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LETTERS FROM MOTHER
XlV.She Counsels the Elimination of Foolish Superstition
My Dear Daughter: I am very sorry you have allowed your
superstition to spoil your pleasure in the beautiful lace cap that
your friend sent you. Yes, I know that one rarely finds a person
without a slight vein of superstition.
I remember when you were coming to me a friend told me that
by no possibility should I allow you to look at yourself in a mirror
until you were three months old and prophesied that if I did you
would not live a year. Anqther friend, who was with "me at the
time, took occasion to laugh at the idea as utter foolishness, which,
of course, it was, and she preached a little sermon on the silly habit
of belief in signs and portents. So vehment was she that the friend
who had told of the dread effect of the mirror on a three-months-old,
child "became quite indignant.
'T consider superstition a mark of the uncultured, and no
woman has avright to entail it upon her unborn child by listening
to these'old wives' tales," said my strong-minded friend. "I haven't
a superstition," she declared, and then, as an afterthought, re
marked, "but do you know I would not cross a funeral." Of course,
we laughed at this and equatoimity was restored. Seriously, my
child, I believe that we should always combat these foolish ideas.
"Every human being is a thought of God," says Pestalozzi, and
we m,ay be sure the mere fact of a cap purchased before a baby is
born is not going to change an idea of the Omnipotent Creator.
I confess, however, that it was with fear and trembling that
I held the mirror to your little face during the first week of your
life. You are still alive, my dear, and I am sure your baby will wear
its dainty cap until it outgrows it.
'Another foolish superstition is that the baby's finger nails
should not te cut. I have seen mothers bite them off, but you, my
dear, ate not going to. do any of these silly things, for you are the
brave, sensible daughter of your proud MOTHER.
Here's the limit. In Arizona,
'Nature spent hundreds of years in
raising giant cacti on Tiare plains.
Then along came a telegraph and
telephone company, and instead
of setting poles, simply nails
cross arms to the cacti to carry
Colorado farmer believes in
"progressive" farming as well as
progressive politics. As time ws
short, he rigged up a series of
electric lights over his field and
continued seeding his land with
winter wheat "after the sun went