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CHAPTER XXVI. NEATNESS AND CLEANLINESS,
undergo a thorough ablution once a day. Quotation
DRESS AND ORNAMENT.
Legitimate purposes of dress—as a covering, a regulator
of temperature, and a defence. Use of ornaments. Further thoughts on dress. How clothing keeps us
Errors in regard to the material, quality, and form of our dress. Tight lacing—its numerous evils. Improvement of the lungs by education. Objections to the use of personal ornaments.
CHAPTER XXVIII. DOSING AND DRUGGING.
Tendency of young women to dosing and drugging.
“ Nervousness." Qualms of the stomach. Eating between our meals its mischiefs. Evils of more direct dosing. What organs are injured. Confectionary. The danger from quacks and quackery.
Che art of taking care of the sick should be a part of
female education. Five reasons for this. Doing good. Doing good by proxy. Great value of personal services. How can young women be trained to these
services ? Contagion. Breathing bad air. Aged nurses Scientific instruction of nurses. Visiting and taking care of the sick a religious duty. Appeal to young
CHAPTER XXX. INTELLECTUAL IMPROVE
rior to man. Conversation as a means of improvement.
CHAPTER XXXI. SOCIAL IMPROVEMENT. Improvement in a solitary state. The social relations.
Mother and daughter. Father and daughter. Brother and sister. The elder sister. Brethren and sisters of the great human family. The family constitution. Character of Fidelia. Her resolutions of celibacy. In what cases the latter is a duty. A new and interesting relation. Selection with reference to it. Principles by which to be governed in making a selection. Evils of a hasty or ill-judged selection. Counsellors. Anecdote of an unwise one. Great caution to be observed. Direction to be sought at the throne of grace.
Importance of progress. Physical improvement a means
rather than an end. The same true of intellectual im-
YOUNG WOMAN'S GUIDE.
EXPLANATION OF TERMS.
Defining terms. The word excellence here used as nearly synonymous with holiness. What is meant by calling the work a Guide. The term Woman-why preferable, as a general term, to Lady. The class to whom this work is best adapted.
It has been said, and with no little truth, that a large proportion of the disputes in the world might have been avoided, had the disputants first settled the meaning of the terms they respectively used.
In like manner might a large share of the misapprehension and error in the world be avoided, if those who attempt to teach, would first explain their terms.
This work is called “The Young Woman's Guide to EXCELLENCE," because it is believed
that excellence, rather than happiness, should be the leading aim of every human being. I am not ignorant that happiness—present and future—is proposed as our "being's end and aim,' not only by as distinguished a poet as Alexander Pope, but also by as distinguished a philosopher as William Paley. But these men did not learn in the school of Christ, that our 'being's end and aim" is happiness, present or future. The Christian religion, no less than Christian philosophy and sound common sense, teaches that holiness or excellence should be the leading aim of mankind. Not that “the recompense of reward,” to which the best men of the world have had regard in all their conduct, is to be wholly overlooked, but only that it should not be too prominent in the mind's eye, and too exclusively the soul's aim; since it would thus be but a more refined and more elevated selfishness. Real excellence brings happiness along with it. Like godlinesswhich, indeed, is the same thing—it has the promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. And that happiness which is attainable without personal excellence or holiness, is either undeserved or spurious. The world. I know, very generally seek after it,