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Infidelity to the marriage covenant is the social scourge of all races, “the pestilence that wasteth and walketh at noonday.” The commandment, “Thou shalt not commit adultery,” is no less imperative than the other, “Thou shalt not kill.”

Chastity is the backbone of civilization and progress. Without it there is no stability in society, and it would be impossible to attain the Science of Life.

Virtue should be recognized, and the fear of assuming reformatory tasks be removed. Owing to the shocking depravity of mankind, chastity is looked upon suspiciously. It requires more moral courage for woman to meet society's low estimate of virtue, than she needs in order to lift its degraded standard from the dust.

The last infirmity of evil, that would fasten on mankind a new burden of guilt, is named Free Love: but the very boldness of depravity exposes its deformity.

I am reminded that the above paragraph was first published ten years ago, when this offence was getting a foothold in society. How is it now? Free Love is less obtrusive, certainly, and I trust that it is nearer extinction. Has my work been instrumental in accomplishing this result?

Union of the masculine and feminine sentiments seems requisite for completeness. The masculine mind reaches a higher tone by communion with the feminine, while the feminine mind gains courage and strength by the same communion. These different individualities meet and need each other, and their true harmony is in spiritual oneness. Woman should be loving, pure, and strong; man should be tender, intellectual, controlling. The attraction between the sexes will be perpetual only