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LETTERS FROM MOTHER -
XVII. The Moral Obligations of Motherhood.
My Dear Daughter: Although I taught you a little differently
from the way most mothers instruct their daughters, I am some
w.hat worried for fear that I have not given you all the knowledge
possible on the subject of our sacred duties of motherhood. I am
quite sure if any woman could realize the possibilities for good or
evil that are wrapped up in the tiny body of her new-born babe,
she would be appalled at the moral obligation she has incurred.
Until very lately we have dismissed this great responsibility
- with the idea that every woman who bears .a xhild can by "the
divine instirt of maternity" rear it properly. Maternal instinct is
a very useful quality common to most animals ; it is divine only as
aH the laws of nature are divine. I do not want your first born to
have cause to censure me because I neglected her mother 'educa
tion 4hus entailing on her much annoyance and pain.
I am glad to know that your nurse followed the latest rules in
the case of the infant's first bath and rubbed her all over with vas
eline. The secretions in her eyes and mouth were wiped out with a
sterilized cloth wet in a ten per cent solution of boric acid. After
the navel was dressed with antiseptic powder, the shirt, diapeY,
flannel skirt and nightdress was put on her and she was brought to
you to be loved as you have loved nothing else in this world.
I am very glad your baby is not overly fat seyjen pounds is
about the average weight, and a fat baby is not desirable, all former
notions to the contrary. This was what I had in mind when I told
you to curb your appetite during pregnancy. A big, fat baby is, as
a rule, not as healthy as one of normal size, and it has less power to
throw off disease.
I am very glad to know that you are already beginning to
convalesence, and you can be sure that as .soon as possible I will
come and see "the sweetest baby ever born" except the one that
learned to call me, MOTHER.
What difference does it make
to the people how the supreme
court decided that squabble be
tween the county clerk and the
One gang of politicians con
'trolled the county clerk. Another
controlled he election commis
sioners. Each gang was-playing
for advantage. One gang won.
The other gang lost. That's all
there is to it.
No matter which political boss
or gang wins, the people lose.
That's probably why not over
one man in town reads all the
politicaitommyTOt in the .papersj