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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

scarcity of females and the poverty of the males forbidding it. The 

excess of females is not so great in any country as to allow to each 

male more than one wife, except the male portion is depleted by long 

and disastrous wars. Monogamy has done more for the elevation of the 

female than any other custom of civilization. The rich could only 

afford to practice polygamy, and should the poor imitate the example 

it would necessarily subject the wives to a state of serfdom. In the 

economy of nature it is designed that the male should be the protector 

of the female, and that by his exertions the provision of food and 

raiment should be secured. In polygamous nations the female has not 

attained that social state that she has reached in countries where the 

male is entitled to but one female as his wife. Woman's highest sphere 

is not in the harem or zenana, but in that dignified state in which 

she is the sole connubial companion of but one man. It is debasing to 

her nature, and subversive of her dignity in the rank of humanity, to 

make her the equal only with others in the marital union with one 

male. She becomes only the true, noble and affectionate being when she 

is conscious of a superiority to others in the connubial companionship 

with her accepted one. The female bird chirps but for her single mate, 

and she is pugnaciously monogamic, as well as virtuous, allowing 

neither male or female at or near her home. The spirit of independence 

she gains by being the mate of but one male gains for her the victory 

over the intruders. 

 

The physical and mental welfare of the female is also dependent upon 

monogamic marriage. We have demonstrated that temperate indulgence is 

conducive to the sanitary condition of the sexes, and that absolute 

abstinence is opposed to the designs of nature. It is also evident 

that the male is not endowed with greater power, vigor or capacity 

than the female; therefore, confinement or limitation of the congress 

to the companionship of one male with one female, as in monogamic 

marriage, gives the healthy balance to the marital union. The 

polygamic husband must either suffer from the consequences of 

excessive indulgence or his wives from poverty of sexual 

gratification; probably both would be the case. 

 

 

POLYANDRY 

 

is equally as proper as polygamy, yet it never in the history of man 

obtained a foothold. The system is more logical than polygamy, because 

the wife's dependence would be distributed between two or more 

husbands, in which case she would be better insured against poverty 

and her support would be guaranteed by greater probability. 

 

We have now described the history and aspect of the two customs, and 

will conclude the subject by remarking that a man is morally and 

physically entitled to but one wife, and that a plurality is a great 


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