Excerpt from Mothers' Counsel to Their Sons
A friend and benefactor of boys has said, Society chaperons her lassies, her lads she pushes out to learn the world alone. Truly it does seem that here is food for much sober thought on the part of parents. And what can cure such a diseased public sentiment more speedily and effectually than the wide dissemina tion of a literature Showing clearly that the responsi bility of fathers and mothers on behalf of their sons is in no way less than that which they feel so gravely resting upon them for the protection of their daugh ters? None too high can the standard of true woman hood be held, and none too carefully can we guard the purity, chastity, and all the fine traits of character and affections of our daughters. But can we claim that our fallen race is being lifted up, much less re stored to the high plane on which man was created, if there be not the same attention paid to the develop ment of honor, nobleness, and beauty of character in our sons and brothers - the fathers of future gen erations? Then hand in hand with this enlighten ment of parents let there go to every home-good books for the boys and girls, lifting up the single standard purity - pure womanhood pure and noble manhood.
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