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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 08, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 14

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Hutchinson of New York has deliv
ered a body blow at the new theory
of scientific mating by saying that
the good, old-fashioned way of fall
ing in love is the best and only proper
way of achieving matrimony.
Bven tne most proiouna ana cola
blooded of scientists have never suc
ceeded in finding a better excuse for
getting married than falling in love,"
he says. "For the most part we have
come to the conclusion that if the
young people were given a little in
struction they could be pretty well
trusted to make their own matrimo
nial selections.
"There is a natural inclination for
a man to marry beauty and good tem
per and good sense as much as he
can get in a single package. And
there is a natural tendency for a
woman to prefer vigor and whole
someness. "The whole tendency of the race is
to marry for bettervand not for worse.
We should put away such things as
inheritance and pedigrees.
"The English aristocracy is the
only aristocracy that retains a degree
of vigor and that is because occasion
ally a member marries a wholesome
chorus girl or a dairy maid."
I think Dr. Hutchinson is mainly
right in these statements.
The natural choice of man or
woman IS toward the eugenically
perfect mate. But unfortunately, the
natural choice is horribly complicated
these days by the necessity of recon
ciling it -with the economic problem.
A poor but perfect young man may
love a poor but perfect young woman,
yet he may feel the necessity of mar
rying his -employer's homely daugh
ter to get on in the world.
And the young girl of the period,
however much she may dream about
the penniless and perfect youth with
whom she loves to fox-trot, may be
compelled by the everyday necessity
Df eating and drinking and wearing
slothes, to marry a middle-aged wid
Dwer seeking a good foster-mother
:or. his eleven children.
Love SHOULD BE the only reason
for marriage. But it can't be so long
as one man can pay $100,000 for a
peach-blow vase and another doesn't
know where he is going to get money
for his next meal.
The age of marriage is growing
later and later all over the world be
cause the age at which a man can
support a wife and risk the burden of
a family is growing later and later.
Girls consequently are forced into the
labor market because there is no one
to marry them. They marry today at
25 or 30 a good 10 years later than,
their grandmothers were made wives.
Let us hope the perfect babies of
Los Angles may grow up and become
perfect mates.
' If their ' parents are moderately
well off, maybe they will. But so un
reasoning a thing is love that William
Plynn, aged 37 months, and engaged
to Alene Houck, aged 17 months, may
yet prove false to his baby vows, love
some maiden with an uneugenic
squint and jilt his perfect mate for
someone not so faultlessly faultless.
And Alene may prefer a short, red
headed, freckled fellow to her 100 per
cent fiance.
And if she loves the red-headed
man, Alene will be 100 per cent right.
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