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a waltz Is going to be fashionable
from now on. The only difference is that you will sit it out instead of dance it. A young man and a girl will sit on a Bofa, and he will put his right arm about her, and her left hand in his, and she rests her head upon his bosom, and all that they have to do is Just to Bit there and "hug." Most men don't care a rap for the dance, it is the hug that they are after. That'll give your old rheumatic and gout masters a chance. A-fellow has got to get powerfully old and decrepit when he doesn't enjoy a hug, I'll tell you that. I want to tell you I don't believe that there are many people who can go on the ball room floor and dance with a pretty girl hugged to his breast and look upon her charms under the influence of fascinating music, and then go out with prayer meeting feel ings. I will bet you, sir, if men who dance would tell the truth ninety out of one hundred will say: "You are right. Bill; you are the first one who ever had the grit to tell it." ? ? ? Listen to me, girls. I have never yet and never will flatly contradict the man or the woman that tells mo that he or she dances and never knew of premature incitement of passion. I say that I will never contradict them, but I will say then: "Thank God; and get out of it right now, for the next time you may." One never getB too low to dance or to play cards. I have been down to your Jail, and they are using cards there that look Just like those in your home. The same cards are used in the brothel and in the gambling hells. The dance is the hotbed of im morality, and I unflinchingly denounce the dance. It is one of the greatest social evils in the world. I don't believe that it is even an innocent amusement, because the downfall of more girls is due to it than any one thing allowed within the pale of decent society. But you say: "The dances which 1 have attacked and the dances which you 6peak of are different. I mean the club dance, and you are talking about the slum dance." It is all the> same dance, and the slum dance has the better of you, for they wear more clothes than you peo ple do. ? ? ? Where did the drunkard get hiB first drink? In the social glsss. Where did the gambler get hiB first lesson? In somebody's parlor. Where did the prostitute feel for the first time the premature incite ment of passions? Down on the ball room floor. Think of It, young man! You sit there in your manhood, think of it! Tou that love womanhood, for womanhood's sake! Tou who have a sister! Three-fourths of all the abandoned women fall as the result of the dance. Statistics only change in the ad justment, but the percentage holds good year after year. There are 500,000 public prosti tutes in the United States. Their average life is from three to flve years. Three hundred and seventy five thousand fall as the result of the dance. Am I my sister's keeper? ? ? ? But you say: "Look here, Mr. Sunday, can't a man dance with hiB wife?" "Dance with whom?" "His wife?" "You old lobster! You don't want to dance with your wife! It is some other fellow's wife. You had just as soon go out and husk corn all night by moonlight as to dance with your wife. I believe that the dance 1b founded on sexual preference, and I believe that passion makes the dance popular. You say that you don't believe it! You make men dance by themselves, and it'll kill the dance in two weeks. You know that you don't care for the dance; it is the hug and the op posite sex. If you kill the dance you will close the houses of ill-fame all over the -country, for that's where they get the girls from. A man drinks without women, and you gamble without women, but you make men and women dance alone, and you will kill the dance and you know it. Say, If you dance because you like to dance, you can dance with some old lobster Just as well as with a woman. The German and other round dances are favorites, and the liberties taken would not be tolerated anywhere else in the world. When you die you don't send for the dancing master to pray over you. A young lady was asked to give reasons for not dancing, and she gave these: "The dance would lead me into crowded ball rooms, and late hours, which would be injurious to my health. "The dance would lead me to per mit freedom with the other sex of which I would be ashamed. "Ministers and good people in gen eral are against the dance, and I think it is not sate to set myself against them. "The dance has a bad name. "The dance Is usually accompanied with drinking.* "I am told that the dance is-a temp tation and a snare to young men .and the dance unfits the mind for serious reflection and prayer. "There is plenty of helpful exercise in which we may Indulge and things which may be done to the glory of God, and I think that the dance would be an insult to God, and I don't pro pose to do anything that would Insult the Lord." No wonder that the world is not being brought to Jesus Christ. CIX/'AMP Is not recommended . . _ . 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