This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1914. Excerpt: ... VI In This talk we shall discuss various things which, if corrected, would I believe lead to fewer girls going astray in an immoral way, and to less immorality. Some of these things might be put under the head of modesty, or shall I say the lack of modesty? Others might be classified under good breeding, or, perhaps, the lack of it. First, I want to emphasize that I am a firm believer in the mingling of both sexes from infancy to old age. I believe that a boy who is constantly in the company of nice, refined girls of his own age is better off in many ways for this association. Having some favorite of the opposite sex whose good opinion he values very much prevents him from acquiring a great many habits he is better off without. The influence of "his girl" makes itself felt, and, being a wellbrought-up little maiden, she will not accept the boyish affection of a lad who uses bad language, be the bad language either profanity or obscene words. She also objects to the smoking of cigarettes, the drinking of liquor, and to other bad conduct in general. Even should his inclinations run in these directions, to please her our little lad eschews all these things and endeavors to conduct himself, in her presence, at least, like a little gentleman. From behaving in this way in "her" presence, he is likely to contract the habit of conducting himself so at all times. Likewise, since he is in good company, sexual desire is not aroused in a harmful way by hearing lewd stories, so-called jokes in regard to the sexual act, nor from learning the experiences of other, and, probably older boys who have indulged in illegal sexual relations and who would, perhaps, like to persuade another to sin in this way. To sum up, he becomes a moral, manly boy, instead of more or less of ...
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