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CUPID'S 
CYCLOPEDIA 



Compiled yvor Daniel Cupid 
bjr Oliver Herford 
and John Cecil Clay 




Charles Sr:ribner's Sons 

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COPYRIGHT, 19 10 




To YOU 



And all whom TOUlove 
And all who love YOU 




A WORD TO THE WISE 

CONTINUE 



Authors' Note 

IT has long been the belief of the authors 
that Love-making should be included 
in the regular curriculum of our schools. 
It seems to us the most important branch 
of co-education. 

How few of us know how to make love 
properly, and how very few, after making 
it, know how to keep it! 

So much depends upon the kind of love 
which IS made. There are no artificial 
methods of preserving love, but the best 
kind will keep forever. Few beginners 
know how to make the lasting kind, and 
many, even, of those with vast experience 



are still quite clumsy. The only way is to 
keep at it. 

We hope that this hook will fill a long- 
felt want. Surely of all long-felt wants the 
want of love seems longest. 

It IS for the earnest student of True 
Love that we have compiled this cyclo- 
pedia. 



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THE first letter, placed 
by Cupid at the head 
of his Alphabet, because 
it stands for Amour, 
Ardor, Art, Affinity, 
Affection, Adoration, 
Affability, Angel, etc.; 
also A is the easiest 
word to spell, with the exception of I. 

The origin of the form of our capital 
letter A is supposed to have been an 
Egyptian symbol (see illustration) repre- 
senting two people engaged in the ancient 
pastime called Kyssin, which survives 
even at the present day. A, by many sup- 
posed to be the oldest 
of the alphabet and 
constituting, as it does, 
the initial of Adam's 
name, was doubtless 
the only letter in exist- 
ence at the time Adam 
learned to write. 




The words Ark, Antediluvian, Ancestry, 
Archaeology, and Antiquity all support 
the above theory. 

Girls like Adelaide, Agatha, Agnes, Alice, 
Althea, Amanda, Amy, Angelina, and 
Arabella, whose initials fall in this letter 
will be Attractive, Amiable, Artless, and in 
the opposite sex most attracted by those of 
Ardent, Ambitious, and Affable disposition. 

Absence. The sixth sense, arrived at by 
the exclusion of the other five. A pow- 
erful stimulant to love. See longing. 
When combined with distance lends 
enchantment to the other five senses. 

Adamant, m. A very hard word. See 
father. 

Admiration. From admi, the Persian 
word meaning love, and ration, food; 
love-food or food of love. 

Affinity, /. Ad, at; finis, boundary; 
at the boundary. The one one meets 
around the corner. 



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Alimony. The fine for speeding in the 
joy-ride of Matrimony. 

Altar. The forge where hearts are 
fused. From the word halter, to hitch. 

Amount. A foreign measure of Love. 

Anchor. The symbol of Hope. See 
Enghsh word hanker, to long for. 

Angel. See HER. 

Appendix. See last page. 

Arm. The arm is a muscular string 
connecting the hand with the shoul- 
der. A man can give his 
arm without giving his 
hand. Coat-of-Arms 
(Cupid's), Heart-shaped 
shield — Gules, pierced by 
an Arrow — Argent. Crest, 
on an olive branch, a 
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Ashes. Fashionable Lenten head-dress. 
Especially effective when combined 
with sackcloth. 



Avowal. 
Love. 



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FOUND ALONG THE SEASHORE IN GREAT NUMBERS DURING THE SUMMER 
MONTHS. THEY CAN HARDLY BE CALLED AQUATIC. AS THEY RARELY GO INTO 
THE WATER MORE THAN ENOUGH TO WET THE FEET. WITH THEIR BEAUTIFULLY 
TANNED ARMS AND NCCKS AND THEIR SHAPELY. GRACEFUL LEGS THEY PRESENT 
A REFRESHING PICTURE TO THE TIRED-EYED. OFFICE-FAGGED WEEK-ENDER 



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IS supposed to take its 
shape from the popular 
and industrious insect 
known as the Bee (see 
illustration). Others 
claim that its form is 
copied from the curves 
of Cupid's Bow. In 
either case its chief characteristic is 
Busy-ness. 

B is a letter beloved of all. Bashful, 
Bouncing, Beautiful, and Bonny, all of 
which pleasing attributes are the natural 
inheritance of the girls to whose lot 
the initial B shall 
fall. See Betty, Bella, 
Bertha, Bridget, and 
Belinda. 

The most con- 
genial qualities of the 
opposite sex will be 
Bravery, Brawn, Brisk- 
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Baby. A small thing somewhat resem- 
bhng a cupid without wings. 

Bachelor, n. An immune. 

Balcony. Cupid's fire escape. 

Beauty, /. An affection of the skin; 
taking but not contagious. Most popu- 
lar American export. 

Best. Best girl — see Her. 

Bill. See coo. 

Bird. See hat. 

Blush. A weakness of youth and an 
accomplishment of experience. The 
pink of impropriety. 

Bond. There are two kinds. The 
United States bonds and Cupid's bonds 
of the united state. 

Bravery. A quality looked for in man, 
found in woman. The personal adorn- 
ment of a woman and the mental adorn- 
ment of a man. 



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Breach, I^reach of promise suit. A suit 
made to fit the devil, but sometimes 
worn by Cupid. 

Break, to break hearts. Popular pas- 
time of the American girl. 

Brute, ;/. A husband. 



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IS the curliest of all the 
letters. It takes its 
shape from the first 
golden curl, given as a 
Love Token by Cupid 
to Psyche, when he 
found her again, after 
their first quarrel, thus 
originating the Society of Psychical Re- 
search and the Engagement Ring. 

C, being the initial of Cupid, has many 
of his charming graces, being Careless, 
Coquettish, Capricious, Clandestine, 
Clinging, and Curious. 

These charms will also be found in the 
maids who follow the 
curly initial C. 

Among the C girls are 
the following: Chloe, 
Clorinda, Clarice, Clara, 
Clementine, Catherine, 
Constance, Cynthia, and 
Carol. 




The attractive qualities of their affini- 
ties are Candor, Coolness, Cynicism, 
Cleverness, and Cash. 

Cake, Wedding Cake. A saccharine 
monument to the memory of Love. 

Care. The Mother of Thrift and the 
Child of Extravagance. If you do not 
take it before marriage it will over- 
take you after. 

-^Caress. A sort of dope; very enjoyable. 

Cash. A sort of window fastener to keep 
Love from flying out. 

Cad, m. The other man. 

Cat, /. The other woman. 

Chair. A small ingeniously constructed 
seat for two people. Called after Che- 
ops, the inventor. The first chair was 
presented to Cassiopeia and now ap- 
pears in the constellation of that name. 

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Cheese. Part of Cupid's Menu (Bread 
and Cheese and Kisses). 

Clock. A paradoxical chaperon who is 
least in the way when it doesn't go. 

Company. 2. 

Consent. See Papa. 

Coo. See bill. 

Courtship. A picturesque gateway to 
a commonplace estate. 

Crowd. 3. 

Cure, of Love. Marriage. 

Curiosity. The taper which lights the 
flame of Love. 

Curl, /. A man trap. v. to curl. The 
dog curls up to sleep, the cat curls up to 
sleep, even my lady curls up to sleep. 

Cynic. One who has been stung. 



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The letter D dates from 
about 967 B. C. 

Hipopotamia, one of 
Solomon's many wives, 
having been blessed 
with no children, had 
a little pet animal, pre- 
sumably much hke the 
modern lap Jog, of which she was very 
fond and was forever exclaiming of it, 
'* Isn't it Dear!" or *^ Isn't it a Darling!" 
Solomon would invariably reply, **No, 
Dog gone it!" and sometimes even, **No, 

D it!" Then Hipopotamia would 

smile, disclosing two very lovely Dimples. 

Realizing the useful- 
ness of such words, 
Solomon created the 
letter D, in order to be 
able to spell them. In 
the hieroglyphics of the 
times it was written as 
this fragment will show, 




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the form being taken from Hipopotamia's 
little pet dog, Hydrophobia. 

D has turned out to be one of the most 
useful letters in Cupid's Alphabet, begin- 
ning as it does, Dearie, Ducky, Dreams, 
DeHght, Determination, and Desire. But 
it has an unhappy side in Don't, Disap- 
pointment, and Despair. 

The girls under this letter are all Dar- 
lings. See any one of them. 

Darling. From Dearling, a little Dear 
— sometimes excessively dear. 

Dear. Beloved — also expensive. 

Dawn. A term for early morning, used 
by people who don't have to get up. 

Defects. What a woman loves a man 
for. 

Delusion. Hope's dressmaker. 

Desire. Love's partner. 



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Dimple, /. A pitfall in a garden of Blush 
Roses. 

Doggerel. Rhyme without reason, gen- 
erally written by puppies. 

Dough. That which is kneaded. A 
slang word for money. 

Dove. A tender fowl, popular both in 
poetry and cookery books. When too 
old to roast or broil, may be served up 
in verse as the emblem of conjugal love. 

Dream. Fem. Term used by a woman 
describing a hat. 

Mas. Term describing the woman 
used by the man who is destined to buy 
the hat. 

I Duel. The highest compliment two men 
'^ can pay one woman. 

Duty. A millstone sometimes mistaken 
by Cupid for a heart. What we expect 
in others. 



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The letter E takes its 
shape from the Ele- 
phant, in whose sym-» 
bohcal anatomy it plays 
the most important 
part. 

It is the belief of sci- 
entists that no animal 
has been responsible for more exclama- 
tions expressive of amazement than the 
Elephant, the presence of **E" inl^jacu- 
lation, E xtraordinary, E gad, E normous, 
is directly traceable to the close relation 
of the letter to that popular pachyderm. 

The girls under E, for 
instance, Edith, Eleanor, 
Elizabeth, Elsie, Emily, 
Emma, Esther, Eunice, 
Evangeline, and Evelina, 
are distinguished for 
Ease, Elegance, Ex- 
citability, and Econ- 
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attracted in the opposite sex by Extrava- 
gance, Eccentricity, and Earlyrising. 

Escape. Divorce. 

Eternity. 'Til be down in a minute." 

Evil. A wile of the devil. 

"Ever and for Ever." The devil of a 
while. 

Excuse. Self accusation. 

Experience. An expensive tutor. 

Eyebrow. A mustache worn over the 
eye. An incentive to sonnets. 



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The form of the letter 
F was first discovered 
on an ancient fragment 
of pottery by a German 
archaeologist, in the 
shape of a sandal on 
what is supposed to be 
the foot of Achilles. As 
will be seen in the accompanying cut the 
heel of the sandal and the part covering 
what is known as the ** tendon of Achilles" 
is peculiarly designed for the protection 
of that part of the foot which was the 
only vulnerable spot in Achilles's foot. 
This can at best be accepted only as an 
ingenious conjecture. 

F girls will be Frank, 
Fragile, and Fastidi- 
ous, and those named 
Fanny, Felicia, Flora, 
Fidelia, Florence, Fran- 
ces, or Flo will find their 
affinities in those of the 





opposite sex who are Fearless, Fickle, 
and Fantastic. 

Fainting. (Obsolete.) A fem- 
inine manoeuvre. 

Fashion. Fem. The sum of 

all the virtues. fig 1 

Fig, Fig Leaf. A Fall Fash- 
ion of a false modiste. See Fig. i. 

First. First Love. An appetiser. First 
Kiss. Much has been written about 
the exquisite joy of this, still it is 
unsatisfying, hence the Second, the 
Third, etc., ad lib. 

Flirtation. A way for two people, who 
are not married to each other, to pass 
the time. As a matter of fact a flirta- 
tion isn't anything, it's a thing to do 
and is really easier to do than to de- 
scribe. There are many sorts of Flirta- 



tion. The Every-day or Sidewalk Flir- 
tation is the commonest kind. Other 
very popular forms are the Eye, the 
Eyebrow, the Fan, the Glove, the 
Handkerchief, and the Foot Flirtation. 
A natural attribute to woman, but an 
easily acquired accomplishment in man. 

Forever. Love's promissory note (sub- 
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The present form of the 
letter G is derived from 
the ancient Babylonian 
symbol Gee. The letter 
in its present shape is 
composed of only half 
of the Babylonian 
symbol, which is 
properly written GG or Gee Gee (see cut). 
When we consider that without this 
letter there could be no girls in the 
world, we should be thankful for G; in 
fact we are in favor of its being made 
the National Thanksgiving Letter. 

Gertrude, Georgiana, 
Grace, and all the girls 
of this letter will be Glori- 
ous with their Gener- 
osity, Gentleness, Grace, 
and Gaiety, and cannot 
be won by Gold or 
Gems. He who would win 




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one of these must be Guileless and 
Go-ahead. 

Garter, (seekneo A species of serpent. 

Gas, Gas-light. A light often too weak 
for one and generally too strong for two. 
"The fainter the gas the braver the 
beau.^' — Shakespeare. 

Girl. The beginning of trouble. An 
apple blossom in the Garden of Love. 

Gooseberry. An unbidden fruit. 

Gossip. Nothing to speak of. 

Grass Widow. A Grass Widow is a 
Widow which makes hay. 



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TYPE FOUND PRETTY MUCH ALL OVER NORTH AMERICA 

NOTE THE HEAD-DRESS OR WAR-BONNET OF FEATHERS. THEY 
HAVE ALSO VARIOUS COLORED SUBSTANCES KNOWN AS 
■• WAR-PAINT," WHICH THEY SMEAR ON THEIR FACES. GIVING A 
GHASTLY AND UNNATURAL APPEARANCE. THIS PRACTICE IS 
QUITE COMMON. SOME OF THIS TYPE. HOWEVER, ARE MOST 
ATTRACTIVE, ESPECIALLY THOSE FOUND IN THE UN-UNITED STATF 



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THE eighth letter of 
Cupid's Alphabet,takes 
its form from the Hittite 
symbol meaning, **An 
Heir has been born to 
his House." The sym- 
bol as shown in the 
cut represents two 
Hittite gentlemen shaking hands. The 
gladder looking one is the proud father, 
and is being congratulated upon the birth 
of his first son. (Girls did not count for 
so much then as now.) In later sym- 
bolic writing this symbol came to stand 
for a pleasant or good-natured greeting, 
as shown in such words as, 
Howdhy (Hittite), How 
(North American Indian), 
Howdedo (New England), 
Hello (Telephonic), and 
Hail. 

It would be hard to reck- 
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good this letter has done, for without Hell 
and Headache how many of us would be 
good ? And O the joys of life! For with- 
out H where would Happiness and the 
Honeymoon be ? And where Heart, 
Hope, Health, and Harmony ? 

Girls under this sign will be Hand- 
some, Honest, and Home-loving, but those 
named Helen, Harriet, Henrietta, and 
Hannah seem to be easily Hypnotized by 
Hollow, Hypocritical Humbugs of the 
opposite sex. 

Hooray ! 

Happiness. The mainspring of the good- 
time piece. 

Heaven. "All in her eye.'' 

Heart. The ticker in the Bourse of 
Love. 

Hearticulture. See Cupid's Almanac. 

Hell ! An expression of petulance. 



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Hesitation. The thief of good times. 

Honesty. A bunker in the game of 
Love. 

Honeymoon. The sugar on the bread 
of matrimony. 

Hope. ** . . . the child of Care, 
And pretty sister of Despair." 



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The letter I spells by 
itself the most popular 
word in our language, 
though, under Cupid's 
spell, the word *'U'' is 
more thought of, ^'You 
and I" being often the 
most happy of Cupid's 
combinations. I is the most Attenuated 
letter of the Alphabet. 

By some the letter I is supposed to have 
possessed originally a well-rounded and 
ornate figure, having been worn to its 
present thread-like shape by constant use 
in speech and writing. 

When not acting in its popular 
capacity of First Personal Pronoun, 
I is anything but popular as a letter, 
standing as it does for Indifference, 
Irksomeness, Insignificance, Indus- 
try, and other uncongenial things. 
I has a leaning to the cold and 
classic in its choice of females. 



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some of its favorites being, Iphigenia, 
Irene, Imogen, Ivias, and lolanthe. To 
these ladies the most appeahng mascuHne 
quahties will be Irony, Idleness, Inde- 
pendence, and Impecuniosity. 

I. The most popular letter in the 
alphabet. 

If. The drawbridge to the Castle of 
Hope. 

Illusion. Love's tailor and Art's 
servant. 

Ink. The stuff that Bills, Books, and 

Billet-doux are made of. 

iTSfNocENCE. A moral vacuum. 





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WE are confident, takes 
its shape from one of 
Venus's doves. We 
don't know which one, 
but we think it is the 
Dove of Peace or pos- 
sibly the Turtle Dove; 
we are quite sure it is 
not from the Ring Dove. To strengthen 
our theory we present herewith a cut of 
a fragment of a loving cup presented to 
Cupid at a dinner given in his honor by 
the Ancient and Honorable Society of 
Psychic Research, just when we cannot 
tell, for unfortunately the date is only 
left in part, but it must have been long, 
long ago when Love was 
very young. 

There has been much 
controversy over this frag- 
ment, some claiming it to 
represent a Jay Bird, oth- 
ers a Duck, some an Owl 




because of the moon in its eye, but we are 
sure it's a love of a Dove! Why ? Be- 
cause a Jay Bird is blue, a Duck has 
webbed feet, and an Owl a hooked bill. 

It is a jolly letter and has been the be- 
ginning of much Joy and foolish Jealousy. 
The worst thing it ever did was when it 
started the word Jilt. 

The men most attractive to such Jolly 
girls as Jane, Julia, Josephine, Jemima, 
Juliet, and Juliana are those of Just but 
Jovial disposition. 

Jealousy. Cupid's shadow. 
Jest. See life. 

" Life is a jest 
And all things show it; 

I thought so once — 
But now I know it." 

— Gays Epitaph. 

Jilt. An angel unawares. Originally 
Jolt, i. e.y a jolt on the path of True Love 



which never runs smooth. Schopen- 
hauer in his great work on Dutch Treats 
spells it chilt^ and gives it as an obsolete 
past tense of the verb to chill. 

Joy. The Libretto of Laughter. 

June. The time to make hay. 




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The form of the letter 
K we trace to the Assyr- 
ian Cherubis Figure of 
Karubi, *'the mighty," 
who stood at the Gate- 
way of Earthly Happi- 
ness and guarded the 
Pathway of True Love. 
It is strange that these composite boy- 
bird figures were also known as Shedi. 
The nearest word we have to which 
is the Hebrew shedim (devils). Un- 
questionably it is from the word Karubi 
that we get our word Kubid or Cupid. 

The girls under this sign 
are usually named Kath- 
erine (meaning Pure) or one 
of its diminutives — Kitty or 
Kate. They are always Kind 
and extremely Kissable,while 
the men are apt to be Keen, 
Knowledge-seeking, and 
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Khef. (Pronounced kejf.) Arabic slang, 
to loaf happily, to invite one's soul. 
The action of doing nothing. 

Kindness. The larger half of the other 
boy's apple. 

King. The card that takes the Queen. 

KiSMATE. A young lady one is on kissing 
terms with. 

Kismet. Originally kiss met, meaning 
Good Luck. 

Kiss. A course of procedure, cunningly 
devised, for the mutual stoppage of 
speech at a moment when words are 
superfluous. 

Kissing. See under mustache. A pas- 
time of the unmarried. 

Knee. An adjustable, animated settee 
designed for the use of ladies. 



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Knowledge. Dame Nature's lover. 
Knot. An entanglement. 




TRUE LOVER'S HALF HITCH MARRIAGE 

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ONG, long ago, the 
God of Love was sup- 
posed to dwell in the 
Moon and was called 
Lameck (the Moon 
God). From the some- 
times startling effect 
moonlight had upon the 
sentimental, it was believed that the moon- 
beams were the arrows of the God of Love 
(Cupid's Arrows). Hence this symbol (see 
cut) came to mean affection, and from it 
came the letter L, ranking very high in 
Cupid's Alphabet, beginning, as it does, 
the most important word in the history of 
the world. Love. This 
symbol was usually 
found, as in Cupid's 
Alphabet, following the 
symbol of Kubid, and 
meaning that Love 
follows in the path of 
Cupid. 




The neo-Babylonian characters are the 
most sentimental ever known, as they are 
made up almost entirely of arrangements 
of this symbol slightly conventionalized. 

Lois, Laura, Leonora, Lucy, Lydia, 
Lucretia, Louise, and Lucinda, the 
women under this sign, are Languid, 
Luscious, Lackadaisical, and Loving; 
while the men are usually named Lionel 
and are Light-hearted, and Lazy. 

Note: — It is interesting to note the 
Chinese use of the same symbol sur- 
rounded by tears JV , pronounced sim, 
meaning Heart. Jj Jj 

Lap. a pillow. See Gray. 

"Here rests his head upon the lap of earth." 

Lips. The two edges or borders of the 
mouth; the two fleshy or muscular 
parts composing the opening of the 
mouth. Generally used for kissing, 
cussing, and conversation. 



Loneliness. An instigation. The mar- 
ried man's meat, the single man's 
poison. 

Lottery. From lot, state; awry, askew. 
A cynical definition of marriage. 

Love. A transitory derangement of all 
7— the five senses. ' The chemistry of at- 
traction. "^ 

Lure. Cupid's signposts, not always 
safe to follow. They may be found in 
many and fantastic shapes, such as a 
bow of ribbon, a stray ringlet, a side- 
long glance, a sigh, or a breath of helio- 
trope. 



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IS so ancient that no 
one really knows where 
it came from. How- 
ever, because of the 
fragment of the jar 
shown here (see cut), 
found just outside the 
Garden of Eden and 
representing two outsiders bargaining, the 
origin of this letter has been credited to 
the Hebrews, and is interesting in show- 
ing the politeness of these early people. 
Money, Moses, and Mercantile all 
strengthen this theory. 
Girls of this letter 
will be Modest and 
will have Merry and 
Magnetic dispositions, 
and vv'ill be most hap- 
py when married to 
Masterful, Manly 
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The one thing to mar this letter is its 
connection with the word Mitten. 

Marriage. The conventional ending of 
a love affairj A lonesome state. 

Memory. A thing to forget with. 

Mirror (her mirror). Cupid's cook 
stove. 

Misery. Lover of Company. 

Modesty. Conscious purity. 

Mole. The exception that proves the 
rule. 

Money. See Uncle. 

Monogamy. Sometimes spelling mo- 
notony. 

Moon. A planetary old maid who busies 
herself about other people's love affairs 
and the recipient of love confidences. 

Mrs. The O. K. of respectability. 



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Mustache. As Kipling says: "Kissing 
a man without a mustache is Hke eating 
an egg without salt." ( ?) The ques- 
tion was recently put before the Ten 
Million subscribers of The Perfectladys 
Home Journal, every one of whom, 
without a single exception, replied that 
she did not know — never having eaten 
an egg without salt. 

A Masculine Note:— If SHE is an M 
girl you will be lucky if HER name is 
Malinda or Miriam or Mabel or 
Miranda or Melicent or Maud or 
Mehetabel or Magdalene or Maria or 
Minerva or Marion or Minna or Mar- 
garet or Matilda or Marcia or Marianne 
or Melissa or Martha or Mary. 




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IS the sign of the nega- 
tive, and is found first 
in the form of an eel on 
an ancient Egyptian 
tablet from a lady re- 
fusing her hand in mar- 
riage and slipping out 
of it in a nice and 
graceful manner. Evidently the symbol 
of polite refusal. 

N girls, Hke Nora and Nancy and Nell 
will be Nice and Naive and sometimes 
Naughty. It is not a popular letter with 
men because of its association with Nerv- 
ous, No, Never, and Numb. 



Nature. DameNat- 
ure. The mistress 
of the House of 
Life, in which 
Love is ever the 
favored guest. 




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Neglect. A breakfast food of Love. 

Never! A feminine sign of yielding. 

-f- No. Feminine for Tes. 

Nothing. The boundaries of the Uni- 
verse and of Love. 

Number. (Cupid's Lucky Number) 2. 



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HAS its origin in the 
Wedding Ring and is 
the symbol of Eternity. 
It seems to have been 
used by all the peoples 
of the Earth, as we find 
it in the Babylonian, 
Archaic, Old Aramaean, 
Cypriote, and practically in all writings of 
all times. 

From its very shape it means happiness 
and content. 

O girls will be Orderly, and in olden 
times were fond of Osculation. The men 
are often Odd, Ostentatious, and Over- 
bearing. 



Oceans. A minute 
measure of Love. 

Oh! An exclamation 
meaning *'this is so 
sudden." 




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Onions. Should never be eaten alone. 

Opportunity. An invitation of Fate. 

Osculation. A game of chance. 

Own. To possess. From onus, a bur- 
den. 





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IN its primitive form 
was the symbol of pair- 
ing, being, as the cut 
shows, a combination 
of U and I. The sort 
of thing a bashful lover 
would carve on a tree 
or stone or scratch in 
taking a walk with his 



the sand 
adored one. 

It seems natural that it should stand for 
Perfume, Poetry, Pastime, Pleasure, Pas- 
sion, Panacea, Paradise, and Peace. 

In Cupid's Alphabet, to prevent the 
slightest breath of scandal, it is always 
placed after the symbol of 
the wedding ring. 

The girls who come within 
the pale of this letter (see 
Phyllis, Prudence, Pearl, 
Penelope, Pauline, Philippa, 
Phcebe, or Priscilla), will be 
Petite and Pretty and will 




have perfect Poise. While the men will 
be Polite and Polished, great Posers and 
Poker Players, but Pliable in the hands 
of woman. 

Passion. The father of Tenderness. 

Purity. The mother of Tenderness. 
Unconscious modesty. (See Modesty.) 

Past. Something to be forgotten. 

Patience. The tip Time gives to the 
waiter. 

Pity. Love's half brother. 

•^Pleasure. True Love's shadow. 

Prudence. "Said Love: * How strange 
we never met before; 
But now we've met, I hope we'll meet 
no more !'" 



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II AS shown by this an- 
cient bit of sculpture, 
in its original hiero- 
glyphical form repre- 
sented a lover's quarrel, 
and, from the cast of 
features, presumably an 
Amorite. This proves 
it of very ancient origin, as in the early 
times the Amorites were the dominant 
race of Syria and Canaan, which are 
named on the oldest Babylonian monu- 
ments *'the land of the Amorites." (See 
map of Amouria.) There are plenty of 
Amourites in the world to-day, but they 
show not the slightest 
desire to congregate, 
but, quite to the con- 
trary, can be found 
wandering off in pairs 
at the slightest pretext. 
Such words as Quib- 
ble, Quirk, Quiz, Quip, 




Q 

and Querulous seem to strengthen the 
unpleasant features of this letter. 

Fortunately there are no Q girls; they 
would be very Queer if there were. 

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VERY DANGEROUS TO MAN 



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This form we find first 
used as the symbol on 
the seal of Rabsaris, 
chief of the eunuchs, 
in the reign of Senna- 
cherib, King of Assyria. 
The symbol evidently 
represents Rabsaris at 
his daily task of watching the ladies of 
the Royal Harem to see that they did not 
indulge too freely in sweetmeats. Some 
wit of the day twisted Rabsaris into 
Rabart, in Assyrian, to stretch, to Rub- 
ber, and so a new symbol in the writing 
of the times was born and we have the 
letter R. 

Not the most cheerful 
letter in Cupid's Alphabet, 
bringing with it as it does, 
Refusal, Regret, Remorse, 
Revenge, *' Please Remit," 
and that great hindrance to 
Lovers, Reason. 




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Girls under this sign combine the sweet- 
ness of the Rose with the fire and depth 
of the Ruby, and will be most attracted 
to those in the opposite sex of Reckless 
and Roving disposition. 

Religion. **In the religion of Love the 
courtesan is a heretic; but the nun is 
an atheist." — Richard Garnett. 

Ribbon. A rope in disguise. 

Rice. The confetti of matrimony. 

Ring. Symbol of slavery. 

Romance. Once upon a time. Seldom 
twice. 

Rose. The hardest working flower in 
Love's Garden. 

Ruffle. A frill on the outskirts of good 
form. 

Rule, Golden Rule. **Do unto others," 
etc. Canonical extenuation of Oscula- 
tion. 



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The story of S is Sad- 
ness. 

Monday in the Gar- 
den and a lovely day. 
Just enough air stirring 
to rustle the leaves 
soothingly. 

Tuesday, another 
such day. 
Wednesday, if anything better. 
Thursday, a wonderful day, languor- 
ous w^ith the perfume of flowers. The 
birds never sang so sweetly, the butter- 
flies never seemed so brilliant. The little 
silver brook fell into the lake with so 
soothing a sound and the 
drowsy hum of the bee was 
like a lullaby. Such a dreamy 
contentment seemed to per- 
vade the whole Garden. I jke 
the breath of a rose a caressing 
zephyr sighed overhead and 
creaked ever so little the old 




signboard nestled among the leaves. The 
old signboard with this inscription in quaint 
characters, ^' Quamdiu se bene gessent/' 
Adam looked up from where he lolled in 
the soft grass and smiled as at an old 
friend. He stretched and drew a deep 
breath of content. The day seemed the 
most wonderful he had known. 

Friday, Black Friday they called it 
afterward, broke clear and bright, but on 
the horizon great piles of black cloud and 
far off the ominous muttering of thunder. 
All nature seemed nervous and a-tremble. 
The breeze was fitful and petulant and the 
hush of some impending evil hung over 
the Garden. The old signboard creaked 
sharply. Poor Adam! (Poor Us ! ! !) 
There confronting him was this word in 
fresh bright paint, 

(See Note) *'SKYDDU" 

That night it rained. Oh, how it 
rained! 



Because this symbol (see cut), pro- 
nounced es like the hiss of a serpent, can 
be traced back to the day the Adams 
moved, and which stood for Sin, Scandal, 
Shame, Sorrow, Scorn, Satire, Suspicion, 
Scowl, and Selfishness, people have been 
willing to accept Adam's story, and the 
poor old serpent has been made the scape- 
goat in the whole afTair. 

We have gone very carefully into this 
matter, and we find that Adam was a lazy 
poet and dreamer and was put out of Eden 
for not paying his rent. 

The girls under S will be Stylish, Sen- 
timental, Sincere, and Simple in their 
tastes, while the men will be Silver- 
tongued and Smooth. 



Note : — ^This quaint form of Dispossess Notice we 
find used all through the Stone and Iron Ages. 



Secret. A feminine invention for the 
rapid dissemination of news. 

Sense. The safest fuel for the flame on 
Love's Ahar. 

Sensitiveness. A symptom. 

Sentiment. Baedeker to the Land of 
Love. Tells you what to admire. 

Sigh. The rustle of a caged cupid's 
wings. 

Silence. If silence gives consent, how 
is it women marry? 

Sin. a matter of opinion. What other 
people do and we talk about. 

1 Sofa. A receptacle for spoons. 

Spoon. An arrangement for supplying 
nourishment to the lovesick. 

Suspicion. A hair of the wrong color. 

Sympathy. Love's sister. 



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In Adam's Autobiog- 
raphy we find, toward 
the end of the sojourn 
in the Garden, this 
symbol (see cut on 
this page) often used 
and always in this 
sense, '*And being an- 
hungered we went to the v:^:^ pst>y 

and ate." Poetic translators 

of these lines have been 

pleased to call this symbol 

"The Tree of Life,'' and weave a pretty 

story around it which 

fits in with Adam's 

folderol about the 

snake. 
We find, however, much 

used in the Phoenician 

hieroglyphics, the most 

ancient of all languages, 






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this symbol, ^^v^'^p^ the sign of 
the usurer or /I pawn-shop. 
This uhques- J/ tionably estab- 

hshes our ver- '^^-ir^ gion of this gar- 
den story. (See S.) The variation in 
Adam's way of writing the symbol is due 
either to that extreme sense of delicacy 
which would naturally make him wish 
to disguise the unpleasant, or to sheer 
laziness. He was such a poet. 

Girls fortunate enough to come under 
this letter will be Tender and True, and 
will be most attracted by Tall, Talented, 
Temperate men. 

Telephone. Love's Telephone Num- 
ber: — Two Won, O Heaven! ! 

Temptation. Woman. Anything for- 
bidden. A challenge. An invitation 
to don't. 

Tenderness. Moonlight. 



Three. A crowd. Love's unlucky num- 
ber. 

L-TiME. Woman's worst enemy. ' A cure- 
"^ all. 

True Love. An old-fashioned senti- 
ment. 

Trust. A love-preserver on the Ship of 
Joy. 

Truth. A very painful irritant. 

Two. Company. 



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The old Assyrians, 
needing men for their 
many wars, did not be- 
lieve in Race Suicide. 
The law therefore was 
that all men arriving at 
the age of twenty-three 
and not married must 

wear a yoke of wood about the neck un- 
til such time as they should wed. (Old 

bachelors were rare in Assyria.) 

It is natural then that the yoke should 

have become the symbol of bachelorhood. 

The cut herewith shows this symbol from 

a tablet from the Epic of 

Nimrod. U takes its form 

from this yoke and its 

sound from the Assyrian 

UN, implying negation, 

as shown in such words 

as Unit, Until, Unsafe, 

Unacceptable, Un-amia- 

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broken, Uncalled, Undutiful, Unburied, 
Unfashionable, Unfeeling, Unfruitful, 
Unpoetic, Unmarried, and Unwise. 

U girls are usually Unsophisticated and 
Unaffected, and the men for them to 
marry should be Useful, Upright, and 
Urbane. 

Un. a cantankerous prefix which con- 
tradicts every adjective it meets. 

Union. A combination of at least two 
unmarried states. 



Us. The plural of U. 



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ORIGINATED from an 
early representation of 
Venus rising from the 
sea. 

This symbol was used 
upon the ** Ladies' En- 
trance" to all the pub- 
lic baths of the ancients. 
In Cupid's Alphabet, in honor of his 
mother, this symbol was the last and 
stood for Veneration and Virtue, but as 
customs changed it became necessary to 
add the Wedding symbol. 

From the fact that Venus had five 
sweethearts, came the use of this symbol 
to denote 5. 

Valeria, Victoria, Vir- 
ginia, Vivian, Vera, and 
Violet, the lucky girls 
under this sign, will be 
as sweet as the Verbena 
and Versed in every art 
to make the male heart 




Vibrate Violently. The men will be 
Vigorous but Visionary, and inclined to 
be fond of the Vine. 

Vanity. Everything. 
Variety. Is the spice of Love, 
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COMES from the very 
sacred and beautiful 
symbol of Wedlock. 
One cannot realize, un- 
less quite familiar with 
these ancient peoples, 
with what reverence 
they held this symbol. 
What poetry and romance surged through 
the mind of him who gazed upon it, what 
fluttering of heart, what dizziness. Yes, 
the ancients loved marriage. They adored 
it! Some of them were so devoted to it 
that they did it over and over again, 
Solomon for instance. At times the rush 
was so great that the 
clerks in the Office 
of Record would get 
behind in their 
work, and in their 
haste would neglect 
to make the hole 




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in the wedding ring, showing the Bride- 
groom's hand so JVj in the symbol 

and giving the opportunity for some 
one to advance the theory that this 
symbol did not mean marriage, but 
represented the doctor offering a pill to 
his patient, meaning sickness. This is 
absurd! 

W girls will be Wholesome, Winning, 
and Wise, and will be most happy when 
Wedded to men of Wealth. 

"^^^t^^AisT. The equator of Heaven. 

Web. a net. An entanglement. Doubt- 
less from the German wetb, woman. 

Wedding. A necessary formality before 
securing a divorce. 

Widow. The most dangerous variety of 
unmarried female. 






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mestic machine. 

Woman. The last but not the least of all 
created things, an afterthought. 





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COMES from Cupid's 
own mark, used by him 
in the days before writ- 
ing was invented and 
every one had his or her 
own particular mark 
to sign checks, I. O. U's, 
and Love Letters. 
We are indebted to the British Mu- 
seum for allowing us access to their 
treasure chambers. There we find this 
mark on many dainty billet-doux left upon 
Psyche's dressing table by Cupid. 

The symbol, for many centuries, of 
True Love, and many variations of it 
were used; such as: 

I I am overjoyed. 

f I have the blues. 

Fly with me. 
^ — ^Meet me. 





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^ Let us be married. 
Ji ""^ I love you not. 



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yn^-^ I leave tov^n to-morrow. 

^ ^ ^ Come back, I love you. 

X girls are usually thought of with 
great tenderness by a man, but they are 
sometimes a considerable annoyance, as, 
for example, Xanthippe. 




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A derivative of Wise. 
We show here the 
central figure from a 
decoration over the 
entrance to the Temple 
of Cupid, and natu- 
rally supposed to repre- 
sent the High Priest 
pronouncing the Wedding Blessing. With 
this before us it is easy to understand 
why Y is the parent of such words as 
Yearn, Yea, Yielding, Yes, and Yoking. 

Another poetic minded archaeologist 
has tried to persuade us to his theory 
that the romantic ancients, who were for- 
ever giving human form to 
things, symbolized in this fig- 
ure the Waterfall. His the- 
ory is without foundation. 

Y girls will be ever Youth- 
ful and are rare as Yttrium. 
They should be much 
sought after by You men. 




Yes. Cupid's password. 
Yesterday. Regret. 
You. Whoever you are. 

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The symbol, shown 
herewith, from an an- 
cient roller seal dating 
back to the earliest days 
of the Turkish race, 
shows its owner wor- 
shipping at the shrine 
of Kupid. (Hence the 
word Zealot.) The arrangement of his 
hair shows him to be a bachelor, so pre- 
sumably he is beseeching Cupid's aid in 
some amour. 

A very similar figure is used in later 
symbolic writings, supposed to represent 
Zeuxis kneeling before 
one of his own paint- 
ings, and stood for ego- 
tism and conceit. 

We also have the same 
form used so ^^ _?yrn- 



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{SEE MAP) 

A MORiA is the most ancient and honor- 
uL able country upon the earth's sur- 
-^ J^ face and is without question the 
most intensely populated. It is a green 
and fertile country, and the principal 
occupation of its people is hearticultural 
husbandry. The form of government is 
Home Rule, and to ^become a citizen, 
although born in the country, it is required 
that at least one complete journey be 
made from end to end of the country's 
principal highway. This at first seems 
an odd requirement, but there is good 
reasoning behind it. First, as this great 
highway, known as the Path of True 
Love, in its devious windings touches 
practically every portion of the kingdom 
— the trip is likely to open the traveller's 
eyes and teach him much of the resources 
and conditions of the country he wishes 
to call his own. Second, as the road is 



rough and in places sometimes seemingly 
impassable, the trip will test the deter- 
mination and stability of the most hearty. 

Turn to the map and we find Amoria 
bounded on three sides by Misanthropia, 
the State of Indifference, and the Sea of 
Oblivion, emptying into which the Quar- 
rel River forever pours its flotsam and 
jetsam. On the upper side you will see 
it is bounded by the edge of the map; this 
is because it is too cold in that direction to 
sustain human life. 

Let us now follow, upon the map, the 
course of this historic road. 

Far up in the corner of the map we find 
Mount Curiosity — its snow-capped peaks 
lost in the soft gray veil of mist that has 
prevented the scientists from determining 
its greatest heights. The ascent of the 
mountain is usually made on the side 
where it comes nearest to the State of In- 
difference (see note T) ; here a well-worn 

Note Y. It seems more than mere coincidence that the 
Path of Least Resistance should run up Mount Curiosity 
on the side nearest to the borders of the State of Indiffer- 



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UNFORTUNATE BY-PATHS LIKELY TO MISLEAD THE WAYFARER TO A WRO 

LARGE DEGREE OF UNHAPPIN'ESS ENCOUNTERED, BESIO 




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path, known as the Path of Least Resist- 
ance, takes one by such a gradual and 
agreeable route that little or no effort is 
realized in the climb, and it is usually a 
surprise when, just a little below the frost 
line, one comes suddenly upon a little 
plateau high, high, in the heavens. Here 
the air is salubrious and the temperature 
even. The view is so wonderful in the 
early Dawn that the most phlegmatic will 
become enthusiastic. This little plateau 
is known as the Plateau Platonic and is 
quite flat. In spite of its beauty and 
charm few travellers are satisfied to rest 
here long. 

In leaving the plateau one must have a 
care, for there are two paths quite similar 
in appearance — one leading up the moun- 
tain to nowhere and loneliness, and the 

ence, and there is a very ancient tradition that the first 
person to make the ascent came from that easy-going 
country. 

We believe this tradition to be another version of the 
Adam and Eve story, and feel that it conclusively proves 
us right in our calculations as to the exact location of the 



other the commencement of the Path of 
True Love. The careful traveller need 
not mistake the path, for beside the en- 
trance, at about the height of a man's 
heart and nailed to a great Oak, is a 
crudely fashioned hand with finger point- 
ing the way. This is called the Hand of 
Fate. Alas, too few take the trouble to 
look for this guide, and many take the 
wrong path; while those who, by sheer 
luck, take the right one are easily dis- 
couraged because of the very uncertain 
condition o^mind they soon find them- 
selves in. These usually lose heart be- 
fore going a great way, or in their careless 
method of progress take some wrong turn- 
ing and come to a swift and bad end. 

But we will follow the progress of the 
traveller who believes in signs. 

Garden of Eden. We claim it was situated in that part 
of the State of Indifference near to and in full view of Mount 
Curiosity, and that Adam was the first man to make the 
climb. We also believe that Adam became lost on the 
mountainside and never returned to Eden, and that the 
Path of True Love gives a pretty good idea of his subse- 



It is hard to describe those first im- 
pressions as one comes swinging down 
the mountainside and sees winding far out 
and across the verdant Valley of Dreams, 
dotted here and there with its picturesque 
castles, the Path of True Love like a silver 
thread. It seems so bright and pure, and 
off to the right there is such a happy pink 
glow in the sky, that one usually finds 
himself humming some old love song. 

Lucky the traveller who puts a clover 
in his buttonhole, while crossing the Val- 
ley of Dreams, for all too soon the cold 
winds that sweep across Lake Indiffer- 
ence, and make the trip around it a peril- 
ous and discouraging one, will be chilling 
his marrow. He will need both courage 
and luck when, rounding the upper end of 
the lake, he comes upon the rough and 
rocky stretch of road running along the 

quent wanderings, of which so little heretofore has been 
known. 

At any rate, vast numbers from the State of Indifference 
make the ascent of Mount Curiosity every year, and many 
of our best citizens have come from that state. 



edge of a fearful precipice which over- 
hangs the lake, and is known as the Height 
of Indifference; here one false step and 
all is lost. Past this danger the road 
turns from the lake, but the traveller has 
hardly time to congratulate himself upon 
the warmer conditions when he is con- 
fronted by a most disconcerting range of 
mountains known as the Mountains of 
Opposition. If you do not cross the 
mountains the mountains will double cross 
you, so push on and with tact and deter- 
mination they will be overcome. 

The mountains passed, a smooth bit of 
road is reached and brighter weather, that, 
after the lowering clouds, the storms and 
many obstacles met with in the mountains, 
will Hkely mislead the traveller into 
thinking his troubles over. Light-hearted 
he will push forward hurriedly, taking 
little heed of the fast increasing cold. 
Fortunately, just at the edge of the map 
and just upon the longitude of Respect, 
the road takes a sudden sharp turn, but 
it is almost from bad to worse, for it 



plunges the traveller into the Forest of 
Misunderstanding, a dark and dismal 
place that will fill the strongest with mis- 
givings. The only way is to stick close to 
the road. This is sometimes hard in the 
darkness as there are many by-paths. 
Travellers once off the correct road have 
been known to wander for years without 
once seeing the sunlight. About half way 
through the forest there is a road turning 
to the right; it seems the easier way, dip- 
ping down, as it does, into a little valley 
and across a turbulent little stream, be- 
yond which it disappears from sight in the 
tangle of brilliant foliage covering Mount 
Folly. Unhappy he who takes this turn, 
for there is many a slippery stone in the 
bed of this stream and the crossing is not a 
happy one. If one would turn back at the 
first slip, but human nature is stubborn 
and few do; besides there seems little 
choice between the dismal forest behind 
and the lure of Mt. Folly ahead. Folly 
lasts but a day, however, and the foliage 
soon loses its attractive coloring. The 



foolish wayfarer tnen pushing on finds 
himself again confronted by the turbulent 
stream, but easier to cross this time. A 
little way further the path ends at what 
appears to be a refreshing spring; it is 
the Spring of Untruth, and he who lies 
to drink of its waters will ever be a slave 
of the drug. 

Again as one is nearing the edges of the 
Black Forest is another road leading off 
to the left and to the Spring of Mistrust. 
Turn not aside nor drink of this spring; 
its waters are bitter and this turning but 
takes one back into the depths of the dis- 
mal forest. 

Emerging from the Black Forest of 
Misunderstanding the road winds across 
a fertile and easy-going prairie land, twice 
crossing the acid waters of Bicker Brook 
(see note 23), and crossing the Quarrel 

Note 23. At this point, after the more or less extended 
journey through the unhealthy Forest of Misunderstanding, 
the traveller must have a care, especially if he be of a sensi- 
tive nature, for the shock of the first plunge through Bicker 
Brook will often throw one into a distemper or fever. 



River takes its course along the foot of 
what, by many, is considered the most 
beautiful mountain in Amoria, Mount 
Unselfishness. The going is easy here, 
and when one comes to a little road 
branching off and running right up the 
mountain side he is apt to feel very little 
inclination to take it. Nearly every trav- 
eller knows by hearsay that this is a 
short-cut one should take, but standing 
at the foot of the mountain, with a broad 
smooth road on one hand and this little 
used difficult mountain path (it is hardly 
more than a blazed trail) on the other, 
it is much to the traveller's credit who 
attempts it at all. Quite a few do, how- 
ever, begin the ascent, but almost with- 
out exception have not the strength to 
continue and turn back to the main high- 
way, only to be shortly plunged again 
and again in the cold and caustic waters 

Some, going absolutely out of their heads, wander far afield. 
Herein lies a grave danger because of the nearness of the 
road at this point to the boundaries of Misanthropia, which 
state is little more than a barren waste. The peculiar 



of the Quarrel River as the road crosses 
and recrosses it. There are no bridges 
here, and many a poor traveller becoming 
exhausted in the mad battle with the cur- 
rent hopelessly loses all self-control and 
is carried away to be lost in the Sea of 
Oblivion. At the river's mouth is Lost 
Hope Island; this is really nothing more 
than a bar, and superstition has it that 
there, on stormy nights when the tide is 
coming in, congregate those poor lost 
souls, and it is claimed, on good authority, 
that the discords of their mournful songs 
can be heard even as far as to the edges of 
the Desert of Absence. 

After these several crossings of the 
Quarrel River the road again becomes 
easy and travel should be a pleasure, but 
the traveller is weary from the recent 
struggle with the river, and is almost 
thankful for the flat stretch of road where 

mental attitude of its inhabitants gives strength to the 
theory advanced in Amoria that its population is made up 
of those poor fever-ridden souls who have wandered from 
the Path of True Love and gone quite mad. 



it first crosses the Desert of Absence. It 
were often better if this bit of road were 
longer, for before the traveller entirely re- 
gains his former vim he is deep in the 
unhealthy mists and quicksands of the 
Slough of Despond, and it is in a very 
weakened condition that he commences 
the second crossing of the Desert of Ab- 
sence. In this condition is it strange that 
one loiter in the Oasis of Flirtation — the 
one bright spot in an otherwise dull 
desert ? But an oasis and a flirtation have 
their limits, and when one's thirst is sat- 
isfied one wants to move on. And well 
this is for the traveller on the Path of True 
Love, for only a little and the desert is 
passed, and the road leads for many happy 
miles through the sweetest and most 
beautiful meadow land where the warm 
sunlight, the songs of the birds, and the 
sweet odor of new-mown hay repay one 
for all the hardships of the past, and so 
stimulate the traveller that he strikes out 
upon the third crossing of the Desert of 
Absence with a light step and a song in his 



heart, and though the trip is longer it 
seems far shorter than either of the pre- 
vious crossings. So happy indeed has he 
been and, with the soft airs of the desert 
making his heart grow fonder, the way 
seems so easy that the sudden obstruction 
of two of the lesser spurs of the Moun- 
tains of Opposition fill him with misgiv- 
ing, and the valley between them is well 
named Blue Valley. (See note 13.) 

In such a condition of mind the traveller 
plunges down the mountain side and is 
soon deep in a great gloomy forest, not 
likely to raise his spirits, but rather cal- 
culated to depress them still more. 

Imagine then the elation when bursting 
at length from the depression of the Forest 
of Gloom the traveller sees before him 



Note 13. The higher one climbs the duller the thud. 
So with the traveller who has been dreaming across sweet 
meadow land and balmy wastes when suddenly confronted 
by a renewal of obstacles which his optimism had made 
him believe passed forever, and it is in a nervous and un- 
certain state of mind we find him groping his way through 
the mists that always fill Blue Valley. Here is a great 



that transcendently beautiful mountain, 
Mount Hope. Well may he hold his 
breath and gaze in rapture, for before him 
rises the most beautiful mountain in all 
the world and will ever be as long as life 
lasts. With its velvety slopes and shaded 
dells, its little silver rills tinkling down the 
mountain side, sounding like fairy laugh- 
ter through the trees, the gently stirring 
air freighted with the perfume of myriads 
of fragrant blossoms, and over all a tender 
rose-colored glow reflected from the soft 
pinky clouds that forever tenderly rest 
upon the mountain's top, it is indeed the 
most beautiful of nature's jewels. So it 
seems, with Hope so long deferred, to that 
tired-eyed struggler upon Love's High- 
way, often heartsick and oppressed by the 
vicissitudes of the way, for here he may 

danger, for with the steep mountains on three sides the 
traveller, if he once stumble from the road, is apt to follow 
the depression of the valley until morbid and benumbed 
he wander into the State of Indifference. 

The same danger, in a lesser degree, is lurking in the For- 
est of Gloom. 



rest and, gazing again out over the dear 
Valley of Dreams, rejuvenate the Yearn- 
ing, the Ambition, and the Determination 
that have brought him through so much. 
To these he may now add Hope, and so 
equipped and refreshed he dashes a second 
time through the Forest of Gloom, and 
though confronted by the most stubborn 
and rocky section (known as the Parent 
Peak) in the entire range of the Mountains 
of Opposition, his past experience and his 
added strength carry him over with little 
effort, and, coming down the last steep 
slope, his heart gives a bound as his eye 
follows the smooth roadway stretching 
invitingly across a nearly level expanse of 
well-cultivated country thickly dotted with 
the happy homes of those who had once 
been travellers like himself. If he be not 
short-sighted, he is able to see even as far 
ahead as to where the road and his lonely 
journey end in heavenly Mount Heart's 
Desire. As he passes along many a 
cheerful face smiles out at him from the 
doorways, and many a cheerful word of 



welcome and greeting encourages him to 
hasten. The smiles of the rosy-cheeked 
children seem especially sweet to him. 

The journey's end! The goal is 
reached! Naught remains further for 
the traveller now except the Oath of Al- 
legiance which is performed with consider- 
able ceremony in the little church just 
around the corner to the left. 

Note: — Mount Heart's Desire is of an attractive shape 
and thickly surrounded by orange blossoms. No two 
travellers agree as to its height, but we are of the opinion 
that it must be about five feet, three or four inches. Within 
it is a little shrine called Trust, which it is the duty of every 
worshipper to protect 



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