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happy or wretched. She simply in
sists on the continuance of the race.
When a man marries he seldom
makes any demand on the girl of his
choice. But he lays the world, his
world, all that he has, all that he is or
hopes to be, at her feet.
And she takes him. Perhaps with
a less evident show of joy than.when
she takes his solitaire. And she never
mentions what she owes him in ex
change, what she is expected to pay.
In most pre-marriage conversa
tions the man's end of the bargain is
as hopelessly overlooked as if man
himself were not a part of nature's
He is never informed as to whether
his future wife is willing to bear his
children, or whether she is going to
assume maternity as a woman's
crowning glory or endure it as a mar
tyrdom. Nevertheless, girls who marry
nowadays know more about mater
nity than their mothers did as brides.
They could speak intelligently, scien
tifically, decorously if they would.
But they will not.
Eugenics has been taught in the
schools long enough to destroy some
wicked old-time prudishness. But
books on sex have not stopped the
making of divorce records. Books
on psychology have likewise failed.
Books on economics covering wom
an's new independence work no im
provement Biology does not tell the
For each marriage is an individual
problem one only to be discussed
between the parties who are con
tracting with nature for the survival
of the race.
Girls are, at present, in spite of
their reticence, very much more
wholesomely educated than boys. In
fact, marriage is too mu6h treated as
if it were entirely a woman's prob
lem. But man is a creature easily train
ed and always exceedingly proud of
the education which he acquires.
If his education as a father were
undertaken earlier, if he were com
pelled to discuss the responsibilities
of paternity before his wedding day,
considerably less would be "the mat
ter with marriage."
While all discussion of parenthood
by engaged persons is taboo, while
convention backed by various kinds
of censorship demands that the bride
and the groom ignore the purpose for
which they wed, for so long a time
men . and women yea, and their
children, too must pay in sorrow
for their silly silenee.
(The third point that is "the mat
ter with marriages that fail," as seen
by Mrs. Wilcox, will be printed tomor
row.) o o
The bone in a whale is very expen
sive, but why do men risk life and
limb on the briny wet trying to get
it when there are plenty of wrestlers
on terra finna?
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Cuban government has ordered all
bakeries to use breadmaking ma
chinery on the ground that mixing
the dough by hand is dangerous to
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Answer: No merely calf love.