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LETTERS FROM MOTHER
. II She Advises Exercise.
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My Dear Daughter:
Every woman hopes for beautiful children, but I think that few
wives really understand that they can have beautiful children if
if they wish.
I did riot allow you to marry without knowledge
of the solemnity, dignity and importance of the state
you were entering.
We ignore the fact that the evolution and preserva
tion of the race is nature's one great work and we have
heretofore paid too little attention' to the breeding of
handsome, healthy children.
In times when a man" was supposed to drink three bottles of
, port at dinner, it is safd that only the third generation of gentlemen
was troubled with gout.
Even three generations of gentlewomen will not make a child a
beautiful, as may be seen through the portrait galleries of Europe.
- Yod will find beautiful children among the very poor and ugly,
ones among those whose ancestors have for hundreds of years been
nurtured in luxury. Consequently we may infer that Cupid and.
the Goddess Chance are the real progenitors of the race. However,
we are beginning the study of eugenics and soon nothing will be
left to blindness and 'caprice.
We applaud a man if he breeds the best horses and
cattle, and in dog kennels and catteries many women
carry on scientific animal culture. If a young woman
would refuse to marry a manand give as a reason that
she did not want to bear any but the most perfect chil
dren and a union with him would make this impossible,
she would be considered as lacking all sense of decency.
You, my dear, have been spared all this. Both you and your
husband are healthy and sane young people and it now depends
upoh you just what disposition and character as well as physical
strength and beauty your child will have. -
You must next be very careful of your health during the next
few months. Remember, that while cjiild-bearing is a perfect normal
function, yet it is a most engrossing one.
You must have regular exercise, proper food, plenty of sleep
in a room filled with purevair. You have always taken long walks
and you must not give these up, even if you feel a slight lassitude,
neither must you neglect your daily bVths.
. X do. not think it is necessary for you to give up your usual