A Book of Letters; Being a Few Sparks Thrown Off in Idle Moments

A Book of Letters; Being a Few Sparks Thrown Off in Idle Moments

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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 edition. Excerpt: ... kind of India-rubber respectability. Our grandmothers are shocked at the present styles--nothing like that in the good old days. Women wearing knee dresses--why, at sight of such an apparition, immortal Pegasus would balk like Mark Twain's Mexican plug. Had Petrarch's Laura worn the decollete waist, the dago nightingale would have come off his perch; had Heloise donned the divided skirt, no heart-sore Pilgrim would pour his scalding tears into her storied urn; had Helen of Troy paddled about the isles of Greece in a fin de siecle bathing suit, the Bard of Chios had not tuned his immortal harp nor Priam's hoary head have sunk beneath the sword. Think of the burning Sappho, in tan-colored leggins, taking the lovers' leap; of bonnie Annie Laurie in bloomers. Had such monstrosities appeared on Parnassus, the muses would have been stricken dumb--perhaps have drowned themselves in the Pierian spring. The stylish, fashionable society woman of today is a frost; there is absolutely nothing to her; she hasn't time to fool with children--unfit for a mother. I want to see women who would rather be queens in Iheir homes than the favorites of society's fashionable circles--women who would rather have the true love of their husbands than the insolent admiration of the whole he-world. PLAIN FACTS. I have never given race-suicide very much serious thought until recently. About three weeks ago, while strolling through the slum district of St. Louis studying "Poverty's Pitiful Pictures," I was struck by the many little, bow-legged urchins that played along the curbing--faces dirty, clothes filthy, hair unkempt, and living in an impure and foul-smelling atmosphere. The parents of these poor little devils are, as a rule, ignorant, low and base; they are...show more

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  • Paperback | 50 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236512138
  • 9781236512130