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order that you may do it and may enjoy the blessings He is so ready to
bestow. I hope you may have been a loving and dutiful daughter, an
affectionate sister, and a faithful friend; then you may have good
ground of hope for the future.
WHEN A PROSPECT OF MARRIAGE
occurs you cannot do better than consult your mother, aunt, or other
discreet relative that has your welfare at heart, from whom you may
reasonably expect the best and most disinterested advice; and this it
will be well for you to be guided by. Women of mature years can judge
far better than you whether a man is likely to make a good husband.
You should likewise quietly and cautiously make your own observations
among your married acquaintances, especially where you believe there
is a comfortable and happy home. You will doubtless find that to a
very great extent this happy home depends on the wife's management and
economy. Very often it happens that when two husbands have the same
income, with the same number of children, there will be comfort in the
one home and discomfort in the other. Now, there must be a reason for
this, and you should endeavor to find it out and profit by the lesson.
It is said "Cleanliness is next to godliness," and truly the value of
cleanliness cannot be overrated. In point of time, it should go before
godliness, for where there is not cleanliness there can hardly be
godliness; and the health of body and mind are greatly dependent on
these two. Moreover, where can there be complete happiness without
One of the most prolific sources of matrimonial difficulties is the
lack of knowledge on the part of wives of the duties of housekeeping.
In these days there are a hundred young ladies who can drum on the
piano to one who can make a good loaf of bread.
YET A HUNGRY HUSBAND
cares more for a good dinner than he does--as long as his appetite is
unappeased--to listen to the music of the spheres. Heavy bread has
made many heavy hearts, given rise to dyspepsia--horrid dyspepsia--and
its herd of accompanying torments. Girls who desire that their
husbands should be amiable and kind, should learn how to make good
bread. When a young man is courting, he can live well at home; or, if
he has to go a distance to pay his addresses, he usually obtains good
meals at an hotel or an eating-house; but when he is married and gets
to housekeeping, his wife assumes the functions of his mother or his
landlord, and it is fortunate for her if she has been educated so as
to know what a good table is. Those who are entirely dependent upon
hired cooks make a very poor show at housekeeping. The stomach
performs a very important part in the economy of humanity, and wives
who are forgetful of this fact commit a serious mistake.
You know full well that most young men--and most young women, too--are
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