think of the pleasant home gatherings at Christmas or Thanksgiving, or
upon family birthdays, with all the relatives, old and young, meeting
in love and sympathy; think of the sweet prattle of children in the
home; think of the tender ministrations of mother or sister in times of
sorrow or illness or death, and remember that these are possible
because of sex. Men may build themselves fine club houses where they
congregate to smoke or drink or eat together, but these are not homes.
Women may go away by themselves into a convent and give up the world,
but in so doing they give up the home; for in a real true home there
must be parents and children, and this comes through sex. We may go
even farther and say with Mr. Grant Allen that everything high and
ennobling in our nature springs directly from the fact of sex. He
claims that to it 'we owe our love of color, of graceful forms, of
melodious sound, of rhythmical motion, the evolution of music, of
poetry, of romance, of painting, of sculpture, of decorative art, of
dramatic entertainment. From it,' he says, 'springs the love of beauty,
around it all beautiful arts circle as their centre. Its subtle aroma
pervades all literature, and to it we owe the heart and all that is
best within it.'
We read of knights of old fighting for 'fayre ladye,' of heroes who
died to save wives and children; we cannot take up a book of poetry
without realizing how love of men and women has been the inspiration of
the poet in all ages. And this is not all that we owe to sex. In all
organic life we find the same force at work. The song of the
nightingale is a call to his mate, the chirp of cricket, the song of
the thrush, the note of the grasshopper, every charming voice in wild
nature are notes of love, and were it not for these, field and forest
would be silent. Among the animals we can trace the beauty of form and
of covering to the same source. And even in the inanimate world of
plants and trees we find sex as the source of life and beauty. The
bright tinted flowers are the homes of the father and mother and babies
of the plant and without the male and female principle in plants there
would be no bud or blossom and no fruit. Remember when you see the
beauty of the apple orchard in the spring and the glowing fruit in the
autumn that these are the expression of sex-life in the tree.
My! exclaimed Carl, I never thought of all that before.
I presume not, and many who are older than you have no thoughts of
sex but those which are low and vile. But when you consider how the
same principle reaches through all nature, and upon it depends so much
that is beautiful and charming you cannot believe that is in itself
vile and unholy, can you? If we are to think God's thoughts after him
we must come to look upon sex as something to be thought of and spoken
of only with reverence, never to be jested about or debased in any way.
You begin to see that more is involved in the coming into manhood than
you had supposed. But we have not gone over the whole matter yet. You
have read the first chapter of Genesis how that God made man in his own
image, and out of the dust of the earth. We do not suppose that he made
him out of dirt and water, as a child makes mud-pies, but we may accept
this as a statement of the scientific fact that in man are found the
same elements as in the earth, such as iron, soda, lime, etc. What we
want to think of now is the statement that God created man by his
direct power. Then we are told he made woman also. These are the first
living human beings of whom we have record. Who is the third?
And who made Cain?
God, answered Carl glibly, as if that must be the only orthodox
In the same way that he made Adam and Eve?
Carl blushed and was silent.
You were not embarrassed when I spoke of the creation of Adam and
Eve, you have no reason to be embarrassed when I speak of the creation
of Cain. All was in accordance with the divine will, and must therefore
be right. We cannot say positively that God thought this or that, but
we have a right to judge from his acts what his purposes were. We have
a right to suppose that he created the earth intending to people it
with human beings. Of course every possible plan for doing this was
open to him. He might have created each individual as he did Adam, but
what would have been the result? We should have stood, each one alone,
in selfish solitariness, like a lot of ten-pins, able to knock each
other down but not to help each other up. Each one would have been
thinking only of himself and his own selfish interests. This plan could
not commend itself to a compassionate Creator, and we can imagine that
he would say to himself: 'That would never do. I must put these, my
children, in such relation to each other that they will have love for
each other; that they will be bound by ties so strong that nothing can
break them; they must be created in such a way that they will also
understand their relation to me and love me as their life-giver. To do
this I will share with them my greatest power, that of creation. I will
let them help me people the world. By this creative power they shall
come to understand how I, their heavenly Father, love them, and yearn
over them, and by their dependence as children upon their parents they
shall learn to depend upon and trust me.' From the plan God adopted for
peopling the earth we may suppose this to have been his process of
thought. So you see that sex comes as a wondrous gift from God, a gift
endowed with a marvelous power, and therefore to be held most sacred.
When I spoke of you as being almost a man it was with the thought that
now is being conferred upon you this gift of sex.
Carl looked up with some surprise. Why, I have always been a boy.
True. And a boy is a being who will become a man. But he is not
endowed with the functions of sex until he is about fourteen years old.
Then sex begins to make itself felt in his whole being. He grows taller
rapidly; he gains in breadth; he begins to see the long-looked-for
mustache; he notices the growth of the special organs of sex; he begins
to feel more manly; to enjoy the society of girls as never before; and
desires to treat them with more attention. This is a time when, if he
is wrongly taught, he may fall into great wrong-doing and injure
himself, and not that alone, but those who are to come after him. I
have not yet told you of the great responsibilities that come with this
gift of sex.
Dr. Barrett rose and, bringing a book from the shelves, opened it
and showed Carl an illustration, saying; Did you ever see such a
picture as this?
What are they? asked he. They look like pollywogs.
As much like them as anything. But they are not pollywogs. They
have a bigger sounding name than that. They are called spermatozoa, or each one is a spermatozoon. They are so tiny that they are
not visible except with the aid of a microscope, and yet they are alive
and very active. They live and move in a fluid called semen, and
they are the living principle contributed by the male to the formation
of a new creature. Each one contains in itself all the particular
traits, characteristics or talents which the father would confer on the
child of which this spermatozoon would form a part. You are like your
father in some things, I suppose.
Yes, I am like papa in size and in my love for mathematics. He says
I have his quick temper, too.
That leads me to speak of another fact. You see that you were a
part of your father during his whole life, and you were affected by all
that affected him. You were changed or modified by his habits. If he
tried to curb his quick temper, it has made it easier for you to
control yourself; but if he allowed it full sway, it has made it harder
for you. If he were truthful and honest, it has made it easy for you to
be the same; but if he were wild and dissipated, it would make it
easier for you to yield to the same temptations.
Was that what he meant when he said he was not surprised that Will
Grey was so bad a boy, for his father was a very wild young man?
Yes, that was exactly what he meant.
If that is so why don't fathers tell their boys about it so that
they can behave better when they are young?
That is just what I think they ought to do, but unfortunately
people have thought they must not talk of these things to young folks
for fear it will make them bad instead of good.
Well, I guess that would depend upon the way they told it. Now they
don't tell it right, but leave the boys to be told in wrong ways, and
that really does lead them to be bad. No one ever talked to me as you
have to-night, and I am sure it makes me want to be better.
That ought to be the effect, and I believe it would be if boys were
only 'told right,' as you say. But I have told you only half the story.
Here is another picture. These are called ova. One is an ovum, and these are the principle the mother gives to the future child. They
are greatly magnified. It would take 240 of them lying side by side to
make a row an inch long, so we say they are 1/240 of an inch in
diameter, but tiny as they are, each ovum contains all the traits or
talents that the mother gives to the child of which this particular
ovum may form a part. Your mother is English, your father American.
Their childhood and youth were spent thousands of miles apart, and yet
both were working by the habits of their lives to create you in your
peculiar traits and talents. Are you like your parents in any of their
Yes, I am like mother in her love for music; you know she is a fine
Yes, and in the cultivation of her own musical ability she made it
easier for you to learn music; just as your father, in his study as an
engineer, has given you a love for mathematics.
But my grandfather and great-grandfather were engineers, and I am
going to be one, too.
It is true that you inherit from your grandparents, also, but it
must be through your parents, and they may have changed the direction
of the inheritance. This important fact you should know and remember.
You can change yourself by education so that the inheritance of your
children may be quite changed. For example, if you know that you lack
perseverance, you can, by constantly making a mighty effort to overcome
this defect, compel yourself to persevere, and this would tend to give
your children perseverance. So you see we need not despair because we
have inherited faults from our ancestors, but we should determine all
the more that we will not pass these defects on to later generations.
I guess that is what Dr. Brice meant when he said that mother's
good care of her health had overcome in us children to a great extent
the tendency to consumption which is in her family. Nearly all my
cousins on her side die with it, but when she was a little girl her
father made her live out of doors all the time and she grew strong, and
we none of us seem to have any tendency to consumption.
You see then the value of caring for yourself in youth, not only
for your own sake but for that of your children. Your mother did not
know that she would ever have children to be benefitted by her out-door
life. But one day she met a young man who pleased her, and as they grew
to know each other better they came to love each other so that they
wished to leave home and friends and make their own home and live their
united lives separate and apart from all the rest of the world. So they
were married, as we say. Marriage is the union of one man and one woman
under the sanction of the law. This is the closest and most sacred
human relation. In this relation the spermatozoon of the man
unites with the germ or ovum of the woman and a new life is
begun. When your parents knew that such a little life had begun in
their home they felt a great and holy joy, and desired that every good
might surround it in its development. You were the first to come into
your father's home. After your life had begun you were still so small
as not to be visible to the naked eye, and would have been lost had you
come into the world. But a home had been prepared for you in your
mother's body, where day by day you grew and grew. The food which she
ate nourished you as well as herself. The air which she breathed was
life to you as well as to her.
You have seen the father-bird bringing food to the mother-bird as
she sits upon her eggs and waits for the birdlings to come forth, and
you have thought it a pretty sight to watch his tender care of her.
Even so your father watched over your mother and you. He provided
everything as pleasant as possible, he removed every care from her path
so that she might be happy and so make you happy. His love for her took
on a new and strange tenderness it had not known before. And she,
holding you warm and close in the embrace of her body, thought of you
and loved you. She wondered how you would look; she dreamed of you; she
fancied she could feel the touch of your fluttering fingers; she made
your little wardrobe and with each stitch wove in some tender thought
of the baby whom she had never seen. Then one day she cried out with
great anguish of body but joy of heart, 'O my baby is coming.' Then
through long hours she suffered, going down almost to the gates of
death that you might have life. But she never murmured; in spite of all
her pain and anguish of body her very soul was full of rejoicing that
soon she would hold you in her arms. When all those hours of peril and
anxiety were past and you were laid in your mother's arms, your father
came and bent over you both with a measureless love, and looking into
your little face they knew what the Scripture meant when it said, 'And
they twain shall be one flesh,' for were not you a living fulfillment
of that saying? You were a part of each united in a living being who
belonged to them both. Then for the first time could they realize, even
dimly, the yearning, tender love of their heavenly Father who had
granted to them to know by experience his feelings towards his
Great tears had gathered in the boy's eyes as she talked, and now
with choking voice he said, I don't think I can ever be disobedient
again, Dr. Barrett. I did not understand it all as I do now. You know
we only hear these things talked of among the boys, and I had come to
feel that there was some reason why I ought to be ashamed of my father
and mother; but it all looks so different to me now. I wish you could
talk to the other boys as you have to me.
It may not be possible for me to do so, although I should be glad
to do it, but you can help them to think more truly on these subjects.
You can especially help them to treat women and girls with more respect
than they often do, because you can see how an injury to any girl is an
injury to the whole world.
I don't quite see that, said Carl.
You can see that if any one had injured your mother in her girlhood
it would have been an injury to all her children, can you not?
And that injury might be passed on to future generations. There
lived a poor girl, about a hundred years ago, who was uncared for by
good people and wronged by evil ones, and to-day she is known as a
'mother of criminals,' and no one can tell where the mischief will end.
You would feel very indignant if you knew that some one had done your
mother an injury in her girlhood, and you would feel the same way
should any one wrong your sisters.
I knocked Bill Jones down last week because he said something to my
You felt a righteous anger and manifested it. Well, in all
probability you will some day marry. If so, there is in the world
to-day the girl who will be your wife. How do you want her to be
treated by the boys who are her school-companions? Do you like to think
that they are rough with her, or playing at lovering with her? Is it a
pleasant thought that she is allowing them to caress her or write her
silly sentimental notes?
Carl's face was scarlet, but he answered bravely; No, it isn't.
The Doctor continued. Some day, in all likelihood, a little
girl-child will climb upon your knee and call you papa. No creature can
ever be to you what that little daughter will be. If any one should
I'd kill him, broke in Carl hotly.
If you feel that way, dear boy, you should remember that every girl
is some one's daughter, perhaps some one's sister, will probably be
some one's wife and some one's mother, so that all girls should be
sacred to you, treated with chivalrous courtesy and protected even as
you feel you would protect those who may belong especially to you.
But don't you believe in boys and girls being friends at all?
Most assuredly I do. Nothing is more charming than the frank
comradeship of girls and boys, and that is why I am so sorry to see
them spoil it with sentimentality. They ought to be good friends,
helping each other, having jolly good times together, but never in ways
that will bring a blush to the cheeks of either, now, or in the years
A rap sounded on the door and the maid entered with a note which she
gave to the doctor, who handed it to Carl, saying, Here is the note
for Miss Bell. I have kept you waiting a long time, but I hope it has
not been unprofitable.
Indeed it has not. I am ever so much obliged to you, I am sure.
And if you ever wish to talk to me again you will feel free to
come, will you not?
Yes, ma'am, I surely will, answered the lad with a frank clasp of
Wait a moment, said the doctor, I have just thought of a little
book that I am sure you will be interested in reading. It is called 'A
Gateway and a Gift,' and it deals with some of the questions we have
been talking about this evening. You can lend it to some of your boy
friends if you wish.
Thank you, said Carl, taking the book which the doctor handed him,
and then with another Good night, he walked away in the darkness.
The note which he gave to Miss Bell the next morning read merely:
Don't say anything to Carl. Just wait.
If Miss Bell had seen a note slipped by Carl into Susie Glenn's hand
an hour later she might have thought it an evidence that the doctor's
plan had failed. But had she read the note her opinion would have been
that it had succeeded. It read:
Dear Susie:It was real mean of me to write that note
yesterday. Will you forgive me? Say, Susie, I think all this
nonsense about lovers and sweethearts is silly rot, don't you?
Let's be just friends. Respectfully yours,
Susie's answer was short but to the point. It read:
All right. Let's.
Several months later Miss Bell and Miss Lane called again on Dr.
Have you come with another problem? asked the doctor.
No, we have come to report progress and to learn, if possible, just
how it has come about. There has been a wonderful change in the school.
The girls and boys are no less friendly, but it is without that silly
sentimentality which was so annoying. They are now just real good
comrades, and seem to help each other in being orderly, polite, and
studious. How did you do it?
Perhaps all credit is not due to me, but I will say that I gave
Carl the instruction I thought he needed and he has passed the good
word along. Several of the boys have met with me once a month to study
concerning themselves, and I can see that they have grown to have a
reverence for themselves and a deep regard for all womanhood. Carl was
in last evening, and said, 'Dr. Barrett, I am so glad Miss Bell sent me
with that note to you, for your talk to me that night has changed my
whole life, I know. I feel so much cleaner all through, and have so
much more respect for myself. And I think so differently of girls and
women, and especially of my mother, and I realize as I never did before
how important a thing it is to be almost a man.'
A GATEWAY AND A GIFT.
Three gateways span the path of earthly existence: one at the
entrance which we call the gate of birth; one at the close which we
call the gate of death, and one at the entrance to the wondrous Land of
the Teens, which we call the gate of manhood or of womanhood. At each
of these gates a wonderful gift is presented to each individual. At the
gate of birth it is the gift of earthly life, at death it is the gift
of continued life, and at the gate which opens into the Land of the
Teens it is the gift of creative life. You see that each gift is of
The path of earthly life, beginning at the gateway of birth, passes
through the sunny meadow-land of Childhood, and also through a strange,
mysterious land to which we have referred as the Land of the Teens,
before reaching the Heights of Maturity. This Land of the Teens is
peculiar in that the inhabitants are neither children nor adults, and
yet, with the inexperience of children, they have many of the desires
and emotions of grown-up people. This constitutes an element of great
danger, while another source of danger is the fact that adequate
guidance is not always given in this transition period, or, if
proffered, is proudly rejected by those who think that being in their
teens makes them wise above that which is written.
When we visit foreign lands we are grateful for guidance and
direction, especially if we are not acquainted with the language; so,
if we do not hire a guide we, at least, buy a guide-book. It seems to
me, then, that we ought not to rebel against guides through the Land of
the Teens, realizing that one who has traveled through a country can
point out beauties and warn against dangers which would not be
recognized by the inexperienced traveler.
We can visit England, Italy, or Germany many times, and at each
journey can profit by former experiences, but we pass through the Land
of the Teens but once, and the lessons we learn on that journey we can
only utilize for the benefit of others. This is why many people on the
Heights of Maturity are anxious to light a beacon for those who are
still in their teens. They would gladly help others to shun the
by-paths where they have met disaster, for they have learned the very
solemn truth that in youth one is determining what maturity shall be.
The seeds sown in the sunny meadow of Childhood and in the broader
fields of the Land of the Teens are harvested in the uplands of
Maturity, and the harvest is always greater than the seed sown. The
petulance and pouting of the child hardens into the gruffness,
bad-temper, and moroseness of the man; the idleness and shirking of the
youth becomes the shiftlessness and unreliability of the adult; the
boy's neglect of duty and unwearied search for pleasure may be
harvested in dissipation and ruin in mature life. It is, then, a very
serious thing to be passing through one's teens, and the wise youth
will welcome any guide who will show him a safe path. May I claim the
privilege of acting for a little time in that capacity?
The King of this land has made laws for its government and wisdom,
has builded paths wherein one may walk in safety. The laws made by the
King are not harsh and cruel, but are beneficent, and he denies no real
good. He says to the traveler, You belong to me, and I am desirous of
your highest welfare; therefore, obey me and you shall be rewarded;
disobey me and you shall be punished. It needs some moral courage to
bravely stay in the path of Wisdom, for there are many allurements to
leave it; more particularly as the inexperience of the traveler does
not warn him of the dangers of following pleasures that lead away from
wisdom's ways. The guide worthy of trust must not fail to point out
these dangers; and the prudent youth will listen to the warning voice
and walk in Wisdom's ways, for all her ways are pleasantness, and all
her paths are peace.
We talk much about our personal liberty, and assert that we have a
right to live in Maine or California, but we have not that much liberty
in regard to dwelling in the Land of the Teens. If we are ever to reach
the Heights of Maturity we must spend ten years in the Teens. We cannot
sell our domain, nor give it away, and we cannot even hire some one to
cultivate it for us. This being the case, it becomes important for us
to study the soil and how best to develop its advantages.
We find that the land has three divisions: the Domain of the Body,
the Field of Intellect, and the Garden of the Heart,the same
divisions that exist in the Sunny Land of Childhood, and that we have
been cultivating ever since we were born. These are the kingdoms which
came to us with the gift of life. We recognize that the gifts which
come to us at birth and death are of life for ourselves alone, and we
have had no thought during our childish years except to develop our
powers for our own advantage. It may be we have not felt perfectly
satisfied with our lot in life, but we have felt that we were not
responsible for this. We did not choose to be born in America instead
of Asia, though we do not rebel at this fact. We did not select to be
white instead of black. It is not our fault if we are born of a family
in which consumption is an inheritance; and, on the other hand, we can
claim no credit to ourselves if we have inherited strong bodies with
healthful tendencies. It is our misfortune, and not our fault, if we
are not quite perfectly poised by nature; it is our good fortune, not
our foresight, if we have genius instead of mediocrity. The gifts that
come to us through inheritance are ours without blame or credit to us
but they bring with them the responsibility of their use. We are
responsible for maintaining or increasing our dower of health by
obedience to physical laws; responsible for the cultivation of our
intellects, for the development of inherited virtues, and the
annihilation of inherited vices.
If you study your characteristics and talents you find that they
repeat those of your ancestry. Your eyes, hair, mouth, chin, your
stature, figure, complexion, your talents, capabilities, tendencies,
your likes and dislikes, your faults as well as your virtues are
repetitions of those who preceded you in this living network of
existence of which you form a part. If you are not like father or
mother you may be like grandfather or great-grandmother. If you do not
find yourself repeating the characteristics or personality of any one
ancestor, you may find yourself a composite photograph of several. And
even if you cannot trace in yourself a likeness to any family
representative, you may still be assured that from some of them your
traits have come to you. You have only to recall the complexity of your
sources of inheritance and then remember how many words can be spelled
from the twenty-six letters of the alphabet to see that you can hardly
measure the peculiar forces of mind and body that may come to you
though that power of transmission which we call heredity.
It may occur to you to ask why, if we are not responsible for our
inheritances, is it needful to give them any particular thought? There
are two reasons why we should consider the good and bad characteristics
which may be ours through inheritance. In the first place, heredity is
not fatality, and we are not absolutely obliged to follow the paths
which our ancestors marked out for us, and in the second place, we can,
by understanding our own characters, mark out better paths for our
posterity. We are not only receivers of life, but we may be also givers
of life, and this is the gift that comes to you at the entrance to the
Land of the Teens. Can you imagine a more important period in the life
of an individual than that point where is intrusted to him the physical
powers which make him the arbiter of the destiny of those who come
The gift of possible life for others is even more marvelous than
that of actual life for one's self and brings with it greater
responsibility. It is accompanied with marked physical changes. You
have observed them in yourself, though you perhaps have not understood
them. Up to this time you have been but a child, and all your physical
forces have been occupied in keeping you alive and growing. But you are
now to become a man, with powers that will unite you to the race;
powers that will give you the ability to form a new link in the living
chain that now ends with you. You have noticed the rapid unfolding of
your bodily powers; you have become conscious of new and strange
emotions; you have, it may be, found yourself becoming irritable and
have felt bewildered with the new aspects of life and have wondered
what it all means. It may be you have felt as did one boy who said to
his mother, to whom he confided all his problems of life: Mamma, I
want to kick and cry, and I don't know why. The mother knew. She
understood the strange unfolding that was going on in his physical
organism, and she kindly explained it to him, telling him that he must
have patience with himself, and govern himself by his judgment and not
allow himself to be carried away by impulse, assuring him that God
would hold him as responsible for purity of character as He would the
dear sister of whom they all felt so careful. He should reverence his
manhood, even as he expected her to reverence her womanhood. This is
necessary, not only for the good of each individual, but also for the
eternal interest of future generations.
This entrance into the Land of the Teens is a serious, even a
dangerous period, for if you have not had right instruction you may be
led, or fall into habits of wrong doing or thinking. If you are rightly
taught you will begin to have an added reverence for yourselves in that
God is dignifying you with new powers that will bring you more nearly
into co-partnership with himself. These powers, the most sacred of all
that have come to you, need years for development, and should be
guarded by pure thoughts and kept for their holy office of promoting
the earthly usefulness and eternal blessedness of those who hereafter
will owe both earthly and immortal life to you.
I have said that we are not responsible for the dower of virtues or
of vices which are ours by inheritance, but we are responsible for the
inheritances of our children, and this is a most solemn thought. Do you
not begin to see that we cannot value ourselves too highly if we have
the right idea of what our real worth is? We can scarcely overestimate
the results of our own deeds. We may think it does not matter if we do
not always tell the exact truth; if at some times we equivocate and at
others exaggerate, but when we remember that truth is the foundation of
character, and realize that by our little equivocations or
exaggerations we may be weakening the foundations of many who are from
us to receive their talents and tendencies, we begin to see that the
matter is a very serious one. I am sometimes told that young people
will not be influenced by a consideration for the welfare of unborn
generations whose existence is very problematical in their thought; but
my observation is that young folks are much more sensible than we give
them credit for being. More than one young man has said to me: I was
never taught that my conduct and thought would impress themselves upon
my children, but now that I see that such is the case, I am sure that I
will hereafter be more careful of my life than I ever have been.
This field of investigation is a broad one, and even if you never
have an opportunity to study the subject scientifically you can still
be of incalculable benefit to humanity by ever remembering that you are
living for an earthly, as well as for a heavenly immortality. The young
people who to-day are in the Land of the Teens are they who are
determining the characteristics of the men and women of the Twentieth
Century, creating the standards of thought and action, the methods of
business, the level of morals, in fact the whole status of society in
the world of a hundred years to come.
It is a very wonderful fact that God has so created us that the
result of our deeds is not limited to our own lives, but makes its
impress upon those who are to come after us. We are not separate units,
but are links in a living chain of endless transmission. This fact
makes our lives of far greater consequence than if, in their results,
they were limited to ourselves. If we are anxious concerning the future
of our country, we may take to heart the thought that it will be what
we ourselves have made it. The Bible expresses the same idea in many
ways. Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap, does not mean
merely that his own future will be influenced by his conduct, but that
his future in his children will be a record which he himself has made.
Men often make their wills and bequeath to their children their gold
or houses and lands, but sometimes against their wills they bequeath to
their children a bodily dwelling of inferior material, and so poor in
construction that it very soon falls into decay through disease, or in
very early life becomes a tottering ruin. It would seem rather amusing
to us if one should sit down and write his will and say: I bequeath to
my daughter Mary my yellow, blotched and pimpled complexion, resulting
from my own bad habits of life. I bequeath to my son John, the effects
of my habits of dissipation in my youth, with a like love for alcoholic
liquors and tobacco. I bequeath to my son Harry my petulant, irritable
disposition, and the rheumatic gout which I have brought upon myself by
disobedience to physical law; and to my daughter Elizabeth, my
trembling nerves and weak moral nature. But this is, in truth, what
many parents do, and the children find it a sad, instead of an amusing
On the other hand, if one has led a life of uprightness and
morality, and has obeyed physical law, his children will inherit his
physical vigor, and his moral stamina. It becomes of exceeding great
importance that these facts should be known to the young, in order that
they may endeavor to overcome their own weaknesses, and strengthen
their own good qualities for the sake of future generations.
This heredity, the transmission of the qualities of the parent to
the child, is found among plants and animals as well as in the human
race. The seed of a plant produces another plant of the same kind, and
the farmer knows when he sows wheat, that his harvest will be wheat,
and he should know just as certainly that if he sows wild oats in his
youth he may expect wild oats in his children. The character of the
food we eat, the air we breathe, the occupations we follow, the habits
we create, are the forces which shape not only our own destiny, but
create the tendencies of our children.
With these thoughts in mind, the question of the use of narcotics
becomes one of great importance. There are few, if any, tobacco users
who are anxious that their boys should early begin the use of the weed.
But they do not realize the fact that in their own use of it they may
have diminished the vital force of these boys, transmitting a tendency
to disease, or perhaps an appetite for the tobacco itself, and not only
will the boys feel the effects, but the girls as well. As the thought
of men is turned in this direction, proofs are accumulating of the evil
results to the children of tobacco-using parents. A prominent physician
says: I have never known an habitual tobacco user whose children did
not have deranged nerves, and sometimes weak minds. Shattered nervous
systems, for generations to come, may be the result of this indulgence.
The children of tobacco-using parents frequently die with infantile
paralysis. I have known two cases in which the crying of the baby could
not be stopped until the tobacco-pipe was placed between its lips. Dr.
Pidduck asserts that in no instance is the sin of the father more
strikingly visited upon his children than the sin of tobacco using.
The enervation, the hypochondriasis, the hysteria, the insanity, the
dwarfish deformities, the consumption, the suffering lives, and early
deaths of the children of inveterate smokers bear ample testimony to
the feebleness and unsoundness of the constitution transmitted by this
The effect of alcohol upon the child is equally marked, and from all
sides comes the testimony that the degenerations do not stop with the
individual, but pass on to succeeding generations. Sometimes the
influence is seen in the stunting of the growth, both mentally and
physically. Dr. Langden Downe reports several cases of this sort where
the children had lived to be twenty-two years old and still remained
infants, symmetrical in form, just able to stand beside a chair, utter
a few monosyllabic sounds, and to be amused with toys. Dr. F. R. Lees,
referring to the injury inflicted upon the liver by alcohol, says: And
recollect, whatever injury you inflict upon this organ, to your
posterity the curse descends, and as is the father, so are the
children. Dr. Kerr asserts that the effects of injury to the mind and
body may not always show themselves in the drinker himself, yet it is
doubtful if his children ever entirely escape the effects in one form
or another. These effects may be manifest in insanity, or in a tendency
to diseases of the stomach, liver, bowels, lungs, or other organs; or
with a like love for alcoholic stimulants. Not only may the child be
weak in body but also in intellect. It is the statement of a score of
observant physicians that the children of intemperate parents are apt
to be feeble in body and weak in mind.
Another very striking thought in this connection is that while the
physical effects may not show in the individual himself, nor in his
children, they may be manifest in the deterioration of his
grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A prominent temperance advocate
who was laid up with rheumatic gout, which is apt to be the result of
alcoholic indulgence, replied to a friend who wondered that he, a
drinker of cold water, should suffer with this disease, Yes, my
ancestors drank the liquor and I foot the bills. In 1834 the
Parliament of the British House of Commons made a report of
intemperance in which they stated that the evils of alcoholism are
cumulative in the amount of injury they inflict, as intemperate
parents, according to high medical testimony, give a taint to their
offspring before birth, and the poisonous stream of spirits is conveyed
through the milk of the mother to the infant at the breast; so that the
fountain of life, through which nature supplies that pure and healthy
nutriment of infancy, is poisoned at its very source, and a diseased
and vitiated appetite is thus created, which grows with its growth, and
strengthens with its increasing weakness and decay.
A tendency to commit suicide seems to be a marked bequest of an
inebriate parent to his children, and it is well to state that in the
opinion of medical men who are dealing with all forms of inebriety, the
evils resulting to the children may be transmitted by parents who have
never been noted for drunkenness. Continual moderate drinking keeps the
body so constantly under the influence of alcohol that a crowd of
nervous difficulties and disorders may be transmitted even more surely
than from the parent who has occasional sprees with long intervals of
sobriety between. It is not only through the drinking father that
injury is done to the children, but the mother may have a vitiated
inheritance from her father and transmit it to her children.
When we recall the fact that one hundred thousand men fall into
drunkard's graves every year, we are appalled at the thought of that
vast army marching on to death and destruction. As we listen, we can,
in fancy, almost hear the tramp, tramp of that mighty host advancing,
Satan leading on. In the front rank comes the one hundred thousand men
who shall fall into drunkard's graves this year, and behind them the
one hundred thousand men who are to fall next year. They come with
sound of revelry and song, and close beside them press a crowd of
weeping wives and mothers and little children, starved, crippled, and
murdered, who are to be fellow victims with the drunkard. Not very far
back from the front row come one hundred thousand young men in the very
prime of young, vigorous life, just beginning to drink their first
glass of wine or beer, with no intention of ever standing in that front
row, yet having started on the way. Back of them, one hundred little
school boys who think it manly to ape the follies of their
predecessors. Back of them, one hundred thousand little toddlers whose
feet stagger in their innocent helplessness. Back of them, one hundred
thousand mothers with babies in their arms. Oh, how sweetly those baby
eyes look up into the loving eyes that are brooding over them. Is it
possible those baby brows will ever lie low in the gutter, those sweet
lips be stained by oath or glass; those crumpled rose-leaf fingers ever
strike the murderous blow incited by alcohol? It must be, if that front
rank of one hundred thousand drunkards is to be recruited, for the
drunkards of the future are to-day babies in their mother's arms. Do
you who read these words intend to join this vast army of prospective
drunkards, or will you belong to the cold-water army that is marching
on accompanied by health, vigor, industry, prosperity, success and long
We must not be so interested in the inheritance of evil qualities as
to forget the transmission of good. We read in Exodus, twentieth
chapter, that the sins of the fathers are to be visited upon the
children unto the third and fourth generations of them that hate the
Lord, but mercy will be shown to thousands of generations of
them that love Him and keep his commandments. As we have seen the sins
of the fathers are visited upon the children in transmission of
diseased bodies, perverted moral natures and weakened wills, and
realize that the promise is being fulfilled in the visitation of the
sins of the fathers upon the children, let us see if the other promise
is being fulfilled also, in the mercy shown to thousands of them that
love the Lord and keep His commandments.
An English specialist in children's diseases has carefully noted the
difference between twelve families of drinkers and twelve families of
sober parents during a period of twelve years.
INTEMPERATE. | TEMPERATE.
Produced 57 children; 25 died in | Produced 61 children; 6 died
the first week of life. These | in first week, of weakness.
deaths due to convulsions, or | 4 had curable diseases. 2
oedema of brain and membranes. | showed inherited nervous
2 were idiots. 5 dwarfs. 5 | This leaves 50 who were in
epileptics. 1 had chorea. 5 were | every way normal, sound in
deformed. 2 became drunkards. | and mind.
This leaves only 10 who showed |
during the whole of life a |
normal disposition and development |
of body and mind. |
If it were not a fact that health, purity, integrity, intellect and
virtue were being transmitted to a far greater extent than sin and
vice, there would be little good in the world, but the transmission of
these good qualities is so extended, so like the air and the sunshine
and the water, a common thing, that we almost forget to recognize it.
When we turn our thoughts to the investigation of this phase of the
subject, we find that vigorous parents have healthful children, that
powers of intellect are transmitted, and that honesty and uprightness
in the father warrants us in expecting the same in the son. We
recognize the transmission of powers of intellect in the fact that
where the parents have a peculiar talent, we very generally find the
same talent in their children. We are acquainted with musical families,
mathematical families, artistic families, and in the study of renowned
people of the world we find evidences of this transmission of
intellect. We also learn that the effects of education are
transmissible, and if the parents are educated along a certain line the
children receive education along that line much more readily. This fact
becomes a wonderful incentive to us to build up all that is best in our
own natures in order that through us the world may receive an impetus
towards higher and better things.
Sometimes when your faults and defects press upon you with
tremendous force and you find it so very hard to overcome them, you may
be tempted to lay the blame on your ancestry who gave you such a dower,
who by their lives handicapped you in your life-struggle. You may feel
inclined to say with some writer, to me unknown, who says:
Your strictures are unmerited,
Our follies are inherited,
Directly from our gran-pas they all came;
Our defects have been transmitted,
And we should be acquitted
Of all responsibility and blame.
We are not depraved beginners,
But hereditary sinners,
For our fathers never acted as they should;
'Tis the folly of our gran-pas
That continually hampers
What a pity that our gran-pas weren't good!
Yes, we'd all be reverend senators,
If our depraved progenitors
Had all been prudent, studious and wise;
But they were quite terrestial,
Or we would be celestial,
Yes, we'd all be proper tenants for the skies.
If we're not all blameless sages,
And beacons to the ages,
And fit for principalities and powers;
If we do not guide and man it,
And engineer the planet,
'Tis the folly of our forefathersnot ours.
But the lesson of these lines is not that you should lie back in
inaction, making no effort to overcome your defects because they are
inheritances. There is for you a wiser lesson in the theme than that.
When Marshall Ney was taunted with the fact that the Imperial nobility
had no pedigree he proudly replied, We are ancestors.
There is a grand thought for you. If your ancestors did not do the
best for you, will you not profit by your knowledge of this fact and do
the best for those who shall look back to you as their ancestor?
Supposing that your parents in their youth had said: I will take care
of my health so that my children may be born with vigorous bodies; I
will make good use of my intellect so that my children will inherit an
added capacity for acquiring knowledge; I will obey all laws of
morality so that my children will by inheritance tend toward virtue;
and supposing that you to-day, with healthful bodies, keen intellects
and upward tending moral natures, were reaping the reward of their
forethought, would you not bless them for it?
You have no right to remain listless and discouraged because of your
inheritances, whatever they may be. Hear the inspiriting words of Ella
There is no thing you cannot overcome.
Say not thy evil instinct is inherited;
Or that some trait inborn, makes thy whole life forlorn,
And calls for punishment that is not merited.
Back of thy parents and grandparents lies,
The great Eternal Will; that, too, is thine
Inheritancestrong, beautiful, divine;
Sure lever of success for one who tries.
Pry up thy fault with this great leverwill;
However deeply bedded in propensity;
However firmly set, I tell thee firmer yet
Is that great power that comes from truth's immensity.
There is no noble height thou canst not climb;
All triumphs may be thine in time's futurity,
If whatsoe'er thy fault, thou dost not faint or halt,
But lean upon the staff of God's security.
Earth has no claim the soul can not contest.
Know thyself part of the supernal source,
And naught can stand before thy spirit's force
The soul's divine inheritance is best.
The youth of to-day have in their own hands the molding of the
future, not only of themselves, but of the nation, by the every day
habits of their lives. By their thoughts and aspirations, by the moral
tendencies which they are cultivating in themselves, they are
determining what shall be the characteristics of the nation in a
hundred years to come. Shall this be, in a hundred years, a nation of
drunkards? The young people of to-day are deciding that question. Shall
it be a nation of invalids? This, also, the young people are deciding.
Shall it be a nation filled with greed of gain, with a low standard of
morals, with dishonest methods in business, or shall it be a nation
wherein vigorous health is the rule, unflinching courage, absolute
integrity and pure morality shall everywhere reign? What the young
people of to-day are making of themselves physically, mentally and
morally, is deciding what shall be the future of the country.
THE WHITE CROSS.
The cross is considered as an emblem of self-denial, the immolating
of selfish wishes upon the altar of universal good.
In a nobler sense it means not so much self-denial as the creation
of nobler desires, so that the individual wants only those things which
he rightfully should have; he is not obliged to deny himself, because
he asks nothing but that which is noble and pure. In this sense the
cross is not so much the emblem of self-denial as an emblem of
self-ennoblementthe exaltation of self.
The White Cross typifies the purifying of the life from the desire
of mere sense pleasures. It means the noble manhood which claims for
itself the privilege of chastity and the rewards of purity.
The White Cross army is composed of men and boys over fourteen years
of age who unite to resist vice, to secure safety for the home and for
society, to become all that becomes true manhood. In organized
co-operation there is strength. It is not only the long pull and the
strong pull, but the pull altogether, that is thoroughly
Hundreds of men are living the white life individually, but are not
associated together in an effort to influence others. Such association
would result in more rapidly spreading the idea of the responsibility
of the individual, would create public opinion, would give moral
support to those who might find their unaided strength inadequate to
meet the temptations of the world, in short, would furnish the
conditions favorable to the highest ideals of social and individual
The White Cross Society aims to unite men in such an organized
effort for the elevation of moral standards. Its members are pledged to
the keeping of a fivefold obligation. The first of these appeals to the
chivalry latent in the heart of every man, making him a protector of
every woman, however lonely or friendless she may be, recognizing her
potential value to the race; protecting her against his own selfish
desires, against the open and covert assaults of other men, against her
own unwisdom, if need be.
The second obligation pledges the White Cross knight to a pure heart
expressed not only in conduct but in word. He will think and speak
reverently of life in all its phases, and help to cleanse the
languagewritten or spokenof all that pollutes the heart or vitiates
the imagination. The third obligation claims for the White Cross
soldier the glory of living up to the highest moral standards, of being
as pure as the noblest woman that lives. The fourth recognizes the
power of influence and binds the members to a helpful interest in all
The fifth covers the whole scope of life in the obligation to use
every effort to fulfil the command, Keep thyself pure. The heart of
the true man must throb a quick response to the appeal made to him by
the White Cross.
It means marital fidelity, it implies the sanctity of the home, it
creates individual purity, and that insures social purity, it means a
nobler manhood, a grander womanhood, a safer childhood.
The appeal is made to you individually. Will you not become a White
Cross knight? Will you not, even if you cannot join an organized
society, become a standard-bearer of the White Cross, pledging yourself
to its five obligations? Soon you will find others willing to unite
with you in this great work, and the society will be formed.
Each one who reads this book may become a true and faithful knight
of the White Cross, no matter where he may be, in city mart or lonely
farm, in busy shop or quiet school, and not only may he be a soldier,
but he may be a recruiting officer, inducing others to enlist under the
White Cross banner.
THE WHITE CROSS PLEDGE.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
I PROMISE, BY THE HELP OF GOD:
1. To treat all women with respect, and endeavor to protect
them from wrong and degradation.
2. To endeavor to put down all indecent language and coarse
3. To maintain the law of purity as equally binding upon men
4. To endeavor to spread these principles among my
and try to help my younger brothers.
5. To use all possible means to fulfil the command, Keep
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Typographical problems have been changed and are listed below.
Hyphenation and common compound words standardized and listed below.
Author's archaic spelling is preserved.
Author's punctuation style is preserved.
Table of Contents added.
Passages in italics indicated by underscores.
Passages in bold indicated by equal signs.
The following changes were made to the original text:
Prelude: meadow land standardized to meadow-land
had crossed the sunny meadow-land of childhood
by the gate)
Page 7: Added quotes (It has been so long since I saw you
that you have almost grown out of my knowledge.... You
be fifteen years old.)
Page 8: anyone standardized to any one (supposing
try to forget that any one has ever told you
Page 9: every thing standardized to everything (We
go even farther and say with Mr. Grant Allen that
everything high and ennobling in our nature
directly from the fact of sex.)
Page 13: microscrope changed to microscope (they are
visible except with the aid of a microscope)
Page 14: Changed period to comma after to-night (No one
ever talked to me as you have to-night, and I am
makes me want to be better.)
Page 20: Changed single quote to double (that will bring a
blush to the cheeks of either, now, or in the years to
Page 20: Changed ending single quote to double (the doctor
handed him, and then with another Good night,
away in the darkness.)
Page 24: plesaantness changed to pleasantness (all
ways are pleasantness, and all her paths are
Page 26: Added comma after mouth (Your eyes, hair,
mouth, chin, your stature, figure, complexion,
Page 27: prehaps changed to perhaps (You have
them in yourself, though you perhaps have not
Page 31: tobacco using standardized to tobacco-using
(proofs are accumulating of the evil results to the
of tobacco-using parents)
Page 36: transmissable changed to transmissible (We
learn that the effects of education are
Advertisements: Removed extraneous quote after youth (I
can conscientiously recommend it to all who are
in the physical and moral welfare of youth.
Dorman, M. D.)
Advertisements: M D. changed to M. D. (Most
written.Alice B. Stockham, M. D., Chicago.
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