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of the health school at Battle Creek
Mich. She was the first to enroll in the "eugenic registry" instituted by the Battle Creek healthers. Her name leads all the rest. i "It takes only four generations -to produce a human thoroughbred, says Miss Myrick." "Why should we not have them as well as thorough bred horses and cattle and dogs "It is easy enough for a woman to find out all about her dog's pedigree. Should she not be far more anxious to have a registered baby? "We need laws which will demand a health -certificate from people who come to buy marriage licenses, and physicians who will be strong enough to refuse to give .them unless they have examined the patients and found them mentally and physically lit." Miss Myrick believes it is just as easv for a normal woman to fan in love with a physically perfect man as "wjth a mental and physical degen erate. And she does not believe a woman has a moral right to marry -a man she knows to--be unfit, and so risk visiting upon her children the sins of their father, even if she does love him. "The mentally and physically un sound can no more produce perfect offspring than can two dwarf yellow peas when mated with each other," she says.' "Eugenics .must become a dominant matter of study and con cern. Movements of all sorts which will promote the physical yelfare of the race must be encouraged. "The laws of engenlcs should be preached from every pulpit and taught by all teachers. Every leader of men, all people who wish to help the race, who have an altruistic" atti tude toward mankind, should make known to the world that it is within the power of man to check the forces causing the downward trend of the raee. "Statistics-prove insanity, imbecil- ity and idiocy are increasing at an alarming rate. In the state of New , Yorfk the increase has been 104 per cent in 20 years. "Crime Is increasing. Frequency of lynchings has been and is a cause for grave concern. Whether this is due to the increasing frequency of crime' or to an increase in disrespect -for civil authority does not matter much, since it is clear morality is not increasing. "The race is headed for ultimate extinction unless something is done to check it. ' "Eugenics is the brake which, if applied, will stop this downward movement. "In every large city may be found , thousands who belong to the class of paupers, Imbeciles or criminals. For the most part these unfortunates are not responsible in any degree for their unhappy situation. Heredity is the cause of it "It Is the fault of the state that allows its degenerates to reproduce their kind. It is the unwisdom of the individual that does not apply the theory of eugenics in seeking a mate. Selection among individuals would improve the. breed. What people will not do for themselves they should be made to do by Jaw., "Marriage should be confined to the mentally, and physically fit. In 100 years there would be no other kind of people." PERFECT WOMAN 'SAYS: !'lf poultry farmer owns a dwarf rooster do. you suppose he woufd al low .his strain ofperfect chickens to be marred by tlitTproduction of birds -with this fowl as an ancestor? ' "Would a man permit the pollen from popcorn to fertilize his -prize seed corn? "Would a man mate a clir with his prize dog or a scrub with his blue rib bon Jersey? Assuredly not! . . "And yet he will allow the seed of weakness to be transplanted into his own family by the introduction of unfit members.'