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THE LADIES' BOOK OF USEFUL INFORMATION. Preface
CONTENTS
PERSONAL BEAUTY-1
PERSONAL BEAUTY-2
PERSONAL BEAUTY-3
PERSONAL BEAUTY-4
PERSONAL BEAUTY-5
PERSONAL BEAUTY-6
PERSONAL BEAUTY-7
TREATING OF MISCELLANEOUS MATTERS-1
MARRIAGE-1
MARRIAGE-2
MARRIAGE-3
LOVE AND MARRIAGE-1
WHEN TO MARRY-HOW TO SELECT A PARTNER ON RIGHT PRINCIPLES
SEXUAL INTERCOURSE-ITS LAWS AND CONDITIONS-ITS USE AND ABUSE
MARRIAGE
PREGNANCY-LABOR-PARTURITION-1
PREGNANCY-LABOR-PARTURITION-2
MENSTRUATION
COLLECTION OF VALUABLE MEDICAL COMPOUNDS
THINGS FOR THE SICK ROOM
THINGS CURIOUS AND USEFUL
HOME DECORATION
FLORAL
HOW TO DO YOUR OWN STAMPING AND MAKE YOUR OWN PATTERNS. BRONZE WORK
CHAPTER 18
INDEX
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES. INTRODUCTION
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-1
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-2
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-3
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-4
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-5
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-6
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-7
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-8

evidence of debauchery, and a departure from that natural course which 

is prompted by an innate sense of propriety characterizing mankind. 

The law is very indefinite with regard to what constitutes a legal 

marriage. It is an unsettled question, both in England and this 

country, whether a marriage solemnized by customary formalities alone 

is legal, or if one characterized by the mere consent of the parties 

is illegal. The latter has been held as legal in some instances in 

both countries. Kent, in his "Commentaries," lays down the law that a 

contract made so that either party recognizes it from the moment of 

contract, and even not followed by cohabitation, amounts to a valid 

marriage, and also that a contract to be recognized at some future 

period, and followed by consummation, is equally valid. It is 

unfortunate that the law is so undecided in this respect. The 

decisions arrived at, for or against, were not dependent upon any 

recognized law, but seem to be influenced by the character of the 

cases, either for favor or discountenance. As long as the law 

recognizes cohabitation legal only in marriage, it seems to me that if 

consummated under consent of the parties to bear marital relations 

with each other, or promise of marriage, the act should be 

unhesitatingly pronounced as the equivalent of a valid marriage in all 

instances. If cohabitation is only a marital prerogative, the law 

should not stultify itself by recognizing it as possible to occur in 

any other relation. If either of the parties is married, the law 

defines it as adultery, and very properly defines the punishment. It 

is necessary to the progress of the age that some such principle 

should be recognized in common law so as not to subject the decision 

of the question to the individual opinion of any judge. It would at 

once obviate the confusion of sentiment now held in regard to it and 

besides arrest the decision in test cases from mere caprice of the 

tribunal. It is certainly as correct a principle as any in common law, 

and would, in its operations as a statute law, be free from injustice, 

and capable of doing much good. 

 

 

POLYGAMY--WHAT IT IS. 

 

Polygamy is a state in which a man has at the same time more than one 

wife. It has existed from time immemorial, especially among the 

nations of the East. The custom was tolerated by the laws of Moses, 

and, in fact, no positive injunction against it is found in the whole 

of the Old Testament. It is questionable whether more than one was 

recognized as the _bona fide_ wife, the others simply being wives by 

right of concubinage. But if polygamy was in its strictest sense the 

legal custom, it soon grew unpopular, for no trace of it is met in the 

records of the New Testament, where all the passages referring to 

marriage imply monogamy as alone lawful. The custom has been almost 

universal in the East, being sanctioned by all the religions existing 


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