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MATRIMONY MINUS 
MATERNITY 



MATRIMONY MINUS 
MATERNITY 



BY 

M. H. SEXTON 




NEW YORK 
THE DEVIN-ADAIR COMPANY 



COPYRIGHT, 1922, BY 
THE DEVIN-ADAIR CO. 



All Rights Reserved by The Devin-Adair Co. 



Press of 

J. J. Little & Ives Company 
New York, U. S. A. 



PREFACE 

IN ancient Egypt the Apis bull was 
fanned with a feather ; to-day his stately 
brother is knocked down with a sledge. 

Job, to grow a velvety skin, raked his 
slimy pelt with a potsherd. 

The surgeon's knife explores the anat- 
omy of man and destroys the haunts of 
skulking life, while the pen of genius, 
dipped in the ink of fact, lifts the counter- 
pane from the bed of sin. 

Social laxity has never been more ram- 
pant than at the present day, and the cod- 
dling methods now in vogue will never 
starch the moral fiber of man. 

In the following pages the reader will 
see that the steed of thought swings along 
the human highway, check free, pounding 
with his steel-rimmed hoofs the pagan 
methods that have outlived the Christ- 
numbered centuries. 



vi PREFACE 

It is sought to environ the home, family, 
and fireside with precepts that will cleanse 
the body and lacquer the soul against the 
burrowing power of sin. 

Where tear gas is used the subject in 
the judgment of the writer merits it. 

No brief is held for any creed, and every 
man is accepted as a brother. 

With the theology or organized beliefs 
of men the following pages do not deal, 
nor is the domain of technical science en- 
tered. 

While standing on the summit of man's 
activities and casting his eyes across the 
world, a lawyer saw the moral dreariness 
of the children of God and the contempt 
for law among the children of men, 
hence set out to lash the money changers 
from our social temples, and the seven 
devils from our Magdalens. 

Should any reader behold himself in 
the mirror of thought, or recognize any 
of his sins in the inventory of man's cu- 
pidities, it is hoped that he will not flame 
into a passion, but will swallow it as he 
would physic, on the theory that it is all 



PREFACE vii 

intended for his good. Like Buddha, let 
him reflect that if he meet a cripple in his 
travels, there is time to become like unto 
him; that if he sees a cancerous face, let 
him shudder at the thought that he may 
not be immune; and that if he beholds a 
decaying corpse by the roadside, let him 
remember that "the paths of glory lead 
but to the grave." 



CONTENTS 

I EUGENY ....... 



II MATRIMONY < 8 

III MATING 20 

IV MATRIMONIAL BUREAU 25 

V MYSTERIES OF CONCEPTION AND GESTATION . 29 

VI CONTROL OF OFFSPRING 42 

VII STERILIZATION 57 

VIII STANDAED 77 

IX INTELLECTUALS GENERALLY UNFERTILE ... 82 

X SOCIETY 98 

XI SHRINKING PROGENY 132 

XII PREVENTIVES .' . . 167 

XIII EYE OPENING AT PUBERTY I 75 



XIV DIVORCE 



179 



XV SEQUENCE ....,.< ... ..... 202 



MATRIMONY 
MINUS MATERNITY 

CHAPTER I 
EUGENY 

IN lighting up the burrows of the ver- 
min on the family tree and in locating 
stains on the social linen of this day and 
generation in the words of Garrison: 
"I will be as harsh as Truth, and as un- 
compromising as Justice. On this subject 
I do not wish to think, or speak, or write 
with moderation. No ! No ! Tell a man 
whose house is on fire to give a moderate 
alarm; tell him to moderately rescue his 
wife from the hands of the ravisher ; tell 
the mother to gradually extricate her 
babe from the fire into which it has fallen 
but urge me not to use moderation in a 

course like the present. I am in earnest 

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I will not equivocate I will not excuse 
I will not retreat a single inch and I 
will be heard. The apathy of the people is 
enough to make any statue leap from its 
pedestal and hasten the resurrection of 
the dead." 

It may be that the advocates of eugenics 
and sexual precociousness are unconscious 
worshipers at the shrine of Pandora. 

Many well-meaning, intellectual people, 
during all of the ages, by flattery, desire 
for praise, hope of renown or temporal 
advancement ; together with many honest 
seekers of truth with the betterment of 
man at heart, have launched their inquisi- 
torial barks upon moral seas of unknown 
depths, concealing monsters which have 
arisen without warning and strewn their 
wakes with wreckage. 

Havelock Ellis says : 

By "Eugenics" is meant the scientific 
study of all the agencies by which the hu- 
man race may be improved, and the effort 
to give practical effect to those agencies 
by conscious and deliberate action in fa- 
vor of better breeding. 



Eugeny 3 

It has been settled that animals and 
vegetation can be improved by the guid- 
ance of man. Such interference is 
known to us as the science of eugenics. 
But when the sexual progressives under- 
take the application of the barn-yard rules 
to man, they are confronted with their 
equals, and since the laws of civilization 
accord to men and women alike security in 
their nuptial selections, sexual scientists, 
unwittingly in the service of the devil, 
base their hope for aid upon public opin- 
ion agitated to the point of statutory 
enactments. 

It must be conceded that it is a fascinat- 
ing subject even to the bystander, and it 
may be that in time to come, as in the past, 
enactments may be brought about in sup- 
port of some phases of it. t For the in- 
tended purpose they will be as futile as 
the sanitary laws against spitting or the 
Mosaic laws against adultery and idolatry. 
They will be in constant conflict with the 
innate laws of love, hate, sex attraction, 
and free will given to man with his first 
breath. 



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Long before St. Patrick built a fire of 
icicles and during the intervening years, 
sincere men ascended the mountain of 
thought and in the haze of its summit un- 
availingly struggled with the mystic prob- 
lems of life. Some have had brass enough 
in their blood to offer amendments to the 
laws of progeny worked out in the Gar- 
den of Eden. There God said, "Let us 
make man in our image, after our like- 
ness." 

Darwin was the first to slip on the Ba- 
nana peel of reason in an effort to estab- 
lish that "man in our image" was really 
the image of a monkey, and in his day, 
strange as it may seem, many of the lead- 
ing thinkers worshiped at his shrine, but 
to-day the best thought rejects this theory 
as a scientific folly. 

The animal called man, now under con- 
sideration, has 240 bones, 7,000,000 skin 
pores, 1200 breaths per hour, 98 degrees 
of heat, 33 ounces of insensible perspira- 
tion a day, an average brain of 3 l / 2 pounds, 
about 2500 square inches of skin, 10 yards 
of bowels, 46 quarts of water, and a pas- 



Eugeny 5 

sionate longing for the daughters of Eve, 
which has pranced in his blood for sixty 
centuries, and been calmed by onanism, 
buggery, rape, incest, fornication, adul- 
tery, and matrimony. 

Man, on which the scientists propose a 
social operation, infests every part of the 
known world. Climatic and social condi- 
tions have bred in the human family a 
multiplicity of distinct races. As an an- 
tidote for the miseries of life about four 
hundred spiritual specifics have been for- 
mulated by man, which assure cold-stor- 
age security to the soul while in the body, 
and a bed of down after it has gone over 
the top. Creeds and superstitions have 
so burrowed into man that they unalter- 
ably affect his habits of life and beliefs 
touching matrimony, monogamy, polyg- 
amy, constancy, and offspring. Hence by 
common consent and in spots only, can the 
eugenic scientist ever hope to influence 
people to statutory mating or regulated 
offspring. 

As well attempt to teach Greek to a 
gorilla as to eugenize people who believe 



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that they can save their souls by chewing 
and swallowing a printed prayer; that 
they can purify the blood by eating stews 
made of skinned moles and bats; that 
neuralgia can be cured by sticking a piece 
of lemon peel over the nerve where the 
jaw bone joins the skull; that headache 
can be stopped by a strip of snakeskin 
bound on the forehead ; that hiccough can 
be relieved by boiled ants' nests taken in- 
ternally; that snake bites and heart ail- 
ments can be conquered by slowly swal- 
lowing a broth made of boiling water and 
alligators ' teeth ; and, finally, that all dis- 
eases will yield to the red topknot of a 
woodpecker if worn constantly in the ear. 

Sexual relations never have been, and 
never will be, fully controlled by man- 
made laws. The divine law even has ut- 
terly failed to bring to its observance any 
considerable portion of the human race. 

The propaganda, now abroad in this 
fair land, having reached us from other 
shores, seeking to unburden woman-kind 
by damming up the maternal stream, has 
found some congenial centers in which to 



Eugeny 7 

build its nasty nest and hatch from its 
eggs social vipers, physical cripples and 
midget souls who will satiate the fires of 
lust on the armored altar of love and 
finally sink into a childless rottenness, 
then with no evidence that they have bene- 
fited the world, they may be called to 
render to God an account of their steward- 
ship and hear the final words, " Depart 
from Me, ye cursed." 

An orderly handling of Eugeny, the 
subject under consideration, requires that 
it be treated under subdivisions. 



CHAPTER II 

MATRIMONY 

SEXUAL relations, not prefaced by mat- 
rimony, always have been condemned by 
the laws of God and civilized man. As 
Eugeny anticipates wedlock, the evolu- 
tion thereof must be considered, as well as 
the motives that inspire it, in order to 
determine man's power to forecast its 
fruit. 

By covenant there has been sexual union 
from the very dawn of man under the 
social name of marriage. 

The first connubial expression is found 
in Genesis : " Therefore shall a man leave 
his father and mother, and shall cleave 
unto his wife ; and they shall be one flesh." 

This language excludes polygamy. 

Evidently one man and one woman was 
the divine plan for companionship and 

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Matrimony 9 

propagation, or more ribs would have 
been used. 

The one- wife "cleave" law seems to 
have been observed to the time of the 
Flood and even in loading the Ark, as 
Noah was commanded to take in "the male 
and his female," and when the shower 
was over, Noah was directed: "go forth 
of the Ark, thou and thy wife, and thy 
sons, and thy sons' wives with thee." 

The law of monogamy received its first 
great shock when Sarai, whose frail 
knowledge of man led her prayerfully to 
implore her husband to "go in unto" her 
willing tent maid. 

Then being ripe and roseate with youth, 
and but recently married, Abram reluc- 
tantly "hearkened to the voice of Sarai." 

After several months of anxious brood- 
ing the blood of the Jew and Egyptian 
blended in the wild man Ishmael. 

The rigidity of the old rule, involving 
the wife's consent, has been so greatly 
relaxed by fleeting centuries that now the 
domestic and the head of the house rarely 



10 Matrimony Minus Maternity 

consult the wife before they jointly sacri- 
fice to the goddess of love. 

The relations of the cook Hagar and the 
Patriarch Abraham furnish us with the 
first recorded family scandal, as well as 
the earliest instance of the wildness of a 
wife's jealousy by which Abe was forced 
to drive his dark-skinned mistress of low 
origin from his bed and board with no 
other heritage than a bottle of water, a 
loaf of bread, and a bastard. 

Had Abraham obeyed the promptings 
of eugenics and continued hopefully to ob- 
serve God's command, " Increase and mul- 
tiply," the illegitimate progenitor of a 
great nation "whose hand was against 
every man" and from whom Mohammed 
claimed descent, would have been lost to 
the world. 

Solon, one of the seven sages of Greece, 
in the sixth century, B.C., chained the am- 
bulatory laws of marriage to a fixed stat- 
ute. 

The humanity, wisdom, and morality 
reflected in this pagan's conception, when 
compared with our own family safe- 



Matrimony 11 

guards, should make our evolutionary 
twentieth-century Christians feel as 
humble as Job on his ash hill. 
The Solon Law provided : 

That the bride and bridegroom shall 
be shut into a chamber, and eat a quince 
together; and that the husband of an 
heiress shall consort with her thrice a 
month; for though there be no children, 
yet it is an honor and due affection which 
an husband ought to pay to a virtuous, 
chaste wife; it takes off all petty differ- 
ences, and will not permit their little 
quarrels to proceed to an eruption. 

Plutarch says : 

In all other marriages Solon forbade 
doweries to be given ; the wife was to have 
three suits of clothes, a little considerable 
household stuff, and that was all, for he 
would not have marriages contracted for 
gain or an estate, but for pure love, kind 
affection, and birth of children. 

In China a married woman was without 
respect until the hour of her travail, and 
was particularly honored if she brought 
to the nation a son. 



12 Matrimony Minus Maternity 

"Happy," says Confucius, "is the union 
with wife and children ; it is like the music 
of lutes and harps." 

The moral pendulum is constantly 
swinging from one extreme to the other. 

The tendency of the idle, passionate, 
restless rich, like St. Augustine in his 
youth, is to try out all of the old and in- 
vent new sexual thrills. 

Many of our godless wealthy heads of 
families do not pretend to confine them- 
selves to one household. They look upon 
a wife as a domestic convenience, the chan- 
nel for an occasional heir and the means 
of maintaining a hypocritical appearance 
of exterior respectability, while courte- 
sans in queenly apparel walk out from 
palatial apartments, covertly maintained 
by church, financial, and social leaders, 
until anger, revenge, death, or a suicide re- 
veals their villainies to the world, all of 
which evidences a return to pagan prac- 
tices on the part of a startling number of 
our leading men. 

The sexual filth that rides the matri- 
monial tide seems to ooze from the mor- 



Matrimony 13 

ally weakened condition of men, con- 
stantly diluted by neglect of the ever will- 
ing graces about them, who spring from 
their knees at the beck of a coozie niggling 
on the highways of sin. 

Judge Hopkins, of the Chicago Court 
of Domestic Relations, recently sought 
transfer to another branch of the court on 
the ground that the marital woes poured 
into his ears daily for more than six 
months had completely unnerved him; 
that they were such as to attend a man 
in his solitary walks, arrest him in the 
midst of his debaucheries and fill even his 
dreams with terror. 

He said, on retiring : 

Once I viewed marriage through rosy 
mists of sentiment and poetry. I believed 
there was still love in the world love that 
endured from the altar to the grave. In 
the Court of Domestic Relations my ideals 
died one by one. Day after day I lis- 
tened to nothing but the sorrows and 
tragedies of married couples. I began to 
wonder whether any such thing as marital 
happiness existed on earth. So I asked 
to be transferred. It was a last measure 



14 Matrimony Minus Maternity 

to self-defense a measure to save at least 
some of my ideals. 

It must be apparent to men and women 
of the world that just as soon as a mar- 
ried woman begins to ease up on the corset 
string of virtue by permitting a man, not 
her own, to linger on her lips, or to pass 
to her a cocktail across a rose-shaded table 
in a gay restaurant, or seemingly to acci- 
dentally touch her amative centers, that 
moment she receives into the parlor of 
matrimony a guest who may pick the lock 
of chastity; for, as Shakespeare says, 
"touches, though gentle, still conquer 
chastity," and with that conquered, the 
hen of matrimony soon begins to brood, 
cluck, and show temper. 

Connubial restlessness is stimulated by 
vitalized fiction and photo plays, now used 
to entertain the people, which are often 
founded on matrimonial blisters, or the 
webbing of females, with suggestive sen- 
suality as the chief attraction. Any show- 
house management will tell you that it 
would much prefer to place before the 



Matrimony 15 

public clean entertainments, but that the 
general condition of society is such that 
snappy stories in the magazines, the por- 
trayal of woman's downfall on the stage, 
her emulation of the undraped statue in 
dress, and her growing tendency to booze 
and bridge, with an exterior cleanliness 
and an interior moral rottenness, and all 
approved by the hunters of corseted 
shoats, have forced all sources of enter- 
tainment, including show houses, hotels 
and restaurants, to cater to the social 
swill-hunters, or die of monetary dry rot. 

Though cruelly unjust, it is quite the 
habit to condemn a lapse in woman in 
spite of the fact that she must breast the 
storm of wild desire within, and parry 
the seductive, passionate, embracing, heat- 
charged pleadings of the courageous male 
who presses her to submission or rebel- 
lion. 

Dorothy Dix says : 

Every pretty girl in the world is in daily 
and hourly danger from the street masher 
on every corner and from the men she 
meets in society and works with in busi- 



16 Matrimony Minus Maternity 

ness, who are forever, openly or covertly, 
tempting her to adventure along the prim- 
rose path with them. 

By wine, curiosity, or through her own 
passionate untrained heart, many a wo- 
man has been tempted, like fish, to nibble 
till hooked. 

It has been published that a noted 
clergyman, who has personally explored 
the subways of immorality, asserted that 
one-half the husbands and wives of New 
York are unfaithful to their marriage 
vows. 

This proclamation, coming from the 
moral night-soil man of the great metrop- 
olis, would lead one to conclude that the 
human race is gliding down hill to hell and 
to believe in original sin, and doubt the 
perseverance of the saints and even the 
chastity of Mary. 

Much of the carbon which tends to un- 
seat the matrimonial valves is found in 
that part of the press of the country 
which seems to be willing to do anything 
but be respectable for the almighty dollar. 
With the general news of the day are also 



Matrimony 17 

thrown at our doors, to be often read by 
children, glowing, lying, nasty advertise- 
ments urging the public to traffic in sure- 
cure bald-head remedies, face lotions, 
freckle-eradicators, waist-reducers, flesh- 
killers and flesh-builders, wart-crumblers, 
corn-lifters, bunion-pacifiers, foot-deodor- 
izers, rheumatic-twinge yankers, torpid- 
liver rattlers, kidney-flushers, constipa- 
tion vents, diarrhetic astringents, evacu- 
ators, pain ferrets, furred-tongue erasers, 
itching-piles soothers, drooping-f emale lo- 
tions and lost-manhood resurrectors, to- 
gether with pictures of the few shameless 
scavengers of the medical profession who 
say to the libertine and developing youth : 
"Fear not! Sound all the depths and 
shoals of sensuality, then come to us, as 
we hold the power of life and death over 
every microbe that lurks in the crummy 
valley of bartered sexual commerce. " 

The olla-podrida of many of our daily 
papers would disturb the abdominal poise 
of a yellow dog. Conglomerately we find 
editorial splashes of social, civic, or politi- 
cal morality; tickling engagement an- 



18 Matrimony Minus Maternity 

nouncements ; the lying, bombastic, flam- 
boyant wedding write-up; followed by 
copious extracts from the nastiest por- 
tions of divorce proceedings; church no- 
tices sleeping beside Duffy's Malt, Pe- 
runa, Swamp Root, Twilight Sleep, Tape- 
worm poisons; a sermon on the seventh 
commandment, balanced by the picture of 
a medical degenerate barking his wares 
and willingness to clean sexual sewers for 
a nominal sum. 

A Sunday edition of the Houston Post, 
a widely circulated paper, carried into 
the homes of its readers the following ad- 
vertisement of a prominent merchant: 

Our Ladies' Garter Department: 
We can give you an All Silk Garter 
for 50 cents with nice buckles with 
such reading on them as "Private 
Grounds"; "Stop, Mamma is Com- 
ing"; "Look Quick"; "Good Night, 
Call Again"; "I am a Warm Baby"; 
"Take off Your Things," etc. 

A New York City daily on February 7, 
1916, announced that conversation hose 
for Palm Beach dames, displayed by ho- 



Matrimony 19 

tel shops and seen at balls, tell much. 
Some are of hand made lace and cost up 
to one hundred dollars a pair. One has a 
mouse at the skirt line, while its mate 
says, " Watch your step." Another says, 
"Delighted," while its companion shows 
a clock face with the hands at twelve and 
the words "Good Night." 

On May 15, one of our Utica papers 
published this : 

A neighbor told my mother about Lydia 
E. Pinkham's Vegetable Compound and 
I took it and now I feel like a new person. 
I don't suffer any more and I am regular 
every month. 

If the lucre-loving press continues to 
emblazon fakes, Father John may yet be 
crowned "King of the Gullet" and Lydia 
Pinkham "Queen of the Matrix." 

If men and women would bow to the 
full meaning of the wedding ring, the 
false gods of to-day would be cast from 
their pedestals, tranquillity would nestle 
in the lap of matrimony and the horrible 
effects of ravishing sexual ills-would cease 
to deface the offspring of man. 



CHAPTER III 

MATING 

MATING, in our social structure, is a sub- 
ject that has been periodically cuffed 
about since the ancient days of Theognis 
by fluffy intellects and by university men 
with less practical brain than the angora 
goat, and whom an asinego might tutor on 
the tricks of the mattress and social de- 
ceits. 

Yet these God-forsaken modernists cry 
out that mating must be controlled, if 
need be, by legislation. 

Only a f arding-bag brain, where green 
stuff lies undigested, would suggest, even, 
such an impossibility. 

The statutory stricture cult, engaged in 
high-brow development, would have those 
afflicted with love, with generation in view, 

submit their family tree and sexual ma- 

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Mating 21 

chinery to a physician and in the somber 
shadows of doubt await his certificate. 

Communities would soon learn that spe- 
cial examiners, politically appointed, and 
with an itching palm, would pass on to 
the portals of matrimony every lung- 
spitter and blood-poisoned applicant that 
could pay the price, and would do it with 
as little qualm as the present professional 
murderer experiences when he presses the 
sound through the door of the temple, gen- 
erally sealed by illicit contact, and feeds to 
maggots the embryonic temple of a soul. 

You cannot legislate virtue into a whole 
people nor will they long submit to ob- 
noxious laws. 

Lovers will ascend a high mountain, if 
need be, to commit matrimony on the 
summit. 

Legislative enactments, such as are ad- 
vocated by sex maniacs, with the nasty 
provisions for personal exposure, would 
tend to dry the fountain of matrimony and 
multiply celibates, who, with God's com- 
mand, "Increase and multiply," resound- 
ing in their ears, would, like the cats, in 



22 Matrimony Minus Maternity 

the soothing stillness of the night wake 
up the world with carnal carousals. 

Adam was the first male to yearn for a 
female, and that yearning has lived and 
burned in the blood of man during all of 
the dreary centuries since. This female 
magnet high-browed and low-browed, in 
gorgeous attire, mean attire, and in no 
attire, within the law, without the law 
and against the law, has always drawn 
men from every station of life to the lap 
of her yearnings. 

The social sex-filters who, in book form, 
spew their mental indigestion upon the 
world, seek application of the Holstein 
breeder's rules to man. The ten- thousand- 
dollar bull and the five-thousand-dollar 
cow can be mated and occasionally will 
increase the milk supply. But how are 
you going to keep the wealthy, social, 
blood-poisoned scrub out of the nest of 
the wayward woman, attractive common 
actress, or the sensual, socially ambitious 
female ? 

Will it ever come to pass that only the 
dyed-in-the-wool type shall bring forth, 



Mating 23 

while the ever oncoming amorous women 
of low origin shall be denied the thrills 
of maternity. As a general rule, in every 
phase of animal life dependent upon coi- 
tion for progeny, the amative male pur- 
sues the female to the threshold of her 
choice. 

As well try to hang the Mediterranean 
on a grape vine to dry as by statutory 
enactment to force mating among unwill- 
ing human subjects. 

Sex attraction, for mating purposes, 
among men and women, will forever defy 
the stock-breeder's rules. 

If mating were practical there is no way 
to limit the sexual activities to the pair 
mated. 

From the sparrow to the virtuous queen 
for mating purposes the male will be 
selected. 

For if perchance they feel the amorous flame 
No choice have they for every man 's the same. 

Mate those who meet the requirements 
of the most aesthetic sexologist, and what 
assurance is there that they will breed at 



24 Matrimony Minus Maternity 

all, and if they do, how can the mind and 
physique of the offspring be definitely in- 
fluenced by man-made rules, in view of 
the fact that developing life germs blindly 
obey unyielding natural laws $ 

It must be that race-control trumpeters 
are the victims of catarrhal head noises, 
rather than the called harbingers of social 
reform, else they would not have been led 
to conceive that which they cannot bring 
forth because of the natural barriers that 
plug the orifice of generation. 

The greatest present need is a richer 
mixture of morality for the engine of 
love. 

Myriads of times has virtue been will- 
ingly sacrificed on the altar of ambition 
and secretly bartered for place and power. 
Incontinence has led men across lands and 
seas ; bent them to intrigue, larceny, mur- 
der and suicide; wrecked hearts, homes 
and thrones; bred wars; wiped out na- 
tional boundaries and many times changed 
the map of the world. 



CHAPTER IV 

MATRIMONIAL BUREAU 

As an aid to the mating of compatible 
and physically fit people, the tomnoddy 
sexual progressives, who chafe under the 
present semi-decent restraining laws 
enacted for social betterment, now un- 
blushingly urge a trial matrimonial bu- 
reau, which to my mind falls but little 
short of lechery refined by sanction. Al- 
low such a law for the sake of argument, 
and what would follow? Men or women 
who failed to qualify would go forth into 
the world marked to be ever after pur- 
sued by the suspicion, engendered by gos- 
sipers, that they were not well sexed, that 
there was a wrinkle in them somewhere ; 
hence in communities where known they 
would be doomed to celibacy, or those 
physically capable would become sexual 
nomads. 

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Start the experimental station where 
the trial marriage candidates may test 
their fitness with no resultant obligations, 
and society will soon become about as or- 
derly as a harem in hell. 

I imagine that the matrimonial trial sta- 
tion would soon become very popular, and 
the she-pearl of virtue a very cheap article 
of commerce in the marts of man's will. 

Just as soon as the unbelievers, sexual 
idolaters, and the morally torpid men of 
science succeed in prying the fig leaf from 
the goddess of chastity, and lifting the 
counterpane of marital constancy, as 
woven by the Christian Church, you will 
see the Syrian cities of Sodom and Go- 
morrah revitalized in our own fair land, 
and our men, like the snail, shall leave 
behind them a slimy track on which they 
will have wasted themselves away. 

Of course, the great power of the Chris- 
tian world will continue energetically to 
war upon all devilish and socially baneful 
influences, which on the surface seem 
harmless yet tend to sterilize the moral 
soil of the human heart and disrupt the 



Matrimonial Bureau 27 

social trinity, the home, family, and fire- 
side. 

Many know how hard it is for morally 
inclined men and women, with passion- 
charged blood, to resist the call to sin. 

Since virtue carries in her lap her own 
" order of sanctity," and hard-working 
meandering lust warningly burdens her 
anatomy with nauseating droolings and 
weeping scab-capped sores, why, then, 
should righteous indignation swell into a 
smothering billow at the approach of an 
alleged improved sexual doctrine? ask 
the disciples of the new school. Our an- 
swer is, that well-meaning and God-fear- 
ing men may stand in the narrow highway 
of morality and flap their shirts and shout 
against sin and corruption until they 
swell their thyroids into goiters without 
numerically affecting the vast army of lust 
wrecks that annually dive into the mud at 
Hot Springs. 

The trial marriage or matrimonial bu- 
reau will never be seriously considered 
as a social institution so long as nuptialed 
sensualists can at will have their ties sun- 



28 Matrimony Minus Maternity 

dered in a devilish institution sanctioned 
by alleged Christians, called the divorce 
court. 

It will be conceded by every sane man 
that the scabby, rickety, and blood-poi- 
soned should not add to our population, 
but to prevent this, we need not become 
unduly exercised, as nature soon calls 
home all of her weaklings. 



CHAPTER V 

MYSTERIES OF CONCEPTION AND 
GESTATION 

VOTARIES of a controlled and more per- 
fect offspring, tell me how it happened 
that the blear-eyed Leah and fair Rachel 
came from the same shell. Account for 
the velvety Jacob and the shaggy Esau, 
twin sons of Isaac the Patriarch and 
Rebekah the Venus of Israel. 

Gestation is subject to so many mysteri- 
ous influences that every child is carried 
to birth with fear and trembling. The 
laws of nature toy with the powers of man. 

Louis II, king of Hungary and Bo- 
hemia, was born without a scarfskin. 

Dr. Harvey, the father of the principle 
of blood circulation, is said to have be- 
lieved in and written of a race of men 
with tails. 

The kings of Denmark have descended, 

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30 Matrimony Minus Maternity 

as some say, from one Ulf o, the son of a 
bear. 

In the family of Lepidus at Rome there 
were three, not successively, but by inter- 
vals, that were born with the same eye 
covered with a cartilage. 

A race is mentioned that carried from 
their mother's womb the form of the head 
of a lance, and children not so marked 
were looked upon as illegitimate. 

Galen, in his treatise on the measles, 
says the disease was brought by a woman 
who had no father. 

Lord Bacon, treating of the period of 
gestation of various animals, says gravely 
that an ox goes twelve months with young. 

Livy speaks of a woman brought to bed 
in a desolate island, where she had not seen 
a human face for nine years. 

Diodorus Siculus mentions a sorceress 
of Egypt who had passed for the cele- 
brated Isis, upon the strength of child- 
bearing without the aid of man. 

It is recorded that while a princess was 
watching skillful Egyptian craftsmen cut- 
ting down the Persea trees of Pharaoh, 



Mysteries of Conception and Gestation 31 

a chip flew into her mouth, which she 
swallowed, and after many days she bore 
a son. 

In Robinson's Readings in European 
History, it is recorded that during the 
crusades a woman, after two years of ges- 
tation, brought forth a son who was able 
to talk at birth; and that a child with a 
double set of limbs, another with two 
heads, and twin-headed lambs were born, 
while colts came into the world teethed 
as mature horses. 

Hippocrates relates that his mother 
used frequently to tell him that for two 
years before his birth she had no carnal 
intercourse with his father, but that she 
had been strangely influenced one even- 
ing while walking in the garden. We can 
all understand the doctrine of animal ap- 
petency, if not of the chemical affinities 
controlling these strange births. Before 
admitting the miraculous, I suggest that 
these mystifying instances of nativity 
may have followed pious or patriotic coz- 
ening. 

Samson's strength lay in his hair, 



32 Matrimony Minus Maternity 

may be thus concealed on the suggestion 
of the angel who apprised his barren 
mother of her approaching fertility. 

No disciple of eugeny would recommend 
mating with the scabby Job, yet in the 
Bible we read that "in all the land were 
no women found so fair as the daughters 
of Job." 

Richard Gibson was court dwarf to 
Charles I of England and became a noted 
miniature painter. Ann Sheppard was 
the court dwarf to Queen Henrietta Maria. 
These mites were happily married and 
broke an established opinion that dwarfs 
do not reproduce, by having nine chil- 
dren, five of whom lived to maturity and 
were of ordinary stature. 

Professor Preyer in 1859 says that 
mammae occurred on the back, in the arm- 
pit, and on the thigh; the mammae on the 
last place having given so much milk that 
the child was nourished. 

To procure future husbands, suitable to 
the altered conditions of society, cross 
with Lemurs some of whom are well 
known to have two pairs of mammae on 



Mysteries of Conception and Gestation 33 

the breast. Dr. Handyside cites a case in 
which two brothers exhibited this peculi- 
arity. Dr. Bartels gives an instance of 
a man who had five mammae, one of which 
was located above the navel. The scien- 
tists should give attention to the develop- 
ment of these maternal parts of the male 
anatomy as in the event of a general suf- 
fragette triumph they would become very 
handy. Much cold sjtudy and careful 
thought should be given to the subject be- 
fore any serious move is made towards the 
development of the one located above the 
umbilicus. 

A normal and favorable gestatory con- 
dition might lead to the elimination of 
undesirables. Nutrition, mental calm, 
comfort, mode of dress, social habits, and 
physical activities exert a mighty influ- 
ence upon the young before parturition. 

Alcoholic, syphilitic, drug-charged or 
disease-laden sperm will rarely produce 
prize-winners at a beauty show. Circingle 
a breeding mare, or sow, or tighten up the 
corset-deformed woman of the present 
day, during gestation, and the freaks in 



34 Matrimony Minus Maternity 

museums and side-shows will be mul- 
tiplied. 

If the eugenists would seriously address 
themselves to the correction of these evils, 
they would be most welcome in our midst. 

Sex-control by feeding was one of the 
fads of some of the burnished intel- 
lects of the past who occasionally sug- 
gested to the Almighty, but the prescrip- 
tion of a proteid diet to produce males, a 
fatty diet for females, has been relegated 
to the realm of quackery, though it was 
the opinion of the great Verulam that 
when mothers ate quinces and coriander 
seed the children would be witty. 

Plutarch on this subject says: 

We find that women who take physic 
whilst they are with child, bear leaner and 
smaller but better shaped and prettier 
children. 

It has been announced by the Child Wel- 
fare Association of Pittsburgh, that beer 
and bologna are two of the causes of the 
crescent-shaped underpinning of children 
in that city. 



Mysteries of Conception and Gestation 35 

It has also been observed by close stu- 
dents that black hens sometimes lay white 
eggs. 

It is claimed that Jacob spotted the off- 
spring of Laban's sheep and goats by the 
timely use of mottled sticks. 

In a book written by a Christian bishop, 
Heliodorus, in about the fourth century, 
it is stated that "Chariclea was a beautiful 
and fair virgin of Ethiopian parents. Her 
whiteness was occasioned by her mother 
looking on a statue of Venus." 

A man residing in New York kept a 
cow of which his wife was very fond ; the 
cow was killed and sold and the feet re- 
served and in a mangled state were hung 
in a shed. Upon seeing them, the wife 
who was then pregnant was so moved and 
shocked as to affect the child in such a 
manner that he was born without any arms 
and with distorted feet, and for pastime, 
when a youth, he dexterously handled a 
cooper's shaving knife with his toes. 

In Haddington's Poems, there is a case 
called the Black Case, concerning which 
the story recites : 



36 Matrimony Minus Maternity 

There was a man who followed the pro- 
fession of an attorney, .who had a very 
amorous wife. But he had not leisure to 
attend to all of her gayeties. Once, that he 
was unable otherwise to free himself from 
her importunities, in toying with her, he 
upset his ink-bottle in her shoe. She 
brought him a black child in consequence. 
He reproached her, but she reminded him 
of the ink-bottle, and of his awkwardness. 

Into families of normal children a giant 
or dwarf occasionally drops. 

Among the noted dwarfs, the earliest 
mentioned was Philetus of Cos, 330 B.C., 
a poet and grammarian, and tutor to 
Ptolemy Philadelphus. To resist the 
wind, it is said, his clothes were weighted. 

Julia, a niece of Augustus, had as a 
court favorite Coropas, who was twenty- 
eight inches high, also Andromeda, a freed 
maid of the same height. 

Alypius of Alexandria, logician and 
philosopher, was seventeen inches in 
height. 

John d'Estrix, of Mechlin, master of 
several languages and about three feet 



Mysteries of Conception and Gestation 37 

tall, lived with the Duke of Parma in 
1592. 

Geoffrey Hudson, as a social stunt, was 
served up in a cold pie by the Duchess of 
Buckingham before Charles I and Henri- 
etta Maria. He was then eighteen inches 
tall, and in 1653 he killed a man in a duel. 

Count Borowlaski was an accomplished 
Pole, thirty-nine inches in height. 

Charles S. Stratton, or " General Tom 
Thumb," of Barnum fame, was a Con- 
necticut Yankee, thirty-one inches high, 
who married Lavina Warren, one inch 
taller. Their wedding tour covered parts 
of Europe. " Thumb," wife and child, 
with a dwarf, Commodore Nutt, revisited 
England in 1864. 

Mr. Collard at twenty-two years of age 
was smaller than "Thumb," and sang in 
concerts in London in 1873. 

"Bebe," the dwarf of King Stanislaus 
of Poland, was twenty-three inches tall, 
and in 1858 at ninety years of age he died 
in Paris. 

Che-mah, a pigtail, twenty-five inches 
high, was exhibited in London in 1880. 



38 Matrimony Minus Maternity 

Princess Topaze, a French lady, was 
twenty inches high and weighed fifteen 
pounds. 

General Mite, an Irishman, was born in 
New York State in 1864. His height was 
twenty-one inches and weight nine pounds. 

Lucia Zarate, a Mexican, was twenty 
inches high and weighed four and three- 
fourths pounds. 

The following women never had to look 
up to any neighboring male : 

Elizabeth Lyska, a Russian lady, who 
at the age of twelve stood six feet eight. 

Anna Haven Swann, of Nova Scotia, 
was seven feet in the clear. 

Marian, the " Amazon Queen, " stood 
eight feet two in her shoes. 

Among men specially noted for their 
skin capacity was the Kentuckian, Mar- 
tin Van Buren Bates, with seven lineal 
feet to his credit. 

Robert Hales, the " Norfolk Giant," 
was seven feet six and weighed four hun- 
dred fifty-two pounds. 

M. Brice was the same height. 

Chang-Woo-Gaw, eight feet tall, ex- 



Mysteries of Conception and Gestation 39 

Mbited in London in 1880 ; and Big Sam, 
porter of Prince of Wales (George IV) 
was also eight feet; and Gilly of Tyrol, 
was about eight feet one. Frederick 
Swede, of Sweden, and Charles Byrne 
were each eight feet four. When you go 
abroad call on Byrne's skeleton in the 
Museum of the Royal College of Surgeons. 

Patrick Cotter, the " Irish Giant," was 
born in 1761, measured eight feet seven, 
and wore a shoe seventeen inches long. 

Joseph Winkelmaier, of Austria, had 
eight feet to his credit. 

John Middleton, the " English Giant," 
was nine feet three, and from the heel of 
his hand to the tip of his middle finger 
was seventeen inches. 

Calbara, the Arabian, brought to Rome 
in the days of Claudius, is said by Pliny 
to have measured nine feet and nine 
inches. 

Emperor Maximus was nearly nine feet 
and of vast bulk. 

Goliath of Gath, who was brought to 
earth by the stone of David, was "six cu- 
bits and a span." 



40 Matrimony Minus Maternity 

Og, King of Bashan, in 1451 B.C., ac- 
cording to Deuteronomy, had a bed nine 
cubits long and four cubits wide. 

Peter, the Wild Boy, was captured by 
George I of England while hunting in the 
forest. He was about thirteen years of 
age, walked on his hands and feet, climbed 
trees like a squirrel, and fed on grass and 
moss which he preferred to the fare of the 
king's table. He never learned to speak 
a single word, and died at the age of sev- 
enty years. 

"Baby Jim" Simons, a negro, who at 
the age of thirty-seven died in Philadel- 
phia in 1917, weighed eight hundred 
pounds. To take his body to Texas for 
burial it was necessary to charter an entire 
freight car. 

George Bell, a seven-foot eleven-inch 
colored giant, was killed by his common- 
law wife at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, March 
19, 1919. 

The Siamese twins were united at the 
breast bone by a cartilaginous hose 
through which the umbilicus passed. They 



Mysteries of Conception and Gestation 41 

married sisters had several children 
and died two and one-half hours apart. 

Twin girls were born in Herkimer, New 
York, in March, 1918, and though fully 
developed and pretty of feature, by some 
freak of nature they were joined together 
from the chest to the abdomen. 

On October 12, 1918, C. Emery Titman, 
the son of a deceased millionaire of Phila- 
delphia, and weighing six hundred ten 
pounds was railroaded to White Plains, 
New York, in a special compartment, and 
he there occupied the hospital section of 
the White Plains jail, as he could not be 
shoe-horned into any of the cells. 

Jan Van Albert, nineteen years of age, 
and nine feet five inches tall, in the 
month of April, 1920, arrived in New 
York City on the Mauretania from Am- 
sterdam. It is claimed for him that he is 
the tallest man in the world. 

Is more needed to demonstrate that na- 
ture will take her course, or leave her 
course, in spite of what man willeth ? 



CHAPTER VI 

CONTROL OF OFFSPRING 

UNLESS you restrain the amative male, 
offspring, definitely, cannot be controlled. 

It must be apparent to even the fitful 
browser along the highway of human ac- 
tivities, that men in every social station 
always have been, and always will be, 
sexual rovers. 

Death by fire for adultery did not deter 
the intriguing, twin-bearing Thamar from 
kid-bargaining with willing King Judah 
at the crossroads. The death penalty for 
adultery failed to restrain the Jews ; and 
one thousand blows for the man and the 
loss of the nose of the woman scarcely 
dented the practice in Egypt. 

Maternal instinct so dominated the re- 
pulsive Leah that she swopped her son's 
mandrakes with the fair Rachel for the 
loan of Jacob for a single night. 

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Control of Offspring 43 

Pharaoh impounded the winsome Sarah 
while touring Egypt with her husband. 

Prince Sheckem deflowered the unwill- 
ing Dinah ; and the sexual scent of Reuben 
led him to his father's concubine. 

No student of anatomy ever ended a 
more bedraggled career than the jaw-bone 
warrior Samson. At Timnath his genius 
subdued an ogling Philistine ; and at Gaza 
he attracted another filly. He fell at the 
feet of Delilah, the bewildering beauty of 
the valley of Sorek. This trained and se- 
ductive queen of tortion nectared his lips, 
soothed his massive anatomy, and so fre- 
quently tempted his aphrodisiacal yearn- 
ings that exhausted nature finally yielded 
her secret. 

One moonlit zephyr-kissed night rest- 
less David sought the palace roof. His 
trained eye fell upon Uriah's wife laving 
for the homecoming of her spouse. An 
unholy fire burned in his soul till his mes- 
sengers brought her to him. Soon fitful 
slumber mantled the great king, who when 
he awoke sought a cinder pile on which 



44 Matrimony Minus Maternity 

he moaned and atoned for Ms undying 
sins. 

The Egyptian kings, Psammetichus I 
and Barneses II, the Pharaoh of the Is- 
raelite oppression, following the example 
of their illustrious gods, married their 
own daughters. 

The Achaemidian kings did the same, 
and Artaxerxes, king of Persia, also mar- 
ried two of his own daughters. 

The handmaids of Leah and Rachel gave 
Jacob four stray sons. 

Amnon, the son of David, feigning sick- 
ness, converted his chamber into a bakery, 
induced his beautiful sister Tamar to 
take charge, then raped the baker. 

Solomon, the owl of the human race, 
hooted over the greatest harem that it 
has ever been the misfortune of a single 
man to assemble. He loved many strange 
women, together with the daughters of 
Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammon- 
ites, Edomites, Sidonians, and Hittites. 
A thousand women called him "Sol." 

The hoary elders of the people, with 



Control of Offspring 45 

cockerel energy, chased the pullet Susanna 
through the fence of her garden. 

The Romans, without rime or reason, 
seized the Sabine women and bore them 
away on the pinions of lust. 

Philinna the dancer gave Philip of 
Macedon a male degenerate. 

The posthumous son of Roxanna came 
from the loins of Alexander the Great. 

Nero murdered his mother, divorced 
Octavia, married his mistress Poppaea, a 
woman of surpassing beauty and of broad 
sexual training, who shod her mules with 
gold and daily bathed in the milk of five 
hundred asses, and went to eternity on 
the toe of Nero's boot, a penalty for 
thoughtless gestation. 

Mundus proffered the winsome Paulina 
two hundred thousand drachmae to sup 
and lie with him for a single night. 

The sexual savagery of Tarquinius 
rendered the saintly Lucretia unconscious 
and induced suicide. 

After the angel Gabriel dropped a chap- 
ter of the Koran exhorting Mohammed 
freely to enjoy his captives and concu- 



46 Matrimony Minus Maternity 

bines in spite of his wives' clamors, in a 
solitary retreat for thirty days, he honey- 
mooned with Mary to fulfill the command 
of the angel. In his sexual peregrinations 
the cradle and the tomb alone escaped 
him. His nuptials with Ayesha were con- 
summated at the close of her ninth year. 
He would have been equal to the thirteenth 
labor of the Grecian Hercules. 

In Ferrara, "in 1425 a Princess was 
beheaded for adultery with a stepson." 

When Pius II came to Ferrara, in 1459, 
he was received by seven princes not one 
of whom was a legitimate son. 

Giamf aolo Baglione lived in incest with 
his sister. 

^neas Sylvius Piccalomini, in his his- 
tory of Frederick III, says : "Most of the 
rulers of Italy in the fifteenth century 
were born out of wedlock." 

Francesco Cenci was a Roman noble- 
man who persecuted his beautiful daugh- 
ter Beatrice until she yielded her person, 
and for which unnatural crime hired 
assassins drove a nail into his head Sep- 
tember 9, 1599. 



Control of Offspring 47 

Casimir, King of Poland, whose queen 
was an intolerable shrew, took the beauti- 
ful Esther, a Jewess, to fill an aching void. 
Her influence with the King secured an 
enduring toleration for her people and the 
education of her two illicit daughters as 
Jewesses. 

Abrotonon, proud of her bastard son, 
exclaimed : 

I am not of the noble Grecian race, 
I am poor Abrotonon, and born in Thrace : 
Let the Greek women scorn me, if they please, 
I was the mother of Themistocles. 

The passions of Caesar broke the chains 
of restraint when his eyes beheld the 
unrugged Cleopatra; and Antony forgot 
his Octavia when this pile of voluptuous 
lust amidst bewildering oriental odors 
beckoned him to her boat on the river 
Scydnus. 

Mazeppa, immortalized by Byron, and 
lavishly endowed by nature, pranced be- 
fore the alert Theresa, the wife of the 
richest count in Poland, and thirty years 
his junior. A spreading chestnut tree 
soon drooped from the heat of these pant- 



48 Matrimony Minus Maternity 

ing lovers, and wMle Mazeppa was de- 
claiming : 

And yet I find no words to tell 
The shape of her I love so well, 

the count's guards seized and bound him 
to the wildest horse that ever kicked sand 
on a desert. With nostrils shooting fire, 
he split the winds, leaped the mountains, 
spanned the plains, till he dropped with 
his burden 

Bound, naked, bleeding and alone 
To pass the desert to a throne. 

Peter the Great was attracted by a 
peasant's daughter, while the mistress of 
a prince. 

The "Grey-eyed Queen" Guinevere, 
wife of King Arthur, and of ravishing 
beauty, shared her charms with Sir 
Lancelot du Lac and graced the free-love 
altars of other seductive males. 

Julius Caesar at his aunt's funeral said : 

My aunt Julia derived her lineage on 
her mother's side from a race of kings and 
on her father's side from the immortal 
gods; for her mother's family trace their 



Control of Offspring 49 

origin to King Ancus Martius, and her 
father's to Venus of whose stock we are 
a branch. We united in our pedigree, ac- 
cordingly, the sacred majesty of kings, 
who are the most exalted among men, and 
the divine majesty of gods, to whom kings 
themselves are subjects. 

Caesar's descent from this extravagant 
ancestry failed to eliminate from his na- 
ture the sexual restlessness of the ordi- 
nary mortal. Plutarch says of him that 
in his youth he had been very intimate 
with Servilia, the mother of Brutus, and 
when their loves were at their highest, 
Brutus was born, hence Caesar believed 
him to be his own son. 

Henry IV of France madly loved the 
matchless blond Gabrielle, who, finally, as 
mistress bore him Caesar, Alexander, and 
Henrietta. 

The third Charles of France, through 
Agnes Sorel, "the fairest of the fair," 
added three to his subjects. 

Rousseau has immortalized Heloise, the 
pupil and mistress of the celebrated 
Abelard who was eunuchated at the in- 



50 Matrimony Minus Maternity 

stance of her enraged uncle. They sleep 
side by side and their graves are fre- 
quently watered by pitying and pensive 
lovers. 

For several years Voltaire basked in 
the sensual sunshine of Madame du 
Chatelet, noted for her beauty, talent, and 
immoralities. 

Mirabeau, French orator and states- 
man, in 1776 left his wife and eloped with 
an adventuress, for which he was con- 
demned to death but released after four 
years in prison. 

Descartes always was attracted by 
women with a squint because his first 
mistress was cock-eyed. 

Goethe loved eight different women of 
various ranks, among them a married one, 
and finally the low-born fascinating Vul- 
pius shared his bed as a mistress. 

Charles II of England sighed for the 
orange girl and actress Nell Gwynne, 
whose bastard son by him was made Duke 
of St. Albans. "Don't let poor Nellie 
starve," were the last words of this sexual 
rover. 



Control of Offspring 51 

Mrs. Mary Robinson, the actress, at- 
tracted the attention of George IV of 
England and became his mistress. 

Fair Rosamond, the daughter of Lord 
Clifford, was the paramour of Henry II. 
She dwelt in a secret bower known only 
to the king, which he reached by following 
a silken thread. 

Edward III of England quarreled 
with his parliament and saw public dis- 
content sap the loyalty of his subjects 
while he wallowed in the sensual mire of 
his rapacious mistress Alice Ferrers. 

George IV, when Prince of Wales, fed 
on the forbidden thrills of Perdita, the 
English actress and rhymester. 

England's first "Defender of the 
Faith" slightly shaded his contempora- 
ries in sexual energy, blood-letting and 
nuptial-busting. 

Emma Hamilton, the wife of a tottering 
ambassador, at Naples, fell on the breast 
of Lord Nelson in a paroxysm of hysteri- 
cal rapture. She was a woman of extreme 
beauty, sexual ardor, shady antecedents, 



52 Matrimony Minus Maternity 

the mother of two strays by a navy cap- 
tain and of one by Nelson. 

John Howard, England's queer, quaint, 
delicate, and studious man, who reformed 
the prisons of the world, died while 
administering medicines to the poor 
wretches in Russian hospitals, and whose 
memory is preserved by every nation, at 
the age of twenty married a lodging-house 
keeper his senior by thirty years. 

Shelley, the English poet, married an 
innkeeper's daughter, eloped with Miss 
Westbrook, and later married her, soon 
left her, and on hearing of his first wife's 
suicide, married Mary Godwin with whom 
he was globe-trotting at the time. 

Emperor Francis Joseph of Austria 
matched Hercules in judging amative 
petticoat tenants. The actress Katharina 
Schratt will umbra his memory so long 
as history endures. 

The O'Shea rose brought to her couch, 
to the divorce court, to dishonor, and to 
an early tomb, the great, silent Parnell. 

An ex-king of Portugal, now reduced 
to rabbit-raising on a ten acre lot in Eng- 



Control of Offspring 53 

land, lost his throne through startling 
dissipations, and princely gifts to an ac- 
tress. 

John Rolfe, nuptially mixed his blood 
with the squaw, Pocahontas, and from 
this mongrel fountain the Randolphs and 
many of the first families of Virginia 
claim descent. 

John C. Fremont, the first nominee of 
the Republican party for the Presidency, 
and Governor of Arizona, eloped with the 
fifteen-year-old daughter of Senator Ben- 
ton. 

Croker, of Tammany fame, crossed the 
shamrock with an aboriginal feather. 

The Beecher-Tilton mutual yearnings 
is only an instance of the growing number 
of clerical lapses. 

Now comes a minister of St. Louis, 
graduate of a theological seminary, son of 
a distinguished clergyman, eloping with, 
and marrying, an eighteen-year-old ne- 
gress, and still no great poet yells: "Oh, 
Freedom, thou wicked dream !" 

Pontano plainly suggests that a wife 



54 Matrimony Minus Maternity 

had better shut her eyes to the relations 
between her husband and her maids. 

As further evidence that offspring 
cannot be controlled, Mr. Ellis asserts: 

It has been found that of nearly 
15,000 women, who passed through Mag- 
dalen Homes in England, over 2500 were 
definitely feeble-minded. The women be- 
longing to this feeble-minded group were 
known to have added 1000 illegitimate 
children to the population. 

If bastardy is evidence of low mental- 
ity, then weaklings among England's 
females are as numerous as Mosaic lo- 
custs, for the public press has recently 
estimated that 200,000 illegitimates is the 
net result of women frequenting the 
training camps of the soldiers. 

If there is virtue in eugenics, then 
there is hope for England in this large 
spurious increase, as these low-brows 
were mated with the best fighting blood 
and physical flower of the Empire. 

Some of these children of love may yet 
straddle the woolsack in the House of 
Lords. 



Control of Offspring 55 

While common bastards are barred 
from the tables of royalty, I do not under- 
stand that they are excluded from the 
trenches of the warring nations. 

In his history of the Popes, Pastor says 
in 1490 there were 6800 prostitutes in 
Rome, and that in Venice in the beginning 
of the sixteenth century there were not 
less than 11,000 publicly immoral wo- 
men in a population of 300,000. 

England's man-made religion, founded 
by a sensualist, has finally produced a ma- 
terialistic people comparable with the 
Jewish Sepulcher fair without but foul 
within whose genital wanderings pe- 
numbra the best efforts of pagan Rome. 

Shed the light of your own experience 
upon the question of regulating mating 
and controlling the mated, and it will at 
once appear to be a scientific folly. 

These human frailties are not disclosed 
and collated for pastime but rather in 
support of one phase of a very far-reach- 
ing subject which has engaged the atten- 
tion of men for many centuries and was 
ably analyzed by the Grecian poet Theog- 



56 Matrimony Minus Maternity 

nis in 550 B.C., who clearly saw the advan- 
tage of applied selection as well as the 
futility of the effort. He thus wrote : 

With kine and horses, Kurnus ! we proceed 

By reasonable rules, and choose a breed 

For profit and increase, at any price; 

Of a sound stock, without defect or vice. 

But, in the daily matches that we make, 

The price is everything ; for money 's sake 

Men marry : women are in marriage given : 

The churl or ruffian that in wealth has thriven, 

May match his offspring with the proudest race; 

Thus everything is mix 'd, noble and base ! 

If then in outward manner, form and mind, 

You find us a degraded, motley kind, 

Wonder no more, my friend ! the cause is plain, 

And to lament the consequence is vain. 



CHAPTER VII 

STERILIZATION 

STERILIZE the mentally tainted or physi- 
cally impaired, urges the Modernist, to 
the end that all offspring may be as per- 
fect as the hothouse Killarney rose, with 
physique and mentality as free from taint 
as its divinely painted face. 

Sterilization should never be permitted 
until every molecule of the spermaceti of 
the victim has been microscopically ex- 
amined and scientifically developed by 
some of God's side-partners, to the point 
of definite ascertainment as to whether in 
it there slumbers a germ of genius, lest 
some needed being, by the recklessness of 
science, be lost to the world. 

Who can successfully contend that 
there was any inherent tendency to mur- 
der in Cain ? That which we call jealousy 
sleeps under the skin of every rational 

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being. Its intensity depends upon the 
strength of the being harboring it and the 
degree of provocative stimulant which un- 
chains its fury. 

If a surgical switch had been put in 
Cain's seminal railway because he origi- 
nated fratricide, then Jabal, the father 
of tent-dwellers and cattle-herders; and 
Jubal, the progenitor of harpists and or- 
ganists, and Tubal Cain, the instructor of 
artificers in brass and iron, all would have 
taken the switch and still be lying in the 
wreckage by the roadside of anthropologic 
folly. 

The votaries of a perfect race would 
knock on the head all such defectives as 
were denied holy orders by the Mosaic law 
governing candidates for the priesthood, 
which provided that : 

Whatsoever man he be that hath a 
blemish, he shall not approach; a blind 
man, or a lame, or he that hath a flat nose, 
or anything superfluous, or a man that is 
brokenfooted, or brokenhanded or bone- 
headed, or crookbackt, or a dwarf, or 
that hath a blemish in his eye, or be 



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scurvy, or scabbed, or hath his stones 
broken, shall not come nigh to offer the 
bread of the Lord. 

Until the wild men of science can tell 
us why it is that perfect eyes, cock eyes, 
squint eyes, watch eyes, sore eyes; pert 
ears, lopped ears, no ears, cauliflower 
ears; well formed, humpbacked; knock 
knees, bow legs, clump feet; high brows, 
low brows; straight noses, convex noses, 
concave noses, flat noses, snub noses ; black 
hair, golden hair, auburn hair, red hair, 
straight hair, curly hair; idiotic, deaf, 
dumb, blind, epileptic, bright, sane, crazy, 
large, small, powerful, weak, thugs, 
thieves, freaks, murderers, sinners, devils, 
and saints may gestate in the same womb, 
they had better roll the edge on the steril- 
ization knife. 

The following stars in the intellectual 
firmament have been scientifically classed 
as semi-insane ; hence, if now in the flesh, 
would be proper subjects for the surgery. 

Gerard de Nerval, political writer and 
poet, from his youth was a mystic, a 



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believer in the occult, a noctambulist, 
drinker, nomad, bohemian, and the most 
precocious youth of his time, who dragged 
a live lobster at the end of a blue ribbon 
about the Palais Royal and hung himself 
in a brothel, probably with a garter of the 
Queen of Sheba. 

The gifted Baudelaire, whose writings 
were deodorized by the police, exclaimed : 
"My soul soars upon perfumes as the 
souls of other men soar upon music. " 
Only the stench of putrefaction gave him 
olfactory delight. Before his death he 
dyed his hair green and took a strangle 
hold on his father-in-law. 

Tolstoy, at eight years of age, was 
seized with a wild desire to fly. From his 
window sill he beat the air with his f eath- 
erless wings and a fall of sixteen feet 
physically unfitted him if it did not con- 
vince him of the futility of an early re- 
newal of the effort. He reasoned that a 
man accustomed to pain could never be 
unhappy ; hence, to bring sunlight into his 
somber life he would hold a large dic- 
tionary upon his outstretched arm for five 



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minutes, or in the barn would scourge his 
back with a rope till the tears came to his 
eyes. Because of these eccentricities it is 
claimed that this noted Russian novelist 
was semi-insane. This genius may have 
been cracked but through the crack moved 
an intellectual light so intense as to draw 
the scholars of the world to his writings. 

Pascal, before the close of his first year, 
nearly died of languor charged to the in- 
fluence of a sorceress who consented to his 
relief by casting the spell upon a cat which 
was thrown from a window and killed by 
the fall. To complete his cure, at about 
the age of seven years, there were gath- 
ered by the sorceress, before sunrise, nine 
leaves of three different kinds of herbs 
which were worked into a poultice and 
placed upon the child's stomach. 

From childhood he could not endure the 
sight of water without falling into a fit of 
passion, nor could he bear to see his father 
and mother together. 

From his eighteenth year he never 
spent a painless day. Partial paralysis 
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liquid except hot and then only one drop 
at a time, together with volcanic head- 
aches, incessant heart burn, and many 
lesser comforting ills for all of which 
Descartes bled, bathed, and purged him 
till his life was endangered. He wrote 
out a vision of a runaway and sewed it in 
his clothes, and ever wore around his 
body an iron girdle set with sharp points 
which he would press into his flesh on 
the approach of temptation or broken 
thoughts. Towards the close of his life 
at times he lost his speech and conscious- 
ness and was afflicted with vertigo and 
convulsions. An autopsy disclosed cavi- 
ties filled with putrefied blood. The medi- 
frontal suture still open was regarded by 
most anthropologists as a mark of mental 
superiority. The great size 'of his brain 
led the physicians to believe that it pre- 
vented the frontal suture from closing. 

He came into the world without ances- 
tral taint and was sired by a man of high 
character and pronounced capacity. In 
profundity of thought, grace of expres- 
sion, wisdom of diction, flaying irony, and 



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keenness of thrust, he stands out as the 
central figure in the great galaxy of intel- 
lectual luminaries that France has given 
to the world. 

What surgically trained Ishmaelite 
shall say that the fountains of this mighty 
genius should have been dried by steriliza- 
tion, or that he should have been allowed 
to die, while in a decline, during his first 
year? 

The muckers of science place Mozart, 
the beacon light of harmony, among the 
semi-insane because at the age of ten he 
would flee from a trumpet, and if pur- 
sued, would hide. 

We have all heard buglers capable of 
arousing the microbe of insanity. A fur- 
ther scientific ground was urged that at 
the age of fifteen he fell in love with a girl 
ten years his senior but did not add that 
he married her younger sister by whom he 
had two sons. 

Mozart composed 179 works and died at 
the age of thirty-five years. His operas 
Don Giovanni, The Magic Flute and 
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the world shall be thrown into chaos b}' 
the bugle call to judgment. This bulging 
genius played the harpsichord at three, 
composed concertos at five, and conducted 
a concert tour at six. He flashed his- 
dying soul into an unfinished Requiem, 
which remains a noble monument to his 
poverty-hampered genius. No friendly 
eye saw his remains covered. His wife 
could not find his grave. Vienna let him 
starve but finally erected a beautiful 
monument upon his empty stomach. 

Beethoven stood five feet five inches 
high, very broad and strongly built, with 
large head thickly coated with black hair, 
with dark, very bright, peculiar eyes. His 
father was of a tempestuous temper and 
led an irregular life and sang tenor in a 
band for twenty-five pounds a year. His 
mother was so ordinary that she has been 
referred to as of no account. They say 
he was deaf at thirty, a very eccentric 
character, a genial disorder reigned in his 
mind; he washed in ice water and used 
several pitchers of it for his toilet, dash- 
ing it on his hair and face without notic- 



Sterilisation 65 

ing that it made a pool on the floor in 
which he splashed like a duck and con- 
stantly scolded. When hot-headed he 
plunged his cranium into ice water to 
mitigate the heat, and in the heart of the 
woods spent days, composing, with his 
head bared to the dampness and storms. 
Still his genius gave to music a strength, 
breadth, depth of color, and a beauty be- 
fore unknown to the world. Living in a 
profligate city at a time of unmuzzled 
morals, and himself singularly attractive 
to women, yet his name was never shaded 
by a single scandal. He said: "It is one 
of my first principles never to stand in 
any relation but those of friendship with 
another man's wife." Princes, cardinals, 
beautiful, clean intellectual women, like 
Rahel, and men like Goethe were his com- 
panions. This moral man of the widest 
musical intellectual sweep is classed 
amongst the semi-insane by scientific 
"hags" who, like Jacob, seek to draw at- 
tention to themselves by attacking angels. 
St. Paul, the heavy weight of early 
Christianity, has been classed as an 



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epileptic. The evidence against Mm seems 
to be that he held the garments of the 
assassins of St. Stephen; on the road to 
Damascus a Heavenly light clothed him 
and for three days he was without food, 
drink or sight ; he escaped from the walls 
of Damascus in a basket ; collided with St. 
Peter at Antioch; failed in his defense 
before Agrippa by appealing to Csesar; 
talked himself into many jails ; frequently 
wrote epistles to strange peoples that were 
never answered; had a mania for tramp- 
ing, preaching, flaying hypocrites, rib- 
roasting the Jews, and a very marked 
carelessness in the use of language when 
denouncing sinners, all of which cul- 
minated in his arrest and led to his execu- 
tion by Nero as a felon. 

Rossini, the son of a town trumpeter 
and inspector of slaughter houses, stands 
at the head of Italian composers for the 
stage. In Vienna his music and attractive 
personality raised a wave of popularity 
which swept everything before it. Paris 
gave him such a cordial reception and 
storm of applause that he resolved again 



Sterilisation 67 

to see her vivacious and appreciative peo- 
ple. The king and aristocracy of England 
with open arms extended to him a most 
generous welcome. In nineteen years he 
wrote thirty-six operas, and William Tell 
is the one most likely to endure. He is 
classed among the irrational and his mem- 
ory blackened because at times he wept, 
despaired, complained of cold hands and 
sleeplessness; and because he once said: 
"I feel all the miseries of a woman, the 
only thing that I lack is a uterus." 

Edgar Allen Poe is classed as a psychic 
degenerate because he drank like a savage, 
had delirium tremens, would drink liquor 
without water or sugar, and gulp it down 
without tasting it; that his life was one 
dark sob, and that the paralyzing terror 
in all of his stories evidenced his madness. 

"The Raven," "The Bells," "The City 
in the Sea," and "Lenore," are not strag- 
gling poetic flowers, which, by chance, 
sprang up in the crevices of a whisky- 
cracked brain. Only Emerson and Lowell 
contest his poetical primacy. Edwin 
Markham says of him that he "is the most 



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tragic figure in our literary history and 
the figure that casts from our shores the 
longest shadow across the world. He was 
a great intellect and a sad heart. ' ' 

I would rather be the author of "The 
Raven" than of all the spew that has 
dripped from the brains of all of the sex- 
ologists and anthropologists who . have 
delved in the frailties of man since frogs 
leaped into Pharaoh's soup. In death his 
lips moved for the last time upon these 
sanctifying words: "Lord, save my poor 
soul!" 

The critics of this immortal genius in 
prose and verse, compared with him, are 
as mud-balls "stuck on the radiant front 
of the rainbow." 

Frederick II of Germany, at the age 
of eighteen, wrested the imperial crown 
from Otto IV ; spoke seven languages and 
was one of the first to write Italian poems ; 
he was a patron of the arts and a diligent 
student of national science. Intellectu- 
ally he was perhaps the most enlightened 
man of his age ; still he is classed as semi- 
insane because he had such a dislike for 



Sterilisation 69 

changing his coat that he did not have 
more than two or three during his life. 

The following noted men have been 
shadowed mentally by scientific cynics 
who never see a good quality in a man and 
never fail to see a bad one: 

Schiller, because when meditating he 
would put his feet on ice and sniffed the 
aroma of decaying apples, which he kept 
in his bureau drawer for that pur- 
pose. 

Paisiello could not compose unless he 
was wrapped in six blankets in the sum- 
mer and nine in the winter. 

Byron had an attack of convulsions 
when he heard Kean recite, and some- 
times imagined that a ghost visited him. 

Darwin seems to have suffered from 
serious chronic neurasthenia, and at one 
time from monkey-mania. 

Chopin's affliction was extreme ner- 
vousness, which so affected him that the 
merest trifle, the wrinkle in a rose leaf, 
or the shadow of a fly would make him 
bleed. 

Van Helmot had the aid of a spirit in 



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all important matters and looked upon 
his own soul as a resplendent crystal. 

Richard Wagner was a degenerate be- 
cause his writings show incoherence, 
flight of ideas, and a tendency towards 
silly puns. 

Berlioz failed to coordinate mentally 
and kicked his guitar, then grabbed his 
pistol to end all because his thoughts 
failed to flow freely. Intestinal neural- 
gia wore him down and epileptic con- 
vulsions preceded his death. 

Lombroso says that the list of great 
men who have ended their lives is inter- 
minable, and he classes as epileptics 
Moliere, called by Voltaire the father of 
French comedy ; Julius Caesar, the greatest 
military commander of his time, peerless 
as a politician and statesman, and virtu- 
ally the founder of the Roman Empire; 
Petrarch, crowned poet laureate of Italy 
in the capitol in Rome and died sitting 
among his books July 18, 1374 ; Peter the 
Great, Czar of Russia, who founded St. 
Petersburg on a bog, married his mistress, 
changed the manners of the Russians and 



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filled their lives with industry, and when 
drunk with wine would strike off twenty 
heads in succession to show his dexterity 
with the sword. 

Napoleon, whose genius shook the earth, 
suffered from an habitual twitching of the 
right shoulder and of the lips. He be- 
lieved in presentiments and horoscopes, 
credited sorcerers who promised good for- 
tune, despaired when he broke a mirror, 
was superstitious about Friday and the 
number 13, and the letter m he considered 
fatal. 

Grasset, in his work on the semi-insane, 
classes Newton as a demi fou, which in 
popularized English means a "damn 
fool," and that he became insane in his 
old age, the evidence being that he deliv- 
ered fantastic lectures, clenched his fists 
while driving, defied Villars and chal- 
lenged him to fight, wrote obscure letters, 
became melancholic, had been absent- 
minded all of his life, and that the illustri- 
ous astronomer suffered from dementia in 
1694. 

Newton, the greatest of natural philoso- 



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pliers, was born in 1642, the year of Ga- 
lileo 's death. He succeeded to the Mathe- 
matical Professorship of Trinity College 
and delivered a course of optical lectures 
in Latin at the age of twenty-five years. 
A new telescope was invented by him. 
The incident of a falling apple brought 
from his wonderful mind the marvelous 
law of universal gravitation. He was a 
master of the mint, twice a member of 
Parliament, knighted by Queen Anne and 
at his death had been president of the 
Royal Society for twenty-five years. 

In 1696, two years after his alleged de- 
mentia it is recorded in Chambers' Ency- 
clopedia, that "in the interval of public 
duty, however, Newton showed that he still 
retained the scientific power by which his 
great discoveries had been made. This 
was shown in his solution of two celebrated 
problems prepared in June, 1696, by John 
Bernouilli, as a 'challenge to the mathe- 
maticians of Europe.' 

A similar mathematical feat is recorded 
of him as late as 1716, and at the age of 
seventy-four years. 



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On these facts I much prefer to be 
classed with the Newtons than with the 
nut-cracking alienists and professors who 
are ever ready to bedevil a human being 
for the beckoning dollar. 

Mohammed before his sixth year lost 
both of his parents and was the victim 
of poverty and fits. In his tenth year he 
entered the service of a rich widow, as a 
camel-driver, who, though fifteen years 
his senior and the survivor of two hus- 
bands, offered him her hand, which he took 
and grew a long beard and cultivated a 
black mole between his shoulders which 
later was looked upon by his followers as 
"the seal of prophecy." 

At forty years of age in the solitude of 
Mt. Hira he nursed an inclination to teach 
a new faith as a substitute for idolatry, 
narrow Judaism, and a corrupt Chris- 
tianity. 

Like Isaac, Moses, Baalam, Paul, Joan 
of Arc, Bloody Mary, and Joseph Smith, 
Mohammed was honored by divine visita- 
tions. 

Whether divinity was present or actu- 



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ally represented in each case, is still a 
mooted question. 

Some dogmatic inquirers have sug- 
gested that these visions may have been 
the children of hysteria, fright, dyspepsia, 
or ambitious cunning. 

What Mohammed had conceived after 
a long, painful, and solitary confinement 
he finally brought forth amidst such fear- 
fully exultant physical vehemence that 
during his revelations his eyes shot blood, 
his lips foamed, and he steamed with 
sweat. 

This book-made lunatic fought super- 
stition, the killing of newborn daughters, 
gambling and usury, exhorted the people 
to pious moral lives, and to the belief in 
an all-mighty, all-wise, everlasting, indi- 
visible, all- just God, the throne of whose 
mercy could be reached principally 
through fasting, almsgiving and prayer. 
In the zenith of his power he lived in a 
miserable hut, freed his slaves, and 
mended his own breeches. 

In a civil-service test for humility and 
contempt of the world he would outclass 



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any disciple who ever cussed fish on the 
Sea of Galilee. 

Freeing him from the sins and errors of 
his successors, and taking him all in all, 
human history records the achievements 
of but few more earnest, noble and sin- 
cere " prophets," men irresistibly led by 
an inside voice to preach, teach and warn, 
and to throw into the teeth of the world 
sublime truths not fully comprehended 
by themselves. 

If, however, Mohammed were on trial 
for murder in this day, the lobcock alien- 
ists, who prance on the mental horizon for 
hire, would affirm that the fastigium of 
his intellectuality had irrevocably slipped 
into the storm center of irremediable mad- 
ness. 

Like hounds, they often take the wrong 
scent and cry out along a false trail, 
never perceiving their fault. 

The noted Thaw was the victim of the 
monetary alienist Flint, who, consciously 
or through olfactory defectiveness, for 
years bayed along the trail of this alleged 
paranoiac. That they are not dependable 



76 Matrimony Minus Maternity 

was shown in the last trial of Thaw at 
which Dr. Flint called upon the court to 
save his great mind from the hypnotic 
powers of his victim. 

These are only a few of the intellectual 
lights that shine in the window of time, 
who have been classed as defectives by 
alienists. 

By all the gods and bobtailed chickens 
that infest mythology and the barnyard, 
I most solemnly affirm that no sane man is 
safe who has ever stepped on one of the 
Ten Commandments, should he fall under 
the paid observation of any of these scien- 
tific vultures. 



CHAPTER VIII 

STANDARD 

CONCEDE that mating can be controlled 
to the point of matrimony, then, I ask by 
what standard shall fitness be determined ? 
Will intellect, physical lines, and pedi- 
gree govern as among breeding animals'? 
Will honesty, sense, and soundness, di- 
vested of dowery, take the applicants past 
the censor ? 

Plutarch says: " Seldom honesty and 
beauty dwell together." 

If physical perfection shall be the pri- 
mary requirement, the animal in man will 
soon dominate the intellect and we will 
ultimately have a race of gobblers and 
stallions uproariously displaying their 
charms before their queens. If an attrac- 
tive stalwart physique, with such brain as 
chance may have lodged in it, shall finally 
become the standard, then it will follow as 

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the night the day that genius must sleep 
alone. 

Physical abbreviation and imperfec- 
tions have attended many of the most 
noted men of the world. 

How many deformed or physically de- 
fective princes, kings, emperors, poets, 
prophets, philosophers, statesmen, musi- 
cians, orators, generals, and wits could I 
enumerate ? 

When that little, lean, poor, dejected fa- 
mous preacher in Italy, Cornelius Mussus, 
stepped into the pulpit in Venice the peo- 
ple were about to depart. He threw his 
beautiful voice into their ears and with 
his wealth of intellect soon doped them 
into an admiring spell-bound aggregation. 
Happy was the senator who could sit in 
his company or have him at his home. 

Hannibal had but one eye; Muleasse, 
King of Tunis; John, King of Bohemia; 
Tiresias, the prophet; Appius Claudius; 
Timoleon and Homer, were blind. An- 
gelus Politianus had a leaking tetter in 
his nose, yet he wrote in* words of gold; 
Socrates was hairy, long-legged and pur- 



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blind; Democritus, shriveled; Seneca, 
harsh, lean, and ugly to the eye ; Horace, 
a red-eyed shrimp ; ^Esop, deformed ; Mel- 
anchthon, a short hard-favored man ; Mar- 
silius Ficinus and Faber Stapulensis were 
dwarfs; Galba, the emperor, had spinal 
curvature ; Epictetus was lame, and Lord 
Byron, club-footed; the great Alexander 
and Augustus Caesar were sawed off ; Na- 
poleon was called "Puss in Boots" ; Pope 
measured less than five feet; Agesilaus 
was mean in form; Prince Boccharis 
physically was the crookedest and men- 
tally the wisest of Egypt's royal blood. 

The pigmy King of Poland, Uladeslaus 
Cubitalis, fought more battles and won 
more victories than any stalwart predeces- 
sor who ever strode a horse. 

Zacchaeus, the only rich sinner honored 
at lunch by the Savior's presence, was so 

nail that he viewed his Master's ap- 
proach from the crotch of a sycamore. 

"The Great Commoner," the sickly and 
club-footed Thaddeus Stevens, walked 
from humble obscurity to a seat in Con- 
gress. 



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Yet show me so many wits and such 
divine spirits in any other intellectual as- 
semblage. 

Sottish, dull, and leaden minds are usual 
in large bodies and comely features. 

Fat and fame are not often covered by 
the same skin. About the only great 
statesman one can recall who was really 
a fat man was Charles J. Fox, as can be 
seen by his effigy in the palace of West- 
minster. He would make three of his 
great rival Pitt the younger. 

The only fat poet one can recall is Jamie 
Thompson, the author of "The Seasons." 
He was a comfortable, lazy, slovenly man, 
of whom it is related that he would eat 
peaches off the tree, not taking the trouble 
to take his hands out of his pockets to 
pluck them. Yet, despite his lazy dispo- 
sition, he managed to write one of the 
longest of English poems as well as "The 
Castle of Indolence," a castle in which he 
habitually dwelt. 

When ominous clouds were hovering 
above the head of Cassar, he said to his 
trusty friend, Antonius; 



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Let me have men about me that are fat: 
Sleek-headed men and such as sleep o' nights: 
Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look; 
He thinks too much : such men are dangerous. 

In the material world a small diamond 
is worth more than a granite block. 

If physical perfection is sought, the 
lofty idealists might profitably dwell upon 
the fact that there has been little physical 
progress in our species for many thou- 
sands of years. The Cro-Magnon race 
which lived perhaps twenty thusand 
years ago was at least equal to any modern 
people in size and strength, and some of 
the so-called unprogressive races, as the 
Zulus, Samoans and Tahitians, are even 
to-day envied by the people of the white 
race for strength and beauty. 

The minds of men may be likened to 
wood, metal, and stone, in that some read- 
ily yield to the burnisher, while the vast 
majority remain dull in the hands of the 
most gifted artisan. 

The belchers of wind and words may 
blindly struggle on, but unavailingly, as 
they will find their every effort environed 
by unyielding, God-given, natural laws. 



CHAPTER IX 

INTELLECTUALS GENERALLY UNFERTILE 

THE sexologists who seek to mate " in- 
tellectuals" know that thereby they can 
limit offspring and spare the wealthy, 
socially inclined the burden and incon- 
venience of children and without sexual 
restrictions because of the well-known law 
laid down by Ellis that "in the races and 
also among animals generally, fertility di- 
minishes as the organism becomes highly 
developed." 

That matchless mind and divine favor- 
ite, Moses, so ran to intellect that he early 
soured on matrimony and sent his wife to 
her father that his time might be given 
to plaguing Pharoah, legislating against 
idolatry and adultery, evolving a sanitary 
system of diet, foot baths, and whiskers, 
expounding his ten rules of salvation, 

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regulating the quail and manna supply 
and clubbing waiter from tearless rocks. 

The lily-faced Solomon, with " bushy 
locks dark as the raven's wing," chased 
bugs for a thousand hens and left for his 
throne a single Cockerel, mentally slim, 
but sexually strong, who, by aid of 
eighteen wives, and sixty concubines pro- 
duced twenty-eight sons and sixty daugh- 
ters. 

Michael Angelo, the architect of St. 
Peter's, sculptor, painter and poet, put 
tongues in clay and the touch of divinity 
on canvas, and yet this great sweeping 
mind never sought marriage but rather 
the pure and ardent companionship of 
widow Colonna. 

Ariosto, noted for his vivid imagination, 
vivacity, fertility of resource, word-paint- 
ing and beauty of style, was called the di- 
vine by Galileo. By a Florentine widow 
he had two sons. 

"Tumble-down Dick," was Cromwell's 
son, a poor, feeble creature, shooed from 
the throne in about three weeks. 

A. Von Humboldt, the great scientific 



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traveler and son of nobility, never mar- 
ried. Of him Goethe said: "I may say 
he has not his equal in knowledge, in liv- 
ing wisdom. " 

Napoleon III gave royalty a single son. 

The bigot Edward Gibbon was the son 
of a member of Parliament, and in a fam- 
ily of seven he was the only one who sur- 
vived childhood. He was low in stature, 
feeble in health, with large head, thin legs, 
big feet, shrill voice, shy and timid; and 
yet bridged twelve centuries with a his- 
tory which is still the highest authority on 
most of the periods of which it treats. 

Ferdinand, of Columbus fame, begat 
crazy Johanna, the mother of Charles V 
of Germany, whose two sons were con- 
stantly pursued by squirrels. 

Napoleon I, the modern Mars, was twice 
married, resulting in a single scrubby 
son. 

Dean Swift never knew the passion of 
love, though for thirty-five years he was 
the virtuous companion of the beautiful 
and intellectually fascinating Stella. 
Within one hour after his death his ad- 



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mirers clipped Ms head as clean as the 
dome of the Colossus of Rhodes. 

Lord Bacon in quest of wealth found it 
in a childless matrimony, as sketches of 
him make no references to children. 

One child bore the name of the noted 
Edmund Burke. 

Alexander Pope, healthy, plump, pret- 
ty, and precocious, at the age of twelve 
was attacked by a serious illness induced 
by " perpetual application," which ruined 
his health and distorted his body. His 
" Essay on Man," alone will carry his 
memory undimmed through the coming 
ages. He left no descendants, and Martha 
Blount was the only woman who in the 
least swayed this mental marvel. 

Lord Macaulay, whose intellect from 
early infancy burned with unusual bril- 
liancy, died a bachelor. 

Cecil Rhodes stamped his name on the 
continent of Africa and in the history of 
the British Empire and almost hated 
women. 

Oliver Goldsmith, who " wrote like an 



86 Matrimony Minus Maternity 

angel, but talked like poor poll," had no 
taste for matrimony. 

To say that Bismarck built the modern 
German Empire is a sufficient tribute to 
his greatness, still this towering master 
of statecraft added but three to the 
Kaiser's subjects. 

Louis Agassiz, a Swiss naturalist and 
Harvard professor, had but one son. 

From the intellectual aristocracy of 
New England came Ralph Waldo Emer- 
son, a mild man with a scholar's face, who, 
like Hawthorne, despised explosive laugh- 
ter. His writings will long supply oil 
for other men's lamps. "Hitch your 
wagon to a star," is one of his many im- 
perishable sayings. His matrimonial rec- 
ord is two wives and two sons. 

William Cullen Bryant was of Puri- 
tan ancestry, the son of a cultured physi- 
cian and a weakling at birth, with a head 
much too large for his body, rendered 
normal by brook bathing on which some- 
times the ice had to be broken for the daily 
Spartan bath. This first famous American 
poet knew the alphabet at the age of six- 



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teen months and left two daughters to bask 
in the sunshine of his fame. 

The historian Francis Parkman was of 
distinguished ancestry, the son of a min- 
ister and the father of two daughters. 

Two wives and one child is the matri- 
monial record of James Russell Lowell, 
poet, scholar, humorist, and ambassador. 

John G. Whittier, former shoemaker, 
journalist, agitator, and poet, asked no 
woman to wear his name. 

Washington Irving, lawyer, traveler, 
minister to Spain, and one of America's 
most gifted writers, lived the trying life 
of a bachelor. 

Chauncey Depew of distinguished an- 
cestry, a serious or playful orator at will, 
a United States senator and the most 
noted after-dinner entertainer of his time, 
though twice married, and called nearly 
everything else, was never called father. 

David B. Hill, lawyer, governor, United 
States senator and candidate for Presi- 
dent, studiously avoided the matrimonial 
toga. 



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The great white-souled Washington left 
his image on no human clay. 

Samuel J. Tilden, attorney for fifty- 
two corporations, was so highly intellec- 
tual that he never built a nest in the lap 
of matrimony. 

The war governor of the Empire State, 
Horatio Seymour, closed his career with- 
out a son or daughter. 

President McKinley was the seventh 
son in a family of nine and his two daugh- 
ters died in infancy. 

Lolita Armour, the incubator baby of 
twenty years ago, is the only heir of the 
J. Ogden Armour millions. 

Poe married his cousin Virginia, less 
than fourteen years of age, who died child- 
less at twenty-four. She was the only 
magnet that drew and held the love of this 
intellectual wilderness in all of his oscil- 
lations from the skies to the gutter. 

Only one child called the imperious, 
matchless Conkling father. 

The dazzling splendor of Franklin's in- 
tellect gave him membership in all of the 
leading scientific societies of the Old 



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World and at the close of his great career 
there was but one child to soothe his throb- 
bing brow. 

When Henry Wilson died the faithful 
tomb unveiled its bosom and received the 
Vice-President of the United States of 
whom it was said: "He served his imper- 
iled country faithfully, withstood tempta- 
tions and died an honest man. ' ' This con- 
structive statesman, with better than a 
three-pound brain, was so poor that Sum- 
ner loaned him one hundred dollars to 
defray his inaugural expenses, and so un- 
fruitful that his only son in early child- 
hood joined the Heavenly choir. 

These examples tend to support the El- 
lis theory that barrenness haunts the wake 
of a highly developed intellectuality. 

But gifted men developed up from the 
common walks of life, as a rule, are far 
more prolific than those long associated 
with the so-called learned professions. 

A few noted examples will suffice. 

Lincoln, the Negro's Moses, the Union's 
savior and the Republic's saint, had four 
children. 



90 Matrimony Minus Maternity 

Beecher, of Plymouth Church fame, a 
mud-ball in boyhood, but a bright star in 
manhood, had four children. 

Samuel S. Clemens of "Tom Sawyer" 
fame, and the most recent assassin of sad- 
ness, had four children. 

James A. Garfield studiously obeyed his 
mother's behest, "Kemember thy God and 
study books," until called from the rein 
of the mule to the reign of the people. Of 
his six children one has written his name 
in the history of the World War. 

Thomas A. Edison, who rescued the hu- 
man voice from the sleep of the tomb, and, 
wizard-like, robbed the occult of her treas- 
ures, found time to dance six children 
upon his knee. 

James Fenimore Cooper, whose tales 
raised the hair on bald heads, had seven 
children. 

Horace Greeley, the father of seven chil- 
dren, with mud on his boots, his worldly 
effects in his bandanna, entered New York 
City with a country-fed brain which car- 
ried him over one of the roughest roads 
that man ever trod from the typesetter's 



Intellectuals Generally Unfertile 91 

case to the Democratic nomination for 
President of the United States. 

Peter Jefferson was a planter, sur- 
veyor of note in the Colony of Virginia, 
and a member of the House of Burgesses. 
Thomas Jefferson was his third child and 
eldest son in a family of ten children. 

Lyman Beecher was the second genera- 
tion of one of the most noted of American 
families. His "Six Sermons on Intem- 
perance" were translated into many lan- 
guages; and his sermon on the death of 
Hamilton at the hands of Burr marked the 
beginning of the end of dueling in the 
United States. Of his thirteen children, 
seven became clergymen. The most noted 
of his family are Catherine E. Beecher, 
Thomas K. Beecher, Harriet Beecher 
Stowe, and Henry Ward Beecher. 

Thomas Marshall, in the Revolutionary 
War, rose to the rank of colonel, and John 
Marshall, that peerless jurist, who found 
the Constitution a civic dogma and left 
it a bar of steel, was the eldest of fifteen 
children. 



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Intellectuality in woman is also a bowl- 
der in the highway of the cradle. 

Michal, the daughter of King Saul and 
wife of King David, never felt her first- 
born's breath. 

The six wives of England's genital ath- 
lete matured but three children, all of 
whom would have filled unknown graves 
had they not been born to a crown. 

The beautiful, talented Katharine Parr, 
who composed both in Greek and Latin, 
matrimonied at fifteen, was herself four 
times a widow, thrice of widowers, and the 
sixth wife of England's most scaturient 
royal sensualist; she died childless. 

George Eliot so magnetized the married 
and gifted Lewes that many years were 
spent together and a scandal bred which 
closed the coveted doors to social centers 
and distilled a gall in her soul which she 
unstintingly poured into her literary 
stream. 

Maria Susanna Cummins, the daughter 
of an able judge and the author of Lamp- 
lighter, still widely read, had no taste for 
matrimony. 



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Alice and Phoebe Gary, deprived of 
candles by their stepmother, courted the 
Muse by the light of rag wicks in saucers 
of lard. Attractive women, clever talk- 
ers, gifted writers the cultured and ar- 
tistic sought them in their New York 
City home, not for matrimony, but to loll 
in the sunlight of genius. 

Dr. Mary Walker, in man's attire by 
leave of Congress, led her sex for half a 
century in a contest for social equality, 
and while she drew the eyes of the world 
upon her, still no man was ever able to 
ring her finger. 

Sister Maria Celeste, who chose a celi- 
bate life, was the daughter of the astrono- 
mer and physicist Galileo, the sweep of 
whose marvelous mind was beyond the 
grasp of the midget souls around him. 

The cultured Empress Josephine had 
one child by her first husband, but was 
divorced by Napoleon for barrenness. 

The authoress Margaret Fuller Ossoli, 
the daughter of a lawyer, had but one 
child. 

Helen Hunt Jackson, the daughter of 



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a college professor, was twice married, 
had two sons both of whom died in child- 
hood. 

Clara Barton, whose deeds of mercy 
covered two continents and won for her 
the Iron Cross of Germany, still failed to 
attain the greatest title known to woman, 
that of "Mother." 

Lucy Stone worked her way through 
Oberlin College, and during her four- 
years course had but one new dress and 
that was calico. She became a noted abo- 
litionist, and when she was to speak in 
Maiden, the congregational minister gave 
notice that "a hen will undertake to crow 
like a cock at the town hall this afternoon. 
Anybody who wants to hear that kind of 
music will of course attend." At thirty- 
seven she entered Platonic matrimony, re- 
tained her maiden name and died child- 
less. 

These noted women are a type of myri- 
ads of their sex, who for centuries past 
have chosen the convent, teaching litera- 
ture, philanthropy, politics, professional 



Intellectuals Generally Unfertile 95 

or intellectual activities, rather than the 
calling of tilling God's flowers in the gar- 
den of the heart. 

A modern silo would hold the increase 
of America's social queens, from the mod- 
est, gifted Martha Washington, to the 
present-day bare-back type. 

To further support the theory of Ellis 
and others, that fertility decreases with 
organic development, thousands of the 
dead might be called from their tombs, 
and of the living from their palaces and 
banquet halls. 

The same rule obtains among animals. 

Dan Patch, with a pacing record of 
liSS 1 ^, descended in the male line from 
George Wilkes with a record of 2:22. 
Patch as a sire has to his credit twenty- 
one pacers ; all good but none famous. 

Cresceus, the trotting king, with a rec- 
ord of 2 :02^4, was sold for a fabulous sum 
to the Russian Government for breeding 
purposes and proved such a failure that 
he was put to work on a commissary 
wagon. 



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Good trotters have come alike from the 
thoroughbred, the Morgan, the Canadian, 
and the Indian pony. Morgan, a Vermont 
horse, did not come from fast ancestry, yet 
left numerous fast- trotting descendants; 
and Dutchman, one of our best trotters* 
was taken out of a clay yard, and put on 
the turf from a Pennsylvania wagon team. 

Mr. Galton says : 

I regret I am unable to solve the simple 
question whether, and how far, men and 
women who are prodigies of genius are 
infertile. The daughters of parents who 
have produced single children are them- 
selves apt to be sterile. 

Recent investigation supports Mr. Gal- 
ton. 

In the London Times of October 16, 
1916, it is reported that a 

voluntary confidential census among a 
class of "intellectuals," showed that of 
120 marriages, 107 were "limited," the 
average number of children to each mar- 
riage being considerably under 2. If this 
were to become the average number of 
children to every married couple through- 



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out the land, France would live to write 
England's obituary notice, with the epi- 
taph on her tombstone: "Died of suicidal 
corruption and syphilitic poisoning." 



CHAPTEE X 
SOCIETY 

SOCIETY, in its broad and temporal 
sense, comprehends the poor, well-to-do, 
and wealthy. 

The sexology of Mr. Ellis touching off- 
spring seeks to introduce into society the 
i 'ideal of quality in place of the ideal of 
quantity, " and to crush "the vulgar aim 
of reckless racial fertility." 

By the phrase " ideal of quality" we 
assume that Mr. Ellis has in mind an edu- 
cated and financially comfortable paren- 
tage. He evidently intends that all in- 
crease shall ultimately come from the up- 
per layer of society as that layer will read- 
ily subordinate itself to the doctrine that 
1 'reckless racial fertility" ought to be 
checked. We all know that the men and 
women of this portion of the human fam- 
ily are not much given to progeny-hunt- 

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Society 99 

ing. They may have become disheartened 
by the comparison of their best efforts 
with the children of those socially be- 
neath them. If the future pillars of this 
republic are to be hooked from the ocean 
of wealth it behooves us to examine its 
depths. 

There is but little revealed that greatly 
interests us outside of man and his works, 
and unlike the chipmunk, it is hard for one 
to burrow into the human family without 
leaving some dirt at the hole. 

Since Noah sang "Rocked in the Cradle 
of the Deep" while his kidneys worked on 
the blood of the grape, till noisy slumber 
alarmed his menagerie and his wine- 
soaked body became the rendezvous of 
gnats, flies, hornets, wasps, punkies, mos- 
quitoes, libellulas, scarabs, spring-tails, 
rhipipters, soldados, necrophagans and 
humpbacked worms, man has changed but 
little in his tastes, habits, and passions, 
save possibly, in the intensity of his hy- 
pocrisies and in the refinement of his vil- 
lainies. 

Trimalchio fed his guests on peafowl's 



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eggs taken from the straw under a wooden 
hen, and startled the gluttons with a cir- 
cular tray containing food representa- 
tions of the signs of the Zodiac, and fin- 
ally washed sow's haslets to the second sta- 
tion with century wine, and reclined on 
the down of partridge wings; since then 
he has had some feeble imitators. 

A New York lust scavenger, the vic- 
tim of a moral low-brow, touched a spring 
and disclosed a human pullet who stood on 
the banquet table robed only in a smile 
and as imperturbed as an ass of Corin- 
thian metal. 

Herod, when soused, gave the head of 
John the Baptist to a leg-twisting favorite 
who thrilled the old fool by a climactic 
leap from a table to his lap. Many of us 
can recall modern instances of cane-suck- 
ing sons of wealthy men who have been 
leaped upon by terpsichorean artists. 

If the reports that have come to us of 
the social broodings at exclusive Atlantic 
seaboard resorts are one-half as depend- 
able as a sparrow's chastity or a harlot's 
dream, then, assuredly, no bedtime dan- 



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cer who ever whisked flies from an Apis 
bull with a peacock quill had a physical 
movement or thrill unknown to the wine- 
driven engines of love that wiggle in ham- 
mocks or "ham" the sands on the moaning 
shores of these sin-soused cities of the 
sea. 

At these resorts fools and their money 
developed the banquet stunts. 

A man of some intelligence and great 
wealth, who descended from the sweat- 
soiled loins of an immigrant, procured 
the loan of Consul II, the leading social 
Ape of Central Park, and in human 
breeches and snowy shirt front he was 
given the plate at the right of his host. 
In intellect and sobriety he was the star 
of the evening. 

At another gathering of the low-combed 
cocks of society a pig was loosed among 
the wine-swashed, waist-stretched revel- 
ers. Greased and bewildered, he dove 
among the screaming, swaying, tumbling 
female tanks, who love every he-thing but 
their husbands, and ripped trails and 
tailoring till he wrought a havoc and ana- 



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tomical exposure sufficient to glut the 
monetary and sensual cravings of whin- 
nying studs, who spend their wakeful 
hours plucking blooms from the garden 
of virtue, later to cast them aside, scent- 
less and dead. 

The pagans, in the days of their juiciest 
sins, could have learned from these foul 
lemans who nocturnally infest the reek- 
ing sewers of shady resorts, and, like the 
unclean birds of the night, retire only 
with the breaking dawn. 

The dollar has been the yardstick of so- 
ciety since Abraham paid Ephron four 
hundred shekels of silver for Sarah's 
tomb whether picked from the ham of a 
Harpy or the hand of an Angel. 

Socially the clean wife of a poor intel- 
lectual brilliant would not in these days 
be given standing room with those en- 
riched by pickles, bonds, hams, or sau- 
sages. 

Gold is the counterpane for grammati- 
cal errors and genital sins. 

Society, as now constituted the world 
over, is a pottage composed of miscellane- 



Society 103 

OTIS meats, including bob veal, sweet- 
bread, lamb fry, choice cuts, capon and 
buttocks with a vegetable adjunct of 
skunk cabbage, pig weeds, cowslips, bur- 
docks, carrots, lentils and an occasional 
sweet herb and all spiced with gold dust. 

A calico printer founded the famed Peel 
family. 

Baron Reading, who has just been 
created an earl, and Lord Northcliffe, who 
has been made a viscount, are both of the 
humblest origin. Northcliffe was a re- 
porter, and Beading, now Lord Chief 
Justice, is the son of a Jewish storekeeper. 
Lloyd George, Prime Minister of England 
sold groceries in his father's store. 

The son of a section boss, born in a little 
shanty in a western boom town, John J. 
Pershing, in command of the American 
Army in the greatest war that ever shook 
the earth, drove the blood-reeking Hun 
from the soil of his Alsatian ancestors. 

Clemenceau, who kissed every stone 
along the highway of poverty, the recent 
Premier of France, is accredited one of 



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the broadest and shrewdest of living 
statesmen. 

The Socialist Ebert, who on the abdica- 
tion of the Kaiser took the royal post of 
Chancellor and shocked the aristocracy of 
the Empire by reposing in the Kaiser's 
bed for two nights, is a harnessmaker by 
trade. 

In the business world the men that have 
emerged from the gloomy shades of pov- 
erty into the sunlight of prosperity consti- 
tute a vast army. 

Notable amongst them is Charles M. 
Schwab, who entered a mill at the age of 
eighteen and finally performed the mar- 
velous feat, as head of the United States 
Shipbuilding Corporation, of producing 
one hundred and twenty-four ships in the 
month of July, 1918. 

Let the descendants of these and other 
noted men of humble origin refrain from 
silly boasting on the subject of ancestry, 
but rather pride themselves on the 
humbleness of their antecedents and the 
greatness attained by them. 

We are all well aware that this social 



Society 105 

ocean out of which Mr. Ellis hopes to fish 
" quality" is constantly absorbing the 
drainage of many social cesspools. 
Robert Burton says : 

Consider the beginning, present estate, 
progress, ending of gentry, and then tell 
me what it is. Oppression, fraud, cozen- 
ing, usury, knavery, bawdry, murder, and 
tyranny are the beginning of many an- 
cient families : one had been a bloodsucker, 
a parricide, the death of many a silly soul 
in some unjust quarrels, seditions made 
many an orphan and poor widow, and for 
that he is made a lord or an earl, and his 
posterity gentlemen forever after. 

The same noted scholar further ob- 
serves : 

Hercules, Romulus, Alexander (by 
Olympia's confession), Themistocles, Ju- 
gurtha, King Arthur, William the Con- 
queror, Homer, Demosthenes, P. Lum- 
bard, P. Comestor, Bartholus were bas- 
tards ; and that almost in every kingdom, 
the most ancient families have been at 
first princes' bastards; their worthiest 
captains, best wits, greatest scholars, 
bravest spirits in all our annals, have been 
base. 



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The Normans who went over to England 
with William the Conqueror and consti- 
tuted the proud English nobility were 
simply a miscellaneous set of adventurers, 
professional fighting men of unknown, 
and no doubt for the most part undistin- 
guished, lineage. William the Conqueror 
himself was a bastard, according to Bur- 
ton. 

To get a little nearer home let me call 
attention to the root of some of the so- 
called first families of the present day. 

The Yanderbilt root paced the deck of 
a ferry ; the Astor root bought pelts from 
the Indians; the Gould root was a sur- 
veyor and mouse-trap inventor; the 
Mackey root was a bartender and gold 
prospector; the Lincoln root, a rail split- 
ter ; the Garfield root, a canal driver, and 
the Grant root, a tanner. 

There are hundreds of others, nameless 
because still in the flesh, who have finan- 
cially emerged from the most abject, but 
generally respectable, poverty, and their 
descendants who bask in the sunshine of 
inherited wealth should not forget whence 



Society 107 

they sprung, and that their pile may rest 
on bleeding hearts, wrecked homes, sui- 
cides, and financial cripples, the victims 
of grasping, thieving ancestors. 

Still as the world views them they con- 
stitute the gentry, and Agrippa defined 
gentry as "a sanctuary of knavery and 
naughtiness, a cloak for wickedness and 
excusable vices, of pride, fraud, contempt, 
boasting, oppression, dissimulation, lust, 
gluttony, malice, fornication, adultery, ig- 
norance, and impiety." 

How many of the white-trousered gen- 
try and degenerate princelings who scorn 
labor, yet wear and eat its sweat, have de- 
scended from the church-robbers of the 
sixteenth century? 

The right to rule is man's gift, and it is 
not vested in some driveling son of a 
rough-neck ancestor, or bandit forefather 
whose mailed fist battered his way to 
power and a throne. 

How many family trees have been felled 
in the social forest upon the discovery of 
a criminal ancestor dangling from a 
limb! 



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Show me a money-bag who dares invite 
all of his relatives to any of his social 
functions. 

Some disown their parents, deny broth- 
ers and sisters, and will not suffer kindred 
and friends to approach lest they umbrate 
their pomp, accounting it a mud stain on 
their greatness to have had such beggarly 
beginnings. 

Simon in Lucian, in the day of his 
wealth, changed his name to Simonides 
because of his beggarly kindred, and set 
the house of his birth on fire that no man 
should point it out. 

Sickness is a great commoner, and until 
it enters the banquet hall of wealth, the 
money idolater and the snobs from the 
womb of wealth are unmindful that the 
wood is drying in the sun that will make 
their coffins, and that the despised hand 
of toil will dig their graves. 

The result is the same whether one is 
strangled by a chain of gold or a rope 
of hemp, or the belly is filled with eclairs 
or mush and milk. 

" Vanity of vanities; all is vanity," is 



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the final cry of these worldly, sin-laden, 
goldenrods from the cheerless vale of a 
drooping virility. 

There are too many arrogant, chest-in- 
flated, morally poisoned skunks, who 
haughtily point to a tinseled ancestry and 
the blue veins on their bodies as evidence 
of greatness and of their right to make 
doormats of the rest of mankind. 

With us wealth is society. Money or- 
nates the home, adorns the body, expands 
the stomach, breeds gout, pauperizes hap- 
piness, leads to lust stews, brothels, groin 
pains, and contempt for the poor. 

The nasty refinements of society's af- 
ternoon tango tea dancers, when embold- 
ened by wine and amatory yearnings, led 
a noted New York restaurateur recently 
to close out his supply of social male 
household pests, tango pirates and lounge 
lizards. 

The best solace for the sensual itch is 
the dishpan or washtub. 

Nero never wore the same garments 
twice, his slaves never changed theirs, 



110 Matrimony Minus Maternity 

to-day by the economy of nature they 
are physical equals. 

In social distinction founded on money 
alone there is a vast volume of froth. 

A crooked overseer, dishonest banker, 
designing petticoat, Monte Carlo, storm at 
sea, flash of lightning, financial panic, 
drouth, cyclone, sickness, invasion, specu- 
lation, locusts, bugs, or booze, may at any 
time force a Dives to the level of a 
Lazarus. 

When a social pillar has whiskied his 
thirst to the point of an old-rose nose, and 
stretched his anatomy at the feet of Bac- 
chus, and finally expelled his soul in a wild 
delirium, the fee-hungry doctor saves the 
family name by announcing that dipso- 
mania was the cause of death. In a me- 
chanic it would have been tremens. 

If one of the common herd shoves an ar- 
ticle from a counter into her muff she is 
a thief or shoplifter, but when a fur-laden, 
powdered sister of the social set is caught 
the poor soul is suffering from klepto- 
mania. 

As a rule, the working girl will carry 



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to maturity her social indiscretion and 
clothe it with a mother's love; but out of 
the rustling silk no human cry is ever 
heard, for the blight of gold has parched 
the plant and cast it to the lap of mother 
earth. 

One pines in repentance and piety or 
fills a harlot's grave; the other shines in 
her sins and society and holds her secrets 
till judgment day. 

A noted example was a wealth-crazed 
spinster of Detroit, Michigan, who loudly 
rang the social bell on two continents. 
Her beauty was fodder for both clowns 
and kings. At seventeen she married a 
Belgian prince, deserted him and eloped 
with a cafe fiddler. Soon wearying of his 
catgut notes, she erased him from her 
calling list, then for a time dropped into 
obscurity with another bee that had been 
attracted to this much-sucked rose. A 
self-willed, highly educated, physically 
perfect dynamo of mischievous impulses, 
and with eyes that would lift a saint from 
his knees, she tantalized and tortured men 
in all of the capital cities of Europe, till, 



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worn down by the fury of her passions and 
dissipations, decorated with three di- 
vorces and cursed by four husbands, she 
recently closed her eyes in poverty and 
obscurity at Padua. 

The golden-mouthed John Chrysostom 
expressed the general sentiment when he 
pronounced woman to be "a necessary 
evil, a natural temptation, a desirable 
calamity, a domestic peril, a deadly fas- 
cination, and a painted ill." 

How many matrons of our day can be 
seen in Juvenal's mirror of the Roman 
matron of his day?: 

All glowing, all athirst 

For wine, whole flasks of wine, and swallows first 

Two quarts to clear her stomach and excite 

A ravenous, an unbounded appetite. 

Maids of obscurity are freely selling 
their accumulated beauty and form to 
bloated guzzlers for chariots and gems. 

If the beds in the palatial homes of 
bachelor libertines through this land could 
give the names of the crushed and bleed- 
ing hearts of former innocence which bur- 
dened them till required for another vie- 



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tiin, a field of wilted flowers, cut in the bud 
by the reaper of lust, would stretch from 
the morning gold of the East to the crim- 
son tinted West. 

The mashing elders sought Susanna in 
the garden, and nightly on our streets can 
be seen hoary lust-hunters trailing some 
unsuspecting squab. 

How many can give thanks, with the 
soldier and pagan saint Marcus Aurelius 
for not having unlawfully tested his viril- 
ity before his majority? 

Will the attractive innocent girl ever 
learn that the honeyed words and special 
favors of her married employer are only 
spades of earth from virtue 's grave ? Will 
she ever learn that the promise of mar- 
riage by a son of wealth, with the price 
paid in advance, is an apple of Sodom 
which will turn to ashes on the lips ? 

Society is honeycombed with male lust 
gluttons, robed in attire and manners of 
gentility, but, who, at heart, are lower 
than the rattler that warns before it 
strikes. 

A noted architect and his millionaire 



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slayer are fair samples of an army of so- 
cial hell-doomed, carnal sugs, who flay 
chastity and worship sin. 

How many he-aristocrats molt away 
their physical substance and drearily end 
their days groaning and sighing over their 
emasculated powers, and exclaiming in 
the words of the eunuch: " Behold, I am 
a dry tree." 

Two educated, wealthy, and to the eye,, 
refined sisters, for years maintained the 
palatial " Whispering in the Meadows" 
in the city of Chicago, where every sensual 
diversion known to Sodom was practiced 
by themselves and stimulated in others. 
It was in this annex to hell that the son of 
a noted merchant of Chicago was killed 
while furthering his creed that no mar- 
ried woman could long withstand his as- 
saults upon her virtue. 

Daily, social, financial cripples yoke 
themselves to any old rickety female So- 
domite who can stay the sag in their fin- 
ancial backs. 

In all of the history that has been writ- 
ten on the walls of time the single fact 



Society 115 

stands out that whenever gold wrested 
the throne from honor and virtue, deca- 
dence followed. 

The devil, as a teacher, is tireless: He 
never sleeps. He works but little in the 
barren soil of poverty. In the fields of 
the idle rich or in the laps of social yearn- 
ers he reaps abundant harvests. His latest 
fad, with surface innocence, is the ex- 
change of husbands by married women at 
the shows, dances, theaters, and other 
gatherings. 

There is a well-defined percentage of 
parasitic sons of wealth who are distin- 
guished by red eyes, pearly teeth, daily 
bath and linen shift, perfect mouth, glove- 
and-cane manners, with a sensual scent, 
erupted hides and bandaged anatomy, and 
who contaminate and poison everything 
within the radius of their unholy mousing, 
and yet these harpies are permitted to 
roost on and besmear their ancestral perch 
and enter the homes of refinement and 
cleanliness through the power of a golden 
jimmy. How few amongst them with a 



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nose without a rose, and a skin without a 
scab! 

They roam among the highest social 
peaks and seek victims even in the huts 
of the lowly. From the records of court 
trials and the pages of medical works it 
seems that their own sex and animals, 
even, are not immune from their mias- 
matic touch. 

Society, in its restricted sense, is made 
up of everything that its membership will 
tolerate. 

No questions were asked the famous il- 
legitimate Themistocles after he had 
tricked himself into the baths of the sons 
of noted Athenians. 

An English novelist of Chrysanthemum 
fame on a balmy morning entered the har- 
bor of New York. For months he was 
wined and dined and sighed over and 
later spent three years in a London prison 
for an unnatural crime. 

The devil in his warfare upon unstained 
souls has had in his service, and still has, 
quite as many women as men. 

The female seducer to lewdness, for 



Society 117 

personal gratification, for hire, for her 
haunts or for others, has plied her nefari- 
ous calling in all of the avenues of hu- 
manity since the passion-charged wife of 
Potiphar ripped his cloak from the virtu- 
ous Joseph and the youthful and match- 
less Cleopatra shed her rug in the tent of 
Caesar, and Delilah, the queen of teasers, 
robbed Samson of his secret. 

Like decoys in the stockyards, procur- 
esses and she-rakes are constantly leading 
lambs to their doom. Thus is the never- 
ending stream of social poison fed; and 
thus were the instrumentalities produced 
which crippled the English army in the 
Boer War, and which on May 14, 1917, led 
the War Fund Committee of the Young 
Men's Christian Association to print the 
following paragraph in its appeal, to wit : 

Facts not allowed to be published but 
which we are given from the most unques- 
tionable authorities will strike you with 
absolute dismay. Fine young men many 
of them married leaving home with high 
characters and clean records returned by 
the tens of thousands before they ever 



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saw the front ruined for life. An un- 
believable percentage of the young man- 
hood of nations sent home to struggle 
hopelessly against their fate necessarily 
to spread their curse among some who are 
innocent. 

The Church Times of February 18, 
1916, an English publication, discussed 
the subject, and the public conscience was 
painfully shocked to learn that 

one in ten persons in large towns is in- 
fected with acquired or congenital syph- 
ilis, and a far larger percentage than this, 
gonorrhea. In one great city of the Em- 
pire, which shall be nameless, it is stated 
that ninety men in every hundred of mid- 
dle age, who have been born and reared in 
that city, have had venereal disease. 

The foregoing is supported by the fact 
that married men in the English army 
home on furlough were not permitted to 
consort with their wives. It has been re- 
ported that within a year two hundred 
Canadian nurses returned from the front 
burdened with the evidence of sexual pa- 
triotism. 



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Mrs. Neville-Rolfe, in an article in the 
Nineteenth Century, in October, 1918, on 
the subject of "The Changing Moral 
Standard," is authority for the following 
condensed observations, which apply to 
England. 

Those who pursue a course of conduct 
in keeping with the best interests of the 
community include only a small propor- 
tion of the men and probably only about 
two-thirds to half of the women. The 
rapid numerical increase of the " ama- 
teur" is reducing with startling rapidity 
the proportion of women living up to our 
past ideals of chastity. 

Available records show that from 1914 
to 1917 the police arrested and brought 
before magistrates for soliciting twenty 
thousand women in the city of London 
alone. 

There is no denying the fact that girls, 
unmarried women, and young married 
women of all classes have in very large 
numbers joined the ranks of the "ama- 
teur." 

Mrs. Eolf e wrote : 



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It is a severe shock to be forced to the 
recognition of such depravity as is indi- 
cated by the following well-authenticated 
story. A girl of nineteen, who entered a 
country-house party, when asked by her 
hostess where she was staying the week 
before, answered glibly, in a mixed com- 
pany, "Oh, I was at and had a top- 
ping time"; openly boasting of promis- 
cuous immorality during the visit. That 
such an announcement could be made with- 
out the majority of those present feeling 
that anything out of the ordinary had oc- 
curred, shows that the social customs and 
traditions are altering rapidly in a most 
undesirable direction. 

Consider also the well-educated busi- 
ness girl who telephones for information 
as to where facilities for treatment of 
venereal diseases can best be obtained "be- 
cause I was kind to a friend who came 
home on leave the other day and now my 
fiance is reaching London next week and 
we are to be married." Or, the domestic 
servant who writes for information of the 
same nature in great distress, because she 
cannot imagine "who I got it from, as 
all my boys are such nice boys and it is 
not as if I was a bad woman"; all indi- 
cate the changing standards. 



Society 121 

It is mainly the result of a short-sighted 
system of education, the excitement in- 
herent in war conditions, the emancipation 
of women, immediately followed by the 
economic independence of very large num- 
bers under conditions removed from home 
influences. 

What evidences have we that the moral 
bulwark reared by our American ances- 
tors is being battered down? 

In what respect have we changed as to 
our mode of life, habits, practices, and be- 
liefs? 

Within our memory angel food has de- 
throned mush and milk, and silk between 
the ankle and the knee has replaced the 
woolen sock. The patient ox, the dash 
churn, the oaken bucket, the revolving 
rake, the peg-tooth drag, the grain cradle, 
the horse tread thrasher, the corn-plant- 
er's bag, the crosscut saw and the arm- 
strong dung-spreader have passed into 
history; but let us take hope from the 
fact that the cows still calve and the hens 
lay in the same old way. 

On the farm the wife is supplanted by 



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the statutory cow. This animal must be 
addressed kindly, and have her hair 
combed and bag handled with clean hands 
and in full dress. Numerically the calves 
are increasing and the children decreasing. 

The spare bed is occasionally used by 
a son or daughter who has left the Great 
White Way of city life for a few hours 
with aging parents. The tenement house 
has fallen to decay. Nearly every man 
is his own clergyman and without the con- 
stant gospel-pounding of a Paul, religious 
and moral lassitude has entered many 
hearts once the abiding places of a rigid 
Christianity. 

The great fortunes made by hook or 
crook in the last few years by men from 
the common walks of life have precipi- 
tated a mad struggle for riches and its 
pleasure, resulting in a bold and far-reach- 
ing demoralization of both men and wo- 
men. The farm is too lonely and slow for 
young men, and the milk pan is no longer 
the mirror, nor the country youth the 
companion, of the girl schooled upon the 
crystallized sweat of doting parents. 



Society 123 

The Ten Commandments are sent to 
the attic and the golden calf wheeled out. 
The red-light district of life at first is 
cautiously entered, then roamed in, till 
finally its pleasure-maddening vortex 
sucks in and enslaves the once most cau- 
tious nibblers at the bait. 

Do you demand proof ? 

Since Milton *s Paradise Lost sold for 
twenty-five dollars and a western bull for 
one hundred thousand dollars, the public 
press has fairly reeked with accounts of 
domestic woes, social evils, crimes, mur- 
ders, and suicides. 

Men and women in all stations of life 
are daily indicted and daily convicted of 
all manner of crimes. 

We see the wealthy broker Eddy swap- 
ping wives with a liveryman followed by 
murder and suicide; the Reno divorce- 
court judge resigning from pure exhaus- 
tion; married women preferring dogs to 
children as legatees; the bridge- whist 
table to the domestic hearth ; the cigarette 
to the darning needle; the sinner to the 
saint; the purr of a cat to a child's 



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prattle ; feticide to maternity ; a slumber- 
ing ovary to a wakeful womb; a calci- 
mined face to a clean skin; unbosomed 
charms to a veiled existence ; a dog's trous- 
seau to children's gowns; Three Weeks in 
literature to The Courtship of Miles Stan- 
dish; the touch of a pander er to a hus- 
band's kiss; the sensual arms of a thick- 
lipped ebony pugilist to a sunlit face of 
her own race; the stage clout to a ma- 
tronly dress ; and finally the street is pre- 
ferred to the home, where we see them 
"lewd, petulant, and reeling ripe with 
wine" a condition in which the armor of 
virtue is readily vulnerable to the tor- 
pedo of lust. 

We lately read of bankers, moral teach- 
ers, professional and business men, mem- 
bers of a Christian association, in a sec- 
tion of the West, having outsinned So- 
dom and Gomorrah. 

Civilization is in a continual flux, and 
much of the new-world aristocracy has 
reached the stage of ooze. 

Probably the seed of more sowers is 
now cast by the wayside, more tenanted 



Society 125 

wombs evacuated by the refinements of 
surgery, and more souls hurled over the 
embankment of immorality into the fervid 
bowels of hell, than at any time since the 
fig leaf was ripped from its moorings by 
the curiosity of woman. 

How many husbands and wives whose 
lives blended well in the dark hours of 
poverty have become estranged in the red 
glare of wealth? 

The toxin of the dollar has led many a 
man to sunder his matrimonial fetters, to 
pension and turn out to grass the compan- 
ion of his humbler days, for a woman with 
all the sexual ferocity of a Borgia or a 
Massalina pounding in her veins. 

Many wives are so cruelly neglected by 
husbands, whose daily employment is to 
sweat over pleasures that yield only to a 
golden key, that the road to perdition is 
paved with broken hearts and sprinkled 
with the ashes of loves consumed in the 
roaring fire of infidelity. 

There would, however, be less cockerel- 
strutting and tail-feather display if the 
deserted wives were permitted to shoot 



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the bustle off from every drab who seeks, 
like the cowbird, to deposit her eggs in the 
nests of others. 

If clean husbands would apply the 
Cudahy treatment to sexual prowlers who 
enter the matrimonial close there would 
be fewer men rocking other men's chil- 
dren when they think they are rocking 
their own. 

Walter D. Bieberach, M.D., connected 
with the Chicago Vice Commission, esti- 
mated that the profits from vice in that 
city were fifteen million dollars per an- 
num, divided among four groups com- 
posed of the brothel-keeper, the property- 
owner, the liquor-purveyor and the amuse- 
ment-purveyor. 

It would seem that among the contend- 
ing nations social barriers have been badly 
crippled by war. 

Birth-control and eugeny have been 
mired by the sexual whirlwind which is 
lashing the world. 

Stokes shot Jim Fisk in a fit of jeal- 
ousy over that voluptuous sunburst Jose- 
phine Mansfield. This is only a well- 



Society 127 

known instance of the thousands of trig- 
ger-pullings involving the possession of 
Borne queen of filth. 

The world well knows that from the 
cheerless huts of the lowly, from the 
bleak wilderness of poverty, from the bar- 
ren shores of illiteracy, from the deserts 
of opportunity but generally from the 
lap of clean maternity, sired by piety and 
purity have come the stellar intellects 
which gradually ascended the horizon into 
the clear blue field of knowledge whence 
their scintillations illumined the somber 
highway of man's activities, harnessed 
the untamed powers of nature and fer- 
reted from their burrows secrets that 
baffled man since the dawn. 

President Harding, with the patriotic 
zeal of a Washington, the sensitive con- 
science of a Lincoln, the silent courage 
and tenacity of a Grant, the temperament 
of a McKinley, the piety and purity of 
a Paul, on December 15, 1920, at Marion, 
in an address to the Ohio Child Con- 
servation League, clearly indicated that 



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the America of the future must come from 
the soil of the republic. He said: 

The generation of to-day in its concern 
for the morrow will guarantee a citizen- 
ship from the soil of America which will 
be the guaranty of American security. 

To the social students, moral philoso- 
phers, and pupilmongers who are honestly 
seeking the betterment of man, I would 
suggest that they give the people more of 
Christ and less of Ellis. 

A greater number of the stalking evils 
of the day can be withered through men- 
tal sanitation and moral surgery, than by 
the specialized well-known anticonception 
deceits and sexual formulas. 

The human mind always feels for the 
popular breeze disregarding the source 
and unmindful of its effect. 

In the year of grace 1918 it was quite in 
harmony with American sentiment to con- 
sign the Kaiser to hell as the typification 
of the accumulated barbarity of centuries. 
Yet burning accused negroes at the stake 



Society 129 

in the South has been a frequent social 
pastime. 

In May, 1917, while we were commend- 
ably pouring our wealth into the lap of 
bleeding Belgium to aid the suffering vic- 
tims of alleged Hun atrocities and belch- 
ing forth anathemas from the pulpits, and 
issuing well-intended proclamations from 
the White House, threatening the world 
with our brand of democracy two thou- 
sand five hundred citizens of Memphis, 
Tennessee, calmly watched the sizzling 
flesh fall from the oil-soaked burning 
body of Ell Persons, a dangling negro. 

While the whites of the South continue 
to deny the blacks the due process of law 
which they invoke for themselves, they 
should not grow red in the face blatantly 
demanding justice and freedom for people 
abroad. 

"Thou hypocrite, first cast out the 
beam out of thine own eye ; and then shalt 
thou see clearly to cast out the mote out 
of thy brother's eye." 

Class and race hatred, religious bigotry, 
avarice and immorality will always be f es- 



130 Matrimony Minus Maternity 

tering sores in the side of world-democ- 
racy and obstructing bowlders in the high- 
way of eugeny. 

For redemption from the gathering so- 
cial evils which are blighting many of 
the best amongst us we must steadfastly 
lean upon the arm of Christ and place our 
trust in the moral stamina of the com- 
mon people, the daily associates of the 
Messiah, who have always in times of 
great social stress and oppression rescued 
humanity and relit the taper of hope in 
the human breast. 

If we escape the extreme penalty here 
our civic salvation must be secured 
through the millions of Christian men and 
women of our nation who shall be strong 
and brave enough to teach mankind by 
word and example that there can be no 
hope for those in whose hearts the grace 
of God is a stranger. 

One of the most elucidating mental 
flashes, on present social conditions, is the 
following from the pen of Hon. Byron 
B. Newton: 



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Vulgar of manners, overfed, 
Overdressed and underbred, 
Heartless, Godless, Hell's delight, 
Eude by day and lewd by night, 
Bedwarfed the man, overgrown the brute, 
Ruled by boss and prostitute, 
Purple-robed and pauper-clad, 
Raving, rotten, money-mad; 
A squirming herd in Mammon 's mesh, 
A wilderness of human flesh, 
Crazed with avarice, lust and rum 
New York, Thy name 's delirium. 



CHAPTER XI 

SHRINKING PROGENY 

THE plan of sexologists does not com- 
prehend morality as it has come to us from 
the Cross but rather a limited high-power 
progeny. 

Havelock Ellis, in his book The Task of 
Social Hygiene, at page 23 says : 

" Increase and multiply" was the legen- 
dary injunction uttered on the threshold 
of an empty world. It is singularly out of 
place in an age in which the earth and sea, 
if not indeed the very air, swarms with 
countless myriads of undistinguished and 
undistinguishable human creatures, until 
the beauty of the world is befouled and 
the glory of the heavens bedimmed. To 
stem back that tide is the task now im- 
posed on our heroism, to elevate and 
purify and refine the race, to introduce 
the ideal of quality in place of the ideal 
of quantity which has run riot so long, 

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Shrinking Progeny 133 

with the results we see. The vulgar aim 
of reckless racial fertility is no longer 
within our reach and no longer commends 
itself as worthy. It is not consonant with 
the stage of civilization we are at the mo- 
ment passing through. 

The foregoing is one of the most un- 
godly, unchristian and unpatriotic pro- 
nouncements ever written on ancient tab- 
lets or in modern books. 

Had the Pilgrim Fathers and Mothers 
disregarded the multiplication precept 
hurled from the eternal throne, at the 
dawn of man, into an unpeopled world, 
who would have thrown the tea of the op- 
pressor into the ocean of liberty, who 
would have fought the Colonial battles, 
whence would have come the three mil- 
lions of unconquerable men and women, 
who would have rocked the cradle of lib- 
erty in which reposed an infant republic, 
and who would have guarded and nur- 
tured that infant to a stately manhood, 
represented in "Uncle Sam," who now 
proclaims to the world that he rules the 
greatest nation, the most versatile people 



134 Matrimony Minus Maternity 

and the best governed republic that the 
sun has ever smiled on since thrown into 
space from the majestic hand of God? 

The greatest struggle that ever rocked 
the earth, since Cain killed Abel, and 
which fertilized the battlefields of Europe 
with human blood, was fought by children 
grown to manhood. 

When Babylon, Sparta, Greece, Rome, 
and many other nations which have long 
since perished from the earth, had at- 
tained the zenith of their greatness and 
culture, they sought the widest possible 
sexual liberality, but set bounds to their 
offspring, and willfully permitted their 
children to die or be eaten by beasts, thus 
unwittingly sapping their man and wo- 
manhood, and numerically weakening 
their nationality by ill attention to pro- 
geny, thereby hastening the approaching 
day when they were to lay the crown of 
centuries of glory in the lap of the in- 
vader. 

When irreligious France wrote above 
her graveyards: " Death is an eternal 
sleep," and in 1870, fell crushed and bleed- 



Shrinking Progeny 135 

ing before the invader, a victim of sen- 
sual and riotous living, and with her death 
rate above her births, in alarm she then 
took a paternal interest in her pregnant 
daughters and public morals, and pro- 
vided maternity homes for dependent or 
afflicted women who were molding assets 
for the nation; hence in less than fifty 
years, we behold a new France, so regen- 
erated that her people, in genius, patriot- 
ism, courage, resources, statesmanship, 
versatility, and endurance are now the 
marvel of the world. 

A female German socialist boldly an- 
nounces the doctrine that every woman, 
regardless of social relations, having a 
yearning for maternity should select a, 
male and bring forth young. 

The government of Germany is liberally 
socialistic and with a bounteous hand 
takes care of her children of chance, de- 
pendent mothers and the unemployed. 
Her net increase in population is about 
one million a year. In 1906 the number of 
illicit births was 177,060 ; and now twenty 
per cent of all increase are the children 



136 Matrimony Minus Maternity 

of love. Here we have a people who from 
the days of their savagery to this hour 
have believed in monogamy and that it 
was their duty to have children and to 
rear them all. Hence, Germany is numeri- 
cally and intellectually one of the great- 
est nations on earth, and single-handed, 
could have, in 1916, wrested the crown 
from any king or ruler then burdening his 
people with the humbug of royalty. 

To check the reckless multiplication of 
offspring Richardson and others appear 
to advocate the special cultivation of non- 
child-bearing women. In other words, 
these godless sexologists want a scentless 
rose, stoneless cherry, and ovarian desert. 

If the doctrine of Ellis and others, that 
" racial fertility " is a reckless vulgar aim, 
ever effectively roots itself in the hearts 
of the pale-face nations, the time will as 
surely come in the future as in the past 
when the boasted civilization of the white 
man, defended by machine-made men 
grown on the deserts of maternity, will 
vanish before the onrush of that nation 



Shrinking Progeny 137 

or those nations who have kept up the 
4 'vulgar aim" of "racial fertility." 

Antagonism of the Roman Catholic 
Church toward the birth-control move- 
ment is well known. This antagonism is 
based on theological grounds, but it has 
frequently been pointed out that the re- 
sult, whether the Church has the fact in 
mind or not, will be to give the Church a 
slowly increasing preponderance in num- 
bers in any community where the popula- 
tion is made up in part of Catholics and 
in part of Protestants. 

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- 
Day Saints, popularly known as the Mor- 
mon Church, has taken a similarly antag- 
onistic stand on birth-control. Theologi- 
cal objections are raised against it ; but in 
this case what may be called the eugenic 
aspect, the problem of altering the rela- 
tive proportions of different classes in a 
population, is clearly seen and acknowl- 
edged. 

In the July issue of the Relief Society 
Magazine, an official publication issued at 
Salt Lake City, five of the twelve elders 



138 Matrimony Minus Maternity 

who make up the supreme council of -the 
organization state their views on birth- 
control. 

The eugenic view of the subject is most 
clearly seen by Elder Joseph F. Smith, Jr., 
who points out: "I feel only the greatest 
contempt for those who, because of a little 
worldly learning or a feeling of their 
own superiority over others, advocate and 
endeavor to control the so-called 'lower 
classes' from what they are pleased to 
call 'indiscriminate breeding.' 

The old Colonial stock that one or two 
centuries ago laid the foundation of our 
great nation is rapidly being replaced by 
another people, due to the practice of this 
erroneous doctrine of "small families." 
According to statistics gathered by a lead- 
ing magazine published in New York, a 
year or two ago, the average number of 
children to a family among the descend- 
ants of the old American stock in the New 
England states was only two and a frac- 
tion, while among the immigrants from 
European shores, who are now coming into 
our land, the average family was com- 
posed of more than six. 

Thus the old stock is surely being re- 



Shrinking Progeny 139 

placed by the " lower classes," of a stur- 
dier and more worthy race. W r tbd er 
because they have not learned, in these 
modern times, to disregard the great com- 
mandment given to man by our Heavenly 
Father. It is, indeed, a case of the sur- 
vival of the fittest, and it is only a matter 
of time before those who so strongly ad- 
vocate and practice this pernicious doc- 
trine of " birth-control" and the limiting 
of the number of children in the family 
will have legislated themselves and their 
kind out of this mortal existence. 

Our government in 1917 was demand- 
ing a trained force of five millions of men 
for the World War in anticipation of the 
very danger that I have outlined. Let us 
thank God that we to-day can give to our 
national defense, if need be, ten millions 
of men, for the reason that those who have 
come to our shores, except the so-called 
nearly extinct " Yankee," have indulged 
in the old-fashioned " vulgar" physical 
progeny methods, rather than in the cap- 
ers of those who burn in their lusts one 
toward another and burrow in the filth of 
unnatural commerce, rendering abortive 



140 Matrimony Minus Maternity 

sexual enterprises and salting maternal 
plants. 

A frontier defense, composed of flesh 
and blood, such as the World War pre- 
sented, is not spun from threads of silver 
or gold, nor does it come from Richard- 
son's " non-child-bearing women." 

Unless those amongst us who corres- 
pond to the ancient burghers and peasants 
are encouraged by social laws to marry 
and multiply, who will man our dread- 
noughts, sight our coast guns on the in- 
vader, enforce an orderly civilization, 
keep the idle, lazy wealthy from hunger 
and filth, run our mines, shops, factories, 
and railroads, and do all the menial work 
of the nation? 

You cannot grow an oat crop on an as- 
phalt pavement; neither will progeny 
sprout in a sandy uterus nor spring into 
being in a surgically raked ovarian gar- 
den. Unless those endowed by nature for 
progeneration are permitted frequently 
to test their virility, regardless of family 
tree or physical contour, the Lady Eglan- 
tines of the future may as well save the 



Shrinking Progeny 141 

wear and tear of laying 314 eggs in 365 
days, because Richardson's prognosti- 
cated non-child-bearing Amazons will 
soon solve the problem of the food supply. 

No great amount of printer's ink need 
be used in efforts to shrink the progeny 
output. 

The withering effect of diversified tech- 
nical sexual knowledge used against off- 
spring, unknown to the woman of a cen- 
tury ago, is apparent in every compilation 
of vital statistics and is emphasized by 
the few or no children in the families of 
the wealthy and in the great reduction 
thereof amongst the middle classes. 

The cause of this social condition 
springs from a general moral relaxation 
and cirrhosis of the conscience, stimulated 
by the doctrine of sex equality, taught in 
female colleges and on the rostrum and in- 
culcated with socialism ; and still further 
impressed by social-sin literature, the eas- 
iest way on the stage, a trousseau of hair 
and hints in vaudeville, leg-locking, um- 
bilical chafing, breast-pressing and pla- 
tonic commerce in the ballroom, which f re- 



142 Matrimony Minus Maternity 

quently lead lambs to their doom and 
sheep to a change of pasture. 

In New South Wales, dominated by 
socialism and suffragists, the evidence 
given before the Royal Commission, by 
doctors, clergymen, and druggists, and 
subjected to a sifting cross-examination, 
proved that the women generally ex- 
pressed the desire to avoid maternity and 
took positive action to that end. 

A feminist, Lydia K. Commander, in 
her book upon this subject, says: 

The knowledge of how to control fam- 
ily scarcely existed in America two gen- 
erations ago. Now it is practically uni- 
versal. To-day thousands of physicans in 
this country make a practice of dissemin- 
ating the knowledge of how to avoid chil- 
dren. The vast majority know how to 
control the size of the family and do so 
deliberately. 

Let me add that the old custom of going 
downstairs head first on the hands and 
knees and taking pennyroyal tea have 
long since been abandoned as emmena- 
gogues, 



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The greater the female liberty and in- 
tellectual attainment the more dormant 
is the maternal instinct. 

One authority states that "half the col- 
lege woman graduates do not marry, and 
a quarter of those who do marry are child- 
less." 

The social pullets, and engaged couples, 
discuss with amazing frankness the num- 
ber of children they will have, if any, and 
the conditions under which they will con- 
sent to bear them. 

Miss Gertrude Barnum, connected with 
the Federal Department of Labor, refers 
deploringly to what she terms "the third 
sex in industry." Her definition is: 

In general, it is a group, divorced from 
the women who believe that women's 
sphere is the home, and from the coeduca- 
tionists in labor who believe that women 
should receive labor education with men 
and should cooperate with men in raising 
the working standards of both men and 
women. This group believes it should 
work primarily for women and against 
men. Most of the active ones are unmar- 
ried. 



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There is in the world a lot of militant, 
mouthy hall trees for petticoats, who are 
generally sexually unemployed, and who 
spend their time advocating the torch, dis- 
seminating socially baneful literature, dis- 
charging cargoes of soap-box gas upon 
street groups, and in breeding discontent 
amongst a class of women who would be 
happy if let alone, and finally advising 
those under the connubial yoke to sand 
the copulatory track and sexually starve 
their husbands into buglers in the cause 
of equal rights. 

How many inflammatory he-orators 
and cupbearers are in the ranks of the 
"eruptionists" through sexual starvation 
rather than through any innate conviction, 
thereby encouraging and augmenting the 
ever-increasing number of women who are 
hostile to maintaining such a birth rate 
as will enable the nation to repel the in- 
vader, protect its institutions established 
by the blood of the sons of heroic women 
and to continue to secure to her citizens 
peace and plenty? 

Persistent attempts to parry the laws 



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of progeny sooner or later will lead na- 
ture to rebellion, the physique to emacia- 
tion, the individual to the tortures of the 
damned here, with all of the diversifica- 
tion of hell hereafter. 

In furtherance of these soul-destroying 
and body-wrecking indulgences, a world- 
wide propaganda sneaks its literature and 
missionaries into the homes of our people 
to poison contentment, sow the seeds of 
sexual rebellion against natural coition, 
and instruct married women in the use 
of the anticonception mask. 

Ben Beitman, when placed on trial in 
Rochester January 24, 1917, for selling 
birth-control literature, presented to the 
court a petition signed by 450 persons 
protesting against his arrest and demand- 
ing his release. Mrs. Ada Chase Dudley, 
one of his supporters declared: "Common 
sense is the keynote of the birth-control 
propaganda, and I am heartily in favor 
of the movement." 

Mrs. Ethel Byrne, a birth-control mis- 
sionary, while a guest at Blackwell's 
Island for distributing some of the devil's 



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best productions, observed: "It is only 
a question of time before people will un- 
derstand. I felt that we owed a debt to 
society. We are seeking to lighten the 
burden of womankind." 

Sexual eunuchs are increasing rapidly 
among church patrons and society-hunt- 
ers, while free-love tendencies and yearn- 
ing for social freedom, are breeding a vast 
army of "neuters" among the women, 
who "are neither fish, nor flesh, nor good 
red herring." 

Those women who dodge maternity and 
fondle poodles, and leave their dogs with 
the check maids in church basements, 
while they proclaim on the floor above 
that they are glad that they are not like 
the poor publican at the door, recently 
received a shock from Rev. George Hugh 
Birney, of Cleveland, pastor of the fash- 
ionable Euclid Avenue Methodist Church. 
He astounded his wealthy and practically 
childless congregation by deploring the 
absence of children in the homes of the 
rich and the development of a "third sex" 
amongst the women. 



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"If I were asked to indicate the one 
most ominous sign of the times, I would 
indicate the unsexed woman," said Dr. 
Birney. "In the craze for freedom from 
all restraints, both religious and social, 
the new woman is under the temptation 
of disregarding both her nature and her 
soul. 

"We are told of a ' third sex' created 
by the European war, due to the changing 
status of both women and men, particu- 
larly the women outgrowing their mat- 
ernal instincts. 

"Such a * neuter' sex has been afflicting 
America for two generations. It is rep- 
resented by the woman who cares more 
for puppies than babies and who thinks it 
more genteel to coddle a cold-nosed poodle 
than to sing cradle lullabies." 

It is well known to all students of social 
conditions that there is a steadily grow- 
ing revolt against child-bearing. The 
world- wide decline in the birth rate of our 
people is not so much due to temporal 
conditions as to volitionary sterility or 
the use of artificial preventives. The 



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"massacre of the innocents" by the tools 
of the devil shows how widely neo-Mal- 
thusianism has rooted itself in the hearts 
and homes of our people; and the time 
is not so far distant when we may be 
called to realize that this canker is threat- 
ening not only our national life but the 
paleface with extinction. 

Letters from the working women pub- 
lished in Maternity, 1915, page 94, contain 
these sad and devastating confessions 
from women who have taken a definite 
stand against maternity. 

One writes : 

If ever I have the opportunity, I shall 
certainly advise all young men and women 
about to marry to avoid having any chil- 
dren. 

Another writes : 

After this (suffering from childbirth) 
I said to a friend one day, "If only I 
could feel that this was my last I would 
be quite happy." "Well," she replied, 
"why don't you make it your last?" and 
she gave me advice. As a result of this 
knowledge I had no more for four and a 



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half years. I sometimes think that the 
Great Almighty has heard the poor wo- 
man in travail, and shows her a way of 
rest. 

Another woman wrote : 

When at the end of ten years I was 
almost a wreck, I determined that this 
state of things should not go on any 
longer, and if there was no natural means 
of prevention, then, of course, artificial 
means must be employed, which were suc- 
cessful, and I am happy to say that from 
that time I have been able to take pretty 
good care of myself. 

The noted English priest, Father 
Bernard Vaughan, in an article of recent 
date upon this subject, gives the following 
extracts from letters received by him 
along the lines under discussion. 

If mothers will be wise, they will try not 
to bring poor boys into the world ; let the 
ones that talk have the boys ; give us food 
and we will have children. 

Another one wrote : 

If you want the cradles filled, shut up 
the shops in . Render it by legisla- 



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tion impossible to buy anywhere artificial 
checks on population. Young people, and 
just now many soldiers, marry with the 
deliberate intention of preventing fam- 
ilies. 

Still another wrote : 

If the shops in were shut up and 

the vending or possession of the things 
they sell made a penal offense, it would 
tend to prevent the decline in births. I 
can point to one fellow living at the rate 
of fifteen hundred pounds per annum, 
said to be a partner in such a business. 

Another one wrote : 

If I had my time over again I would 
have an empty cradle. I love my children 
and they love me, and I miss my pet every 
day. I am pleased to say I have only two 
little girls; I hope they will never fill a 
cradle. 

And one wrote : 

Why are you so down upon the women ? 
Blame the men. But for the men, who 
want a good time and money to bet on 
horses or anything at all, there would be 
thousands of more babies born in Eng- 
land. 



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Another one wrote : 

Before you begin to preach from the 
text "Fill the cradle/' kindly arrange 
with Government and municipal authori- 
ties to provide standing room for the 
cradle. I have four kiddies of my own, 
and my husband somewhere in France. 
Do you think people will let me rooms'? 
Not a bit of it me and my children are 
beggars and wanderers. Nobody will have 
my children, and municipal tenement 
houses are no better. Wherever I go I 
am told, "We can't have them," and I 
am turned into the streets. 

Another one touched upon an actual 
condition so apparent in the social centers 
of our own country that it has a peculiarly 
strong and convincing application here, 
which should be condemned by all sen- 
sible and morally inclined people. This 
woman wrote : 

I have three lovely children, and my 
husband is always asking for more, but 
if you knew the ridicule and banter it has 
subjected me to from my women friends 
you would not blame but pity me. They 
swarm around you, and just when you 



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need sympathy most of all they pour out 
vitriol into your soul, saying, "How can 
you be so silly? It is so middle-class to 
have more than two, so vulgar and im- 
moral. Why, you surely don't want to 
take your ideals from the farmyard, or 
from the rabbit-warren?" Is it really 
immoral, Father, to have a big family? 
Anyhow, nothing in this world would in- 
duce me to go through these sneers and 
jeers again. 

Sounding brass, tinkling cymbals, 
church organs, vesper bells, the hope of 
heaven and Christ crucified should lead 
this nation to the shrine of William Al- 
bright at Clearfield, Pennsylvania, who, 
on March 3, 1917, at the age of sixty-five, 
offered himself and fourteen sons to Presi- 
dent Wilson for service in the army and 
also his seven daughters for Red Cross 
work in case of war. 

Of almost equal value to the nation is 
Ike Sims, of Atlanta, eighty-seven years 
old, who had eleven sons in the service, 
and proudly awaited the call of three 
more at home. 

E. C. Bland, a Carolina farmer, vigor- 



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cms at sixty-five years, twice married, is 
the father of thirty-four children of 
whom twenty-six are living. 

The second Mrs. Bland is the mother of 
nineteen of these children and says that 
"it is as easy to bring up fifty children as 
it is to raise ten. " 

One woman who can make a loaf of 
bread, patch trousers, milk a cow, and lov- 
ingly reign in her home as wife and 
mother, is worth vastly more to this gen- 
eration than all the poodle-combers, side- 
walk gigglers, footlight favorites, social 
swill hunters, bridge-whist gamblers and 
progeny-shrinkers that could be packed 
in the Louisiana Purchase. 

One plow-holding Bland is of more in- 
trinsic value to any woman, or nation, than 
all the sponge-brained, cuff-necked, rain- 
bow-legged, beer-soaked lust scavengers 
that ever sneaked into life from the sand 
lots of maternity. 

On November 20, 1916, a band of nasty 
anticonception device demonstrators were 
assembled at the home of their noted 
leader in New York City, planning the 



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continuance of the birth-control clinic, 
for the carrying on of which Mrs. Mar- 
garet Sanger was then awaiting trial, 
when the shocking news reached them that 
at least one married woman had lived and 
died clean, and proposed to aid others of 
her sex to do the same by setting aside 
three millions of dollars to be used for the 
training of girls for motherhood. The be- 
quest of this God-fearing woman, Mrs. 
Lizzie M. Palmer, is accompanied by the 
statement 

I hold profoundly the conviction that 
the welfare of any community is insepar- 
ably dependent upon the quality of its 
motherhood and the spirit and character 
of its homes. 

Paul, while developing Christianity, 
proclaimed the Palmer doctrine. He 
wrote : 

I will, therefore, that the young women 
marry, bear children, guide the house, give 
no occasion to the adversary to speak re- 
proachfully. 



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Very likely the Birth Control League 
would regard the teachings of Christ and 
Paul as obsolete, and out of harmony with 
the advanced thought of the present-day 
disciples of his satanic majesty. 

You can't build a nation on a mother- 
hood who " conceive chaff and bring forth 
stubble," but rather on the wives of the 
land who cry out unto their husbands, as 
did Eachel of old unto Jacob, "Give me 
children, or else I die." 

Social conditions have greatly changed 
since the sentimental appeal of Rachel. 
Now the wife says, "No children"; the 
servant says "No children" ; and the land- 
lord says, "No children." 

Infanticide and abortion were approved 
by Aristotle and the legal destruction of 
weak and deformed children was also ad- 
vocated by him ; as it is now by many who 
stand in church and sing: "My eyes have 
seen the glory of the coming of the Lord." 

These abominations are now practiced 
by the sexual blank-cartridge artists, the 
doorstep and hallway harlots, and the un- 
natural mothers who abandon their illicit 



156 Matrimony Minus Maternity 

fruit to the charity of strangers, and are 
also advocated by professional fame- 
seekers, teatman educators, spurious phi- 
losophers and some gospel-pounders. 

How many sepulchers, fair without but 
foul within, are walking amongst us to- 
day, with an M.D. on their breeches, who 
feed on the ruptured seals of the temples 
of unborn babes, and drink of the drip- 
pings of carnality 9 

I asked a young man of my acquaint- 
ance who had been married for two or 
three years if he had any children. He 
said, "No, and I thank God for it." 

Natural laws are buffeted, statutory 
laws are defied, and happiness, health, 
sanity, liberty, life, and even death are 
gambled with to avoid conception. It is 
through such a hell that many expect to 
reach heaven. 

Men of genius have spent countless 
nights in the laboratories of the world in 
quest of life elixirs and germicides to pro- 
long human existence. 

On the other hand, doctors, chemists, in- 
ventors, and tradesmen have wearied sci- 



Shrinking Progeny 157 

ence in efforts to derail the sequence of 
sexual acts. 

Millions of dollars are annually spent 
to check contagious diseases destructive 
of man, but no worthy, effective efforts 
are attempted to induce maternity, or to 
stay the wholesale destruction of embry- 
onic life. 

Recently in England the question of ap- 
propriating twenty-five thousand dollars 
in aid of needy expectant mothers was un- 
der consideration, but failed of favorable 
action because of the large amount re- 
quired, while an appropriation of forty 
thousand dollars for dog-breeding passed 
without dissent. 

How different the world would be mor- 
ally if the married could be made to feel 
that matrimony without children is like 
a vine and no grapes, a lantern and no 
candle, a brook with no water gushing and 
gurgling in its channel. 

Through lack of offspring, in the words 
of Solomon, "the memory of the prosper- 
ous wicked shall rot." 

Colonel Roosevelt, the Lar of the Ameri- 



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can households and one of the most chiv- 
alrous sons of the goddess of Liberty, in 
his sixth annual message to Congress, 
upon the subject of home and offspring, 
said: 

When home ties are loosened, when men 
and women cease to regard a worthy fam- 
ily life, with all its duties fully performed 
and all its responsibilities lived up to, as 
the life best worth living, then evil days 
for the commonwealth are at hand. There 
are regions in our land, and classes of our 
population, where the birth rate has sunk 
below the death rate. Surely it should 
need no demonstration to show that willful 
sterility is, from the standpoint of the hu- 
man race, the one sin for which the penalty 
is national death, race death a sin for 
which there is no atonement. 

On his way home from his Egyptian 
hunting trip Mr. Roosevelt in Paris, be- 
fore a distinguished representation of 
every department of French life, with 
characteristic courage and boldness, said 
to them : 

You have every element of leadership 
among nations except in population which 



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seems to be decreasing. The remedy is 
in your own hands. Stop race suicide. 

If Paul in his letter to the Galatians, 
A.D. 58, truthfully mapped out man's only 
highway to God, restricted, narrow, and 
rugged though it may seem, the twen- 
tieth-century children of the same God 
have no license to broaden or feather that 
highway. Paul clearly specified the prac- 
tices that will close heaven to the guilty. 

He wrote: 

Now the works of the flesh are manifest, 
which are these : adultery, fornication, un- 
cleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witch- 
craft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, 
strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, mur- 
ders, drunkenness, revelings, and such 
like : of the which I tell you before, as I 
have also told you in time past, that they 
which do such things shall not inherit 
the kingdom of God. 

In defiance of the teachings of Paul, at 
a convention in October, 1920, at Utica, 
New York, the New York State tiptoe sin 
funnels and idle moral bandits, votaries of 
a sisterhood who operate through a club 



160 Matrimony Minus Maternity 

confederacy, passed a resolution to work 
for the abolition of all restraining laws 
touching offspring, and for the free dis- 
semination among women of the medical 
knowledge essential to the prevention and 
control of offspring. 

To this a vain protest was made by 
many of the clean, Christian family-build- 
ers who wear upon their breasts the shin- 
ing shield of " mother," while the timid 
defenders of embryonic life sat chagrined 
and mantled with shame. 

The tillers of sapless breasts that have 
never felt the warmth or thrill of an in- 
fant's hand should read and imbibe, if not 
for their own, then for their nation's, 
good, the sentiments of that clean, intel- 
lectual English lady, Margot Tennant, who 
was called "The Dragon Fly" because of 
her reedlike figure, and the "Woman with 
a Serpent's Tongue" by poet Watson be- 
cause of her fiery wit, and who was wooed 
and finally won by Herbert Asquith, then 
Prime Minister of Great Britain. This 
noted, well-poised, social queen heard the 



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whisperings on the other shore in three 
maternal efforts. 

In her diary she wrote : 

There are many kinds of love, but the 
greatest is the mother's for her child. In 
spite of France's genius and courage it 
would be a greater country if it produced 
more children. 

The excuse given for limitation of fami- 
lies is usually one of expense ; the expres- 
sion signifying that a child is an encum- 
brance always jars on me. I would like 
to have ten children, in spite of the poig- 
nant emotion that loving two has caused 
and still causes me. 

Jacob referred to his offspring as "the 
Children which God has graciously given 
Thy servant." 

St. Luke wrote : 

And they brought unto him also infants, 
that he would touch them: but when his 
disciples saw it, they rebuked them. 

But Jesus called them unto him and 
said, Suffer little children to come unto 
me, and forbid them not: for of such is 
the kingdom of God. 



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Senator Reed, of Missouri, on June 29, 
1921, learnedly and eloquently opposed the 
passage of the child-welfare bill, the ob- 
jective of which is to subject mothers and 
children to the pad-and-pencil guidance of 
myriads of she celibates, who couldn't 
tell a labor pain from the creak of a wheel- 
barrow, but who do know that Congress 
appropriated $1,480,000 to enforce the 
provisions of this Bolshevik bill, and who 
do know that most of it will go to the dry 
stock in the herd of maternity bell-ringers, 
who will be turned loose upon the homes 
of the nation as fast as the system can be 
extended. 

The doctrine of the right of State visi- 
tation and home espionage will not long 
be tolerated in a country whose sons re- 
cently emerged from a world war fought 
on the sublime theory of a world de- 
mocracy. Will the sleuthing authorized 
by this child-welfare bill extend to the 
homes of wealth? If not, the hounds 
should be held in leash. 

Bills of this character are brooders sit- 
ting on vipers' eggs, and the theorists and 



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alleged reformers who conceive and bring 
them forth, forget, or never knew, that 
substituting the new for the old and tried 
led to the French Revolution which abol- 
ished law and religion, renamed the weeks 
and ignored the Christian calendar, closed 
the courts of justice and trampled prop- 
erty rights, condemned to banishment or 
death entire classes of the people, in the 
wake of which slaughter followed, until 
the guillotine groaned under its labors, 
and the gutters flowed with the blood of 
the slain. 

Senator Reed in his crushing analysis 
of the child- welfare bill said : 

One of the worst products of the late 
war was the idea that the State should 
take charge of the individual citizen. 
That noxious plan reached its highest de- 
gree in Russia. It was asserted there that 
every child was the ward of the govern- 
ment ; that parents were incapable of rear- 
ing their children, according to the high 
notions of the reformers; that mother- 
hood and birth-control should be estab- 
lished by law and the child taken from its 
mother's care and turned over to public 



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officers. On top of all that the State was 
to take charge of the mother and pension 
her, so that, being the supporter of the 
mother, it could assert the right to dictate 
her course of conduct. 

Senator Reed, at another point in his 
speech, vibrating under the spell of a 
righteous indignation and aglow with pat- 
riotic fire, exclaimed : 

When we employ female celibates to in- 
struct mothers how to raise babies they 
have brought into the earth, do we not in- 
dulge in a rare bit of irony? I repeat I 
cast no reflection on unmarried ladies. 
Perhaps some of them are too good to have 
husbands. But any woman who is too 
refined to have a husband should not un- 
dertake the care of another woman's baby 
when that other woman wants to take care 
of it herself. 

A wise man places all important tasks 
in experienced hands. He does not en- 
gage as a civil engineer a man who has 
never seen a level; as a doctor, a person 
unacquainted with anatomy; or as an in- 
structor in music, an individual ignorant 
of its notes. Is it not the height of un- 
wisdom to delegate the solution of prob- 



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lems of child-bearing and child-care to a 
woman who has not had the experience of 
motherhood, and very possibly does not 
so desire, or to a bachelor girl who never 
beheld in a baby's eyes the mirrored vision 
of a mother's tender love, nor watched the 
loving dimples in a baby's cheek gather to 
welcome a mother's rapturous kiss? 

What I have said and shall say I mean 
to apply to the members of the Children's 
Bureau, including its servants, agents, and 
employees, substantially all of whom en- 
joy the blissful and seemingly perpetual 
state of single blessedness. 

I care not how estimable the office-hold- 
ing spinster may be, nor how her heart 
may throb for the dream children she does 
not possess, her yearnings cannot be sub- 
stituted for a mother's experience. Offi- 
cial meddling cannot take the place of 
mother love. Mother love! The golden 
cord that stretches from the throne of 
God, uniting all animate creation to divin- 
ity. Its light gleams down the path of 
time from barbarous ages, when savage 
women held their babes to almost fam- 
ished breasts and died that they might 
live. Its holy flame glows as bright in 
hovels where poverty breaks a meager 
crust as in palaces where wealth holds 



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Lucullian feasts. It is the one great uni- 
versal passion the sinless passion of sac- 
rifice. Incomparable in its sublimity, in- 
terference is sacrilege, regulation is mock- 
ery. 

The great Mohammed, foreseeing that 
the perpetuity of his creed would depend 
upon the offspring of his followers, wrote : 
" Paradise lies at the feet of mothers." 

On Sinai's blazing mount Divinity 
traced on stone: "Thou shalt not kill." 

The bravest battle that ever was fought ! 

Shall I tell you where and when ? 
On the maps of the world you will find it not 

'Twas fought by the mothers of men. 
! Spotless woman in a world of shame ; 

With splendid and silent scorn, 
Go back to God as white as you came 

The kingliest warrior born. 



CHAPTER XII 

PREVENTIVES 

THE agents of race annihilation extend 
their activities to the most unexpected 
places. Good authority states that a pur- 
veyor of artificial checks on births sent 
advertisements to a clean English lad just 
out from school, advising him to begin at 
once to learn all about indispensable out- 
fits for young men wishing to see life. 

In the leading cities of the world wo- 
men have become hardened upon this sub- 
ject to the extent that they stop at the 
shop windows, particularly in Europe, 
where the devil's implements lie in plain 
sight, and very quietly discuss the quality 
and effectiveness of the various articles 
with each other, without a twitch or a 
blush showing on their enameled and 
powdered faces. 

The renowned Cardinal Mercier, in a 

167 



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pastoral to his people before the War, 
warned them that : 

An abominable propaganda, carried on 
by means of lectures, pamphlets, newspa- 
per articles, and practical demonstration, 
encourages the suppression of child-bear- 
ing, and induces parents to adopt homi- 
cidal practices, in circumstances and to an 
extent hitherto unheard of. Little by 
little, into every class of society, there ni- 
ters a series of rotten, unwholesome ideas, 
which threaten danger to the child, if they 
do not render parenthood wholly con- 
temptible. Very soon parenthood will be 
viewed not as a duty but as a burden so 
inconvenient that it may be, nay, ought to 
be, thrown 



The British Medical Association in 
alarm passed the following resolution in 
1905: 

That the growing use of contra-concep- 
tives and ecbolics is fraught with grave 
danger both to the individual and to the 
race, and that the advertisement and sale 
of such appliances and. substances, as well 
as the publication and dissemination of 
literature relating thereto, should be made 
a penal offense. 



Preventives 169 

The eminent priest, Bernard Vaughan 
of England, in a recent lecture to his 
people on the subject of the "Empty 
Cradle, ' ' said : 

These moderns, therefore, with their 
new-fangled doctrines concerning what 
they call the just and hygienic limitation 
of families by artificial checks, are charged 
with spreading an immoral doctrine that 
degrades the individual, that ignores sin, 
and defies God. They are endeavoring by 
their propaganda to bring this Christian 
country of ours, with its splendid tradi- 
tions and with its multitudes of justice- 
loving, law-abiding, God-fearing citizens 
to a shameful and nameless tomb. 

Our only hope of a future fertile, rug- 
ged race lies in a reversion to the God- 
given rules of Adam, who, having been 
lifted from Eden on the toe of the boot of 
sin, and dropped in an untamed world, 
seems to have; successfully met the re- 
quirements of the Divine law, " Increase 
and multiply," without special instruc- 
tions, first aids, or satanic tutorage. While 
Adam, like the beasts, had but one un- 



170 Matrimony Minus Maternity 

frilled rule, still after he was eight hun- 
dred years he begat sons and daughters; 
but it is quite likely, the shifty, scientific 
sexual progressive of our day would re- 
gard his methods very crude. 

Divine guidance of man never hurries. 
God has no dials, calendars, nor clocks. 
Time ends the mortal. Eternity is the 
home of the soul. On the highway of the 
fleeting centuries an occasional John the 
Baptist appears to warn man of his sins 
and of the wrath which awaits the human 
viper satanically engaged in buffeting 
Divinity. 

Mohammed, St. Augustine in his youth, 
and England's Henry VIII never 
wrought a sensual thrill that has not been 
augmented and refined by the pagans of 
to-day. 

Archbishop Patrick J. Hayes, like John 
.the Baptist, seeing the myriads of social 
vipers in the present generation, on the 
seventeenth of December, 1921, issued a 
Christmas pastoral to be read in more 
than three hundred churches of the arch- 
diocese of New York, in which with an 



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herculean club lie bangs the heads of the 
pagan sin patriots of to-day, who bathe, 
perfume, and bandage their poisoned and 
scabby bodies in which their sin-seared 
souls are housed. 

The Archbishop commands his "faith- 
ful" to keep from their homes any litera- 
ture on birth-control as they would an evil 
spirit. 

The salient features of his warning are 
as follows : 

The Christ-child did not stay His own 
entrance into this mortal life because His 
mother was poor, roofless, and without 
provision for the morrow. He knew that 
the Heavenly Father who cared for the 
lilies of the fields and the birds of the air 
loved the children of men more than 
these. 

Children troop down from heaven be- 
cause God wills it. He alone has the right 
to stay their coming, while He blesses at 
will some homes with many, others with 
but a few or with none at all. They come 
in the one way ordained by His wisdom: 
Woe to those who degrade, pervert, or do 
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the eternal decree of God Himself ! Even 
though some little angels in the flesh, 
through the moral, mental, or physical 
deformity of parents, may appear to hu- 
man eyes hideous, misshapen, a blot on 
civilized society, we must not lose sight of 
this Christian thought that under, and 
within, such visible malformation there 
lives an immortal soul to be saved and 
glorified for all eternity among the blessed 
in heaven. 

Heinous is the sin committed against 
the creative act of God, who through the 
marriage contract invites man and woman 
to cooperate with him in the propagation 
of the human family. To take life after 
its inception is a horrible crime; but to 
prevent human life that the Creator is 
about to bring into being is satanic. In 
the first instance, the body is killed while 
the soul lives on; in the latter, not only 
a body but an immortal soul is denied ex- 
istence in time and in eternity. It has 
been reserved to our day to see advocated 
shamelessly the legalizing of such a dia- 
bolical thing. 

In the name of the Babe of Bethlehem, 
whose law you Christian fathers and 
mothers love and obey, stop your ears to 
that pagan philosophy, worthy of a Herod, 



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which ignoring revelation and even human 
wisdom sets itself above the law and the 
prophets of the old and the new dispensa- 
tion, of which the Christ-child is the be- 
ginning, the bond, and the end. Keep far 
from the sanctuary of your Christian 
homes, as you would an evil spirit, the 
literature of this unclean abomination. 
Sin not against children, who, after all, 
are the noblest stimulus and protection 
to marital affection, fidelity, and conti- 
nency. 

Another Christian lesson the world 
needs to learn is God's law against di- 
vorce. Disastrous beyond possibility of 
description to society is the condition 
when women measure their lives not by 
the number of their offspring but by the 
number of their husbands. Let us thank' 
our Heavenly Father for the valiant wo- 
men we all know and their name is le- 
gion who with the highest ideals of wife- 
hood and motherhood carry on heroically 
the honor of the family. Neither height 
nor depth, nor sorrow nor pain, nor sin 
of husband nor ingratitude of children, 
nor privation, nor loss, nor opportunity of 
comfort, nor lure of pleasure can tempt 
such noble women to shirk their duty or 
break up their home. 



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To shirtless Satan, and Ms willing 
scribes, I say: "One thing still blocks 
your way: * Revealed Religion,' not sired 
by reason nor born of knowledge, but 
rather the child of love and pain which 
* lives between the rosy breasts of Hope' 
this drive, a crushed and bleeding vic- 
tim, from the garden of the human heart 
and then your triumph will have been 
complete.'' 



CHAPTER XIII 

EYE OPENING AT PUBERTY 

THE muckologists are of the opinion 
that until they succeed in wiping out the 
human race, or in greatly limiting pro- 
geny, the children, during budhood, should 
be taught in school or elsewhere, the 
meaning of sexual fragrance, so that at 
puberty they may understand the process 
of procreation. 

A knowledge of the history of the little 
Lacedaemonian girls in the gymnasiums, 
where their limbs were trained to grace, 
and their modesty to ruinous familiarity, 
should lead any clean man to cast such a 
suggestion from his mind with the energy 
with which he would expel a viper from 
his lap. 

Those who would have the bob veal, in 
theory, as wise as the two-year old bull in 
practice, succeed only in arousing curi- 

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osity and prematurely stimulating irre- 
sponsive functional tests which unseat the 
valves of the nervous system, choke the 
mind with the carbon of sensuality, sow 
the land with fillies, fray natural laws, 
burst the confines of morality and place 
the sparrow's price upon chastity. 

The young of animals are born without 
midwives, suckled without rubber, teethed 
without dentists, evacuated without doc- 
tors, matured without hygiene, and repro- 
duced in kind, as the result of a passive 
observance of natural laws, and without 
the aid of the smoky, nasty sexology which 
infests the minds of some of our so-called 
advanced thinkers, who have not yet 
caught up with the reasoning of the an- 
cients, but whose inflated egotism prompts 
them to attempt a reconstruction of the 
race. 

The fly, even, gives irregular but fre- 
quent attention to the subject of seed 
time and harvest, not only without the 
suggestion of man, but in spite of him. 

Rational and irrational animal life is 
governed by the same natural laws f ormu- 



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lated by a supernatural power, and if ani- 
mals profit by an instinctive observance 
of them, why, then, should not children, 
unprompted, be permitted to learn each 
function from the book of nature or from 
parents. 

A mature person who would plant noxi- 
ous weeds in the kindergarten of inno- 
cence under the guise of essential knowl- 
edge, or prematurely kindle the fires of 
lust in the breasts of youth, should be 
told, as was Socrates, who was charged 
with corrupting the youth of Athens, that 
he had better save the state the expense of 
his execution. 

Dean Jones of Yale in the World of 
May 30, 1920, on this subject said: 

Sex education is much better than for- 
merly ; but this is one task that I believe 
very firmly must be done in the home and 
not by outsiders. 

Let the well-meaning thinkers and 
teachers on this subject beware, lest, by 
too early an application of the poultice of 



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knowledge, corruption be prematurely 
drawn to the surface, for 

Youth is ever apt to judge in haste, 
And lose the medium in the wild extreme. 




THE Law-giver Moses laid the ax at the 
root of woman's domestic security and 
turned the battering-ram of man's pas- 
sions against the temple of virtue when 
he wrote : 

When a man has taken a wife, and mar- 
ried her, and it come to pass that she 
find no favor in his eyes, because he hath 
found some uncleanness in her: then let 
him write her a bill of divorcement, and 
give it in her hand and send her out of his 
house. 

From that hour the sea of woman's de- 
gradation grew deeper and its restless 
waves finally rose to submerging bil- 
lows of sensuality on the crest of which 
she was tossed and buffeted until, in the 
centers of the highest culture, gauged by 

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the moral thermometer, she ranked be- 
low the beast. 

Thus did the human race continue to 
sow the winds and reap the whirlwinds 
for centuries until Christ explained that 
Moses suffered the men to write a bill of 
divorcement because of the stony condi- 
tion of the hearts around him, and, after 
reaffirming the law proclaimed on the com- 
pletion of Adam and Eve, He laid down 
the following law on marriage: 

What therefore God has joined to- 
gether, let no man put asunder. Whoso- 
ever shall put away his wife and marry 
another committeth adultery. 

With the expansion of Christianity this 
divine precept sank deeply into the hu- 
man heart; it swept from the lap of the 
Christian woman the nasty accumulations 
of centuries; it illumined her brow with 
the halo of purity and indelibly stamped 
thereon the ennobling titles of wife and 
mother ; it also rescued from the dark and 
somber night of sin and reestablished in 



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pristine purity God's first social institu- 
tion, the human family. 

The Church of Rome for more than fif- 
teen dreary centuries, during which time 
the human mind was pretty generally 
coated with sensual and monetary soot, 
successfully fought the crowned and un- 
crowned stallions within her fold. 

During the Middle Ages virginity and 
conjugality were fiercely assailed by vas- 
sal and castle guarded Christian princes 
and barons whose constantly pampered 
and ever-welling lusts led them to intimi- 
date the local clergy and defy even the 
bishops. Strange as it may seem, these 
sin-soused, intestinally pampered sexual 
gluttons spewed with fear when threat- 
ened with the Pontifical anathema. 

No mortal, high up or low down, with 
fair skin or sexual itch, by military 
threats, flattery, bribes, or bludgeons has 
ever been able to pass the portals of St. 
Peter 's with a decree of divorce. 

Henry VIII tugged violently and long 
at his connubial fetters but could get no 
aid from Rome. The Church chose to 



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lose Catholic England rather than to 
break the law of her founder Christ. 

Pope Innocent III compelled Philip 
Augustus, the king of France, to recall his 
discarded lawful wife Ingelburga of Den- 
mark, and to dismiss from his palace the 
consort of his bed Agnes de Meranie. 

Pius VII stood like a wall of granite 
against the dissolution of the marriage of 
Jerome Bonaparte with Elizabeth Patter- 
son. 

Count Boni de Castellane of France 
wearied law and precedent in a fruitless 
effort to have Rome dissolve his marriage 
with Anna Gould. 

Luther and his brother reformer Me- 
lanchthon decided that the Landgrave of 
Hesse was entitled to have two contem- 
poraneous wives. 

The Calling of a Christian Woman by 
Rev. Morgan Dix, a Protestant bishop of 
Maine contains this candid affirmation: 

Laxity of opinion and teaching on the 
sacredness of the marriage bond and on 
the question of divorce originated among 
the Protestants of continental Europe in 



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the sixteenth century. It soon began to 
appear in the legislation of Protestant 
states on that continent and nearly at the 
same time to affect the laws of New Eng- 
land. From that time to the present it has 
proceeded from one degree to another in 
this country, until especially in New Eng- 
land and in states most directly affected 
by New England opinions and usages the 
Christian conception of the nature and 
obligations of the marriage bond finds 
scarcely any recognition in legislation or 
in the prevailing sentiment of the com- 
munity. 

The Western Reserve is a colony 
founded by New England settlers in Ash- 
tabula County, Ohio, concerning which 
the census shows that one marriage out 
of every eight is sundered by divorce. 

In the Northern Baptist Convention on 
May 24, 1916, upon the subject of divorce 
Dr. John A. Earle, president of Des 
Moines College is reported as having said : 

I don't believe this convention should 
dictate to the ministers. There are many 
just causes for divorce. I will tell this 
convention that if my daughter should 



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marry a drunkard I would help her get a 
divorce, and drunkenness is not recognized 
by the Scriptures as a just cause. A reso- 
lution censuring ministers who officiate at 
the marriage of divorced persons is not 
in accord with Baptist democracy. 

Christ likely had not heard of or antici- 
pated " Baptist democracy" when he said, 
" Whosoever shall put away his wife and 
marry another committeth adultery. ' ' 

The Bureau of the Census of the De- 
partment of Commerce and Labor made a 
report in 1908 on marriages and divorce 
for the twenty years preceding 1907, 
which showed that one in every twelve 
marriages ended in divorce ; and that the 
divorce rate is higher in the United States 
than in any other country furnishing sta- 
tistics. In the year 1906, there were 
granted 853,290 divorces. 

Rev. F. M. Moody of Chicago on June 
25, 1916, while urging upon president 
Wilson the necessity for controlling mar- 
riage and divorce by constitutional amend- 
ment, informed him that 125,000 divorces 
had been granted in 1916, and that during 



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the past sixteen years of this century the 
United States led the world by granting 
1,400,000 divorces. Since 1914 five mil- 
lions of American women have run their 
husbands through the divorce mill. 

Let your imagination picture the sad, 
demoralizing effect of this social condition 
upon the children of these dissolved 
unions. 

Yet the Episcopal Church will not 
change its canon on divorce. There is 
a strong movement in the Church by con- 
sistent members, ashamed of this pagan 
practice perpetuated by Protestantism, to 
forbid the clergy to perform a marriage 
ceremony for a divorced person with a 
wife or husband living. When the propo- 
sition came up before the convention at 
St. Louis recently, it was voted down. The 
clerical delegates approved it, be it said 
to their credit, but the lay delegates re- 
jected it on the ground that it " would 
drive Christian men and women out of the 
Church." 

How can a man or woman, who believes 
in divorce, be a Christian, or a follower of 



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Christ, since He so plainly condemned di- 
vorce and alleged it to be adulterous to 
marry the one put away? 

In Canada from 1867 to 1886, inclusive, 
only 116 divorces were granted. During 
the same period of twenty years there 
were only 11 divorces in Ireland. 

Does not a sort of progressive Mormon- 
ism result from the divorce law 1 

Millions of women demanded the vote 
as a matter of justice. 

Millions of men and women are demand- 
ing the abolition of alcohol as a beverage 
because of its disastrous effect upon hu- 
manity and the untold and far-reaching 
misery that it brings to mothers and help- 
less children. Divorce destroys the home, 
breaks up the family, instills hatred in the 
children for one parent or the other, and 
often throws them into the cheerless lap of 
civic charity to be taunted at maturity 
with having been an almshouse product, 
yet how many dry throats can be found 
outside of a single Christian denomina- 
tion who consider the ill effects of the di- 
vorce, or any other sexual evil, in their 



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relations to mothers and children as wor- 
thy of the notice of veiled puritans who 
hypocritically caw from a popular perch 
in a cause which does not expose or re- 
strict their secret sins or threaten their 
temporal welfare ! 

Occasionally a cry from the wilderness 
of social sin is heard. N,ow and then a 
John the Baptist will take a chance on his 
head and denounce illegal marriages and 
the adulteries found in divorce stews. 

In a news item there is suggested par- 
tial remedy based on the remarks of a 
disgusted and courageous Judge, which 
reads as follows : 

TOLEDO, Ohio, November 4, 1917. A 
law that will provide that married folk 
cannot obtain a divorce until after they 
have had five years of married life to their 
credit : This is the solution of the divorce 
problem offered by Common Pleas Judge 
Bernard Brough. 

"It has reached the shameful point 
where there is one divorce out of every 
four marriages," Judge Brough declares. 
" Three times as many women as men ap- 
ply for divorce. This may indicate more 



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men than women are responsible for dis- 
turbance in the household. 

"Some marriages are really no more 
than trials," says the Judge. "Couples 
make no pretense of establishing a home 
and living as sane married people should. 
They fight the first week and in a month 
are seeking divorce. Hasty marriages 
bring about this situation. I believe the 
only solution to the divorce question is a 
five-year marriage." 

Under date of April 1, 1920, a leading 
New York paper published the following : 

Judge Joseph B. David to-day quit the 
divorce branch of the Supreme Court here 
and asked to be transferred to some other 
Court. On being interviewed he said, 
"Far from being a stigma on a woman's 
name, a divorce now seems to be regarded 
as an asset by her, in that with one she 
can attract more men. Marriage means 
but little in this day and age, causing 
laughter rather than solemn regard. 

"Sitting in this court every day, I have 
at last concluded that the more divorces 
a woman has, the more men she can at- 
tract. All that couples have to do at pres- 
ent to get around the divorce laws is to 



Divorce 189 

cross a few state lines. I believe that 
many women seek divorces just for excite- 
ment. They have too much idle time on 
their hands." 

The wild beast of divorce that roams 
the fields of matrimony and feeds on hu- 
man passions should be lashed from this 
Christian country with a scourge of scor- 
pions. 

The divorce law has been gradually 
limbered up by statutory enactment till 
now, in the different states, about twenty- 
five grounds for absolute divorce exist. 
The plea of cruelty or desertion has 
wrecked more nuptial couches than all of 
the other statutory causes. 

Recently a woman in quest of a divorce 
on the ground of cruelty charged that her 
husband had his dog's teeth filled with 
gold and hers with silver. 

In another case a woman claimed that 
after her marriage her husband would 
say, "Put up your little tootsie wootsies 
and get them warm," and that before the 
year ended he would say, "Take away 
your damned old hoofs." 



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Another woman was "cruelly crushed 
and her heart made to bleed" by her hus- 
band's insisting on keeping the picture 
of an old flame on the dresser in their 
sleeping room, and when she objected to it 
he would throw kisses at it and say, "I 
wish I had married that rosebud mouth 
instead of a garage entrance." 

Another wife alleged: 

We were married scarcely a year before 
I began rapidly to take on flesh and lose 
the physical lines of my girlhood. His 
whole demeanor toward me gradually 
changed. I took him to task in a kind way 
for his coldness and neglect. He said * ' I 
have seen better shaped animals on a farm 
and your eyes are buried in pork." He 
put a dead mouse in my stocking and when 
I drew it on I thought I would lose my 
life before I could free myself from the 
horrid thing. He laughed in irony during 
my desperate struggle and said, "I put 
it there to scare some of the fat off:." 
That experience haunted me for weeks and 
filled my nights with horror. I would leap 
from my bed in a cold sweat to escape the 
imaginary pursuit of myriads of mice. 
We always retired in the dark. One 



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morning on opening my eyes I beheld a 
frightful black spider swaying about two 
feet above my head suspended from the 
ceiling by a white thread. I ducked under 
the clothes and screamed to John to re- 
move it before I smothered. He said, 
"Sweat away; it will reduce your flesh." 
I went into a nervous decline and soon be- 
came very thin. When I asked him why 
he put the leather table cover in my bed, 
he said, "To prevent your bones from 
splitting the sheets." 

The defense was that he married her 
for her beauty when she was poor ; brought 
her to an attractive home ; that the y mouse 
and spider episodes were intended as 
practical jokes; that constant attendance 
at the movies had unseated her nerves and 
brought on nightmare and nocturnal 
twitching ; that she still had the outlines of 
a Eehan ; that the leather table cover was 
used because of a physical weakness, and 
that, as her husband, he wished the privi- 
lege of paying the expense of her burial. 
The case was never tried. He supported 
her at her mother's thereafter. 

Mrs. Starstack in her action for divorce, 



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testified that her husband, after six try- 
ing months of rigid matrimony, destroyed 
her dreams of love and turned every ante- 
nuptial pledge into a lie by splitting the 
air with a heavy silver wedding present 
aimed at her head ; testing the timber of a 
chair upon her frail anatomy; viciously 
lacerating her wedding waist; heaving a 
powder box against her abdominal wall; 
slopping her face with hot soup and deny- 
ing her movie and bridge money because 
of the high cost of living. 

Gladys Patience, the mother of an adult 
son and daughter, sought to have her mat- 
rimonial fetters judicially melted because 
of her husband's refusal to communicate 
with her except through postcards, some 
of which read : 

Any old barn that's painted, looks good, 
and that's you. 

Life is just a slaughter house and we 
furnish the bull. 

I am a happy man. Why? Because 
I 'm alone. 



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If you want to be pecked clean, marry 
an old hen. 

A painted, artificial, hand-made, stringy 
female, the result of nature, nonsense, or 
desire, will breed he matrimonial chil- 
blains. 

Cicero divorced his wife Terentia that 
he might marry an heiress whom he later 
repudiated because she failed to weep at 
her stepdaughter's funeral. 

Cato sundered his ties with Attilia after 
the birth of two children, and loaned his 
second wife to his friend, Hortensius, 
upon whose death he remarried her. 

The Emperor Augustus drove Livia's 
husband away and made her his wife. 

Sempronius Sophus divorced his wife 
because she went once to the public games 
without his consent. 

The mother of Scipio without cause was 
thrown out by her husband Paulus ^Emil- 
ius; and the heartless Sylla repudiated 
his wife while ill and sent her to a neigh- 
bor. 

Catherine and Josephine, devoted and 



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beautiful wives, were divorced by their 
respective husbands Henry VIII and 
Napoleon, because of their alleged steril- 
ity; and Charlemagne sent his wife back 
to her father Desiderius because she bore 
him no children. 

Yet Cato, Cicero, and Augustus were 
moral censors, philosophers, and states- 
men, while Henry VIII wrote a book in 
defense of the Catholic faith ; and Charle- 
magne was the greatest church-builder 
that ever mussed plush on a throne. 

The French King Philip married the 
daughter of the King of Denmark, and 
after a single night sent her to her father 
with an unpublished letter of explanation. 

Louis XI of France returned his wife 
Margaret to her home, explaining that her 
stagnant breath roiled his stomach. 

Women seeking a divorce for every do- 
mestic ill should know of the experience 
of an Afghan lady who sought to discard 
her husband for baldness. She applied to 
the Ameer of Afghanistan, who, recog- 
nizing the importance of domestic as well 
as governmental unity and authority, de- 



Divorce 195 

cided, after due reflection upon the demor- 
alizing tendency of feminine disrespect 
for intellectual men with barren domes, 
that an example should be made of the 
complainant. He accordingly ordered a 
vial of sour milk poured upon the hus- 
band's head and forced the wife to lick it 
off with her tongue. She was then placed 
upon a donkey's back facing his tail and 
ordered to ride through the bazaar. Do- 
mestic tranquillity has reigned since in 
the dominions of the Ameer. 

Of ninety-four representative women, 
during 1910, conversant with affairs, and 
members of the Women's Co-operative 
Guild, of London, to the question whether 
or not they were in favor of divorce by 
mutual consent, eighty-two deliberately 
answered in the affirmative. 

These thoughtless and perhaps moral 
women may have been quite unaware that 
they were advocating a licensed commerce 
with the other sex. 

American social conditions are fairly in- 
dicated in the following news item 



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NEW YOKE, October 24, 1918. Frank 
J. Gould, youngest son of the late Jay 
Gould, has started divorce proceedings 
against his second wife, Miss Edith Kelly, 
according to reports received here from 
Paris by his friends. Incompatibility of 
temper is understood to be the ground for 
the action. 

At the time of her marriage to Frank 
Gould, Miss Kelly was a well-known ac- 
tress and had appeared in leading parts 
in Havana and in The Girls of Gotten- 
~burg. 

The marriage took place in 1910, a year 
after Gould was divorced from his first 
wife, Miss Helen Margaret Kelly. 

Mrs. Helen Kelly Gould later married 
Ralph T. Thomas of New York who died, 
and then married Prince Noureddin 
Vlora, an Albanian nobleman. 

Another phase of social activity among 
the wealthy, is described in the New York 
Tribune of October 27, 1918. A new use 
of the kiss as an instrument for sustained 
thrills has been disclosed. 

The plaintiff in a divorce action charges 
that her husband, a wealthy manufacturer, 
in company with the wife of a dentist, en- 



Divorce 197 

tered an auto at Gedney Farms Hotel, 
destined for Bed Brook, miles away ; that 
as soon as their anatomy struck the seat 
the pair entwined and in a sensually be- 
wildered delirium, he siphoned the lava 
from the responsive, torpid lips of his 
companion, though dedicated to the ser- 
vice of another. It is further charged 
that this osculatory facial grazing feat 
was developed in silence, and in the pres- 
ence of others, and prolonged to the jour- 
ney's end without breaking holds. 

The noted Olga Nethersole kiss, as 
Sappho, which she bestowed on her favor- 
ite, in comparison with this lip-locked 
pair, would be, in heat, as a lambent flame 
to a fire-tossed forest. 

Matrimonial dyspepsia, treated in di- 
vorce courts, is a menacing ill that yields 
to no moral serum. 

Divorce is a social microbe that has in- 
fested marital relations since Abraham 
tickled the chin of Hagar, and which con- 
tinues to roam and fatten in the anatomy 
of man in defiance of popes, pulpits, pen- 



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alties, and a threatened inferno, sulphuric 
and flame-lapped. 

Some one wrote that "the chain will 
gall tho' wreathed with roses." When 
the leaves of the rose of matrimony are 
no longer be jeweled by the gentle dews of 
love, soon flaws appear where formerly 
perfection reigned, and nectar-sweating 
lips, the price of bartered realms, pout de- 
fiance at the approach of a crumbling idol, 
while divinity in form no longer moves a 
lash of the Apollo of a blighted love. 

Mites are magnified, remarks willfully 
distorted, explanations fall upon unwill- 
ing ears, guilt grows defiant, and finally 
the statutory key to the connubial lock 
drops into the lap of matrimony. 

Divorce is now crowding the banks of 
the Protestant social stream throughout 
the world, and elbowing for room in the 
civil courts. 

Recently, the following appeared in the 
public press, 

LONDON, January 28, 1920. The post- 
war divorce crush is steadily increasing 
and it was declared to-day that no diminu- 



Divorce 199 

tion is in sight. There were 1325 unde- 
fended cases in the January list of di- 
vorce court, and a new list is being pre- 
pared to take care of the surplus cases. 
The big increase in divorces is attributed 
to the upheaval in social conditions caused 
by the war. 

At the November, 1920, special term of 
the Supreme Court, held at Utica, New 
York, of the seventy cases on the calendar 
twenty-five were divorce actions. 

A number of he-sexual-prowlers found 
themselves sitting on hot sand, when, in 
November, 1920, at the close of a revival 
in the City of Washington, Rev. B. F. Mc- 
Lendon, a noted evangelist, leaned over 
the pulpit and said, " There is a certain 
man here who has not been true to his 
family or his religion. He is in the con- 
gregation to-night. If he will deposit a 
ten-dollar bill in the collection plate it will 
be taken as a token of his repentance and 
nothing further will be said. If he fails, 
I will announce his name." 

The collection included eighty-five ten- 
dollar bills and five notes asking the evan- 



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gelist to keep quiet, and promising the ten 
dollars in the morning. 

Divorce and remarriage is nothing short 
of rotary polygamy so strikingly exempli- 
fied in the lives of many luscious social 
pushers, eye-sought entertainers, and 
bare-skin idolaters, whose chirping ama- 
tiveness frequently calls for a change in 
male sedatives. 

We are rapidly approaching the condi- 
tions in pagan Rome when, matrimonially, 
men and women were bound by ropes of 
sand. Martial speaks of a woman who had 
hooked her tenth husband. Juvenal re- 
fers to one who had introduced her nup- 
tial couch to eight different husbands in 
five years. St. Jerome says there lived in 
Rome a wife who had married her twenty- 
third husband, she being his twenty-first 
wife. Seneca, in despair, exclaimed: 
" There is not a woman left, who is 
ashamed of being divorced, now that the 
most distinguished ladies count their years 
not by the consuls, but by their husbands. ' ' 

Hence woman the Lord's answer to 
Adam's wish and the primeval channel of 



Divorce 201 

sorrow and sin, and at the same time the 
sweetest flower in the garden of the world 
must gird herself with the armor of 
chastity ; heel the heads of the serpents of 
her environment; wax her ears against 
the constant calls to evil around her ; use 
every art, muscle, and available grace to 
bar the lecher from the temple of virtue, 
and by will power so calm the surging 
waves of illicit desire that every word and 
act will reflect the moral cleanliness of her 
soul ; then and not till then will the hand 
of the sensual leech be stayed; then and 
not till then will husband and wife really 
be two in one flesh ; then and not till then 
will mankind cease to rain miscellaneous 
mamzers upon the world. 



CHAPTER XV 

SEQUENCE 

THE votaries of sensual pleasures with 
definite action against progeny to check 
"the vulgar aim of reckless racial fertil- 
ity," as advocated by the Ellis propagan- 
dists, certainly will succeed in eliminating 
their kind from the human family and in 
multiplying beyond their control that very 
element which they seek to check. 

The Birth Control League may success- 
fully work the easy soil of wealth and 
make some progress with the so-called 
middle classes, but when they strike the 
hardpan of the orthodox Jew, Mormon, 
Mohammedan, Roman Catholic, socialistic 
German, and willfully prolific Japanese, 
their crop hardly will be worth the har- 
vesting. 

In point are the remarks of Mrs. Lulu 

Loveland Sheppard, of the National Re- 
202 



Sequence 203 

form Association, who on December 21, 
1916, said: 

Mormonism has grown more rapidly in 
the last fifty years than any other church, 
and to-day one person in every sixty is a 
Mormon, and it holds the balance of 
power, politically, in eleven states. If it 
gets control of two more western states it 
can hold the balance of power in Congress. 

Under date of October 20, 1920, the 
Japanese Exclusion League of California, 
in its report states : 

The Japanese birth rate in California is 
three times that of the whites, although 
the proportion of adult females among the 
Japanese is less than one-third that among 
the whites. 

Those who look upon the Mormons and 
Japanese as a social menace because of 
their breeding propensities should realize 
that the only way to prevent their over- 
running the United States is to out-pro- 
geny them. 

Puritanic New England, with her cloud- 
capped granite hills, once bore upon her 



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nourishing bosom a narrow-minded but 
God-fearing people who raised large fami- 
lies and frowned on frivolities till their 
offspring commercially and politically 
dominated that vast territory. 

The law of the easiest way, stimulated 
by a spreading prosperity, finally wormed 
into the very foundation of a once uncom- 
promising faith. 

Here and there the eggs of divorce 
found nests in the laps of affluent idleness 
and hatching warmth in the sunshine of 
luxury and lust. 

The countenances of men and women 
made rigid by pious thoughts and elon- 
gated prayers ultimately beamed upon the 
shattered moral shackles at their feet. 
Water and soap, the early symbols of so- 
briety and cleanliness, finally abdicated in 
favor of sugared rum and pious inconti- 
nence. That society might be served and 
its pleasures fully absorbed, the wearying 
burdens of maternity, one by one, were 
laid on the altar of a suppurating faith, 
till now the New England " Yankee" is 
being gradually swept into the sea of 



Sequence 205 

oblivion upon the submerging tide of 
moral laxity. 

It has been the history of the world 
that the Goddess of Virtue is less lonely 
in the shrines of poverty than in the 
gilded temples of wealth. 

The moral sloughing and progeny- 
shrinking of Protestant New England un- 
fortunately is due to a withered faith, a 
rapidly encompassing rationalism, doubt 
as to mail's accountability to God and the 
expurgation of the noxious doctrine of a 
sulphuric hell from the Plymouth Rock 
creed. 

Catholicism, for nearly two thousand 
years, has unswervingly taught the doc- 
trine of rewards and punishments, and 
consistently condemned divorce, abortion, 
and sexual deceits. 

The sinner on his knees is pledged to a 
new life in the confessional, the most pow- 
erful arm of the Church. 

While among her children and within 
her fold are many secret rebels who re- 
fuse to tread the paths of spiritual peace, 
and sin for sin, can, and do, match the 



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votaries of any other creed ; still the per- 
centage of her obedient ones is so great 
that she is rapidly acquiring a numerical 
ascendancy over the combined Protest- 
antism of the United States. 

The religious census of the United 
States taken in 1906, for sixteen years 
back, showed an increase of 93.5 per cent 
in the Roman Catholic churches; and an 
increase in all Protestant bodies of 44.8 
per cent for the same period. 

A non-Catholic minister, Rev. W. E. 
Evans, in the Accrington Observer, made 
this pronouncement: 

Unless a miracle happens, according to 
the law of population England and the 
whole Christianized world will some time 
in the future sooner than some of us 
think be overwhelmingly Roman Catho- 
lic. 

In the first place, religion has had 
throughout the ages a very remarkable ef- 
fect upon the birth rate. While Prot- 
estant England, Calvinistic Wales, and 
Presbyterian Scotland bewailed the fact 
of the decreasing birth rate, Ireland re- 
joiced in an increased birth three per 



Sequence 207 

1000. Roman Catholicism is like the Jew- 
ish religion in that it places great value 
upon child life. 

A committee of the association of Irish 
Nonsubscribing Presbyterians and other 
Free Christians recently prepared a state- 
ment for circulation amongst the clergy 
on the subject of social morality, which 
reads as follows : 

In Great Britain, and especially in Ire- 
land, Roman Catholicism has an immense 
advantage over Protestantism. In Ire- 
land venereal disease may be said to be a 
Protestant disease. . . . Among Euro- 
pean cities we find Dublin at the top of the 
moral ideals and Paris at the bottom. 
London as a whole is bad; but Bethnal 
Green, which contains a large proportion 
of Catholics, is good. Social conditions 
and poverty afford no explanation of the 
bad state of things. In Catholic countries 
the decay in morality, as shown by race- 
suicide, coincides with diminution of the 
influence of the Roman Catholic Church. 
The state of things in Canada is particu- 
larly instructive. There we have a Catho- 
lic and Protestant population, both 
equally prosperous, living under exactly 



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the same conditions in every way except 
in regard to religion. The French Cana- 
dian is a moral man as far as race-suicide 
goes, while his Protestant neighbor is ap- 
proaching the moral abyss of the Yankee. 
In respect to race-suicide Ireland, Aus- 
tria, and French Canada are the brightest 
spots. 

Protestant sexual frosts, the world over, 
are blighting their progeny fields and, 
whether they will it or not, their necks will 
ultimately bear the yoke of Rome. 

While Rome would welcome evidence 
of increasing influence and moral power, 
we feel sure that she would greatly regret 
the gradual but final disappearance from 
the human family of a class who have done 
so much in the past for the moral and 
national advancement of humanity, by 
willful recourse to connubial deceits, 
which, eventually, must necessarily great- 
ly reduce them numerically and finally 
eliminate them as a potent factor in the 
affairs of the world. 

Family after family are becoming ex- 
tinct, and their estates are passing to col- 



Sequence 209 

laterals or to charities. The Russell Sage 
estate is a noted instance. The list might 
be carried to the point of tediousness. 

Perhaps the greatest curse of the race, 
and the one that constantly cries to heaven 
for vengeance, is the refusal of those who 
are comfortable and intellectual fully to 
yield to the untrammeled laws of progeny. 

Let some of the leagued assassins of the 
human race traverse the streets of social 
centers and note the pervading chilly still- 
ness, then enter the homes of the care- 
takers of wealth and of the spindle and 
wheel-turners of the world, and there, in 
the midst of rollicking children, contem- 
plate the time that it will take them to 
eliminate socially and politically the hand- 
picked from the highways of life, as has 
the Socialist in Russia, Germany, and in 
other parts of Europe, by crumbling 
thrones and driving crown-wearers into 
exile. 

In the early development of the State 
of New York a rope necktie, sanctioned 
by law, was given to any priest who ven- 
tured within its boundaries, and active 



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hostility against Catholicism very gener- 
ally pervaded the colonists. 

By obeying the teachings of their 
Church the Catholics rapidly increased, 
while their Protestant backsliders gradu- 
ally drifted from their rigid moral stand- 
ards until the old custom of large fami- 
lies amongst them was honored only in 
its breach. 

A Catholic Mayor of Boston, a Catholic 
United States Senator from Massachu- 
setts, a Catholic Governor of that state, a 
Catholic Mayor of Greater New York, a 
Catholic Governor of the Empire State, 
a Catholic Chief Justice of the Supreme 
Court of the United States and Catholic 
Foch Generalissimo of the Allied armies, 
must make Cotton Mather fume and spit 
as he paces the floor of eternity. 

Colonial whiskers and wisdom have long 
since been divorced they no longer dom- 
inate the councils of the East. 

The heat of prosperity gradually melted 
the ice of Puritanism, till now shackle- 
free, it has become a social-dress and pray 
affair for the women ; while the men chant 



Sequence 211 

that love is potent, but money is omnipo- 
tent, and that Hell even can be locked with 
a golden key. 

A new social era is rapidly enveloping 
the earth. The international war just 
closed has uncovered to the proletariat his 
vast powers which are being used with the 
zeal of youth to wipe out the long endured 
and slavishly burdensome political and 
military autocracies of Europe, and to 
force a more just distribution of wealth in 
this country. 

Upwards of thirteen millions of for- 
eign-born are now living in the United 
States, who do eighty-five per cent of the 
work in the slaughtering and meat-pack- 
ing industries; mine seven- tenths of the 
coal ; do seven-eighths of the work in the 
woolen mills ; manufacture more than half 
the shoes ; construct four-fifths of the fur- 
niture ; make half the collars, cuffs, and 
shirts ; turn out four-fifths of the leather ; 
manufacture half of the tobacco, cigars, 
and gloves, and refine nearly nineteen- 
twentieths of the sugar. Add to these the 
millions of citizens who live by their labor, 



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then tell this vast army to check propaga- 
tion as their vulgar offspring is no longer 
desired and that they are a social menace, 
and that the Birth Control League and 
their disciples have decided that the fu- 
ture citizen must come from selected par- 
entage then I warn the preventers and 
assassins of the innocent to flee from the 
wrath to come and seek their dugouts, as 
the cyclonic rage arising from the inva- 
sion of human rights will sweep the devil's 
league, talented vipers, she- vampires, pur- 
veyors of sperm traps and embryo las- 
soes from the face of the earth, and with 
less formality than that which hurled the 
Czar from his throne and sent his wailing 
soul into No Man's Land. 

It must be apparent to one of thought 
that this limitation doctrine must ulti- 
mately die from the weight of its own 
waste. 

Wedding bells, a happy couple, one 
child, social ambition, maternity revolt, 
five abortions., twelve years of crushing 
misery, a neat grave in Forest Hill Ceme- 
tery, a second wife, two children and a 



Sequence 213 

happy home is the condensed history of a 
family well known to the writer. 

Let the nefarious Ellis creed of a lim- 
ited offspring spread, with an occasional 
child from the physical and intellectual 
perfectos, whose breeding machinery has 
become tangled by frequent conflict with 
natural laws, and there will be spewed 
upon the world a brood of weaklings ut- 
terly unable to contend with the myriads 
of gladiators who are constantly spring- 
ing from the lap of poverty into all of the 
avenues of human activity. 

The stars in law, medicine, theology, 
science, business, politics, and in the cal- 
endar of the saints, in childhood, practi- 
cally all grazed on the sand lots of poverty. 

That which is true of pugilism is borne 
out by investigation of the various callings 
of man. 

Jess Willard, Luther McCarty, Stanley 
Ketchell were cowboys ; Dan Creedon, Jim 
Hall, Fred Fulton, plasterers ; Peter Jack- 
son and Jack Johnson, stevedores; Jim 
Flynn and Carl Morris, firemen; Jack 
Boot and John Coulon, piano-movers; 



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Marvin Hart, plumber ; Bill Lang, miner ; 
Jack O'Brien, teamster; Tommy Burns, 
hockey-player; Billy Murphy, tailor; 
Jack Dempsey, cooper; Bill Squires, 
wood-chopper ; Peter Maher, brewer ; Joe 
Choynski, candy-maker; Jim Corbett, 
bank clerk; Bob Fitzsimmons, black- 
smith ; Jim Jeffries, boilermaker, and the 
greatest Roman of them all, John L. Sul- 
livan was a tinner's apprentice. 

The noted sons of poverty, standing 
side by side, would encircle the globe. 

A. E. Waterson, who in boyhood 
begged his bread from door to door, is 
now a member of the House of Commons. 

Julius Rosenwald advanced from a 
"chromo" salesman to a partnership in 
the noted firm of Sears, Roebuck & Com- 
pany, and has given millions to charity. 

Glen Curtiss, the errand boy, is now a 
millionaire bird-man. 

In the criminal and reckless war on em- 
bryos that has been waged for centuries 
how many dormant buds of genius in 
every line have been cast into the sewers 
of sin ! 



Sequence 215 

While in our nation the divorce viper 
spits his virus on budding childhood from 
the lap of countenancing law, the recently 
conquered Hun is planning to retrieve nu- 
merical losses by government supervision 
over prospective progeny. 

A triune scheme provides for maternity 
grants, increased work in welfare centers 
for women and children, and special pro- 
vision of suitable food for expectant or 
nursing mothers and for growing children. 

Let our own national and state govern- 
ments make haste to war perpetually upon 
every enemy of offspring, whether in the 
form of doctors, diseases, deceits, devices, 
devils or disciples of Sappho, remember- 
ing that no nation, yet, has long endured 
under the spell of sexual wile-weaving. 

The weasel-souled women, who dole 
canned technique for fencing the ovarian 
fields against virility, peddle scandal itch 
and seminal germicides on the humani- 
tarian theory that God, at last, has heard 
the cries of the poor mother in travail, 
should be cantoned by the government 
and condemned as Herodian descendants, 



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uterus burglars and vampires of the in- 
nocent. 

The towering intellects that have 
swayed and dazzled the world, have usu- 
ally sneaked into life unheralded except 
by a neighbor or a midwife. 

A single congested connubial act might 
rob the nation of a savior. 

The parable of the Samaritan has lost 
its pinchers, it no longer grips nor guides 
limber Christianity contentedly lying in 
the gold-kissed lap of the growing ma- 
terialism of the present day. 

In a press report of a gathering of noted 
Methodists on December 10, 1918, the 
headline read : 

Methodism Faces Future in Doubtful 
Manner Unless Some Movement 
Changes Present Trend, Says Cler- 
gyman. 

Dr. Burns of Philadelphia said : 

In a period of heart-searching and in- 
vestigation we discover the weak places 
in the church life. Unless some centenary 
or similar movement changes the trend 
of churches very soon we won't have 



Sequence 217 

churches in American cities. I think the 
day of theology is gone. 

Yet Christ said : 

And it is easier for Heaven and earth 
to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail. 

That Protestantism is gradually de- 
parting from the hearts of men, and as 
the Methodists claim, "the day of theology 
is gone," is startlingly shown in an ar- 
ticle in the Cosmopolitan of March> 1919, 
by Ben B. Lindsey, in which he gives his 
experiences with the soldiers on the west- 
ern front in France, and from which I 
quote the following: 

The Salvation Army had no money to 
spend on motor cars and gasoline and com- 
fortable billets for its workers ; and those 
workers were not of the social class that 
has afternoon tea at conspicuous hotels 
and inevitably gets its pictures in the 
newspapers. They practiced the dough- 
boy's religion, and the boys loved them. 

I had heard that the war had brought 
a great religious revival among the war- 
ring people of Europe, and I had ex- 
pected to see signs of it among the soldiers. 



218 Matrimony Minus Maternity 

There were none of the traditional sort. 
I asked the officers of most of the Allied 
forces in France, and they replied that 
there was no religious revival. "Go to 
the churches," they said, "and see." So 
I went to church after church and found 
them empty. I attended a service at West- 
minster Abbey, and saw a few conven- 
tional church attendants scattered 
throughout the chill gloom and echoing 
emptiness of that great tomb of England's 
dead. And when the clergyman mounted 
the pulpit, it was to bemoan the fact, as 
he said, that "the Church seems no longer 
able to lead," that it had "lost its influ- 
ence with the toilers of the world," and 
that the loss was "mostly the fault of the 
Church." 

Among the soldiers the two cardinal 
virtues were courage and self-sacrifice, 
and the two greatest sins were cowardice 
and selfishness. 

The creed of the soldier was thus ex- 
pressed by one of them: 

Look at that bunch of roughnecks there ! 
Not a one of them has seen the inside of a 
church in years, but I tell you they're real 
Christians. They love one another, and 



Sequence 219 

it's the real thing in loving, for they'd 
lay down their lives for each other and 
divide their last crumb with a comrade. 

The following from Judge Lindsey's 
Cosmopolitan article further illustrates 
the impression made upon the soldiers by 
preachers who could not comprehend 
them as did the Savior the fishermen, 
with whom he ate on the shores of the Sea 
of Galilee : 

" We've had six Y. M. C. A. preachers 
here in the last two weeks," one of the 
men said to me. " They've been joy-rid- 
ing up and down the lines, preaching to us 
about the dangers of booze, women, and 
gambling. And it's the holy truth, Judge, 
we're so sore that every one of us is feel- 
ing like having a hell of a time with all 
three the first leave we get." I heard an- 
other soldier announce the arrival of a Y 
preacher by singing out, "Well, well; 
here comes Old Wine, Women, and Song 
again!" Over and over, the boys would 
say, "That sissjfied son of a gun is using 
up gasoline over here, to warn us fellows 
against the skirts, when he ought to be 
down in the trenches where he belongs or 



220 Matrimony Minus Maternity 

get to blazes out o' here." Or : " What is 
that dolled-up guy doing behind a counter, 
selling cigarettes and living in the best 
billet in town, when he ought to be soaking 
with the rest of us ? He's a fake. That's 
what he is a fake!" 

April 10, 1919. The Navy's thanks for 
the welfare work during the war were con- 
veyed to the Knights of Columbus head- 
quarters to-day by Acting Secretary 
Roosevelt. 

"The department," Mr. Roosevelt 
wrote, "desires to extend the gratitude of 
the officers and men of the United States 
Navy for all the many good things the 
Knights of Columbus have done for them 
during the war. The efficiency of your or- 
ganization has been well matched by the 
constant desire of the individual worker 
to serve the men to the best of his ability. 

"Its helpfulness and efficiency has 
proven a powerful aid to contentment and 
fighting spirit in the Navy. 

"The department is desirous that your 
excellent work be continued and that the 
naval service whether the country is in 
peace or at war, have the benefit of your 
splendid cooperation. There is a very 
constant need for your services." 



Sequence 221 

Additional proof that "the day of the- 
ology is gone" is found in the morality 
shown in the following news item : 

Bank Wrecker Is Feted 

NASHVILLE, Tennessee, January 9, 1916. 
William J. Cummins, released from 
prison recently by pardon of Governor 
Whitman after having served three years 
for his part in the wrecking of the Car- 
negie Trust Company of New York, was 
the honor guest here last night at a dinner 
attended by several hundred persons, in- 
cluding state and city officials, members of 
the Legislature and delegates from other 
cities. A rising vote of thanks was given 
Governor Whitman for the pardon. 

The truth is that embroidered, silk-clad 
and diamond-decked female wealth, as a 
general rule, has but little use for the 
poor, except to use them as a means of 
exploiting a pretended, insincere, worldly 
charity, and for jaw exercise at their clubs, 
and an occasional headline in the society 
columns. 

The socially wearied uplift hypocrites 



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believe that the only safe place for booze 
is in their own sideboards. 

All the thrills and sunshine of a drink 
shoulji be denied the poor. Like the horse, 
they must be kept in condition constantly 
to slave for their hay and occasional oats 
and for the social swine who revel in drink 
and wallow in waste. These drug-store 
beauties and dog-fondlers can never ap- 
preciate the wounds they make when they 
hand to a poor honest girl their cast off 
finery. She might gladly accept a new 
garment from the hand of charity, but one 
that has been sinned in and bears the 
finger marks of the lecher leads the noble 
soul of pure womanhood to shrink from 
the unclean offering. The working girl 
more highly prizes the calico of chastity 
than the silk of sin. 

According to Royal S. Copeland, Com- 
missioner of Health of New York, the 
"400" there have taken to the lethifer- 
ous drug habit and are vigorously defend- 
ing it. 

In an address, on December 11, 1918, in 
Chicago, he said : 



Sequence 223 

We are experiencing considerable dif- 
ficulty in fighting this nefarious practice, 
and are forced to meet powerful obstacles 
put in our way by the wealthy and influ- 
ential. I know a prominent New York 
City society woman who is interested in 
the anti-drug campaign, who is herself an 
addict. 



Another phase of creeping social cor- 
ruption, due to willful, though well-in- 
tended efforts at juvenile sex precocious- 
ness has made its appearance in the schools 
of fashion and wealth. At the conven- 
tion of the Illinois Federation of Wo- 
men's Clubs, recently, Miss Lutie Stearns 
charged that in many fashionable girls' 
schools there are " underground" libra- 
ries filled with unwholesome sex stories. 
She said: 

In my niece's school they placed the 
books on the lower part of the lockers in 
a place meant for rubbers. As soon as a 
girl got through with one book she put 
it back and got another. One book my 
niece brought home was Three Weeks, 



224 Matrimony Minus Maternity 

Literature designed to gnaw through 
the bars of virtue and to teach budding 
womanhood that her lips are for he-pas- 
turage, and that in the words of the old 
song, everybody is doing it, and that the 
less she wears the more flies she will at- 
tract, is the kind of printed slush that sells 
and corrupts. 

The public press under date of April 2, 
1920, contained the following : 

LONDON, April 2. Prevailing fashions 
in women's gowns were vigorously as- 
sailed in a sermon, recently, by the Rev. 
Bernard Vaughan, the widely known Jes- 
uit Father, whose essays and sermons on 
morality and home life have for the last 
twenty years attracted great attention 
throughout the world. 

Among other things he said: "In days 
gone by ladies dressed for dinner, now 
they undress for it. Women's clothing 
ought to serve three purposes, of decency, 
of warmth, and of ornament. Women in 
their mad craze for what is known as 
'emotional gowns' sin against every canon 
of good taste. Such dresses are immodest, 
unhealthy, and as ugly as they are expen- 
sive. Girls who follow the up-to-date 



Sequence 225 

fashions are ruining their own and their 
neighbor's souls as well as their own bod- 
ies. Designers of fashions seem to be de- 
void as much of taste as of principle. ' ' 

Kissing, in the days of Louis XII of 
France, attained its greatest popularity. 
A wave of revulsion finally checked and 
withered it. 

Since Venus said to Adonis, "Graze 
on my lips," there has developed, as a part 
of the white man's civilization, a more in- 
tensified osculatory contact, generating 
amatory thrills which are wantonly pro- 
longed by facial burrowing and neck 
rigidity. 

The kiss has become a moral pestilence 
in social centers, and as now administered 
it quite properly may be called Platonic 
concupiscence. 

Mile. Walska, the noted opera singer; 
speaking for many of her sex, said: "I 
hate a man who does not kiss well. " 

Shall women smoke, is another live ques- 
tion on both sides of the Atlantic. The 
Y. M. C. A. of London, under pressure, 



226 Matrimony Minus Maternity 

has opened smoking rooms for the young 
women who have demanded it. 

London physicians declare that there 
never has been so much smoking by wo- 
men as at present. It is a common ex- 
perience to see well-dressed women smok- 
ing as they leave the theaters, and in the 
daytime many women smoke in limousines 
or taxicabs. From Palm Beach hotels, the 
Vampire Queen's studio, and Vassar Col- 
lege comes a chorus of approval. 

Another result of developing social be- 
devilment, through propaganda and per- 
sonal contact, is the female chromo. 

Roseate pigments worked in by the elec- 
tric needle, in the hand of the tattoo ar- 
tist, to have a blush rose tint permanently 
stamped on their features, is the latest 
London fad amongst so-called " society 
ladies." About three-fourths of the aris- 
tocracy carry tattoo marks generally 
just above the knee and the designs are 
invariably dragons, butterflies, snakes, or 
the family crest. 

A leading London professor of the art 
asserts that his patrons belong generally 



Sequence 227 

to the * 'upper classes," and include ladies 
of title and even royalty. 

According to government war-tax re- 
turns American women paid $750,000,000 
for rouge, powder, perfume, and lip sticks 
during 1919. 

Mrs. Grace W. Humiston, a noted New 
York City lawyer, in a recent address, 
treating of wayward girls and present day 
social conditions, said : 

If the girl appeals to the police she is 
sent up ; if to the church she is set aside, 
segregated, as not the person for other 
girls' companionship, and if she goes home 
she is scolded. 

School girls to-day know more about 
sex relations than older women starting 
out in married life. In Chicago alone 
there are 2000 girls between the ages of 
thirteen and seventeen " missing." 

Show girls in a New York City theater 
were forced by the manager to witness an 
obscene motion picture show or lose their 
jobs. 

It has been published that the " White 
Door," in New York City, is a resort con- 
ducted for the purpose of training young 
girls for immoral purposes. The house- 



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keeper of this haven of sin gave the keys 
to the District Attorney with the request 
that he end its existence. This he refused 
to do, saying that "the best men in New 
York went there." 

Mrs. Humiston relates the pathetic ex- 
perience of a young girl which, likely, has 
been duplicated throughout the country 
thousands of times during the war for 
democracy by uniforms on the backs of 
eager libidinists. 

The man in question was a major in the 
United States Army. He said to the girl 
before he left that he did not expect to 
come back and that in the eyes of the Lord 
they were man and wife. He did not lose 
his life at the front as he expected, and 
when he returned home he found that the 
girl who trusted in him was a mother. He 
was astounded at the news and said to her, 
"You ought to be ashamed of yourself." 

This should lead the most hardened to 
exclaim: "Oh, military uniform, how 
many crimes are concealed in thy folds!" 

Our Constitution should be a gushing 
fountain of justice; and our flag a shel- 



Sequence 229 

tering mantle for all of our people; and 
our military uniform, on the back of an 
American soldier, a woman's shield rather 
than an incantation in the pathway of 
virtue. 

On April 10, 1919, Mrs. Ellen O'Orady, 
deputy police commissioner of New York 
City, announced a crusade by women de- 
tectives against proprietors of moving- 
picture theaters displaying such " sugges- 
tive, immoral, and filthy films" as she 
discovered on a tour of the movie houses. 
She said: 

The clergy, educators, judges, and wel- 
fare workers might as well lock up the 
churches, shut the books, and close the 
courts, if they are going to permit the 
filthy motion pictures that are being 
shown in New York and throughout the 
country. 

Juvenile delinquency is increasing rap- 
idly and is largly due to the poison being 
instilled into juveniles in moving picture 
houses. 

Two girls of 14 years, the children of 
foreigners, were brought into my office. 
I asked them what was the matter what 



230 Matrimony Minus Maternity 

they intended to make of themselves. 
They answered: "We want to be Amer- 
ican girls like the moving pictures. Have 
a good time, automobiles, and nice 
clothes." 

Imagine the kind of Americanization 
these children have had. 

Then, there was the case of two girls of 
fifteen, who started to flirt with a man of 
forty on a street car. This is what they 
said to each other: "Say, kid, let's vamp 
the guy." 

If something is not done to safeguard 
the morals of our boys and girls I don't 
know what will become of them. 

In 1914, the black eagle of Germany 
entered the dark clouds of war with a bird 
of Paradise, called Democracy. For four 
years, with vulture beaks and talons at 
each other's hearts, they rattled all of the 
thrones of Europe and lacerated all of the 
constitutions of the world and sent ten 
millions of souls to eternity, in an effort 
either to expand the national hogyard, or 
to disseminate the blessings of democracy. 

At the end of the conflict the eagle came 
tumbling to the earth, a badly rumpled 



Sequence 231 

and bedraggled mess. The bird of Para- 
dise had lost many of her gaudy feathers, 
her topknot, and the quills from her tail, 
and while perched on the ruins of mon- 
archy billing and oiling the fragments of 
her once radiant plumage and surveying 
the devastation wrought, the serpent of 
Bolshevism uncoiled in the city of Petro- 
grad and since has been extending its 
monstrous and slimy trail to various parts 
of Europe with a view to encircling the 
globe and crushing within its mighty folds 
the tottering bird of Democracy. This 
new social Behemoth has annihilated mo- 
rality; declared sin to be a social myth; 
woman the servant and plaything of man ; 
children the wards of the state; matri- 
mony a social relation subject to the will 
of the parties and the Ten Command- 
ments too arbitrary for the limber moral- 
ity of the new school. 

The days of monumental wealth, pinch- 
ing poverty, imperial fops, crushing 
trusts and sable coats for queens of fash- 
ion are surely passing. 

The Bolshevik hen is laying her eggs 



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upon our shores and hatching vipers that 
are spreading, like a pestilence, through- 
out the land. Their doctrines and pur- 
poses are clearly disclosed in a circular 
scattered in the streets of Seattle during 
the recent shipyard strike, which reads 
as follows: 

RUSSIA DID IT 

Shipyard Workers You left the ship- 
yards to enforce your demands for higher 
wages. Without you your employers are 
helpless. Without you they cannot make 
one cent of profit their whole system of 
robbery has collapsed. 

The shipyards are idle ; the toilers have 
withdrawn even though the owners of the 
yards are still there. Are your masters 
building ships ? No. Without your labor 
power it would take all the shipyard em- 
ployers of Seattle and Tacoma working 
eight hours a day the next thousand years 
to turn out one ship. Of what use are 
they in the shipyards? 

It is you and you alone who build the 
ships ; you create all the wealth of society 
to-day; you make possible the $75,000 
sable coats for millionaires' wives. It is 
you alone who can build the ships. 



Sequence 233 

They can't build the ships. You can. 
Why don't you? 

There are the shipyards ; more ships are 
urgently needed; you alone can build 
them. If the masters continue their dog- 
in-the-manger attitude, not able to build 
the ships themselves and not allowing the 
workers to, there is only one thing left 
for you to do. 

Take over the management of the ship- 
yards yourselves; make the shipyards 
your own ; make the jobs your own ; decide 
the working conditions yourselves ; decide 
your wages yourselves. 

In Russia the masters refused to give 
their slaves a living wage too. The Rus- 
sian workers put aside the bosses and 
their tool, the Russian government, and 
took over industry in their own interests. 

There is only one way out; a nation- 
wide general strike with its object the 
overthrow of the present rotten system 
which produces thousands of millionaires 
and millions of paupers each year. 

The Russians have shown you the way 
out. What are you going to do about it 1 ? 
You are doomed to wage slavery till you 
die unless you wake up, realize that you 
and the boss have not one thing in com- 
mon, that the employing class must be 



234 Matrimony Minus Maternity 

overthrown, and that you, the workers, 
must take over the control of your jobs, 
and through them, the control over your 
lives instead of offering yourselves up to 
the masters as a sacrifice six days a week, 
so that they may coin profits out of your 
sweat and toil. 

The common people will no longer bear 
the burden of Kaiser wardrobes worth 
half a million, cared for by a dozen valets 
and a corps of tailors, nor of fabulous 
salaries paid by the consumers' coin. 

The vast army of clean men and women 
the world over must unceasingly struggle 
against the powers of evil or be over- 
whelmed in its turbulent billows. 

Those of us who are of the Protestant 
faith might as well look at conditions as 
they are. The stones, one by one, are 
dropping from the walls of our temple, 
and its very foundations are threatened 
by our own spiritual indolence, monetary 
idolatry, matrimonial cozening and di- 
vorce paternity. We are now harvesting 
mostly cockle through accumulated neg- 
lect of our wheat fields. 



Sequence 235 

Our perversity is stampeding the 
shepherds of our flocks, who in despair, 
behold Thor marshaling the spirit of evil 
from out the gathering clouds of a brood- 
ing, godless materialism. 

A wail comes from out the heart of a 
self-confessed, slipping and withering 
Christianity, which is magnified in the 
thousands of crumbling churches at the 
country crossroads, tenanted by bats and 
owls, a lingering rebuke to the pagan de- 
scendants of former Christian founders, 
who, centuries ago, chafing under God's 
ten restraining laws and boiling with re- 
bellion, like birds, chattering and turbu- 
lent, bent on a less burdensome moral 
hygiene, spread their wings and with their 
doctrine: " Faith is sufficient unto salva-^ 
tion" pushed their beaks, charged with 
the poison of falsehood and bigotry, under 
the counterpane of a creed, which had 
successfully buffeted the storms of schism, 
the powers of thrones and the legions of 
darkness, for more than fifteen centuries. 

In time, entirely ignored by their for- 
mer Christian associates, and hungry 



236 Matrimony Minus Maternity 

from eating out of the empty bowl of 
"faith" without "works," they soon grew 
quarrelsome and fell to pecking each 
other's heads. New denominations and 
church buildings gradually sprang up in 
centers of civilization, all calling them- 
selves Protestant, with each sect protest- 
ing against Rome and each other, until, 
under its ceaseless discords, and grace- 
less imitation sacraments, it has finally 
winged itself. 

In point are the observations of Dean 
Welldon, of England, who, on February 
4, 1920, said: 

The world is rocking under men's feet. 
Society is threatened by forces which re- 
pudiate the Christian faith and the Chris- 
tian moral code. The Church runs grave 
risk of losing her influence upon national 
life. The decadence of regular church- 
going has long been a cause of anxiety. 
The statistics of divorce are alarming, and 
it may be necessary to rebuild human mor- 
als from the foundation. Meanwhile the 
Church is disregarded because she is di- 
vided. It is too much to expect the world 



Sequence 237 

to listen to her when she speaks with 
many discordant voices. 



Dean Welldon's postulation as to mod- 
ern Protestantism presents a striking pic- 
ture of the ungovernable evolution of man- 
made creeds. The foundations are break- 
ing up and the wreckage is drifting on the 
tide of monetary idolatry out into the 
calm, congenial ocean of Christian Sci- 
ence. 

After the Battle of Waterloo an army 
chaplain went to Wellington and said: 
"What am I to do now that the war is 
over? I was a chaplain in the army." 
Wellington replied: "You are a minister 
of the gospel. What are your marching 
orders ? ' ' 

In Mark 16 :15 are found the marching 
orders. 

And He said unto them, go ye into all 
the world, and preach the gospel to every 
creature. He that believeth and is bap- 
tized shall be saved ; but he that believeth 
not shall be damned. 



238 Matrimony Minus Maternity 

How many ministers dare, from the 
pulpit, to tell their people that unless they 
keep the commandments they " shall be 
damned." 

With too many fair-weather Christians, 
going to church is a social affair, and not 
a place to have one's sins inventoried or 
one's conscience pricked. If a courageous 
preacher, with a proper concept of his 
clerical duties, should cry out to the low 
necks and snowy shirt fronts before him, 
as did John the Baptist, in the wilderness, 
to the Pharisees and Sadducees : ' ' O gen- 
eration of vipers, who hath warned you to 
flee from the wrath to come?" like the 
" Golden-mouthed" John of Antioch, he 
would be told that in Pontus is a good 
place to die. 

,Are not mental drippings consciously 
concocted by too many preachers for the 
purpose of securing the loaves and fishes 
rather than as a moral specific ? The min- 
ister must preach to please the people, 
and does his best on an empty stomach. 

In a second-class city of the state, ten 
clergymen have resigned within a year. 



Sequence 239 

One Baptist clergyman has taken to can- 
dy-making, and two of other denomina- 
tions have thrown up their commissions 
and entered politics. 

Since Henry Ward Beecher sold a slave 
girl at auction from his pulpit, many fads 
have been unavailingly introduced to cen- 
tralize interest. 

"Babe" Euth on the diamond, and 
"Billy" Sunday on the platform are now 
the leading swatters of balls and sins. 

Prohibition the offspring of cranks, 
the forger of chains, the illicit still and 
home-brew incubator, the assassin of ora- 
tory, the mental bug-breeder, the friend 
of the grave-digger, is the prolific mother 
of a vast army of hypocrites, sneaks, 
criminals, and Bolsheviks, who, Samson- 
like, will uproot the pillars of faith, and 
beslime the goddess of morality as did the 
viper the hand of Paul. 

The weeds of the fields, for a time, flour- 
ish and scatter their baneful seeds which 
spring up and choke the plantings of man, 
till harvested by the frosts of autumn. 
Fads and frivolities, like the weeds, will 



240 Matrimony Minus Maternity 

bloom in church, state, and nation until 
the grace of God, when He shall be so 
pleased, shall again lacquer the souls of 
men against the corroding attacks of sin, 
and lift them from the "Slough of Des- 
pond" into the clear blue of a resonant 
faith and a rosy hope. 
' The appendix-extrication fad, which 
enabled women to talk of their operations 
instead of their neighbors at social func- 
tions, has run its course, and this intes- 
tinal switch will be permitted to serve na- 
ture hereafter instead of the surgical ex- 
pert in quest of fat for his bank account. 

The Oregon State Medical Association 
at its convention in Portland, reported, 
under date of June 5, 1920, that " opera- 
tions for removal of the appendix are go- 
ing out of style. Much that was called 
appendicitis in recent years was not that 
at all, but plain stomachache." 

The smoke of immorality is very dense 
in France. Under date of Paris, March 
26, 1920, we find this printed: 

The League for the Reform of Dress 
and Theatrical Morals issued a protest 



Sequence 241 

against the advertised appearance of 
Kenee de Bauga, the " modern Venus," in 
a revue at the Olympic Theater to-night. 
The advertisement stated that Mile, de 
Bauga would appear on the stage nude, 
and the reform league demanded that the 
police prevent this " disgraceful exhibi- 
tion." The Olympic caters largely to 
Americans and other foreigners. 

Seven centuries back we find the fore- 
going paralleled. 

In the thirteenth century more than 
once the Government suppressed the sa- 
cred plays in France on account of their 
evil effects upon morals. In England mat- 
ters seem to have been if possible worse ; 
and Warton has shown that on at least one 
occasion in the fifteenth century Adam 
and Eve were brought upon the stage 
strictly in their state of innocence. In the 
next scene the fig leaves were introduced. 

Sisley Huddleston in the May, 1920, 
Atlantic Monthly, calls present-day con- 
ditions "the menace of the world." He 
comments as follows : 



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The diagnosis of the malady is not diffi- 
cult. There is, first, this crazy seeking af- 
ter artificial amusements, generally of an 
unpleasant kind ; there is a love of display 
that runs to the utmost eccentricity ; there 
is a wave of criminality; there is an un- 
scrupulous profiteering, a cynical disre- 
gard of suffering, a mad desire to get 
rich quickly, no matter by what means, 
and there is a reluctance to do any genu- 
ine work. You can visit any capital and 
you will find these characteristic stigmata. 
This pathological condition is certainly 
the legacy of war. Men's mental outlook 
has changed. Those who were sober, in- 
dustrious citizens, content to rear their 
families and to walk usefully and humbly 
in the world, are now stricken by the wild 
notion of having a "good time" a good 
time that means the easy earning of ques- 
tionable money, its prodigal dispersal, 
forgetfulness of the family, nonproduc- 
tion of necessaries, hopeless confusion and 
incompetence, which affects private as 
well as governmental persons, and a low- 
ering of moral values, a debasing of in- 
tellect. 

The limber Christianity of to-day makes 
no more impression upon their sin-seared 



Sequence 243 

souls than the tread of a pismire upon a 
block of granite. 

At the dawn of the colonization of this 
country, it has been written that : 

The women were robust, worked on the 
farms in the busy seasons, reaping, mow- 
ing, and even plowing on occasion ; and the 
hum of the spinning wheel was heard in 
every house. An athletic, active, indomit- 
able, prolific, long-lived race. For a 
couple to have a dozen children, and for 
all the twelve to reach maturity, to marry, 
to have large families, and die at a good 
old age, seems to have been the rule rather 
than the exception. 

Kemember that the microbe of immor- 
ality works slowly but fatally in the dark 
recesses of human paste. 

Since the Pilgrim fathers greased their 
boots with ham rinds at Plymouth Rock, 
and our antecedents dyed their breeches 
with the juice of the butternut hull, and 
astride of a rail whittled through a horse 
trade, and tacked the pelts of the enemies 
of the hennery on the barn door, and put 
doughnuts in the contribution box, many 



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strange beasts, in the shape of new tastes, 
habits, desires, and passions, have come to 
us from other shores, or have reached us 
on the tide of, our own blood. 

When it enters a man's head that he 
can toss flat water cocktails under his belt 
with the safety that a rooster crams corn 
into his crop; or that he can frequently 
cast the tappings of his virility into un- 
sanitary pockets, and muss up every 
Thamar at the crossroads; and that the 
creed of reason is : "Let us eat, drink, and 
be merry for to-morrow we die," and when 
such sentiments acquire general ascend- 
ancy in any nation, that nation is just as 
sure to die of moral and physical leprosy, 
as is a country parson to pass the plate 
when there's a stranger in the church. 

Character and intellect alone are no 
longer passports to the coveted shade of 
the social weed. Coin, tin titles, and tog- 
gery are the American highways to that 
Elysian field. 

In my boyhood the child and its dairy 
met in the homespun maternal lap; in 
my manhood I find that spot draped in 



Sequence 245 

silks, the dairy farrow, and in place of 
the child a perfumed pup. 

In '48 a man pushed bock beer over a 
pine bar. Later he and companions dug 
gold while his wife cooked the corned beef 
and cabbage. Soon on the crest of a yel- 
low stream we see the physically broad- 
gauged daughter Mary ride into the arms 
of a worthless, impecunious count from 
the throne pound of royalty. The press 
from Cleopatra's Needle to the Golden 
Gate was full of idiotic drooling over the 
social achievements of a prospector's 
daughter, who had sold herself, as has 
many another, with the same deliberation, 
but with less return than comes to a 
farmer from a litter of pigs. 

The ambition of many suddenly en- 
riched and mentally idle females, as soon 
as they have shed their pinfeathers, is to 
lift themselves by their golden garters 
into the festering lap of swelldom, the 
tango, shimmy, turkey trot, grizzly bear, 
bunny hug, fountain dip, Texas Tommy, 
Harem trot, chicken slide, hesitation 
waltz, hitchy-koo, peacock glide, boll- wee- 



246 Matrimony Minus Maternity 

vil wiggle, constipation pose, and into 
the stinking palatial odors that have pol- 
luted the air for more than forty cen- 
turies. 

How soon these society sprouts feign 
to forget that many of the ancestors of 
the social bungholes with whom they herd, 
worked, and stunk their way across the 
ocean in cattle ships, while clad in wooden 
shoes and linsey-woolsey mother-made 
shirts, which were so full of crawling, 
energetic life that it would require the spit 
of St. Patrick to banish it. 

The social flummery that has oozed out 
of the bowels of wealth, with all of its 
enervating tendencies, is the mother of a 
moral condition in this country to-day, 
which, slowly yet surely, is sapping the 
man- and womanhood of this republic 
and preparing it for the day when a warn- 
ing of this kind will be scoffed at, when the 
buffoon will be preferred to the statesman, 
the money-lender to the preacher, the 
jug to the child, and the song of the harlot 
to the dulcet tones of the vesper bell. 



Sequence 247 

Whither are we tending and what are 
some of the signs ? 

A United States Senate of millionaires ; 
political control of members of Congress ; 
graft and bribery in every civic highway 
from the municipal dog-catcher to the cus- 
todian of the State seal ; contempt for the 
Constitution, the courts and individual 
rights; pernicious demagogy on the 
stump; the slavery of the political boss; 
the monetary corruption of the electorate ; 
the gradual segregation of the people 
under the heads of capital and labor; 
socialistic teachings, the mother of female 
degradation and of fatherless children; 
submitting disputes to the arbitration of 
dynamite ; and disfranchising millions of 
men because God forgot to brimstone 
their skins. 

Since the Queen of Sheba whisked her 
be jeweled skirts before the throne of the 
dazzled Solomon, and then exchanged 
spices for precious stones, deceit, fraud, 
and criminality have prevailed in all the 
relations of man. 

In business we have the tax-dodger and 



248 Matrimony Minus Maternity 

the import-duty swindler; the scale-pan 
doctor and the fresh-egg fraud ; the milk- 
waterer and bob- veal vender; the paste- 
diamonjcl jeweler and the black-diamond 
underweigher ; sanded sugar ; wooden nut- 
megs; calves-liver coffee; bastard phos- 
phate; stone-pasted silks; fake corn and 
pile cures ; oleo butter ; beef lard ; fish-oil 
linseed; plaster-of-paris lead; Peruna 
whiskey ; Duffy's hypocritical malt ; paint, 
county history and atlas swindlers ; coal- 
tar dye f ood-dopers ; rotten-egg bakeries ; 
New York State Havana; home-made 
Turkish cigarettes ; the fur-skin imitator ; 
the excelsior hair mattress; curly birch 
mahogany; corncob cow feed; the note 
shaver; real estate swindler; worthless 
stock vender ; salted mine exploiter ; short- 
yard stick ; concave dry measure ; impure 
seed, fake art and rug dealers ; dishonest 
road-builder and crooked overseer; lying 
auto salesman ; heavs-doping horse trader ; 
hard- times match and kerosene merchant ; 
the grocery pass-book padder; the job- 
bing plumber, making forty-eight hours 
out of each twenty-four; the Elgin butter 



Sequence 249 

and other combination arbitrary price- 
fixing crooks ; bank defaulters ; the arson 
trust; insurance-swindlers; trust-betray- 
ers; franchise-bribers; criminal monopo- 
lists; high-price projectors and food-cor- 
nering felons. These furnish some of the 
evidences of a growing class of business 
black-handers amongst us who carry a 
Bible in one hand and a jimmy in the 
other, and who superintend Sunday school 
one day and criminal business the remain- 
ing six. 

Since Tarquin was banished from Rome 
for the rape of Lucrece, and the temple of 
Isis wrecked by the carnal stunt of Mun- 
das, myriads of the he-portion of the hu- 
man race have worshiped at the shrine of 
every immorality and crime known to 
man. 

The ancient sins of the bath are now 
practiced with revelry and relish. Black- 
handing, white slavery, grafting, gam- 
bling, thieving, robbing, thugging, dyna- 
miting, doping, murdering, kidnaping and 
incest are some of the occupations of the 
denizens of the underworld. 



250 Matrimony Minus Maternity 

Price-fixing, stock-gambling, welshing, 
official bribing, commercial plundering, 
destroying evidence, croaking business 
rivals, panic-breeding, forging, defaulting, 
embezzling, perjuring, seducing, eloping, 
and home-busting have occupied the re- 
cent attention of men in the gilded walks 
of life. 

Social and business tendencies make the 
outlook as dismal as the efforts of the 
ancient reasoners to locate hell. St. Thom- 
as was of the opinion that it was in the 
center of the earth. Whiston contended 
that it was the tail of a comet. Swinden 
strenuously asserted that hell was the sun. 
Some early theologians held this and ex- 
plained the spots in the sun by the multi- 
tude of souls. 

Numberless, self - sacrificing mothers 
and spinsters, living and dead, with lives 
as clean as the unblown snow, should be 
distinguished from those of their sex who 
shirk duty and toy with sin. 

The clean woman, whether pagan or 
Christian, always has been, and always 
will be, with us, as the following proves. 



Sequence 251 

While I have shown one side of the pic- 
ture of woman, I am not unmindful of the 
immaculate Mary, whose divine Son, the 
personified pledge of God to man, by His 
example and teachings, so leavened the 
dough of man's activities that he was 
finally led proudly to adorn the brow of 
woman with the ennobling titles of com- 
panion, wife and mother. 

In the first centuries, the hen of Chris- 
tianity hatched many a pullet that defied 
the pagan cockerels, and suffered torture 
and death, rather than to sacrifice to the 
stubnosed gods of the temples, or take the 
proffered apple from the hand of Satan. 

Among the brightest jewels in the mas- 
sive crown of early Christian womanhood 
we find : 

Fabiola, the founder of the first hospital 
in Rome, of whom St. Jerome said: "She 
was the praise of the Christians, the won- 
der of the Gentiles, the mourning of the 
poor, and the consolation of the monks. " 

Dorcas, the queen of the needle, whose 
handiwork turned the bleak winds of the 



252 Matrimony Minus Maternity 

Mediterranean from the poor widows and 
children of Joppa. 

Genevieve, a pious and patriotic 
maiden, whose courage saved the city of 
Paris from the scourge of Attila. 

Olympias, the beautiful and wealthy 
widow, vainly sought in marriage by the 
noblemen around her, a princess in liber- 
ality, who purchased the freedom of hun- 
dreds of slaves and sought the comfort 
of the sick, the imprisoned, beggars, and 
exiles. 

Monica is noted as a wife who never 
uttered a reproachful word in her home, 
a mother whose prayers and tears re- 
claimed from sin and gave to God the 
matchless St. Augustine. 

Paula, who owned a whole city in Italy, 
descended from the Scipios and the Grac- 
chi, and one of the richest women of an- 
tiquity, a fourth-century patroness of 
education and philanthropy, a co-worker 
of St. Jerome in his warfare upon the cor- 
ruption of the age, and who lived as a 
slave but gave as a princess, built a hos- 
pital, monastery, and three nunneries, 



Sequence 253 

prayed to die in beggary and to be 
wrapped in the shroud of a stranger. 

Kindred spirits and God-loving women 
can be found at all of the crossroads along 
the highway of time from Elizabeth, con- 
cerning whose son Christ said: "Among 
them that are born of women there hath 
not risen a greater than John the Bap- 
tist," down to our own American queens 
of charity who constantly minister to our 
poor and afflicted, and extend their noble 
work to other climes. 

Even Pagan records tell us of the wifely 
Artemisia, who consumed her husband's 
ashes mixed with scented water, and hon- 
ored his memory with a mausoleum so 
wonderful as to startle the world; of 
Volumnia, who saved Rome from the ven- 
geance of her husband; of Julia Domne, 
who cast herself upon an assassin to 
shield her son and received the death blow ; 
of Hortensia, the suffragette, demanding 
justice at the hands of the triumvirs in the 
market place; of Lucrece taking her life 
to destroy the rape-wrecked temple of her 
soul ; of Octavia, who brought to her home 



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the bastards of the sin-busted Antony ; of 
Boadecia, who, to avenge the name of out- 
raged womanhood, having been stripped 
and scourged by Koman officers, rallied 
the Britons to her standard and led the 
conflict till she sent seventy thousand Ro- 
man souls howling into eternity. To-day, 
innumerable intellectual and saintly wo- 
men can be found on every rung of the 
social ladder, with moral breaths as sweet 
as the rose, and whose maternal instinct, 
rugged as the oak, often has led them into 
the valley of the shadow of death, and 
whose unsullied characters and lofty vir- 
tues would adorn the most exacting civ- 
ilization. 

Since the war closed our American civic 
highways have been burdened, and the 
public oppressed and buncoed by a bewil- 
dering number of alleged charity and up- 
lift fads and schemes, frequently organ- 
ized for personal laudation and often in- 
spirited by the vision of a swivel chair 
and soft job in the distance. 

" America for Americans" is being 
pounded into the human ear from all 



Sequence 255 

angles both by patriots and paid exhorters, 
many of whom are mentally unable to 
sense the frightful results that would fol- 
low in the wake of a strict application of 
this doctrine. 

Is there not danger of carrying the agi- 
tation of Americanism to the rebounding 
point? There are better than thirteen 
millions of unnaturalized working people 
in the United States to-day who do three- 
fourths of the manual labor required for 
the production of our marvelous output. 

Labor in this country is now at a pre- 
mium, with a growing inclination to 
shorter hours and higher pay. The gates 
of Castle Garden have always swung land- 
ward and if you go back far enough, his- 
tory will tell you that the earliest white 
settlers here were foreigners. Foreigners 
have made this country what it is and be- 
cause a citizen happens to be born fifty or 
one hundred years later than some of those 
who have preceded us, it does not neces- 
sarily follow that that citizen is a less 
patriotic member of the commonwealth. 

We have always had agitators and 



256 Matrimony Minus Maternity 

tongue traitors in our midst every na- 
tion has them ; we will always have them, 
but, as a rule, they are so few and out- 
spoken that they are generally well known. 

Remember that the wealth at the top 
of our social structure comprehends but 
a small portion of our population. The 
laboring element forming the foundation 
for our social structure constitute perhaps 
not to exceed twenty-five per cent of our 
people, while the great middle classes 
form the bulk of our population and will 
always stand as an impassable barrier be- 
tween arrogant wealth on the one hand, 
and sometimes unreasonable labor and 
agitators on the other. 

We need as laborers a million or two 
more men to aid in the basic production 
of our country. This republic has a repu- 
tation the world over of being the freest 
and safest habitation for man known to 
the human race. A propaganda spread 
throughout these United States to the ef- 
fect that foreigners are not welcome or 
that as soon as they arrive here they must 
go through a system of Americanization, 



Sequence 257 

will reach other shores and tend unfavor- 
ably to impress those who might anticipate 
seeking homes here. Foreigners who have 
come to our shores, of every nationality, 
have readily become assimilated with our 
people and submissive to our laws, and 
patriotic in their support of our Govern- 
ment. In proof of this I call attention to 
an article in the March number of the 
National Geographic Magazine in which 
William J. Showalter says : 

Speaking of the commonwealth of Mas- 
sachusetts, two thirds of the people have 
sprung from parents one or both of whom 
were born under alien flags. Where Paul 
Revere lived in revolutionary times, is 
now Little Italy, almost as foreign in the 
tongue spoken as Naples or Genoa. 

With only one third of the State's popu- 
lation born of parents who first saw the 
light in America, how small must be the 
percentage born of full colonial lineage 1 

But is Massachusetts less American for 
its tremendous foreign stock? Look at 
the recruiting records holding sixth 
place in population, but fifth in voluntary 
enlistments for the World War. Look at 
the Liberty loan records third place in 



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the first and second loans and fourth 
place in the other three. 

What we need in this country is a 
thicker mixture of morality in our Na- 
tional carburetor; fewer divorces and 
more prayers ; less dry insanity and more 
mental lubrication; fewer professional 
child-killers and birth-control propagand- 
ists, on the one hand, and larger families, 
on the other; more Sunday church fre- 
quenters and fewer bed loafers; more 
ministers who will preach the gospel of 
salvation as it came to us from the Cross, 
rather than the gospel of salvation made 
easy; and fewer men who worship at the 
shrine of the dollar and vastly more who, 
from a contented heart, can cry out, "Give 
me neither beggary nor riches: give me 
only the necessaries of life." 

If our nation endures it will not be by 
her armies and her fleets alone but more 
particularly through clean, pure men and 
women in whose veins will flow red blood, 
and in whose hearts will repose a patriot- 
ism such as boisterously roamed the breast 



Sequence 259 

of General Warren when he said: " "Tis 
sweet to die for one's country." 

If you want peace, prepare for war. 
The nation with the largest bank account 
will most likely be the successful warrior 
of the future. But back of the money and 
the guns must be the fighter. To have 
fighters, mothers must teach chivalry to 
their offspring. They must say to their 
sons as they practically said in '61, and 
as the Spartan mother was accustomed to 
say, "My son, return either with thy 
shield or upon it." And the fathers must 
have flowing in their veins the blood of a 
Hannibal, who at the age of nine years, 
in a heathen temple, took an eternal oath 
of enmity against Rome ; of Ethan Allen, 
who demanded the surrender of Ticonder- 
oga, "In the name of the Great Jehovah 
and the Continental Congress"; of Law- 
rence, who said, "Don't give up the ship" ; 
of Perry who sent that immortal message 
from Lake Erie, "We have met the enemy 
and they are ours." 

Parents, treat your children kindly, but 
firmly. Set before them morning, noon, 



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and night, the example of Christian liv- 
ing. Tell them that no nation is greater 
than its men and women make it ; that the 
constant buffeting of any immorality 
gradually wears down the finest physique ; 
that if they hope to be credited with the 
manhood, courage, and bravery of their 
ancestors, they must live as did their an- 
cestors; and that no nation can long en- 
dure in the hearts of whose people immo- 
rality slumbers. 

In the medical profession there is a 
small percentage of scavengers, whose 
criminal practices, like polecat exhala- 
tions, tend to beslime one of the noblest 
callings to which man has devoted his 
genius since the Esculapian days. 

The clean men of the medical profes- 
sion, by reason of direct contact with the 
evil-doer, can do more to save the race 
than can any other combination of civic 
or moral workers now engaged in social 
betterment. 

To attain the desired results by shack- 
ling the prince of evil, the priesthood and 
ministry of this great republic, principal- 



Sequence 261 

ly God-fearing and saintly men, must, in 
the interest of humanity, join in a cease- 
less onslaught upon the evils that are bur- 
rowing into the moral fiber of our people 
and daily weakening the spiritual power 
of the sanctifying story of the life of 
Christ. 

To save the race we must, as a people, 
so legislate and so live that those who dam 
or pollute the stream of life will be con- 
demned here, and our faith in divine jus- 
tice tells us that they will be damned 
hereafter. 

Let the willfully unfruitful, in whose 
hearts there still lingers the slightest 
gleam of Christian faith, fearfully dwell 
on the fate of the barren fig tree. 

The duty-dodger and laggard in every 
line may read his destiny in the parable 
of the napkin capitalist. 

The grafters, profiteers, war hogs, price- 
fixers, stock-tricksters, trust-weavers, 
money idolaters, food-cornering felons, 
and lust-sowers the world over should re- 
flect that God said to the rich man, while 
planning barn enlargement for his grow- 



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ing wealth: "Thou fool, this night thy 
soul shall be required of thee." 

The obstinate, faithless, restless, high 
power seeders of sin will not be checked in 
their nefarious work by prophecies, par- 
ables, commandments, sermons, threats 
of hell, or the judgment of God, for, like 
the biblical fool, they have said in their 
hearts "There is no God." 

The "sin-freely's" of to-day feign this 
belief as a conscience cover. 

For appearance only are thousands of 
church pews warmed by canting hypo- 
crites, who pray by day and sin by night, 
and affiliate with some popular satanic 
move, as a smoke screen. 

These disciples of the pagan school of 
matrix scavengers, embryo assassins, ma- 
ternity-regulators and farrow-women 
breeders, who heed not the command, 
1 i Thou shalt not kill ! ' ' constitute a greater 
menace to our country than any Bolshe- 
vik doctrine which has ever been shaken 
from the brain of man by social unrest. 

Oh, atheist, if you are sincere, stand 
with me before the templed hills, beneath 



Sequence 263 

the starlit dome, look into that wilderness 
of worlds moving on without chance or 
change, cast your mortal eye upon the 
blinding light and shriveling heat of the 
sun, color the pansy with your brush, pro- 
duce the scent of the skunk or the musk- 
deer, chain the lightning, quell the storm, 
control the seasons, calm the raging bil- 
lows with your outstretched hand, heal the 
sick, give sight to the blind, define life, 
annihilate death, destroy a single grain 
of sand or add one particle of new matter 
to the world's bulk then proclaim: 
" There is no God." 

Whether you believe it or not, the fact 
remains that the Christian religion is all- 
pervading, and for two thousand years it 
has buffeted immorality and crime in 
every form, and led the willing along the 
highway of justice and right. Its ten 
conscience whips have been its only laws, 
and by and through them to-day, it mor- 
ally rules more than a third of the human 
race, and the beautiful story of the life of 
Christ has l^een told to all of the peoples 
of the earth. No race has ever been dis- 



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covered which did not believe in a super- 
natural being or a God in some form. 
Cardinal Gibbons wrote : 

Every philosopher and statesman who 
has discussed the subject of human gov- 
ernments has acknowledged that there can 
be no stable society without justice, no 
justice without morality, no morality with- 
out religion, no religion without God. 

The pagan philosopher Plato said : 

It is an incontrovertible truth that if 
God presides not over the establishment of 
a city, and if it has only a human founda- 
tion, it cannot escape the greatest calami- 
ties. If a State is founded on impiety and 
governed by men who trample on justice, 
it has no means of security. 

Long before Plato lived the same senti- 
ment was expressed by the Prophet who 
said: 

Unless the Lord build the house, they 
labor in vain that build it. Unless the 
Lord keep the city, he watcheth in vain 
that keepeth it. 

In the Bible, millions of copies of which 
are printed annually, scattered univer- 



Sequence 265 

sally, heedlessly read, if read at all, and 
rarely followed, Isaiah, said: 

The nation and the kingdom that will 
not serve Thee shall perish. 

Rousseau, who, though classed by the 
scientists as a lunatic, showed rare sense 
when he wrote: 

Never was a State founded that did not 
have religion for its basis. 

The Greek writer Xenophon made this 
observation : 

Those cities and nations which are the 
most devoted to divine worship have al- 
ways been the most durable and the most 
wisely governed, as the most religious 
ages have been the most distinguished for 
genius. 

From the mind of Hume came this 
thought : 

If you find a people without religion, 
rest assured that they do not differ much 
from the brute beasts. 

Cicero exclaimed: 

I know not whether the destruction 
of piety toward the gods would not be 



266 Matrimony Minus Maternity 

the destruction also of good faith, of hu- 
man society, and of the most excellent of 
virtues, justice. 

Solon of Athens, Lycurgus of Lace- 
daemon, and Numa of ancient Rome, built 
all social fabrics upon the cornerstone of 
religion. 

Voltaire said: 

It is absolutely necessary for princes 
and people that the idea of a Supreme Be- 
ing, Creator, Governor, Rewarder and 
Avenger, should be deeply engraved on 
the mind. 

Rome flourished under the religious 
policy of Numa. "The vessel of state was 
held in the storm by two anchors, religion 
and morality." 

The great endurance of the Roman re- 
public is traced by historians to the nat- 
ural virtues exhibited by the people, and 
the downfall of Rome is attributed by 
Montesquieu to the doctrine of Epicure- 
anism, which broke down the barrier of 
religion and gave free scope to the sea of 
human passions. 



Sequence 267 

Cardinal Gibbons, in his book on Our 
Christian Heritage, makes this observa- 
tion: 

Toward the close of the last century an 
attempt was made by atheists in France 
to establish a government on the ruins of 
religion, and it is well known how signally 
they failed. The Christian Sabbath and 
festivals were abolished, and the churches 
closed. The only tolerated temple of wor- 
ship was the criminal court, from which 
justice and mercy were inexorably ban- 
ished, and where the judge sat only to con- 
demn. The only divinity recognized by 
the apostles of anarchy was the goddess 
of reason ; their high priests were the exe- 
cutioners; the victims for sacrifice were 
unoffending citizens; the altar was the 
scaffold; their hymns were ribald songs; 
and their worship was lust, rapine, and 
bloodshed. 

They succeeded in a few weeks in de- 
molishing the social fabric which had ex- 
isted for thirteen centuries, and De- 
Lamennais says: "They accumulated 
more ruin than an army of Tartars could 
have left after a six years' invasion." 

The old colonial piety which gripped the 
hand of poverty has departed from most 



268 Matrimony Minus Maternity 

of the hearts of the now rapidly vanish- 
ing, wealthy, low combs of Plymouth 
Bock ancestry, whose daily lives are a 
gilded lie. 

You will always find God with the hon- 
est, struggling poor. This fact was rec- 
ognized by the signers of our Declaration 
of Independence in which they wrote: 

And for the support of this declaration, 
with a firm reliance on the protection of 
Divine Providence, we mutually pledge 
to each other our lives, our fortunes, and 
our sacred honor. 

There are thousands of college-made 
atheistic she-bachelors, whose social pass- 
port is a shredded ancestry or the gold of 
business pilferers, who parade the streets, 
picket their enemies, assassinate the repu- 
tations of opponents, invade Congress and 
lobby state legislatures in furtherance of 
schemes to eliminate statutory restrictions 
upon their nasty work, and, finally to boss 
and direct, from a salaried swivel chair, 
the social and sexual acts of humanity. 

Prohibition, the mother of crime, the 



Sequence 269 

hospital's friend, the sower of widows and 
orphans, and the patron of crepe and flow- 
ers, was bludgeoned through the New 
York State Legislature by confronting 
members with the record of their past 
lives. The state legislatures throughout 
the Union when in session, are overrun by 
he- and she-uplift rats who carry in their 
fur the germs of every conceivable immo- 
rality, and whose uplift printing estab- 
lishments are filling the homes of this 
Christian nation with printed stuff so vile 
that the perusal of it would cause a blush 
in a house of assignation. 

Procreation literature, now widely dis- 
seminated, together with anticonception 
knowledge, has deadened all fear of mul- 
tiplication resulting from sexual contact. 

It has bred in the rising generation a 
social freedom and moral laxity well il- 
lustrated by the following: Recently a 
respectable girl of fifteen years of age was 
dressing for a public dance without cor- 
sets. Her mother told her to put on her 
corsets. She declined, saying, "I do not 
want to go and be a wall flower. If I 



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wear corsets the boys won't dance with 



me.' 



It is generally understood that the girls 
who wear corsets to dances park them 
after they get there. 

The goddess of virtue slumbers while 
the ants of evil build their hills in unsen- 
tineled American homes. 

The social boll weevil and pink bell 
worm are at work in the tender shoots of 
youth throughout the land, precipitating 
a degenerate race of Cagots, who, ulti- 
mately, with our nation, will perish from 
the earth. 

If the Savior lamented over the morals 
of the Jerusalem Jews, He would surely 
give them a passport to heaven after 
standing on a busy corner of a modern 
city for a single hour. 

There is a story that the transporting 
of Cimabue's " Madonna" through the 
streets of Florence, in the old days, 
blocked traffic and stopped business. Can 
one imagine, even, the enactment of such 
a scene in any modern city of the world 
to-day? Babe Ruth, Jack Dempsey or 



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September Morn upon a city street, would 
come nearer blocking traffic than any 
saint or painted concept that ever walked 
the earth or bloomed in the brain of art. 

The writer does not feel that the entire 
world is sliding into hell, but does believe 
that it has a very good start, and that it 
is about time for our national and moral 
patriots to squirt a little Portland cement 
into their spines, and to proceed with 
clubs and guns, if necessary, to break up 
the spawning places of the he- and she- 
scelestic enemies of our race and country. 

BRETHREN: "It is high time to awake 
out of sleep; for now is our salvation 
nearer than when we believed. The night 
is far spent, the day is at hand: let us 
therefore cast off the works of darkness, 
and let us put on the armor of light. Let 
us walk honestly, as in the day: not in 
rioting and drunkenness, not in chamber- 
ing and wantonness, not in strife and en- 
vying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus 
Christ, and make not provision for the 
flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof." 



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