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Title: Homo-culture - or, The improvement of offspring through wiser generation
Author: Holbrook, Martin Luther
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                          WISER GENERATION.

                      BY M. L. HOLBROOK, M. D.,
                 "ADVANTAGES OF CHASTITY," ETC., ETC.

       A New Edition of "Stirpiculture," Enlarged and Revised.

                              NEW YORK:
                         M. L. HOLBROOK & CO.

                          L. N. FOWLER & CO.


                            _Copyright by
                           M. L. Holbrook._

                    _Entered at Stationers' Hall._


During all ages since man came to himself, there have been enlightened
ones seeking to improve the race. The methods proposed have been
various, and in accordance with the knowledge and development of the
time in which they have appeared. Some have believed that education and
environment were all-sufficient; others that abstinence from
intoxicating drinks would suffice. A very considerable number have held
the idea that by prenatal culture alone the mother can mould her unborn
child into any desired form. The disciples of Darwin, many of them, have
held that natural and sexual selection have been the chief factors
employed by nature to bring about race improvement.

No doubt all these factors have been more or less effectual, but the
time has come for man to take special interest in his own evolution, to
study and apply, so far as possible, all the factors that will in any
way promote race improvement. In the past this has not been done. We are
not yet able to do it perfectly, our knowledge is too deficient, lack of
interest is too universal, but we can make a beginning; greater
thoughtfulness may be given to suitable marriages; improved environment
may be secured; better hygienic conditions taken advantage of; food may
be improved; the knowledge we have gained in improving animals and
plants, so far as applicable, may aid us; air, exercise, water,
employment, social conditions, wealth and poverty, prenatal conditions,
all have an influence on offspring, and man should be able, to some
extent, to make them all tell to the advantage of future generations.

Whatever the conditions of existence, man is able by his intellect to
modify and improve them, and make them favorably serve unborn children.

Herbert Spencer says: "On observing what energies are expended by father
and mother to attain worldly successes and fulfil social ambition, we
are reminded how relatively small is the space occupied by their
ambition to make their descendants physically, morally and
intellectually superior. Yet this is the ambition which will replace
those they now so eagerly pursue, and which, instead of perpetual
disappointments, will bring permanent satisfactions."

If the chapters included in this volume should help to arouse in the
minds of readers, and especially the younger portion of them, some
healthy feelings relating to the improvement of offspring it will have
fulfilled its aim.

Two of them have been given as lectures before societies, the main
object of which was the discussion of subjects bearing on evolution and
human progress, and they are included in this volume because they have a
close relation to the main subject, but the others were written
especially for this work.

While there may appear in a few cases a slight amount of repetition, the
author trusts the reader will not consider it as unpardonable.

With these few words I send the work on its mission hoping it will bear
good fruit.

                                                         M. L. H.


     Plato's Restrictions on Parentage; Lycurgan Laws; Plutarch
     on the Training of Children; Infanticide Among the Greeks;
     Group Marriage; Making Children the Property of the State;
     Grecian Methods Not Suitable to Our Time; Sexual Selection;
     Difficulties in the Way; An Experiment in Stirpiculture;
     Intermarriage; Woman's Selective Action; Man's and Woman's
     Co-operation; The Individual's Rights; Spiritual Sympathy in
     Marriage;                                                         9


     Jacob's Flocks; An Illustrative Case; Beliefs of Primitive
     Peoples; Birthmarks Rare; Why Children Resemble Parents;
     Life's Experiences Affecting Child; Germ-plasm; Congenital
     Deformities; Psychical Diseases; Telegony; Power of Heredity;
     Sobriety in the Father; Sacredness of Parentage; Self-control;   55


     Theories; Continuity of the Germ-plasm; A Rational View
     of Heredity; Heredity and the Education of Children;
     Intellectual Acquirements; Instinct; Knowledge or Heredity;
     Individuality; Spectre of Heredity;                             100


     Sexual Selection; Human Selection; Natural Selection;
     Conflict between Evolutionary Theories and our Humane
     Sentiments; Ideal of Health; Adaptation to Environment;
     Knowledge; Effects of Living at High Pressure; Girls in
     Manufacturing Districts; Co-operation: an Example; Hygiene;     130


     What is the Germ-plasm? The Primitive Egg; Fertilization of
     the Mother-cell Necessary to Produce True Germ-plasm; What
     Fertilization Does; Its Process; Helps to Explain Heredity;
     Health of the Germ-plasm Necessary in Stirpiculture; Surplus
     Vitality Necessary for Producing the Best Children; Duncan's
     Statistics as to Ages of Parents of Finest Children; Effects
     of Alcohol on Offspring; Food and the Germ-plasm; Effect
     of Air and Water on Germ-plasm; Effect of Diseases on
     Germ-plasm; Every Child Born an Experiment;                     162


     Darwin's Opinions; Race Modifications by Natural Selection;
     Grant Allen's Views; Spencer's Views on Parental Duties;
     Limiting Offspring Among the Natives of Uganda; The Fijians;
     Children of Large Families often Superior to those in Small
     Families; Some Reasons for this;                                179


     Our First Baby; We had Theories; What Some of Them Were; My
     Wife's Love for Me; My Sentiments; The Child's Easy Birth;
     Mother's Rapid Convalescence; The Child's First Bath;
     Forming Good Habits Early; No Crying at Night; Never Rocked
     to Sleep; His Bed; Keeping the Stomach and Bowels Right;
     Colic, Irritability and the Necessity for Diapers
     Eliminated; Number of Meals Daily; The Infant's Clothing; At
     One Year Old; Teething Gives Little Trouble; Requires
     Considerable Water; Learning to Creep, Stand, Walk and Talk
     by His Own Efforts; Invents His Own Amusements;
     Companionship With Parents; Mothering; Learning
     Self-control; Obedience; Playmates;                             184

     Notes                                                           199


Natural selection, which is the central doctrine of Darwinism, has been
explained as the "survival of the fittest." On this process has depended
the progress observable throughout organic nature to which the term
evolution is applied; for, although there has been from time to time
degradation, that is, a retrogression, this has had relation only to
particular forms, organic life as a whole evidencing progress towards
perfection. When man appeared as the culmination of evolution under
terrestrial conditions, natural selection would seem almost to have
finished its work, which was taken up, however, by man himself, who was
able by "artificial" selection to secure results similar to those which
Nature had attained. This is true especially in relation to animals, the
domestication of which has always been practiced by man, even while in a
state of nature. Domestication is primarily a psychical process, but it
is attended with physical changes consequent on confinement and
variation in food and habits. This alone would hardly account, however,
for the great number of varieties among animals that have been long
domesticated, and it is probable that actual "stirpiculture" has been
practiced from very early times. This term is derived from the Latin
_stirpis_, a stock or race, and _cultus_, culture or cultivation, and it
means, therefore, the cultivation of a stock or race, although it has
come to be used in the sense of the "breeding of offspring," and
particularly of human offspring. It is evident, however, that in
relation to man this is too restricted a sense, and it must be extended
so as to embrace as well the rearing and training as the breeding of
children, in fact, _cultivation_ in its widest sense, in which is always
implied the idea of improvement.

Stirpiculture in this extended sense was not unknown to the ancients,
both in theory and in practice. As to the former, the most noted example
is that of Plato, who, in his "Republic," proposed certain arrangements
as to marriage and the bringing up of children which he thought would
improve the race, and hence be beneficial to the State. The State was to
Plato all in all, and he considered that it should form one great
family. This idea could not be carried into effect, however, so long as
independent families existed, and therefore those arrangements had for
one of their chief aims the abolition of what we regard as family life.
This Plato thought was the best for the State, and the advantage which
was supposed to accrue to it by the absence of separate families is
expressed in a marginal note, which says: "There will be no private
interests among them, and therefore no lawsuits or trials for assault or
violence to elders."

PLATO'S RESTRICTIONS ON PARENTAGE.--The end would hardly seem to justify
the means, in these days, at least, when violence to elders is an
uncommon incident; but how was the community of wives and children by
which it was sought to be attained to be brought about? It is said, "The
best of either sex should be united with the best as often, and the
inferior with the inferior as seldom, as possible." Thus the people were
to be classified into "best" and "inferior," and while the former were
to be brought together as often as possible, the latter were not to be
united at all if it could be avoided. There was no question of marriage
in either case. In the one, the union was for the purpose of obtaining
children, and in the other for the simple gratification of the passions;
for only the offspring of the union between the sexes in the "best"
class were to be reared. The children of the inferior class were not to
be reared, "if the flock is to be maintained in first-class condition."
This infanticide would matter little to the parents, as they had no
control over their coming together, nor concern with the rearing of
their offspring. Lots were to be drawn by the "less worthy" on each
occasion of their being brought together. This was that they might
accuse their ill-luck and not the rulers, in case their partners were
not to their liking. The State was to provide not only what men and
women were to be sexually united, but the ages within which this was to
be permitted for the purpose of obtaining offspring. For a woman, the
beginning of childbearing for the State was fixed at twenty years of
age, and it was to continue until forty. For men, the period of
procreation is said to be between twenty-five and fifty-five years of
age. After the specified ages men and women were to be allowed to "range
at will," except within certain prescribed degrees, but on the
understanding that no children born to such unions were to be reared. It
is evident that under such a system the actual relationship between the
members of the State family could be known only to its rulers; but to
provide against the union of persons too nearly related by blood, all
those who were "begotten at the time their fathers and mothers came
together" were regarded as brothers and sisters. But even brothers and
sisters might be united "if the lot favors them, and they receive the
sanction of the Pythian oracle." Thus far for the breeding of children
laid down in Plato's "Republic." As to the rearing of them, we need only
say that the children allowed to live were to be placed in the custody
of guardians, to be appointed by the State from among the most worthy
of either sex, who were to bring them up in accordance with the
principles of virtue.

The idea which formed the basis of the regulations as to marriage in the
"Republic" was carried into practice by Lycurgus in his government of
Sparta. We are told by Plutarch in his "Lives," that Lycurgus considered
children not so much the property of their parents as of the State, "and
therefore he could not have them begotten by ordinary persons, but by
the best men in it." But he did not attempt to break up the private
family, as was proposed by Plato. He sought rather to enlarge its
boundaries by allowing the introduction of a fresh paternal element when
this could be done with advantage to the State. Thus, he approved of a
man in years introducing to his young wife a "handsome and honest" young
man, that she might bear a child by him. Moreover, if a man of character
became impassioned of a married woman on account of her honesty and
beautiful children, he might treat with her husband for the loan of her,
"that so planting in a beauty-bearing soil, he might produce excellent
children, the congenial offspring of excellent parents." The principles
which influenced Lycurgus were the same as those sought to be applied by
Plato, although in a different way. Plutarch says, "He observed the
vanity and absurdity of other nations, where people study to have their
horses and dogs of the finest breed they can procure, either by
interest or money, and yet keep their wives shut up, that they may have
children by none but themselves, though they may happen to be doting,
decrepid or infirm." Hence Lycurgus sought to drive away the passion of
jealousy "by making it quite as reputable to have children in common
with persons of merit, as to avoid all offensive freedom in their own
behaviour to their wives."

LYCURGAN LAWS.--According to Plutarch, the regulations enforced by
Lycurgus, so far from encouraging licentiousness of the women, such as
afterwards prevailed in Sparta, did just the reverse, as adultery was
not known among them. That the system was beneficial to the State by
tending to secure healthy offspring is probable; but Lycurgus took other
means of bringing about this result. His requiring girls to dance naked
in public was intended to teach them modesty. But we are told further:
"He ordered the virgins to exercise themselves in running, wrestling and
throwing quoits and darts, that their bodies being strong and vigorous,
the children produced by them might be the same; and that, thus
fortified by exercise, they might the better support the pangs of
childbirth, and be delivered with safety." Moreover, he provided against
the propagation of disease and deformation by directing that only such
children should be reared as passed examination by the most ancient men
of the tribe. If a child were strong and well-proportioned, they gave
orders for its education and assigned it one of the nine thousand shares
of land. Thus infanticide was a recognized part of the Spartan system,
as it was in that of Plato. The elders of the tribe were very careful
about the nurses to whom the children were assigned. When seven years
old, the children were enrolled in companies, where they were all kept
under the same order and discipline, and had their exercises and
recreations in common. The boy of best conduct and courage was made
captain, and their whole education was one of obedience. As for
learning, Plutarch says they had just what was absolutely necessary; and
certainly it was not such as could be recommended for imitation in these

Xenophon, in his essay on "The Lacedemonian Republic," adds little to
what Plutarch tells us with reference to the marriage regulations of
Lycurgus. He remarks, however, that marriage was not allowed until the
body was in full strength, as this was conducive "to the procreation of
a robust and manly offspring." He affirms, also, that those who were
allowed by arrangement to associate with other men's wives were men who
had an aversion to living with a wife of their own!

PLUTARCH ON THE TRAINING OF CHILDREN.--In his "Morals," Plutarch gives
a dissertation on the training of children, the first portion of which
deals with stirpiculture in the limited sense of the term, but is very
inadequate. Indeed, the only advice he gives is that a man should not
keep company with harlots or concubines, because children by them are
"blemished in their birth" by their base extraction; and that no man
should "keep company with his wife for issue's sake but when he is
sober," lest he beget a drunkard. The main portion of Plutarch's
treatise is concerned with the education of children, which is the
second part of stirpiculture as a system of complete cultivation.
Introductory to the subject of education he speaks of nursing, to which
he attaches much importance. Plutarch insists on the necessity of
mothers nursing their own children; nature, by providing them with two
breasts, showing them that they can nurse even twins. But if they
cannot, they are to choose the best nurses they can get, and such as are
bred after the Greek fashion. For, "as it is needful that the members of
children should be shaped aright as soon as they are born, that they may
not afterwards prove crooked and distorted, so it is no less expedient
that their manners be well fashioned from the very beginning; for
childhood is a tender thing, and easily wrought into any shape."

After referring to the importance of the choice of good companions for
a child, Plutarch proceeds to consider the question of education, which
he speaks of as the matter of most concern. As to education in general,
he points out that a concurrence of three things is necessary to the
"completing of virtue in practice," which is the aim of that process,
that is: Nature, reason or learning, and use or exercise; For, "if
nature be not improved by instruction, it is blind; if instruction be
not assisted by nature, it is maimed; and if exercise fail of the
assistance of both, it is imperfect as to the attainment of its end."
There cannot be "instruction"--a term which is here used as equivalent
to "education," although the latter has a wider signification than the
former, and being equivalent to mental cultivation,--without a teacher,
and Plutarch says well, "we are to look after such masters for our
children as are blameless in their lives, not justly reprovable for
their manners, and of the best experience in teaching. For the very
spring and root of honesty and virtue lies in the felicity of lighting
on good education." He is, indeed, so much impressed with its value that
he affirms: "The one chief thing in this matter--which compriseth the
beginning, middle and end of all--is good education and regular
instruction." These two "afford great help and assistance towards the
attainment of virtue and felicity." He adds: "Learning alone, of all
things in our possession, is immortal and divine."

Plutarch dwells on various other matters connected with education
better fitted for his times than ours, but he refers to the importance
of example in words that are deserving of careful consideration. He
says: "The chiefest thing that fathers are to look to is, that they
themselves become effectual examples to their children, by doing all
those things which belong to them, and avoiding all vicious practices,
that in their lives, as in a glass, their children may see enough to
give them an aversion to all ill words and actions. For those that chide
children for such faults as they themselves fall into unconsciously
accuse themselves, under their children's names. And if they are
altogether vicious in their own lives, they lose the right of
reprehending their very servants, and much more do they forfeit it to
their sons. . . . . Wherefore we are to apply our minds to all such
practices as may conduce to the good breeding of our children."

It is not improbable that the marriage regulations ascribed to Lycurgus
were based on institutions already in existence among the Spartans. From
the statement of Polybius, that the brothers of a house often had one
wife between them, it has been inferred that in Sparta the Tibetan form
of polyandry was practiced. According to Plutarch, another curious
marriage custom prevailed, showing that the Spartans, who differed in
various respects from other Greeks, had retained primitive habits.
Thus, the bridegroom carried off the bride by violence, and for some
time after this "marriage by capture" he visited her "with great caution
and apprehension" of being discovered by the rest of the family; the
bride at the same time exerted all her art to contrive convenient
opportunities for their private meetings. And this they did, not for a
short time only, but some of them even had children before they had an
interview with their wives in the daytime! This custom had much in
common with the _sadica_ marriages of the early Arabs, who, as we are
told by Professor Robertson Smith, allowed a woman, while she remained
with her own tribe, to receive the clandestine visits of a lover. Her
offspring were recognized as legitimate and became members of the tribe.
The incident of "capture" could not occur, as it was a general custom in
ancient Arabia for a husband to live among his wife's kinsfolk.

INFANTICIDE AMONG THE GREEKS.--The practice of infanticide, which was
the only mode by which Lycurgus, or even Plato in his imaginary
republic, could really insure the existence of a healthy and vigorous
population, was undoubtedly a survival from primitive times. The
sacredness of infant life is the result of the high moral tone which has
accompanied the spread of Christianity; and it may be said to be almost
unknown outside of the Christian era. Various reasons are assigned by
different peoples for the practice of infanticide; but one cause
universally operative is the objection to rearing malformed or unhealthy
offspring. Savages adopt various modes of improving, according to their
ideas, the physical appearance of their children. Giving the proper form
to the nose is considered a very important matter by the native
Australian mother and by the Polynesian Islanders; as, indeed, it was by
the ancient Persians, among whom the molding of the nose to the proper
curve was essential, especially in the royal family. The flat head of
the American Indian of the northwest coast was at one time considered a
beauty, and was restricted to the members of the tribe, slaves not being
allowed to undergo the necessary head compression. The small artificial
foot of the Chinese lady is another case in point. But however much the
physical appearance might be altered, no effect could thus be made in
the general physique of the race. The most easy way of keeping this up
to a proper standard is to destroy all the infants that possess physical
defects; and such a course is adopted by many savages, although it is by
no means the most influential cause of infanticide.

GROUP MARRIAGE.--A remarkable system of relationships, with which is
combined a series of regulations framed with the object of pointing out
what persons are entitled to enter into the marital relation, is found
to be prevalent in nearly all uncivilized peoples. The members of a
tribe are divided into two or more groups, each of which consists of
persons who are nearly related by blood, and who are forbidden,
therefore, to intermarry. One of the tribes of Central Australia, the
Dieyerie, has a legend which explains the marriage system common to them
and to all the other tribes, as being intended to prevent the evil
effects of intermarriage between persons very near of kin. The story is
valuable as showing the opinion entertained by savages as to the effect
on the race of breeding in and in--a subject to which we may have
occasion to make further reference. Dr. J. F. McLennan and other writers
on primitive marriage refer to the practice among certain _civilized_
peoples of antiquity of what we regard as incestuous marriage, in
support of the view that in the early history of mankind intercourse
between the sexes was promiscuous.[21:A] Such an explanation is entirely
uncalled for, however, as the custom was intended to secure purity of
blood, that is, blood of a particular line of ancestors. Such marriages
were known only to a few peoples, and they were evidently of
comparatively late origin. Whether the purity of blood was attended with
improvement of the stock may be doubted; as, whatever may have been the
actual origin of the marriage regulations of the numerous peoples among
whom the classificatory system of relationship is established, they are
intended, without question, to prevent the intermarriage of persons who
are regarded as near blood relations, the general disapproval of which
must have had some sufficient reason, or, at all events, must have
originated in ideas supposed to furnish good grounds for it.

embodied in the scheme proposed by Plato, in his "Republic," to bring
about an improvement in the race are mainly two: First, restriction on
the formation of procreative unions; second, infanticide. The breaking
up of private or separate families necessarily resulted from the
operation of his "marriage" regulations, and was intended to emphasize
the idea which Plato, like Lycurgus, insisted on, that the children
belonged to the State. Lycurgus sought to enforce the same idea by
allowing wives to have intercourse with other men than their husbands,
thus making children "common" in some sense, while retaining the
separate family intact. Thus he introduced, or rather it should be said,
established a modified form of polyandrous marriage; Plato's system, on
the other hand, being one of mere pairing, as in the breeding of
animals. In either case the union of very near relations was not
permitted, that is, between brother and sister, or parent and child. Yet
Lycurgus allowed marriage between a half-brother and sister by the same
mother. Curiously enough, this was forbidden by the Athenian law, which
permitted a brother and sister by the same father only to intermarry.
The Greek rule, as laid down in Smith's "Dictionary of Greek and Roman
Antiquities," was that "proximity of blood or consanguinity was not,
with some few exceptions, a bar to marriage," although direct lineal
descent was so. Moreover, there was no attempt to enforce consanguineous
marriages, so as to ensure purity of blood, such as was customary among
the Incas of Peru, the laws of which required that the oldest son and
daughter of the sovereign should intermarry because the Incas were
descended from the Sun, and the Sun had married his sister the Moon, and
had united in marriage his two first children! A more practical reason
was found in the rule that the kingdom should be inherited through both
parents. Hence it was not permitted to mix the blood of the Sun, or
rather of those who claimed solar descent, with that of men.

principles which governed the ancients in their endeavors to improve the
race are not capable of application at the present day, under the
conditions of modern civilization. Instead of placing further
restrictions on marriage, the tendency now is to loosen those which have
hitherto existed, although certain regulations, such as relate to age,
consent, etc., are recognized as necessary for the interests of the
State. Moreover, greater facilities are given than were formerly allowed
for dissolving ill-assorted unions, thus getting rid of the excuse for
the formation of irregular connections. Nevertheless, the interests of
neither society at large nor of individuals will permit of the
introduction of the temporary or occasional pairing system, which is a
return to an animal state, and, therefore, not worthy of the dignity
implied in the term, marriage, and which is inconsistent with true
family life. It would be liable to all kinds of abuse, and would become,
in most cases, a legalized system of prostitution, thus dragging society
down to a lower level instead of raising it, and tending to the
deterioration, instead of the improvement, of the race, if not to its
extinction. As to infanticide, this certainly would not be tolerated by
public opinion, although it is now largely resorted to under the guise
of abortion. To legalize child-killing under any circumstances would be
to offer a premium for murder, even if it were permitted only with the
express sanction in every case of the officials of the State. There is
now no justification for such a course, as the education of those who
appear to be on a mental level with the animals has been carried so far
that the term "idiot" may soon have to be dropped from our vocabulary.

It must be affirmed, however, that the whole subject of the improvement
of the race was dealt with by Plato, and, indeed, by the ancients
generally, in a very crude and superficial manner. This has been well
pointed out by Professor B. Jowett in the Introduction to his
translation of Plato's "Republic." Professor Jowett objects generally
that the great error in the speculations of Plato and others on the
improvement of the race is, "that the difference between men and the
animals is forgotten in them." The human being is regarded with the eye
of a dog or bird fancier, or at best of a slave owner; the higher or
human qualities are left out. The breeder of animals aims chiefly at
size or speed or strength; in a few cases, at courage and temper; most
often the fitness of the animal for food is the greatest desideratum.
But mankind are not bred to be eaten, nor yet for their superiority in
fighting or in running or in drawing carts. Nor does the improvement of
the human race consist merely in the increase of the bones and flesh,
but in the growth and enlightenment of the mind. Hence there must be a
marriage of true minds as well as of bodies; of imagination and reason
as well as of lusts and instincts. Men and women without feeling or
imagination are justly called brutes; yet Plato takes away these
qualities and puts nothing in their place, not even the desire of a
noble offspring, since parents are not to know their own children. The
most important transaction of social life he who is the idealist
philosopher converts into the most brutal. For the pair are to have no
relation to each other but at the hymeneal festival; their children are
not theirs, but the State's; nor is any tie of affection to unite them.
Yet the analogy of the animals might have saved Plato from a gigantic
error if he had not lost sight of his own illustration! For the "nobler
sort of birds and beasts" nourish and protect their offspring and are
faithful to one another! It is certainly surprising, as Jowett says,
that the greatest of ancient philosophers should, in his marriage
regulations, have fallen into the error of separating body and mind. He
did so probably through a false notion of the antagonism between the
family and the State, and hence, as Lycurgus did not aim at destroying
family life he escaped that error.

And yet there is nothing to show that the marriage regulations of
Lycurgus had any real effect on the children of the State. That the
early Spartans were a hardy and courageous people is undoubtedly true;
but apart from the practice of infanticide, which would necessarily get
rid of the weak, their character and conduct can be explained by
reference merely to the system of training, both of youth and maidens,
which Lycurgus rigidly enforced. Lacedemon was essentially a military
republic, and its rulers aimed to breed soldiers, rather than men in the
noble sense in which the term "man" is now used. Indeed, there is
nothing to show that any compulsory attempt to improve the race has ever
been successful, apart from the effect which the destruction of feeble
and deformed offspring may have, and the influence of the severe
training of those who are allowed to survive.

Nevertheless, the human race has vastly improved since its first
appearance on the earth, if the teachings of the doctrine of evolution
are true and applicable to man as well as to the inferior animals. The
passage from the native Australian to the European is a long one, and
yet they are supposed to represent a common primitive stock. The steps
by which the European has been gradually developed, with his special
characteristics, cannot now be traced; but one of the chief agencies to
which the result is due is that to which Darwin applied the term,
"sexual selection." As natural selection has relation to _adaptation_,
and its aim is "the survival of the fittest," so sexual selection has
reference to _beauty_, and its object is the perpetuation of the most
beautiful, according to the taste of the peoples practicing it. Darwin
was the first to point out the importance of sexual selection for
certain purposes which, as stated by Professor G. J. Romanes, in his
"Darwin and after Darwin,"[28:A] "have no reference to utility or the
preservation of life." The latter writer in treating of the subject
affirms it is universally admitted that the higher animals do not pair
indiscriminately, the members of either sex preferring "those
individuals of the opposite sex which are to them most attractive." Many
birds and certain mammals clearly display the esthetic sense, which is
shown by the former particularly in the adorning of their nests with
colored objects; and it is reflected in the personal appearance of the
animals themselves. During the pairing season, birds take on their most
brilliant plumage, and the males take great pains to exhibit their
charms before the females, actively competing with one another in so
doing. There is similar rivalry among song birds, who strive to see
which can best please the females by their singing.

SEXUAL SELECTION.--Professor Romanes, after referring to those facts,
which are considered in detail by his great predecessor, states the
theory of sexual selection as follows: "There can be no question that
the courtship of birds is a highly elaborate business, in which the
males do their best to surpass one another in charming the females.
Obviously the inference is that the males do not take all this trouble
for nothing; but that the females give their consent to pair with the
males whose personal appearance, or whose voice, proves to be the most
attractive. But, if so, the young of the male bird who is thus
_selected_ will inherit his superior beauty; and thus, in successive
generations, a continuous advance will be made in the beauty of plumage
or of song, as the case may be,--both the origin and development of
beauty in the animal world being thus supposed due to the esthetic taste
of the animals themselves."

It is not necessary to refer particularly to the evidence in support of
the theory of sexual selection. There can be no doubt that it is a most
important factor in the perpetuation and increase of certain characters,
those which come within the category of "beautiful," the very existence
of which proves them to be beneficial to the stock to which the animals
exhibiting them belong. The fundamental fact is that they have "the
effect of charming the females into a performance of the sexual act;" an
opinion which is supported by the more general fact that "both among
quadrupeds and birds, individuals of the one sex are capable of feeling
a strong antipathy against, or a strong preference for, certain
individuals of the opposite sex."

These statements are applicable also to man, with whom the principle of
sexual selection must have been influential to at least the same degree
as among the lower animals. It may be expected, indeed, to be more
influential, as the esthetic taste with which it is associated becomes
more highly developed with man than with any member of the animal
kingdom. Even here it is not a question of mere coloration. The theory
of sexual selection as framed by Darwin is concerned, as Romanes points
out, not so much with color itself as with the particular disposition of
color in the form of ornamental patterns. These have a kind of
_structural_ value, and certain birds, moreover, possess actual
structural peculiarities, such as ornamental appendages to the beak, the
only use of which would appear to be to charm the female during
courtship. We may suppose, therefore, that sexual selection has affected
not merely what may be termed the superficial characters of man, but to
some extent, at least, those which have a structural value.

The principle of sexual selection is applicable primarily to the
characteristics of the male; but Darwin supposes them to have been
transferred to the other sex, and through them transmitted to the race
generally. In his "Descent of Man," he remarks of the actual influence
over the race of that principle: "The nervous system not only regulates
most of the existing functions of the body, but has indirectly
influenced the progressive development of various bodily structures and
of certain mental qualities. Courage, pugnacity, perseverance, size and
strength of body, weapons of all kinds, musical organs, both vocal and
instrumental, bright colours and ornamental appendages have all been
indirectly gained by the one sex or the other, through the exertion of
choice, the influence of love and jealousy, and the appropriation of the
beautiful in sound, colour or form; and these powers of the mind
manifestly depend on the development of the brain."

That sexual selection has actually resulted in modification of human
physical structure, Darwin thinks can be shown by reference to the
ancient Persians, whose type was greatly improved by intermarriage with
the beautiful Georgian and Circassian women. He refers to several
similar cases, and particularly to the Jollofs of West Africa, whose
handsome appearance is said to be due to their retaining for wives only
their most beautiful slaves, the others being sold.

Sexual selection may be operative for the improvement of the race
through the action of either man or woman, and the conditions of its
activity are different in either case. As to the action of man, Darwin
says in relation to primitive peoples: "The strongest and most vigorous
men--those who could best defend and hunt for their families, who were
provided with the best weapons and possessed the most property, such as
a large number of dogs or other animals--would succeed in rearing a
greater average number of offspring than the weaker and poorer members
of the same tribe. There can, also, be no doubt that such men would
generally be able to select the more attractive women. At present, the
chiefs of nearly every tribe throughout the world succeed in obtaining
more than one wife."

With reference to selection by the women, Darwin shows that among
savages they have much more to say in their marriages than is usually
supposed. He remarks: "They can tempt the men they prefer, and can
sometimes reject those whom they dislike, either before or after their
marriage. Preference on the part of the women, steadily acting in any
one direction, would ultimately affect the character of the tribe, for
the women would generally choose, not merely the handsomest men,
according to their standard of taste, but those who were at the same
time best able to defend and support them. Such well-endowed pairs would
commonly rear a larger number of offspring than the less favored."
Darwin adds: "The same result would obviously follow in a still more
marked manner if there were selection on both sides, that is, if the
more attractive, and at the same time more powerful men were to prefer,
and were preferred by, the more attractive women. And this double form
of selection seems actually to have occurred, especially during the
earlier periods of our long history."

The investigations of Darwin as to the operation of sexual selection had
reference chiefly to the modification of physical characters. He did not
altogether lose sight, however, of its possible influence in affecting
for the better the mental characteristics of the race. He concludes his
enquiry by the remark that "Man might by selection do something, not
only for the bodily constitution and frame of his offspring, but for
their intellectual and moral qualities. Both sexes ought to refrain from
marriage if they are in any marked degree inferior in body or mind; but
such hopes are Utopian, and will never be even partially realized until
the laws of inheritance are thoroughly known. Every one does good
service who aids towards this end."

It is in the application of the principle of sexual selection to the
mental characteristics of man, that any real improvement of the race,
viewed as consisting of human beings and not of mere animals, must be
brought about. Beauty of physical form and feature is of importance in
human relations only so far as it is associated with beauty of mind and
character, that is, with high intellectual and moral attainments. That
these often go together is true, but it is not always the case. Grant
Allen says: "To be sound in wind and limb; to be healthy of body and
mind; to be educated; to be emancipated; to be free, to be
beautiful--these things are ends towards which all should strive, and by
attaining which all are happier in themselves, and more useful to
others." But physical and intellectual perfection are not always found
together, as was observed by Darwin, when he mentioned among the causes
which interfere with the physical action of sexual selection the fact
that men are largely attracted by the mental charms of women. Professor
Jowett affirms truly that "Many of the noblest specimens of the human
race have been among the weakest physically. Tyrtæns or Æsop, or our own
Newton, would have been destroyed at Sparta, and some of the fairest and
strongest men and women have been among the wickedest and worst." Hence,
he properly infers that "Not by the Platonic device of uniting the
strong and the fair with the strong and the fair, regardless of
sentiment and morality, nor yet by his other device of combining
dissimilar natures, have mankind gradually passed from the brutality and
licentiousness of primitive marriage to marriage Christian and

The truth of this inference cannot be denied, because to leave out of
view considerations of sentiment and morality would fatally vitiate any
scheme for the improvement of the human race. But Professor Jowett
affirms that, "We do not know how by artificial means any improvement in
the breed can be effected." The problem is no doubt a complex one. As he
points out, a child has usually thirty progenitors only four steps back,
and whatever truth there may be in the inheritance of special physical
characters, "We have a difficulty in distinguishing what is a true
inheritance of genius or other qualities, and what is mere imitation or
the result of similar circumstances. _Great men and great women have
rarely had great fathers and mothers._" Professor Jowett thinks, indeed,
that too much importance may be ascribed to heredity. He says: "The
doctrine of heredity may seem to take out of our hands the conduct of
our lives, but it is the idea, not the fact, which is really terrible to
us. For what we have received from our ancestors is only a fraction of
what we are or may become. The knowledge that drunkenness or insanity
has been prevalent in a family may be the best safeguard against their
recurrence in a future generation. The parent will be most awake to the
vices or diseases in his child of which he is most sensible within
himself. The whole of life may be directed to their prevention or cure.
The traces of corruption may become fainter, or be wholly effaced; the
inherited tendency to vice and crime may be eradicated. And so heredity,
from being a curse, may become a blessing. We acknowledge that in the
matter of our birth, as in our nature generally, there are previous
circumstances which affect us. But on this platform of circumstances, or
within this wall of necessity, we have still the power of creating a
life for availment by the reforming energy of the human will."

There is much truth in these remarks of Professor Jowett, but they do
not affect the argument in favor of the possibility of bringing about an
improvement in the race if the proper means are adopted. It would not be
any wiser for the strong and healthy to marry with the sick and weak,
because the latter happen to be highly intellectual or moral, than to
marry with the strong and healthy if these physical characters are
united with mental weakness or immorality. There is a consensus of
opinion at the present day, that what should be aimed at is the union of
physical perfection with that of intellect and character, in the
persuasion that steps towards this end will ultimately lead to the
general improvement of the human race.

DIFFICULTIES IN THE WAY.--The difficulty is to devise and carry out some
scheme for the purpose which shall be both feasible and agreeable to
public sentiment. The latter consideration would prevent any attempt at
active stirpiculture under State direction, although the State might
indirectly affect the result by subsidiary regulations as to marriage
and training of children. There is nothing, however, to prevent the
systematic efforts of private individuals, and in such cases the causes
which Darwin cites as interfering with the physical action of sexual
selection would not operate. The most systematic experiment in
stirpiculture of modern times was that originated by John Humphrey Noyes
at the Oneida Community, in central New York, from 1868 to 1879. A paper
on this experiment was read by Anita Newcomb McGee before the American
Science Association in August, 1891, which was published in "The
American Anthropologist," 1891, and the following facts are taken from
that paper.

AN EXPERIMENT IN STIRPICULTURE.--Noyes was the founder of a religious
sect, the members of which, owing to their desire for freedom from sin,
were called Perfectionists. Holiness was the first principle of their
creed, and Noyes thought to transmit that condition from one generation
to another by a process of stirpiculture. To overcome the "selfishness"
of monogamic marriage he devised a "system of regulated promiscuity,
beginning at earliest puberty, and by a method of his own invention he
separated the amative from the propagative functions." Its first
principle was that of a judicious in and in breeding, with occasional
mingling of foreign blood, as in stock-raising. The second principle
adopted was that of "careful selection of individuals for breeding
purposes. Genealogies were studied and medical histories compiled." A
committee, headed by Noyes, selected the holiest members who were free
from physical defects, intellectual and other considerations being given
less weight at first, although in later years they received more
consideration. The parents were of all ages, but the father was always
older than the mother. Some sympathy between the persons mated was
always required; and if a proposition for union came from two
individuals it was allowed if no objections were found. Noyes held that
uncle and niece are as much related as father and daughter, because
brothers have identical blood, and that cousins are in the same relation
to each other as half brothers. In the Oneida Community uncles and
nieces twice paired, and it is noticeable that a considerable proportion
of the children had Noyes' blood on one or both sides. The founder
himself had nine children in the Community, to which belonged also his
brother, his two sisters and their children. As to the care of the
children, this belonged exclusively to the mothers for the first nine
months, after which for a further nine months they took charge of their
offspring at night only. When eighteen months old, the children were
transferred to a separate department which was managed by those who had
shown themselves specially fitted for the work.

Let us see what was the result of Noyes' experiment. Of the sixty[39:A]
children born, five died at or near childbirth from unforeseen causes
depending upon the mother. All the others were alive at the date of Mrs.
McGee's communication, except a boy who was reared in spite of weakness,
and died from a trifling malady when about sixteen years of age. All the
children were strong and healthy, the boys being tall--several over six
feet--broad-shouldered and finely proportioned; the girls robust and
well-built. It is remarkable, that among the children between five and
nine years of age, thirteen were boys and six only were girls. With
reference to their intellectual ability, it is stated by Mrs. McGee
that, of the oldest sixteen boys, ten were in business, chiefly employed
as clerks, foremen, etc., in the manufactories of the joint stock
company. The eleventh was a musician of repute; another a medical
student; one passed through college and studied law; one was a college
senior, and one entered college after winning State and local
scholarships, and gave great mathematical promise. The sixteenth boy was
a mechanic, and the only one employed in manual labor. Of the six girls
between eighteen and twenty-two years, three are said by Mrs. McGee to
be especially intellectual. The mothers of these children usually
belonged to the classes employed in manual labor, while the fathers,
with the exception of the Noyes family and half a dozen lawyers, doctors
and clergymen, were all farmers and mechanics. It is noteworthy that, as
a rule, the fathers were the intellectual superiors of their mates, "and
enquiry develops the fact, known in the Community, that in these cases
the children are markedly superior to the maternal stock."

When this system of complex marriage had been in operation twenty years,
the desire to return to the old system of monogamy arose, and it became
so strong in the Community that its founder retired from it, and on
August 26, 1879, complex marriage was renounced, although nominally "in
deference to public sentiment." Twenty-five couples who had been married
before entering the Community again became husband and wife, and twenty
marriages between other individuals took place within four months after
the abandonment of the stirpicultural experiment. There were then in the
Community two hundred and sixteen adults and eighty-three children under
twenty years of age.

So far as the real object which the founder of the Oneida Community had
in view in his marriage system, it was undoubtedly a failure, as of the
offspring, in spite of their early doctrinal training, only a very few
are church members, and but one is a Perfectionist. This is the son of
an uncle and a niece, both of Noyes' blood. From a physical and
intellectual standpoint the experiment would seem to have given promise
of success, but it continued too short a time to be of much scientific
value. The result may be stated in the words of Mrs. McGee, who says
that the complete failure to perpetuate the church through stirpiculture
"would seem to indicate that, while our race would doubtless be greatly
benefited by more attention to laws of breeding, yet to attempt
promulgation of a belief by this means alone is only to court defeat. In
spite of the energy and magnetism of so remarkable a man as Noyes, in
spite of his long-continued efforts, and just when success seemed within
his grasp, his one misjudgment of human nature bore fruit, the neglected
instinct of monogamy arose in its might and crushed to nothing the whole
structure, and he, the builder, went last of all. With the close of his
life, April 13, 1886, ended a unique and interesting history."

INTERMARRIAGE.--We have seen that the founder of the Oneida Community
permitted the intermarriage of uncle and niece, although he considered
them related as nearly as father and daughter. This question of the
intermarriage of near blood relations is an important one in its bearing
on the question of stirpiculture, and as already mentioned, it has
engaged the attention of nearly all the lower races of mankind. It has,
indeed, been provided against by the marriage restrictions of most
uncultured peoples, and their systems of relationship clearly point out
what persons are within the permitted limits of marriage. It appears to
be the general rule that the children of two brothers or of two sisters,
whether own or tribal, cannot intermarry, but that the children of a
brother and those of a sister may be thus united, although sometimes
this is not allowed where own brother and sister are concerned.[42:A]

The question of the effect on offspring of consanguineous marriages was
some time ago particularly enquired into by Mr. A. H. Huth, who, after a
consideration of all the information available, came, in his work, "The
Marriage of Near Kin," to the following conclusions:

"1--That any deterioration through the marriage of near kin, _per se_,
even if there be such a thing in the lower animals, is impossible in
man, owing to the slow propagation of the species.

"2--That any deterioration through the chance accumulation of an
idiosyncrasy, though more likely to occur in families where the marriage
of blood relations was habitual, practically does not occur oftener than
in other marriages, or it would be more easily demonstrated.

"3--That, seeing the doubt, to say the least of it, which exists
concerning the effect for harm of marriages between near kin, and on the
other hand the certainty that whenever and wherever marriage is impeded
a direct and proportionate impulse is given to the practice of
immorality, it is advisable not to extend the prohibition against
marriage beyond the third collateral degree, and to permit all marriages
of affinity excepting those in the direct ascending or descending line."

There appears to be no doubt that what are regarded among Christian
peoples as incestuous marriages are not desirable. How far marriage
unions between first cousins are advisable depends, as appears from Mr.
Huth's remarks, on considerations which affect the question generally.
If there are any serious physical, intellectual or moral defects on
either side, no marriage should take place.

WOMAN'S SELECTIVE ACTION.--Apart from the question of consanguinity, the
principles which should govern all marriages is that of sexual
selection, which should have reference, however, not merely to physical
characters, but also to mental and moral characteristics. In applying
this principle, it must be remembered that while man, like the male of
all animals, does the courting, woman, like all females, makes the
selection; at least this is the general rule among the most cultured
peoples. Thus it is evident that woman possesses the power of largely
influencing the improvement of the human race, and in this fact we may
see the possibility of this being effected by the operation of general
social causes, without having recourse to individual experiments, such
as that undertaken by Noyes, which are necessarily limited in their
action, and may, after all, have like practical result. _If all women
could be induced to combine for that end they could probably bring about
the desired improvement by their own efforts._

On this subject the well-known naturalist, Mr. A. R. Wallace, has some
judicious remarks in an article on "Human Progress, Past and Future," in
_The Arena_ for January, 1892. Mr. Wallace, who accepts the views of
Weismann as to the non-inheritance of acquired characters, thinks that
the physical and moral evils and degradation attendant on the conditions
of modern city life will have no permanent effects, when a more rational
and elevating system of social organization is brought about. The most
important agency in this social regeneration will be the selective
action of woman, under the influence of her newly acquired freedom and
higher education. Says Mr. Wallace: "When such social changes have been
effected that no woman will be compelled, either by hunger, isolation or
social compulsion, to sell herself, whether in or out of wedlock, and
when all women alike shall feel the refining influence of a true
harmonizing education, of beautiful and elevating surroundings, and of a
public opinion which shall be founded on the highest aspirations of
their age and country, the result will be a form of human selection
which will bring about a continuous advance in the average status of the
race. Under such conditions, all who are deformed either in body or
mind, though they may be able to lead happy and contented lives, will,
as a rule, leave no children to inherit their deformity. Even now we
find many women who do not marry because they have never found the man
of their ideal. When no woman will be compelled to marry for a bare
living or for a comfortable home, those who remain unmarried from their
own free choice will certainly increase in number, while many others,
having no inducement to an early marriage, will wait until they meet
with a partner who is really congenial to them. In such a reformed
society the vicious man, the man of degraded taste or of feeble
intellect, will have little chance of finding a wife, and his bad
qualities will die out with himself. The most perfect and beautiful in
body and mind will, on the other hand, be most sought and therefore be
most likely to marry early, the less highly endowed later, and the least
gifted in any way the latest of all; and this will be the case with both
sexes. From this varying age of marriage, as Mr. Galton has shown, there
will result a more rapid increase of the former than of the latter, and
this cause continuing at work for successive generations will at length
bring the average man to be the equal of those who are now among the
more advanced of the race."

We have here the application of the principle of sexual selection in its
highest sense, although limited in action to women, and it is
undoubtedly the phase of stirpiculture which will become operative when
the "emancipation of women" is completed. There is one feature of modern
society which may retard its operation, and which was referred to by
Darwin as interfering with the physical effect of sexual selection in
the past. Wealth is now, more than ever before, an important factor in
society, and not only man's but woman's choice in matrimony is often
governed by money considerations. The possession of wealth may be
evidence of mental astuteness, but not necessarily of high morality, and
until it ceases to be sought after in marriage it will seriously
interfere with the improvement of the race on its higher planes.

The sexual selection which Mr. Wallace so ably advocates is to be
exercised by woman, and hence its efficiency will depend on the fitness
of woman, not only to choose proper partners in marriage, but to
communicate the highest physical and mental characters to her offspring.
She can transmit only what she herself possesses, and she will choose
that which is in sympathy with her own feelings and desires, so that if
she is to affect the race beneficially, she must seek first her own
perfection. Hence the great importance of the woman's movement of the
present day, the basis of which is the better development of her
physical, mental and moral faculties, without which she cannot expect to
have the increased social privileges to which she may aspire. The
greatest social privilege women can have is to be the chief agent in the
improvement of the race, and through it the regeneration of society
itself. Lady May Jeune, in reply to those who think that the present
relations between mothers and daughters threaten family disruption,
observes, "That woman was created for the purpose of being the wife and
mother of mankind no one can deny, and that none of the discoveries of
science or any attempt to solve the mysteries of life have brought her
one bit nearer the knowledge of how to unburden herself of these
responsibilities, is also a fact." This must be true if the race is to
be continued; for without wives there can be no mothers. Being possible
mothers, therefore, it is necessary, if the race and society are to be
improved, that women shall acquire the highest physical, intellectual
and moral education they are capable of, and if they require the same
qualities in their husbands, the problem we are considering will be

MAN'S AND WOMAN'S CO-OPERATION.--We have here the central idea of the
New Hedonism advocated by Mr. Grant Allen, whose views necessitate the
active agency of man as well as of woman. This is only reasonable,
seeing that offspring depend on the co-operation of two factors, and
that if either of them is defective the offspring must share in the
defect. "Self-development is an aim of all," says Mr. Grant Allen, "an
aim which will make all stronger and braver, and wiser, and better. It
will make each in the end more helpful to humanity. To be sound in wind
and limb; to be healthy of body and mind; to be educated, to be
emancipated, to be free, to be beautiful--these things are ends towards
which all should strive, and by attaining which all are happier in
themselves, and more useful to others." Hence the New Hedonism teaches
that "to prepare ourselves for the duties of paternity and maternity, by
making ourselves as vigorous and healthful as we can be is a duty we owe
to all our children unborn and to one another." This applies as well to
"the body spiritual, intellectual and esthetic" as to the physical
body. Mr. Grant Allen thinks the theory he advocates will introduce a
new system, which "will not include the selling of self into loveless
union for a night or for a lifetime; the bearing of children by a mother
to a man she despises or loathes or shrinks from; the production by
force, sanctified by law, of hereditary drunkards, hereditary
epileptics, hereditary consumptives, hereditary criminals. We shall
expect in the future a purer and truer relation between father and
mother, parent and child. We shall expect some sanctity to attach to the
idea of paternity, some thought and care to be given beforehand to the
duties of motherhood. We will not admit that the chance union of two
unfit persons, who ought never to have made themselves parents at all,
or ought never to have made themselves parents with one another, can be
rendered holy and harmless by the hands of a priest extended to bless a
bought love, or a bargain of impure marriage. In one word, for the first
time in the history of the race, we shall evolve the totally new idea of
responsibility in parentage. _And as part of this responsibility we
shall include the two antithetical, but correlative, doctrines of a
moral abstinence from fatherhood and motherhood on the part of the
unfit, and a moral obligation to fatherhood and motherhood on the part
of the noblest, the purest, the sanest, the healthiest, the most able
among us. We will not doom to forced celibacy half our finest mothers._"

THE INDIVIDUAL'S RIGHTS.--From the racial standpoint these views are
just and cannot be controverted, but something must be allowed to the
individual. The relative position and rights of the race and the
individual are in a dispute, which has become intensified since the
development of the theory of evolution. _But the individual is the
beginning of the race and he should be its end._ Therefore, in seeking
to improve the race, violence must not be done to the highest sentiments
of the individual. It is a fact that many highly cultured individuals
have a repugnance to certain aspects of married life, and this
repugnance appears to be justified by the further fact that a high state
of refinement is often attended with loss of physical productiveness.
One of the most curious results of Galton's enquiries into heredity was
that wealthy families have a tendency to die out in heiresses, which is
partly, but not wholly, dependent on the fact that childbearing is more
often the accompaniment of poverty than of luxurious living.

The personal disinclination to marry attendant on intellectual
refinement is still more likely to be possessed by those of high
spirituality. This is quite natural, notwithstanding the statement of
Mr. Grant Allen, which is undoubtedly true, that the origin and basis
of all that is best and highest within us is to be found in the
sex-instinct. Love may have begotten "all higher arts and all higher
customs," and yet love may in the process itself become sexless, as it
is when it assumes the noblest form, that of divine charity for our
fellowmen. As well might we continue to perpetuate in our highest
actions the nature of the ape-man because we are descendants of this
creature, as let the idea of sex always rule our thoughts. With the
individual the physical influence of sex is weakened and finally ceases,
although it ever remains constant in the race, and hence the influence
of the idea of sex over the mind of the individual should be similarly
affected. "In Heaven," said the founder of Christianity, "there is
neither marrying nor giving in marriage," and in that highest mental
condition, which is heaven on earth, the sense of sex has ceased to be
operative, having given place to the spiritual sense which is the
noblest attribute of man because the last to be developed.

We have here, however, a question between the individual and the race,
and it does not affect the main contention that the improvement of the
race, which includes that of the individual, is to be found in the
application of the principle of selection. This must necessarily be
chiefly in the hands of women, although both men and women must
co-operate to bring about the best results, by seeking first of all to
improve their own natures by physical, intellectual and moral culture.
The statement of the case according to that principle, and the aim to be
attained, exhibit the dignity and importance of the subject of
stirpiculture. Theoretically this is admitted on all hands, and as soon
as the conditions of the subject are clearly understood there will be no
practical difficulty in carrying the principle into effect, so that it
may have its legitimate consequences.

What parents have to realize is the necessity of so training and
instructing their children that they may become capable of being the
parents of perfect offspring. The good tree only can bear good fruit.
But this is not the real starting point of stirpiculture. An essential
factor, and one that is seldom thought of, is the spirit in which the
inception of offspring is undertaken. Marriage was to the ancients a
sacred state, because it was associated with the religion of the
domestic altar, and because the perpetuation of the family, which was
its aim, was required by the necessity of having a son to perform the
sacred rites at that altar after the death of his father. The
perpetuation of the family was thus a sacred duty, and the consummation
of marriage partook of this character. According to the ancient Persian
religion, the union of man and woman is the act most agreeable to God,
and the act of consummation is directed to be sanctified, and a prayer
directed to God that He would bless it. Marriage must be conducted in
this spirit, rather than as a means of gratifying the passions, if the
happiest results are to be obtained from the application of the
principle of sexual selection.

SPIRITUAL SYMPATHY IN MARRIAGE.--That supposes, however, the existence
of spiritual sympathy between those who are united in marriage, and this
sympathy must form the true basis of all improvements in the race. It
was the neglect of this feature, the want of which must render any
attempt to carry out Plato's ideas on the subject of marriage futile,
that put a stop to the experiments undertaken by his latest imitator,
Noyes. His adherents simply made a return to the monogamy which is the
heritage of all the Aryan peoples, and which is based on the union of
two hearts, and not merely of two persons. This is the first application
of the principle of sexual selection above the animal plane, and it must
be continued notwithstanding that the range of selection is extended so
as to embrace also the intellectual and moral planes.

How far the State may ultimately be called on to aid in the improvement
of the race, in accordance with the ideas we have been considering, is
doubtful. It can aid very materially in placing restraints on too early
marriage, and by insisting on the attainment of a proper standard of
physical training and of mental culture before marriage is entered on.
There is no reason, moreover, why the State should not interfere to
prevent the marriage of those who are too near of kin, or who by reason
of physical or mental ailment, or by their moral defects are not fit
subjects for the propagation of the race. The objection to this
interference with personal liberty is so strong, however, that even so
rational a procedure as preventing the spread, through marriage
alliances, of disease and crime cannot yet obtain the sanction of public
opinion. This will be educated with the general improvement of the race
that must gradually take place through other agencies, and then the
State will have merely to carry into effect the decrees of the people,
which will be expressed in no uncertain language when woman has attained
to the influence to which her own perfected condition will entitle her.


[21:A] Mr. Darwin accepted this view at first; but in a note to the
second edition of his "Descent of Man" he says: "C. Staniland Wake
argues strongly against the views held by these three writers on the
former prevalence of almost promiscuous intercourse." See "Development
of Kinship and Marriage." Redway, London. 1888.

[28:A] The Open Court Publishing Company, Chicago. 1892.

[39:A] It should be sixty-one.

[42:A] See Lorimer Fison, in "The Journal of the Anthropological
Institute," May, 1895, page 361. The whole subject is exhaustively
treated by C. Staniland Wake, in his "Development of Kinship and


In the last preceding chapter we have considered the subject of the
improvement of the race, especially through the action of sexual
selection, or, as it may be expressed, selective action in the pairing
of individuals, whether brought about compulsorily by the controlling
influence of the State or some other external authority, or by the
actual choice of one or both of the individuals immediately concerned.
We have now to deal with the subject of the influence over offspring of
affections of the individual organisms from whose union such offspring
is derived.

JACOB'S FLOCKS.--The story of Jacob dealing with the flocks of Laban,
given in Genesis xxx, is usually alluded to in corroboration of the
belief that offspring may be physically affected before birth, by
anything which strongly influences the imagination of the mother. Jacob
is represented as making an agreement with Laban, his father-in-law,
that Jacob should receive as his hire all the ringstreaked and spotted
he-goats and all the black she-goats, and also those that were speckled
and spotted. When this arrangement had been made, Laban sought to
benefit by it by removing from the flock all the goats that answered to
that description, and giving them into the care of his sons, leaving the
rest of the flock in Jacob's charge. This was undoubtedly an attempt on
the part of Laban to cheat his son-in-law out of his wages, but the
latter was not to be so cheated, and he adopted a plan which gave him
the pick of the flock, leaving the feeble goats to his less wily parent.

In describing this operation, the Bible story says: "And Jacob took him
rods of fresh poplar [or storax tree] and of the almond and of the plane
tree, and peeled white streaks in them, and made the white appear which
was in the rods. And he set the rods which he had peeled over against
the flocks in the gutters in the watering troughs where the flocks came
to drink; and they conceived when they came to drink. And the flocks
conceived before the rods, and the flocks brought forth ringstreaked,
speckled and spotted. And Jacob separated the lambs, and set the faces
of the flocks toward the ringstreaked and all the black in the flock of
Laban; and he put his own droves apart, and put them not unto Laban's
flock. And it came to pass, whensoever the stronger of the flock did
conceive, that Jacob laid the rods before the eyes of the flock in the
gutters, that they might conceive among the rods; but when the flock
were feeble, he put them not in: so the feebler were Laban's, and the
stronger Jacob's."

Whether or not this incident actually occurred as stated we do not know.
According to the subsequent part of the narrative, the effect of setting
up the peeled rods was ascribed to God's interference in his behalf; but
it is not improbable that we have in the story a reference to ancient
shepherd lore, based on the superstitious notions still so common in the
East. In the earlier part of the same chapter is a story relating to
mandrakes, which were supposed to have influence on human generation.
Jacob is said to have used three kinds of rods, those of the poplar or
storax tree, the almond, and the plane tree, which produced
ringstreaked, speckled and spotted lambs.

The influence exerted by Jacob's rods was of a different character from
that which is supposed to give rise to the marking of offspring before
birth, which is not uncommon if we are to accept as true all the cases
mentioned in books referring to the subject. What occurred took place
_before_ conception, and not subsequent to it, as in these cases.
Nevertheless, both classes of phenomena are recognized by so competent
an authority as M. Th. Ribot, who, in his "Heredity,"[57:A] when
criticising Dr. Lucas' explanation of the origin of the numerous
exceptions to the law of heredity, as being due to the operation of the
law of spontaneity, affirms that there is no law of spontaneity, but
that all such exceptions may be explained by reference to certain causes
of diversity. M. Ribot gives three causes of diversity, which are:
1--Antagonistic heredities of two parents; 2--Accidental causes in
action at the moment of generation; 3--External and internal influences
subsequent to conception. He assigns but little importance to causes
acting after birth, such as diet, climate, circumstances, education,
physical and moral influences, because, though they may produce serious
effects, these are not radical. Possibly, however, since the advance
made in the education of those who are born with defects of the sensory
apparatus, M. Ribot would somewhat modify his opinion on that point. As
to the causes which operate at the period of conception, or subsequent
thereto and before birth, he says, in relation to the latter class, they
"are all the physical and moral disturbances of uterine existence--all
those influences which can act through the mother upon the fetus during
the period of gestation; impressions, emotions, defective nutrition,
effects of imagination." He adds: "These causes are very real, despite
the objections of Lucas, who attacks them in order to establish his law
of spontaneity. We see from examples that between considerable causes
and their effects there exists an amazing disproportion."

The causes of diversity which operate at the instant of conception
depend, says Ribot, "less upon the physical and moral natures of the
parents than on the particular state in which they are at the moment of
procreation." This fact is referred to by M. de Quatrefages as fully
proving the universality of the law of heredity, and M. Ribot adds, "It
enables us to understand that those transitory states which exist at the
moment of conception may exert a decisive influence on the nature of the
being procreated, so that often, where now we see only spontaneity, a
more perfect knowledge of the causes at work would show us heredity."

Professor E. D. Cope, the well-known author of "The Origin of the
Fittest," would seem to doubt the truth of the stories of birthmarks on
the ground that "the effect of temporary impressions on the mother is
not strong enough to counterbalance the molecular structure established
by impressions oftener repeated throughout much longer periods of
time."[59:A] And yet there is no doubt that birthmarks do occasionally
occur, although it is very difficult to obtain properly authenticated
cases of them.

AN ILLUSTRATIVE CASE.--How great is the influence on unborn offspring
of the mother's mental condition, as well as the effect over them of
pleasant surroundings, is shown by the following case. A young girl
attracted attention by her beauty and by the superiority of the type she
exhibited over that of either of her parents, and on her mother being
spoken to on the subject she remarked:

"In my early married life my husband and I learned how to live in holy
relations, after God's ordinance. My husband lovingly consented to let
me live apart from him during the time I carried this little daughter
under my heart, and also while I was nursing her. Those were the
happiest days of my life. Every day before my child was born, I could
have hugged myself with delight at the prospect of becoming a mother. My
husband and I were never so tenderly, so harmoniously, or so happily
related to each other, and I never loved him more deeply than during
those blessed months. I was surrounded by all beautiful things, and one
picture of a lovely face was especially in my thought. My daughter looks
more like that picture than she does like either of us. From the time
she was born she was like an exquisite rosebud--the flower of pure,
sanctified, happy love. She never cried at night, was never fretful or
nervous, but was all smiles and winning baby ways, filling our hearts
and home with perpetual gladness. To this day, and she is now fourteen
years old, I have never had the slightest difficulty in bringing her up.
She turns naturally to the right, and I never knew her to be cross or
impatient or hard to manage. She has given me only comfort; and I
realize from an experience of just the opposite nature that the reason
of all this is because my little girl had her birthright."

The future experience of this lady was, however, of a very different
nature. She added:

"A few years later I was again about to become a mother, but with what
different feelings! My husband had become contaminated with the popular
idea that even more and frequent relations were permissible during
pregnancy. I was powerless against this wicked sophistry, and was
obliged to yield to his constant desires. But how I suffered and cried;
how wretched I was; how nervous and almost despairing! Worst of all, I
felt my love and trusting faith turning to dread and repulsion.

"My little boy, on whom my husband set high hopes, was born after nine
of the most unhappy, distressing months of my life, a sickly, nervous,
fretting child--myself in miniature, and after five years of life that
was predestined by all the circumstances to be just what it was, after
giving us only anxiety and care, he died, leaving us sadder and wiser.

"I have demonstrated to my own abundant satisfaction that there is but
one right, God-given way to beget and rear children, and I know that I
am only one of many who can corroborate this testimony."

The following case of prenatal culture appeared in _The Philosophical_
for October 5, 1895, above the signature of "John Allyn," who says:

"About forty years ago I was a neighbor of a young couple who had been
recently married. They were of fair natural abilities, but not highly
educated. The wife could play on the piano well and accompany it with
her voice. The husband was a house-building contractor. Before their
first child was born the wife was provided with instruments for drawing,
and interested herself in their use and mathematical calculations
connected with them. The child proved to be a boy, who took to
architectural drawing as by instinct. With very little effort he became
proficient, and is now employed at a high salary by the Southern Pacific
Railroad as their architect.

"Some years later, before the second child was born, the mother
interested herself with music with reference to the effect it would have
on the unborn child. This child proved to be a girl, who is now an
expert singer, finding ready employment in opera companies. Though not a
star, she has a superior talent for music which enabled her to take
advantages of musical training easily."

BELIEFS OF PRIMITIVE PEOPLES.--Whenever such cases happen, it is under
the influence of some very strong emotion, during the period of
gestation, arising from the action on the nervous system of the mother
by an external object presented to the sight, the organ of which would
seem to have an intimate association with the general muscular system.
There is nothing to show that primitive peoples recognized the action of
prenatal influence through the senses; but there is a very curious
custom, which is so widespread at the present time that we may well
suppose it to have been formerly almost universal, dependent upon the
imagined effect of the eating of animal flesh. All primitive peoples
believe that a man acquires physical or mental characteristics from
animals of whose flesh he partakes. Cannibalism is closely connected
with this notion, as the man who eats part of the body of a foe is
thought to become endowed with the victim's courage, strength or other
special quality. Probably the Mosaic regulations as to unclean animals,
that is, animals unfit for food, was based on such an idea; and
certainly the command to abstain from eating blood was thus connected;
as we are told the blood is the life, and if so, then it must be the
carrier of vital influences.

The custom above referred to, which is known to ethnologists as _la
couvade_, or "hatching," supposes injurious action on the organism of
the child of food eaten by its parents, as appears from the facts
brought together by Dr. E. B. Tylor in his "Researches into the Early
History of Mankind." The couvade usually has reference to the period
immediately following the birth of a child; but among the native tribes
of South America, where it is more extensively prevalent than elsewhere,
it is observed while the child is still unborn. Thus, in Brazil,
according to Von Martius, "A strict regimen is preserved before the
birth; the man and the woman refrain for a time from the flesh of
certain animals, and live chiefly on fish and fruits." The peculiarity
of the couvade custom, and that which gives it its special interest, is
the fact that it usually concerns the father and not the mother, as
injury to the child is supposed to be due to the conduct of the former
rather than of the latter. Thus, among the Land Dyaks of Borneo, "The
husband, before the birth of his child, may do no work with a sharp
instrument, except what is necessary for the farm; nor may he fire guns,
nor strike animals, nor do any violent work, lest bad influences should
affect the child; and after it is born the father is kept in seclusion
indoors for several days, and dieted on rice and salt, to prevent not
his own but his child's stomach from swelling."

Here food abstinence takes place after the birth of the child, but,
according to Brett, in Guinea "Some of the Acawois and Caribi nations,
when they have reason to expect an increase of their families consider
themselves bound to abstain from certain kinds of meat, lest the
expected child should, in some mysterious way, be injured by the
partaking of it. The acouri (or agouti) is thus tabooed, lest, like that
little animal, the child should be meager; the haimara, also, lest it
should be blind--the outer coating of the eye of the fish suggesting
film or cataract; the labba, lest the infant's mouth should protrude
like the labba's, or lest it be spotted like the labba, which spots
would ultimately become sores."

Another related case, of more recent observation, is that of the
Motumotu of New Guinea, who say that after conception the _mother_ must
not eat sweet potato or taro, lest the head of the child grow out of
proportion, and the _father_ must not eat crocodile or several kinds of
fish, lest the child's legs grow out of proportion. At Suan, a husband
shuts himself up for some days after the birth of his first child, and
will eat nothing.[65:A]

Various explanations of the custom of couvade have been offered, and
probably C. Staniland Wake is right when he states that it is connected
with the idea that the father is the real source of the child's
life.[66:A] As he points out, on the authority of M. Girard-Teulon,
among the European Basques, even at the present day, a husband enters
his wife's abode only "for the purpose of reproduction, and to work for
the benefit of his wife." Mr. Wake remarks that, "With some of the
Brazilian tribes, when a man becomes a father he goes to bed instead of
his wife, and all the women of the village come to console him for the
pain and suffering he has had in making this child." This agrees with
the idea entertained by so many peoples that the child is derived from
the father only, the mother being merely its nourisher. When such an
idea is held, it is not surprising if, as among the Abipones, the belief
is formed that "the father's carelessness influences the new-born
offspring, from a natural bond and sympathy of both," or if the father
abstains, either before or after the child's birth, from eating any
food, or performing any actions which are thought capable of doing it
harm. Still more so, if the child is regarded, as is sometimes the case,
as the reincarnation of the father, a notion which is supported by the
fact, pointed out by Mr. Gerald Massey, that in the couvade the parent
identifies himself with the infant child, into which he has been
typically transformed.

That conclusion agrees with the opinion expressed by Mr. Tylor, that
the couvade "implicitly denies that physical separation of 'individuals'
which a civilized man would probably set down as a first principle
common by nature to all mankind. . . . It shows us a number of distinct
and distant tribes deliberately holding the opinion that the connection
between father and child is not only, as we think, a mere relation of
parentage, affection, duty, but that their very bodies are joined by a
physical bond, so that what is done to the one acts directly upon the
other."[67:A] The couvade custom is thus closely connected with the
question of the special relationship of a child to one or other of its
parents. Curious notions on this subject have been formed from time to
time; but the ancients almost universally entertained the idea held by
the Greeks that "the father, as endowed with creative power, was clothed
with the divine character, but not the mother, who was only the bearer
and nourisher of the child." Professor Hearn accepts this view in his
work, "The Aryan Household," and suggests as the Aryan thought on the
subject: "A male was the first founder of the house. His descendants
have 'the nature of the same blood' as he. They, in common, possess the
same mysterious principle of life. The life spark, so to speak, has
been once kindled, and its identity, in all its transmissions, must be
preserved. But the father is the life-giver. He alone transmits the life
spark, which from his father he received. The daughter receives, indeed,
the principle of life, but she cannot transmit it."

M. Ribot, who, as we have seen, endorses the popular belief as to the
possibility of the fetus being affected, during uterine existence,
through the organism of the mother, reduces all the obscure causes of
deviation from heredity to two classes. Of these, the first is the
disproportion of effects to causes, already mentioned; and the second is
the transformation of heredity. As to the first of these causes, he lays
it down as a general truth that "the more complicated the mechanism, the
greater the disproportion between accidental causes and their effects."
He supports this conclusion by reference to Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire's
researches on the production of monsters, and he affirms that the
disproportion between cause and effect cannot be foreseen by measuring,
but is known only by experience, as "psychological laws are analogous
now to mechanical and now to chemical laws," so that it is impossible to
proceed by deduction from causes to effects. (Page 207.)

BIRTHMARKS RARE.--And yet the very fact that cases of birthmarks are
comparatively rare, proves the greatly preponderating influence of
heredity over the constitution of the offspring, modified by the
disposition of the parents at the time of procreation. Professor Cope
has some explanatory remarks on that subject which deserve quotation. He
says--after referring to the hypothesis that growth-force may be,
through the motive force of the animal, directed to any locality,
whether the commencement of an executive organ has begun or not--that "A
difficulty in the way of this hypothesis is the frequently unyielding
character of the structure of adult animals, and the difficulty of
bringing sufficient pressure to bear on them without destroying life.
But, in fact, the modifications must, in most instances, take place
during the period of growth. It is well known that the mental
characteristics of the father are transmitted through the spermatozoid,
and that, therefore, the molecular movements which produce the mechanism
of such mental characters must exist in the spermatozoid. But the
material of the spermatozoid is combined with that of the ovum, and the
embryo is compounded of the animal contents of both bodies. In a
wonderful way the embryo develops into a being which resembles one or
both parents in minute details. This result is evidently determined by
the molecular and dynamic character of the original reproductive cells
which necessarily communicate their properties to the embryo which is
produced by their subdivisions." Professor Cope goes on to say, "Richard
Hering has identified this property of the original cells with the
faculty of memory. This is a brilliant thought, and, under restriction,
probably correct. The sensations of persons who have suffered amputation
show that their sensorium maintained a picture or map of the body so far
as regards the location of all its sensitive regions. This simulcrum is
invested with consciousness whenever the proper stimulus is applied, and
the character of the stimulus is fixed by it. This picture probably
resides in many of the cells, both sensory and motor, and it probably
does so in the few cells of simple and low forms of life. The
spermatozoid is such a cell, and, how or why we know not, also contains
such an arrangement of its contents, and contains and communicates such
a type of force. It is probable that in the brain-cell this is the
condition of memory of locality. If, now, an intense and long-continued
pressure of stimulus produces an unconscious picture of some organ of
the body in the mind, there is reason to suppose that the energies
communicated to the embryo by the spermatozoid and ovum will partake of
the memory thus created. The only reason why the oft-repeated stories of
birthmarks are so often untrue, is because the effect of temporary
impressions on the mother is not strong enough to counterbalance the
molecular structure established by impressions often repeated
throughout much larger periods of time."[71:A]

WHY CHILDREN RESEMBLE PARENTS.--That children reproduce the general and
physical and mental characteristics of their parents in combination is
unquestionable truth, although the particular mode in which they are
communicated is yet undetermined, notwithstanding the fact mentioned by
Professor Cope that they are somehow conveyed by the microscopic sperm
and germ in the union of which the new being has its beginning. Thus
every individual must possess the general characteristics of the
primitive human family from which through a vast number of ancestors he
has descended. And yet at every stage of descent the organism may have
obtained fresh characters, or at least have undergone some modification.
As remarked by Dr. G. H. Th. Eimer, "Every character which must have
been formed through the activity of the organism is an acquired
character. All characters, therefore, which have been developed by
exertion are acquired, and these characters are inherited from
generation to generation. The same holds for all organs atrophied
through disease--the degree of atrophy is acquired and inherited. In the
first class we see especially the action of direct adaptation; in the
second, the results of the cessation of the action. A third class of
acquired characters is to be traced simply to the immediate action of
the environment on the organism, and, originally, at the commencement of
their appearance, all characters must have belonged to this
class."[72:A] We have here a general argument in opposition to the
theory propounded by Professor Weismann, that acquired characters are
not transmissible. Elsewhere (page 382) Dr. Eimer observes: "Phyletic
growth, or the evolution of the organic world ever into higher and more
complex forms, or at least into forms of different structure, is, as I
have said, merely the sum of the processes of growth of the
ancestors--together with the result of external influences on the forms
during their development and their existence. This additional
modification which the individuals as such undergo is--together with the
influence of crossing--the very cause of the constantly progressing
evolution. All that the members of a series of individuals directly
connected by descent acquire constitutes together the material for the
formation of a new species."

LIFE'S EXPERIENCES AFFECTING CHILD.--Unless characteristics acquired by
an individual, that is, the modifications of the organism due to his
own life experiences, are capable of being handed down to his offspring,
it is difficult to see how any progress could be made in the development
of the race. Weismann's declaration that acquired characters are not
transmissible was a surprise to the scientific world when first made,
but it has been accepted by many Darwinians. His conclusion is dependent
on his doctrine of heredity, which differs from that propounded by
Darwin, but is by no means new; as its leading ideas, as pointed out by
Professor G. J. Romanes,[73:A] are largely a reproduction of those of
Mr. Francis Galton, whose work on heredity attracted much attention when
first published. The views of Darwin, Galton and Weismann on that
subject have been compared by Professor Romanes, who explains the
distinction between them. He says (page 133), after referring to the
supposed continuity of the germ-plasm, common to the theories of Galton
and Weismann, but not required by that of Darwin, "The three theories
may be ranked thus--The particulate elements of heredity all proceed
centripetally from somatic-cells to germ-cells (gemmules): the
inheritance of acquired characters is therefore habitual.

"These particulate elements proceed for the most part, though not
exclusively, from germ-cells to somatic-cells (stirp): the inheritance
of acquired characters is therefore but occasional.

"The elements in question proceed exclusively in the centrifugal
direction last mentioned (germ-plasm): the inheritance of acquired
characters is therefore impossible."

The first of these theories is that of Darwin, and the last that of
Weismann, whose notion of the continuity of germ-plasm supposes that no
part of an organism generates any of the formative material which goes
to make up its offspring. This material is regarded in much the same
light as the sperm which the male parent confides to the keeping of the
female, according to the notion of the ancient world above referred to.
For, as Romanes states (page 26): "In each generation a small portion of
this substance [germ-plasm] is told off to develop a new body to lodge
and nourish the ever-growing and never-dying germ-plasm--this new body,
therefore, resembling its so-called parent body simply because it has
been developed from one and the same mass of formative material; and,
lastly, that this formative material, or germ-plasm, has been continuous
through all generations of successively perishing bodies, which
therefore stand to it in much the same relation as annual shoots to a
perennial stem: the shoots resemble one another simply because they are
all grown from one and the same stock."

Although Professor Weismann denies that acquired characters, that is,
individual peculiarities arising as the result of personal experience,
are transmitted, he admits that congenital characters, that is,
peculiarities with which an individual is born, are transmitted to
offspring. As congenital characters must, originally, have been
individual, it is not easy at first sight to perceive Weismann's real
meaning. It is necessary, therefore, to enter more particularly into a
consideration of his theory, which he regards as in general accord with
Darwin's theory of pangenesis. Darwin supposes that all the cells of the
body continually give off great numbers of _gemmules_, which are
conveyed by the blood and deposited in the germ-cells of the organism.
These cells are thus endowed with the power of developing a new organism
of the same kind, each gemmule reproducing the cell from which it was
derived. These ultimate vital units are called by Weismann _biophors_,
but he supposes them not to be the ultimate "bearers of vitality." They
are said to be arranged in groups to which the term _determinants_ is
applied, and these groups are combined so as to form ancestral _ids_ or
germ-plasms. Each determinant, which is made up of perfectly definite
numbers and combinations of biophors, is the primary constituent of a
particular cell, or of a group of cells, such as a blood corpuscle. The
determinants thus "control the cell by breaking up into biophors, which
migrate into the cell body through the nuclear membrane, multiply there,
arrange themselves according to the forces within them, and determine
the histological structure of the cell," impressing upon it its
inherited specific character. The structure of the cell, and of every
subsequent stage, exists therefore potentially in the inherited
structure of the id, and the determination of its character "depends on
the biophors which the corresponding determinant contains, and which it
transmits to the cell."

GERM-PLASM.--While Weismann regarded germ-plasm as absolutely stable,
the only mode by which congenital variation could be brought about was
that of _amphimixis_, or intermingling of individuals in the process of
generation. As modified, however, by his latest work, "The Germ-plasm, a
Theory of Heredity," published in 1892, his theory now allows the plasm
to be capable of modification, and he ascribes that variation to the
direct effects of external influences on the biophors and determinants
of the germ-plasm. The instability of this substance is so slight,
however, that congenital variations cannot be acted on and perpetuated
by natural selection, and the influence of amphimixis is thus required
for the purpose. Mr. Herbert Spencer, however, in criticising
Weismann's theory, declares that "functionally produced modifications of
structure are transmissible," and he refers in support of his contention
to the remarkable effect of arrested nutrition on the structure and
habits of wasps and bees. It especially affects the reproductive organs,
and hence there is no occasion to call in the aid of amphimixis to
perpetuate the variations produced, its office being the blending of the
elements on which the characteristics of offspring depend.

If it be asked how modifications are actually transmitted, we may say
that it can be only by an affection of the germ-cell. This probably
takes place by deviations in the structure of what Weismann calls
determinants, or of groups of determinants, through rearrangement of
their primary units. The modification would be preceded, however, by a
corresponding change in the nerve centers concerned in the use or disuse
of the organs affected. Mr. Spencer shows that under certain conditions
changes take place in the conduct of certain insects, and that "the
maternal activities and instincts undergo analogous changes,"[77:A]
facts which point to a loss of nervous energy and to an intimate
connection between the nervous system and the reproductive function. Use
or disuse first increases or diminishes the activity of certain nerve
centers, and this leads to a modification of the corresponding
germ-cells. If so, the determinants, instead of being first affected, as
proposed by Weismann, and thus determining the variations, are in
reality modified as the result of the functional changes, and are thus
capable of transmitting these changes to succeeding generations.

In a subsequent article, published in _The Contemporary Review_ for
October, 1894, Mr. Spencer recapitulates his argument in favor of the
transmission of acquired characters, and refers to observations made by
Professor Hertwig and others, which he regards as "showing, firstly,
that all the multiplying cells of the developing embryo are alike; and,
secondly, that the soma-cells of the adult severally retain, in a latent
form, all the powers of the original embryo-cell," facts which he
rightly considers disproves Weismann's hypothesis of _panmixia_. If this
is surrendered, then, says Mr. Spencer, "all that evidence collected by
Mr. Darwin and others, regarded by them as proof of the inheritance of
acquired characters, which was cavalierly set aside on the strength of
this alleged process of panmixia is reinstated. And this reinstated
evidence, joined with much evidence since furnished, suffices to
establish the repudiated interpretation."

Great stress was laid by Professor Weismann, as evidence in support of
his theory, on the supposed fact that the inheritance of injuries
sustained during life has not been proved. Particular attention has been
paid to this point by Dr. Eimer, in relation to which he remarks: "That
injuries incurred during life are but seldom transmitted to the
offspring does not appear to me wonderful: the inheritance of the
complete form and complete activities of the organism, which took root
such enormously long periods of time ago, and has been strengthened at
each generation, will, as a rule, counterbalance in the offspring any
such injuries incurred only once and not repeated."[79:A] This is the
same argument as was used, as quoted above, by Professor Cope, to
disprove the occurrence of birthmarks, and Dr. Eimer goes on to state
that there are injuries which are not transmitted to offspring, although
they are constantly repeated, as an instance of which he refers to the
rupture of the hymen. He adds, however: "In such cases we must presume a
specially effective power of correlative activity, directed to the part
affected and residing in the whole organism--the same compensating power
which leads in lower animals, during the life of the individual, to the
regeneration of parts which have been lost or artificially removed. But
these cases do not prove the general proposition that injuries are not
inherited; they do not prove that even injuries which have been
repeated during a considerable period are not inherited. Hitherto little
importance has been attached to the demonstration of the inheritance of
injuries. Yet single cases of the inheritance of injuries only once
incurred seem to me to be thoroughly authentic."

CONGENITAL DEFORMITIES.--Professor Weismann, in replying to the
criticisms of Professor Virchow, admitted the existence of a number of
congenital deformities, birthmarks and other individual peculiarities,
which are inherited, but he affirms that we do not know from what causes
they first appeared, and that a great proportion of them proceed from
the germ itself, and are due, therefore, to alteration of the germinal
substance. There is no proof of this, however, according to Dr.
Eimer,[80:A] who appeals to various facts in support of his contention
that injuries and diseases are inherited. He thinks the degeneration of
the tail in the higher mammals is a case in point, although it has
required great periods of time to complete. Among other instances of
inherited injuries mentioned by Dr. Eimer is one in which a scar over
the left ear and temple, caused to a girl by being thrown from a
carriage, was transmitted to her son and grandson, the son of the latter
also showing absence of hair on the injured spot, although the defect
gradually disappeared with him, nearly a hundred years after the
accident. The case of Dr. Nosseler, who inherited from his mother a
crushed finger joint, caused by an accident which happened two years
before his birth, would seem to be conclusive proof that injuries are
transmissible. Dr. Eimer refers also to the breeding of short-tailed
pointers from dogs whose tails had been artificially shortened; and also
to Brown-Sequard's experiments with guinea pigs, in which epilepsy was
inherited by their offspring, who showed also the loss of certain
phalanges, or even whole toes of the hind feet, the parents having
suffered a similar loss owing to the division of the sciatic nerve. He
adds that numerous other instances of the inheritance of injuries have
been recorded, as "inheritance of the artificially shortened tail of the
bull, of artificially produced hornlessness in cattle, many cases of
inheritance in man of curvature in a finger, caused by injury,
inheritance of the absence of one eye which had been lost by the father
during life or by disease, etc."

The question of the inheritance of deformities and diseases, and the
causes of the germ-variations on which it depends, have been considered
by Zeigler, whose conclusions, as quoted by Dr. Eimer (page 186), are
too important to be omitted. The causes which Zeigler assigns for the
origin of such germ-variations are of three kinds. These are: 1--Union
of sexual nuclei which are not adapted for copulation; 2--Disturbance of
the copulatory process itself; 3--Injurious influences which affect the
sexual nuclei or the fertilized ovum at a time when separation of the
sexual cells from the body cells has not yet occurred. "If the embryo is
injuriously affected at a later period," says Zeigler, "either a
malformation or a constitutional anomaly arises, which is not inherited,
or only the sexual cells are injured, in which case the body-cells
develop normally, and a disturbance shows itself only in the development
of the next generation." The union of sexual nuclei not adapted for
copulation appears, however, to be "the most frequent and most important
cause of hereditary local malformations as well as of hereditary morbid
tendencies, or of a defect in any system of the whole organism." If the
nuclei are altogether unadapted to each other, sterility occurs, as in
the sexual nuclei of distinct species.

PSYCHICAL DISEASES.--Zeigler's conclusions are supported by reference to
the enquiries of the distinguished psychiatrist, D. Von Krafft-Ebings,
who has considered the heredity of psychical diseases, and in connection
therewith mentions three "essential facts" which it is necessary to keep
in view when dealing with that subject. The first of these facts is
Atavism, by which "the bodily and mental organization and character can
be transmitted from the first to the third generation, without any
necessity that the second and intermediate one should exhibit the
peculiarities of the first--thus the condition of the life and health of
the grandparents are of interest for us." Secondly, "Only in rare cases
is the actual disease transmitted in procreation (congenital insanity,
hereditary syphilis), as a rule only the disposition thereto. Actual
disease only occurs when accessory injurious influences produce an
effect based upon that disposition. . . . We must, therefore, consider
also the state of health of the relatives (uncles, cousins, aunts), and
since here also the law of atavism holds good, the possible diseases of
great-uncles and great-aunts." Thirdly, Dr. Von Krafft-Ebings says,
"Only exceptionally does the same disease develop in ascendant as
in descendant lines, in consequence of the transmission of morbid
dispositions. On the contrary, there exists a remarkable variability in
the forms of disease which may almost claim the value of a law (the law
of polymorphism or transmutation)."

This law is referred to by M. Ribot as one of the causes of deviation
from heredity, and he speaks of it as "transformation." As examples of
transformation of heredity, Ribot refers to fixed ideas in the
progenitor, which may become in the descendants "melancholy, taste for
meditation, aptitude for the exact sciences, energy of will, etc.;" the
mania of progenitors may be changed in the descendants into "aptitude
for the arts, liveliness of imagination, quickness of mind,
inconsistency in desires, sudden and variable will." "Just as real
insanity," says Moreau of Tours, "may be hereditarily reproduced only
under the form of eccentricity, may be transmitted from progenitors to
descendants only in modified form, and in more or less mitigated
character, so a state of simple eccentricity in the parent--a state
which is no more than a peculiarity or a strangeness of character--may
in the children be the origin of true insanity. Thus in transformations
of heredity we sometimes have the germ attaining its maximum intensity;
and again, a maximum of activity may revert to the minimum."[84:A]

It should be borne in mind, as mentioned by Von Krafft-Ebings,[84:B]
that everything which debilitates the nervous system and the generative
powers of the parents, "be it immaturity or too advanced old age,
previous debilitating diseases (typhus, syphilis), mercurial treatment,
alcoholic and sexual excesses, overwork, etc., may give rise to
neuropathic constitutions, and thereby indirectly to every possible
nervous disease in the descendants."

TELEGONY.--There is one remarkable phenomenon, spoken of by various
writers as _telegony_, which has an important bearing on the subject of
the transmission of acquired characters, and shows the action of
prenatal influence in an unexpected form. It is referred to by Professor
Romanes, when he says, "It has not unfrequently been observed, at any
rate in mammals, that when a female has borne progeny to a male of one
variety, and subsequently bears progeny to a male of another variety,
the younger progeny presents a more or less unmistakable resemblance to
the father of the older one."[85:A] This curious fact was considered, in
relation to plants especially, by Darwin, who affirms, as quoted by
Romanes, that it is of the highest theoretical importance, as "The male
element not only affects, in accordance with its proper function, the
germ, but at the same time various parts of the mother-plant, in the
same manner as it affects the same parts in the seminal offspring from
the same two parents. We thus learn that an ovule is not indispensable
for the reception of the influence of the male element."

The curious phenomenon of telegony is not limited, however, to plants.
Mr. Herbert Spencer drew attention, in _The Contemporary Review_ for
March, 1893, to a case which has long been known to horsebreeders, and
which may be said to have become classic. The facts were brought, by the
Earl of Morton, to the attention of the Royal Society of Great Britain,
as long ago as the year 1820. The Earl, who possessed a male quagga,
said, in a letter to the President: "I tried to breed from the male
quagga and a young chestnut mare of seven-eighths Arabian blood, and
which had never been bred from; the result was the production of a
female hybrid, now five years old, and bearing, both in her form and in
her colour, very decided indications of her mixed origin. I subsequently
parted with the seven-eighths Arabian mare to Sir Gore Ouseley, who has
bred from her by a very fine black Arabian horse. I yesterday morning
examined the produce, namely, a two-year-old filly and a one-year-old
colt. They have the character of the Arabian breed as decidedly as can
be expected, where fifteen-sixteenths of the blood are Arabian; and they
are fine specimens of that breed; but both in their colour and in the
hair of their manes they have a striking resemblance to the quagga.
Their colour is bay, marked more or less like the quagga in a darker
tint. Both are distinguished by the dark line along the ridge of the
back, the dark stripes across the forehead, and the dark bars across the
back part of the legs." Mr. Spencer refers to an analogous case of the
influence of a wild boar over the subsequent progeny of a domestic sow,
and it now appears that such effects are not so uncommon as the
scientific world has supposed.

Professor Romanes made particular enquiries on this subject of
professional and amateur breeders of animals, and he says most of his
correspondents "are quite persuaded that it is of frequent occurrence,
many of them regard it as a general rule, while some of them go so far
as to make a point of always putting a mare, bitch, etc., to a good
pedigree male in her first season, so that her subsequent progenies may
be benefited by his influence, even though they be engendered by
inferior sires."[87:A] His own more modest conclusion is that the
evidence he obtained "is enough to prove the fact of a previous sire
asserting his influence on a subsequent progeny, although this fact is
one of comparatively rare occurrence."

The English Darwinian met with only one case in which the offspring of a
woman by a second husband, who was a white man, showed the influence of
her first husband, who was a negro. Mr. Herbert Spencer would seem to
have been more successful. In _The Contemporary Review_ for May, 1893,
Mr. Spencer gives the result of his own enquiries as to the effect on a
white woman's subsequent progeny of a previous union with a negro, and
he quotes the opinion of a "distinguished correspondent," that
information given to him many years ago was to the effect that "the
children of white women by a white father had been _repeatedly_ observed
to show traces of black blood, in cases where the woman had previous
connexion with [i. e., a child by] a negro." Mr. Spencer refers also to
Professor Marsh as authority for such a case, and to the opinion of
several medical professors who assured him, through Dr. W. J. Youmans,
that the alleged result "is generally accepted as a fact." He gives as
authoritative testimony the following statement by Dr. Austin Flint,
taken from his "Text-book of Human Physiology:" "A peculiar and, it
seems to me, an inexplicable fact is, that previous pregnancies had an
influence upon offspring. This is well known to breeders of animals. If
pure blooded mares or bitches have been once covered by an inferior
male, in subsequent fecundations the young are likely to partake of the
character of the first male, even if they be bred with males of
unimpeachable pedigree. What the mechanism of the influence of the first
conception is, it is impossible to say; but the fact is incontestable.
The same influence is observed in the human subject. A woman may have,
by a second husband, children who resemble a former husband, and this is
particularly well marked in certain instances by the color of the hair
and eyes. A white woman who has had children by a negro may
subsequently bear children to a white man, these children presenting
some of the unmistakable peculiarities of the negro race."

This phenomenon would alone seem to answer the question of the
transmission of acquired characters in the affirmative, for its
explanation is to be found in the facts brought out by Darwin, as to the
action of foreign pollen on the structure of the mother plant; in
relation to which Professor Romanes remarks: "When one variety
fertilizes the ovules of another not unfrequently the influence extends
beyond the ovules to the ovarium, and even to the calyx and
flower-stalk, of the mother plant. This influence, which may affect the
shape, size, colour, and texture of the somatic tissues of the mother,
has been observed in a large number of plants belonging to many
different orders."[89:A] May we not have here the explanation of the
fact, which has frequently been pointed out, that husband and wife show
a tendency to grow like each other, both physically and mentally, the
resemblance after a long married life being sometimes very striking?

POWER OF HEREDITY.--The most important fact brought out in the
discussion of the possibility of the transmission of acquired characters
is the power of heredity. If organisms did not reproduce their own
special characteristics, there could be no fixity of form and no order
in organic nature. Nevertheless, if there were no change by individual
modification or divergence, in whatever way this may be rendered
permanent in the race, there could be no evolution. Hence we can say,
with Dr. Eimer, "Any one who thus completely renders allegiance to the
supremacy of the principles of the unity of the organic world, who
rejects everything which contradicts that principle, cannot help
admitting that in truth, as I assert, the ultimate origin of the various
kinships in the animal and vegetable kingdom is to be traced to
individual differences, and that the difference between the former, like
the latter, must be essentially determined by external conditions, by
the modification of organic growth."

The causes of diversity which interfere with the action of heredity may
operate, as we have seen, at the moment of conception, or subsequent to
conception. The former class of causes is of great importance, in
accordance with the principle, laid down by M. Ribot, of the
disproportion of effects to causes, and it is essential, therefore, if
children are to be well-born, that their parents should be careful that
at the moment of procreation they are fitted for the performance of so
serious an act. Mr. J. F. Nisbet in his "Marriage and Heredity" (page
126), well observes, "Twins usually bear a closer resemblance to each
other than to their brothers and sisters born at a different period;
and the reason generally assigned is that they are conceived under
precisely similar conditions. If so, it follows that the difference
existing between ordinary members of a family is due to their being born
at considerable intervals of time and therefore under changed conditions
on the part of their parents."

SOBRIETY IN THE FATHER.--Especially does it concern the father, who is
the most active agent in reproduction, to see that he is then in a fit
condition. This is quite apart from the question of the diseased
condition of the organism treated of by Dr. Von Krafft-Ebings, and
refers to temporary rather than to continuing causes. Sobriety is in
this connection of great importance, and, as appears from a passage,
already quoted, in Xenophon, was insisted on at the time of procreation,
by the ancients.

Zeigler points out, as quoted by Dr. Eimer, that "substances taken up
from without, as, for example, poisons, are brought by the blood to the
sexual cells, and others produced in the body are conveyed to the sexual
organs."[91:A] It is suggested that alcohol has such an effect, and
there can be no doubt that a tendency to the drinking habit may be
implanted in a child by a parent intoxicated at the time of
procreation, with the possibility of its leading to other evils in
succeeding generations, ending in the early extinction of the family.
Nisbet refers to several cases of this character, and remarks (page 112)
that, "There is a limit to the transmission of abnormal characters,
either in an original or in a disguised form. Always striving after
perfection, or rather uniformity of type, Nature either purifies a race
of its physical and moral defects, or, if the type be too vicious,
exterminates it, as in the case of the Cæsars, the Stuarts, and many
other historical families." Doutrebente came to the conclusion, however,
that insanity--and doubtless it is true of other conditions--may be
worked out of a family by the infusion of healthy blood, except where
both parents were insane, in which case their offspring will become

The law of Leviticus (chap. x, verse 9) provides, under penalty of
death, that the priests should not drink wine or strong drink before
going into the tent of meeting. The more stringent regulations provided
by this law in relation to intercourse between Jehovah and His people
require physical and moral perfection in those who approach the deity,
and they may be studied with advantage at the present day by those who
wish to aid in the perfecting of the race. The man who had a blemish was
not allowed to go near the altar of sacrifice, that the sanctuary might
not be profaned; and the sanctuary of the human organism should no less
be preserved from profanation.

SACREDNESS OF PARENTAGE.--It would be well if the sacred act of
procreation were performed more often in the spirit of the ancients, who
regarded marriage as a sacred institution, designed not only for the
perpetuation of the race, but also for the carrying on of the religion
of the domestic hearth. The first-born child especially was considered
to have been sent by the gods, and care was taken, therefore, that it
should be well-born. Prayer and offerings were made to the spirits
before the nuptial bed was approached, and everything was done to ensure
the gift they were asked for should be in every respect worthy of them.
Among the ancient Hebrews the first-born of "all that openeth the womb"
was dedicated to Jehovah (Exodus xxxiv, 19), and hence the rights of the
eldest son could not be defeated by his father: "for he is the beginning
of his strength" (Deut. xxi, 17).

The disturbance of uterine existence between conception and birth is
that which has engaged most attention, and the fact that such
disturbances can take place requires that the expectant mother should be
protected from anything that can so act on her own organism as to
prevent the due operation of the law of heredity. The precautions taken
by primitive peoples in relation to food may have some foundation in
fact, and any food should be avoided by the enceinte woman which will
injuriously influence the system, or give rise to organic disturbances
that may affect the blood by which the embryo is nourished. Emotional
disturbances are to be no less avoided, as through the nervous system
they act on the blood itself. How far the action of the emotions can
influence the physical organism has become a moot question with
psychologists, who now seem inclined to think that "movements are not
caused by the emotions, but are aroused reflexly by the object." Thus,
if the sight of a disagreeable object affects by reflex action the
muscular system of the mother, it will arouse in her a concomitant
emotion, which being transmitted to the embryo may act on its muscular
system, leaving the impression as a birthmark, which may be regarded as
a reflection from the cerebral nerve center of the mother, whether
emotion is the cause or effect of muscular movement.

If the unborn child can be affected injuriously by disturbances of the
mother's environment, it is reasonable to suppose that the child can be
influenced in the opposite direction by making that environment as
conducive to the normal activity of the material organism as possible.
The story of Jacob and Laban, referred to at the beginning of this
chapter, affords an important lesson as to the surroundings with which
the wife should be provided. The bedchamber itself may become a means
of influencing offspring for good or evil, and hence it should contain
only what is agreeable to the senses, and capable of giving rise to
pleasant imaginings. Especially should this be the case where a woman is
of a highly sensitive nature. Impressions received from without depend
largely for their force and influence, however, on the condition of the
receptive mind, and beautiful surroundings cannot make up for the want
of inward harmony. A happy and contented mind is the best guarantee that
the due action of the law of heredity will not be disturbed at the time
of conception or afterwards. Thus, bickerings between husband and wife
must have a disturbing effect, especially if carried into the
bedchamber. The sage of old said: "Let not the sun go down upon thy
wrath," and parents should make it a point of duty, for the sake of
their future offspring, never to let the disputes of the daytime--if
unfortunately they occur--be carried into the night. The bedchamber is
the place for mental as well as physical repose.

The surest guarantee against the occurrence of conditions which may
injuriously affect the future offspring, either at the time of
procreation, or during the subsequent period of gestation, is to be
found in the general life of the parents. This will give the general
impress which affects the disposition of the child as a whole, and it
will show what are the conditions of the family life under the
influence of which it was born. The nature of the "home" is thus an
important factor in determining that of the offspring, and it will
necessarily be a reflection of the general character of those on whom it
depends. A noble life in the parent will bear fruit in the physical,
intellectual and moral character of the child, and although this is true
in relation to the father as well as to the mother, it is doubly true as
to the latter, seeing that the mother alone is the bearer and nourisher
of offspring during the period of gestation. During this period the
child acquires probably many of the characters which it inherits from
its mother, and the maternal influence may thus be extended to the
period of lactation. The importance attached to fosterage, where this
practice became an established custom, as with the early Irish and
Arabs, would seem to prove that the characteristics of the nurse were to
some extent transmitted to the child with the milk. The early Arabs
regarded the milk-tie as constituting a real unity of flesh and blood
between the foster mother and the foster child, and between foster
children, so much so as to be a bar to marriage.

SELF-CONTROL.--One very serious matter which should be kept in mind by
an expectant mother is the duty of exercising self-control. The
influence of this principle in relation to the general life and conduct
has been repeatedly pointed out, and it is referred to by Jennie
Chandler in _The Journal of Hygiene_ for August, 1895, where we are
told: "The power of self-mastery is believed by scientists to be the
last one acquired by the human race in the process of evolution, and the
last powers acquired are not so firmly fixed in our natures as some
which have been longer in our possession. The result is, it becomes
deranged more readily than more fixed forces. In many cases,
self-control has never been acquired at all, and so the person can only
partly master himself. As a rule, children have little of this power.
They are like animals. Little by little, as they grow older, it grows,
and in some it becomes so well developed that it is almost perfect. In
others, like music in those who never acquire it, or any other faculty,
it never becomes a potent factor in life."

Dr. Chandler adds, "Woman as well as man needs to learn self-mastery.
With a large amount of feeling in her nature, it is very hard for her to
do it, but she should try. Too many of us go through life never making
any effort to be our own masters. We give way to caprices, whims,
feelings, follies, far more than is good for our health. Hysteria gives
us a good example of the loss of self-control. Any uncontrolled passion
gives an equally vivid example. Men and women often say they can't
govern themselves; that is admitting they have defects of character
which are their masters. They ought to make effort and see if they are
not mistaken. The worst effect of lack of self-control are on the
health. It allows every kind of bad habit in eating, drinking, dressing,
sleeping, to gain possession of the person, and the result is a weak
instead of a strong character."

Considering the effect which the organic disposition of the mother has
on the future offspring, it is evident that whether a child shall have
the power of self-control depends very largely on the mother herself,
and it is all-important, therefore, that she should have and exercise
that power herself. As Dr. Chandler remarks, "No matter how much you
have been to school, how many college degrees you have, you are not
educated till you have a reasonable control of your own nature, and can
direct your own lives rather than have them directed for you by your
feelings and emotions." This truth obtains fresh significance when we
consider that a woman's conduct affects the direction not only of her
own life, but the lives of her future children, and possibly of
succeeding generations.

Although much has yet to be done to prove the actual effects on
offspring of the conduct of its parents, enough is known to establish
the fact that both the general disposition and the particular conduct of
father or mother may interfere with the orderly action of the law of
heredity. This law ensures the inheritance of race and individual
characters; but when these are good, a noble life will cause the
tendencies towards good to be still further strengthened in offspring,
and if they are evil, then the disposition will receive an inclination
in the opposite direction, or, at least, the further development of evil
will be arrested. On the other hand, a degrading life will produce bad
effects on offspring, causing deterioration of the organic disposition
and strengthening the tendency to evil it may have inherited, or
weakening its tendencies towards the good.


[57:A] "Heredity." By Th. Ribot (New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1875), p.

[59:A] "The Origin of the Fittest." By E. D. Cope (D. Appleton & Co.,
New York). Page 408.

[65:A] "Pioneering in New Guinea." By James Chalmers. 1887. Page 165.

[66:A] "Development of Kinship and Marriage." Page 264.

[67:A] "Researches into the Early History of Mankind." Page 292.

[71:A] Cope's "Origin of the Fittest." (Redway, London. 1889.) Page 407.

[72:A] "Organic Evolution." Translated by J. T. Cunningham, M. A.
(London, Macmillan & Co., 1890.) Page 86.

[73:A] "Examination of Weismannism." The Open Court Publishing Co.,
Chicago. 1893.

[77:A] _The Contemporary Review_, September, 1893.

[79:A] "Organic Evolution." Translated by J. T. Cunningham, M. A. Page

[80:A] "Organic Evolution," page 176.

[84:A] "Organic Evolution," page 211.

[84:B] Op. cit., page 201.

[85:A] "Examination of Weismannism," page 77.

[87:A] "Examination of Weismannism," page 22.

[89:A] "Examination of Weismannism," page 79.

[91:A] "Organic Evolution," page 187.


_A Lecture delivered before the Brooklyn Ethical Association._

In presenting the subject of heredity and its relation to education, it
seems to me best to consider first what is meant by the term, and after
this the views held on the subject by our leading evolutionists, when
its relation to education will be easier and, I hope, more satisfactory.

In common parlance, heredity is the transmission of any trait or
peculiarity from the parent to the offspring, as the color of the hair,
the form of the nose, the tones of the voice; or any disease, or any
special character that may exist in either parent.

If a horse has a star on its forehead like one of its ancestors, we say
it is due to heredity. If an ox has color marks on its body like its
parent, it is a case of heredity. If a human being has a disease which
his ancestors had, very often he declares he inherited it from them,
even if it be only a common catarrh. But this is a narrow view of the
subject, and does not include all that a biologist means when he uses
this word.

By heredity he understands the production from a fertilized ovum of an
individual, with all the general characteristics of structure and
function of body and brain of the species to which it belongs. It means
that the offspring, however much they may vary in general characters,
will always be of the same species as the parents. The offspring of dogs
will be dogs; of wolves, wolves; of negroes, negroes, and of white men,
white men. Anything less is not heredity in its full sense.

Darwin, whom we all love and honor, says: "The whole subject of
inheritance is wonderful," and in this he but voices the universal
sentiment of those who have given any serious consideration to it. Let
me try to show you how wonderful it is by an illustration. From very
ancient times the horse has been the constant companion of man. This
animal, with his splendid muscular system, the most perfect, perhaps, of
any creature, has for his food and shelter, and not always the best of
these, rendered mankind almost infinite service. Now, every horse that
has ever been born into the world began life as a minute ovum, which
under the microscope presents no appearance of a horse, or any other
animal, and, strange to say, this ovum is, to all appearance, like the
ovum of other animals, and no amount of study, without knowing its
origin, can decide whether it will develop as a dog, an ox, a horse or a
man. After, however, it has gone through the process of gestation, this
apparently simple egg becomes an animal of a very complex nature, with
heart, lungs, brain, eyes, ears, mouth, stomach, and blood vessels, all
where they should be and ready to perform their functions; with mental
traits of a peculiar kind which adapt him to the service which man
requires. Nay more: In the process of the evolution of the horse, little
by little he has changed in various ways, and many, if not all of these
changes in his bodily constitution and in his mental characteristics,
which have been found useful or made him more serviceable to man, his
greater docility, his increased size, his enormous strength and speed,
his wonderful beauty, through a wise selection and the weeding out of
the unfit on the part of the breeder, have been transmitted through
heredity to his offspring, so that today only a paleontologist can tell
us if he finds the remains of a primitive horse, that it belongs to the
same class of animals as the horse of our time.

THEORIES.--Our theories of heredity will depend on the extent of our
knowledge, and especially our knowledge of embryology. In the last
century knowledge on this subject was very meagre, especially that part
of embryology which could only be studied with the microscope;
consequently the views of scientists and others of that time were
exceedingly crude. The most important was that of Malphigi and Bonnet,
who maintained that the miniature animal existed in the egg; that
fertilization by the male element simply furnished it with food for
growth, and that this was added to and stored up in its interstices.
Cuvier, Haller and Leibnitz adopted substantially these views. The
latter found them to support his opinion that everything was the result
of growth from monads, and that there was no such thing in all nature as

Such a theory was very simple, but it explained nothing except the bare
production of offspring. It gave no clue to their endless variations,
nor to the fact that they often resembled the father more than the
mother. According to this theory the offspring should resemble the
mother, as the complete individual is formed by her and should be in her

Leeuwenhock, one of the early microscopists, by the aid of his lenses,
opened a new world to mankind, and discovered the sperm cells to be
active, living, moving elements, and he gave a death-blow to the belief
that the perfect organism exists in the ovum; but he went to the
opposite extreme, and maintained that it exists in the male cell and
that it is only fed and developed by the female. Even today we find in a
vague way both these theories held by educated persons.

We are indebted to Harvey in the early part of the eighteenth century
for advocating the view held by Aristotle, now known as _Epigenesis_,
and combatting the view of growth from a miniature, but already
perfectly formed animal, to a visible one. Epigenesis consists in the
successive differentiation from the relatively homogeneous elements as
found in the egg, to the complicated parts and structure as seen in the

According to Huxley, this work of Harvey alone would have entitled him
to recognition as one of the founders of biological science, had he not
immortalized himself as the discoverer of the circulation of the blood.

Not long after Harvey's publication, Casper Frederick Wolf established
the theory of epigenesis upon a firm foundation, where it still remains.

The doctrine of _epigenesis_ has very much complicated the whole
question of heredity. No wonder even so great a mind as that of Darwin
exclaimed, "The whole subject is wonderful." How can an egg, which in
structure is comparatively simple, an aggregation of cells, not one of
which bears the slightest resemblance to any organ in the body, develop
into the perfect individual? How can this egg, formed in special organs,
develop other organs than those like the ones in which it was formed?
How can sexual cells develop brain cells, with their wonderful modes of

We cannot explain the philosophy of heredity without being able to
answer these questions; but difficult as is the problem, our biologists
have made various attempts at an explanation. I cannot go over all the
various speculations, but only those most intimately connected with the
subject will be mentioned.

The first is Darwin's own attempt at an explanation by the theory of
_pangenesis_, or genesis from every part. He saw the necessity of having
in the sexual cells some power or force to represent the other organs
and functions of the body, else how could these organs be formed in the
embryo? Pangenesis was supposed to be accomplished as follows: Every
organ through its cells gives off _gemmules_. These are inconceivably
small, too small for any microscopical vision; also inconceivably great
in numbers, and with great power of growth and multiplication. They pass
from the various organs in which they are formed to the special sex
organs for generating the sexual cells; some of them are stored up as
representatives of the various organs from which they have been given
off. The consequence is that every egg has in it something from every
organ in the body of both parents which is able, during gestation, to
develop into that organ.

According to this theory, for instance, if no gemmules are given off
from the brain, then no brain can be developed from the egg, and so of
other organs. As in a representative government, all parts of the
country send representatives to the capitol to do the bidding of the
people, so every organ of the body sends representatives to the sexual
cells to form their respective organs; without them these organs would
not be formed.

There are many objections to pangenesis, but they need not be named
here. It occurred to Galton, whose studies in heredity have been more
prolific of good than those of any other man, to test it by practical
experiment. If these gemmules are circulating in the blood of animals
before being stored up in the sexual cells, by transfusing blood from
one variety of any species to another it ought to affect the offspring
of this other. For his test cases he chose eighteen silvergrey rabbits
which breed true, and into their bodies he transfused the blood of other
different varieties, in several cases replacing one-half of this fluid.
There were eighty-six offspring bred at once from these silvergrey
rabbits, and all true silvergreys. The theory did not work. But if it
did not work in practice, it certainly worked on the intellects of
biologists everywhere, exactly what Darwin wished; it set them to
thinking. It acted as a ferment, so to say, and brought forth a rich
harvest in speculation if not in actual knowledge.[106:A]

CONTINUITY OF THE GERM-PLASM.--The only other theory which I shall
mention is that of Weismann, which has been before the public for more
than a decade, and it is safe to say it has produced a more profound
impression upon biologists than all others. It has its basis in what he
calls _continuity of the germ-plasm_. By the germ-plasm is meant that
part of the germ cell containing all the chemical and physical
properties, including the molecular structure, which enables it to
become, under appropriate conditions, a new individual of the same
species as the parents. In it lies hidden all the characteristics both
of the species and of the future individual. In it lies all the
phenomena of heredity. It is the product of the coalescence of the male
and female elements requisite for reproduction. Only, however, in the
nuclear substance is to be found the hereditary tendencies. Now, this
germ-plasm is _continuous_, that is to say, it contains not only
material from both parents, but from grandparents and greatgrandparents,
and so on indefinitely. This germ-plasm is exceedingly minute in
quantity, but has great power of growth. Not all is used up in the
production of any individual, but some is left over and stored up for
the next generation. The germ-plasm might be represented as a long
creeping root, from which arise at intervals all the individuals of
successive generations. The amount of ancestral germ-plasm in each
fertilized ovum is calculated in the same way that stock breeders
calculate the amount of blood of any ancestor running in any individual.
For instance: The germ-plasm contributed by the father and mother is
each one-half; each grandparent one fourth, and so on. Ten generations
back each ancestor contributes only one part in one thousand and
twenty-four parts. This continuity has by some been called the
immortality of the germ-plasm. Theoretically, the original Adam and Eve
have contributed an infinitesimal part. This probably explains why there
is so much of the original Adam in most of us. By it we are able to
explain that wonderful fact of _atavism_, or the appearance of
characters from a remote ancestor in offspring. Some of the germ-plasm
from this ancestor by some means has had an opportunity to grow rapidly
and contribute more than its share in the production of the individual
in which it appears.

It also enables us to explain the fact that no two individuals are quite
alike, but that there is constant variation. Each person is the product
of a multitude of ancestors, and the germ-plasm which produced them is
never mixed, in quite the same proportion, nor do the different parts
grow with quite the same vigor.

It was on this theory of the continuity of the germ-plasm that Weismann
built his doctrine of the non-transmission of acquired characters. On
this subject he says: "Hence it follows that the transmission of
acquired characters is an impossibility, for if the germ-plasm is not
formed anew in each individual, but is derived from that which preceded
it, its structure, and above all, its molecular constitution, cannot
depend upon the individual in which it happens to occur, but such an
individual only forms, as it were, the nutritive soil at the expense of
which it grows, while the latter possessed its character from the
beginning, that is, before the commencement of growth." Of this,
however, I will speak later.

A RATIONAL VIEW OF HEREDITY.--I might continue giving other theories of
heredity--Hæckel's, for instance--or the metaphysical theory, but it is
hardly necessary. I do not accept in full any of them. Their authors, it
seems to me, have not worked along the lines of evolution, but have gone
further than was necessary into the fields of speculation. Darwin, in
his theory of Pangenesis, admitted this frankly, and yet he clung to the
idea with great tenacity. If we take the unicellular organisms which
multiply by division, we may see that heredity is simple. One
unicellular individual growing larger than is convenient, divides into
two. Each is like the other. It could hardly be different. Reproduction
by spores or buds is practically the same thing. The spores or buds are
minute particles of the parent organism. When it comes to the
coalescence of the germ and sperm elements from two organisms, the
phenomena become more complicated, and it is still more so as the animal
rises in the scale of creation; but I believe the processes of organic
evolution have gone on so slowly that the sexual cells have acquired the
power to transmit the whole organism without the necessity of the
germ-plasm being continued from parent to offspring indefinitely, and
also without the aid of pangenesis.

The egg has acquired a tendency to develop in a certain direction. Just
how we cannot tell, further than to say that it was probably the result
of variation first and natural selection selecting out those variations
most suitable. It is this tendency to vary that gives rise to many of
the phenomena of heredity. The subject is, for the present, beyond our
power to settle satisfactorily, and so hypotheses must be resorted to.
The sexual cells, comparatively simple in anatomical structure, must be
highly complex in their molecular structure; and the more highly evolved
the organism, the more complex becomes this molecular structure. If it
were possible to study this molecular structure we should be able to
understand the whole subject far better than is possible now. But this
is not possible, and there is little hope that we shall ever be able to
accomplish it.

HEREDITY AND THE EDUCATION OF CHILDREN.--The next question which comes
up for consideration is that of the education of children and its
relation to heredity. This brings us at once to the problem as to
whether acquired characters are transmitted to offspring or not. If
acquired characters are transmitted, the relation of heredity to
education must be very close and important. If acquired characters are
not inherited, then heredity and education have a very different
relation. That acquired characters are transmitted has long been
believed. It was the belief of Lamarck. He tried to explain the
structure of the organism by this principle. The illustration of the
long neck of the giraffe is familiar to every one. It originated by the
constant stretching of this part to obtain food from the trees. In times
of scarcity, he had to exert himself in this way still more to reach the
higher branches. The young of the giraffe had longer necks than their
parents because of the efforts of the latter in this way. So the keen
sight of birds, it was argued, was acquired in the same manner. The hawk
had to exercise his eyes most vigorously to discern his prey at a
distance, and his offspring inherited this keenness of sight acquired by
the exercise of his ancestors.

Darwin believed that the effects of the exercise of any part were
transmitted. He says: "We may feel assured that the inherited effects of
the use and disuse of parts will have done much in the same direction
with natural selection in modifying man's structure of body."

We may say that this belief has been held by the common people,
uneducated in science. They not unfrequently get at truths in a rude way
long before the scientists do. Many parents tell us their children are
strongly influenced by some particular occupation of the mother during
pregnancy. So strong is this belief, that many mothers are in our times
trying to influence the character of their unborn children by special
modes of life, by cultivating music or art, or science, in order to give
the child a love for these pursuits.

It is by Herbert Spencer that this has been most ably presented. Indeed,
he holds that there is no explanation of evolution without the
transmission of the effects of the use and disuse of parts. His words
are: "If there has been no transmission of acquired character there has
been no evolution."

He also says: "If we go back to the genesis of the human type from some
lower type of primates, we see that while the little toe has ceased to
be of any use for climbing purposes, it has not come into any
considerable use for walking or running. It is manifest that the great
toes have been immensely developed since there took place the change
from arboreal to terrestrial habits. A study of the mechanism of walking
shows why this has happened. Stability requires that the line of
direction--the vertical line, let fall from the center of gravity--shall
fall within the base, and the walking shall be brought at each step
within the area of support, or so near that any tendency to fall may be
checked at the next step. A necessary result is that _if_ at each step
the chief stress of support is thrown on the outer side of the foot, the
body must be swayed so that the line of direction may fall within the
outside of the foot, or close to it; and when the next step is taken it
must be similarly swayed in an opposite direction, so that the outer
side of the foot may bear the weight. That is to say, the body must
oscillate from side to side, or waddle. The movement of the duck when
walking shows what happens when the points of support are far apart.
This kind of movement conflicts with efficient locomotion. There is a
waste of muscular energy in making these lateral movements, and they are
at variance with the forward movement. We may infer, then, that the
developing man profited by throwing the stress as much as possible on
the inner side of the feet, and was especially led to do this when going
fast, which enabled him to abridge the oscillations, as indeed we see it
now in the drunken man. Then there was thrown a continually increasing
stress upon the inner digits as they progressively developed from the
efforts of use, until now the inner digits, so large compared with the
outer, bear the greater part of the weight, and being relatively near
one another render needless any swaying of the body from side to side in
walking. But what has meanwhile happened to the outer digits? Evidently
as fast as the great toes have come more and more into play and the
small ones have gone more and more out of play, dwindling for--how long
shall we say?--perhaps 100,000 years." In other and simpler words, the
great toe of man has wonderfully developed since he began to walk
upright. This has been from greater use, and the transmission of the
effects of this use to offspring. The small toe has decreased in size
proportionately. This we can reasonably infer has been the result of
disuse, the effects of which were also transmitted to offspring.

A still more remarkable illustration of the effects of use and disuse is
seen in the sense of touch in different parts of the body. Prof. Weber,
in his laboratory for experimental psychology, has worked out this
difference most minutely. He finds that by taking a pair of compasses,
the points of which are less than one-twelfth of an inch apart, the end
of the forefinger is not able to distinguish more than one point. Going
to the middle of the back we have the least discriminating power in the
skin, for the points must be separated two and one half inches before
the nerves can decide that there are two. Any one may test this on
himself. Between these extremes we have many differences. The end of
the nose has four times as great power of discrimination as the
forehead. When we come to the tip of the tongue, we find it far excels
any part of the body in its power of tactual discrimination, it being
twice that of the forefinger. In every case we find there is greatest
delicacy of touch in those parts where this sense has been most
exercised. The tongue is being constantly exercised on our food, on the
roof of the mouth, the teeth, etc. It is rarely idle. There is in man no
advantage for his survival, Mr. Spencer asserts, by having such a
sensitive tongue. He could get on just as well without it. He regards it
as a case where the exercise of a function has exalted it remarkably,
and this exaltation has been transmitted to offspring. Natural
selection, he thinks, is not sufficient to account for it. Natural
selection only preserves those characters which will give their
possessor some advantage in the struggle for existence.

Still another argument is drawn from the whale. This monster once lived,
it is believed, partly on land, probably on low land near water, and
must have been smaller than now. It had hind legs; but since it has
lived continuously in the water its tail has so developed as to make a
far better organ of locomotion, and the legs have dwindled from disuse,
so that now there is only a remnant left, and this is hidden beneath
the skin. The tail has become more efficient from use, and this has been
transmitted so that all whales are born with well developed tails. The
legs have dwindled for want of use until they have almost disappeared;
and this effect of disuse has also been transmitted to offspring.

Another illustration is furnished by Havelock Charles, an English
surgeon, who has spent much time among the Punjab tribes in India, and
studied them anthropologically. His account is given in "The Journal of
Anatomy," in a paper on the structure of the skeletons of these people.
It appears they have facets on the bones, fitting them for the sitting
posture. These do not develop after birth, but are seen in the fetus. It
seems hardly possible that these facets could have any other origin
except by transmission after being acquired by ages of use of sitting

Another argument is drawn from the coadaptation of parts. We know that
the male sheep, likewise the goat, the stag, and the males of many other
animals, have large horns. They are supposed to be useful in fighting
with rivals in order to secure as large a number of females as possible.
Now these large horns require at the same time a greater development of
the bones of the head to hold them, also larger and stronger vertebræ of
the neck and back, and larger muscles of these parts to maintain and
use them effectively. In other words, there must be coadaptation of all
the parts, otherwise these larger horns would be an incumbrance and
useless. Now, if we accept the theory of the inheritance of acquired
characters, this is all simple. The use of the head in butting against
other males exercises all these parts simultaneously, and they develop
equally and at the same time. If, however, inheritance has no part in
the matter, then we must fall back on variation in the germ-plasm and
natural selection for an explanation; but it is difficult or, as Spencer
says, impossible to conceive of variation producing large and heavy
horns on these animals and at the same time coadaptation of all the
other parts to hold and use them. Sometimes coadaptation does not take
place, as in the common brook crab, familiar to every country boy. Its
foreclaws or fingers are out of all proportion to the rest of the leg,
and its awkwardness is well known. The lobster is another case. Even in
human beings we have instances of non-coadaptation, as where the head
and brain are out of proportion to the size of the body, or the reverse.
I need not multiply instances.

Now, if acquired characters are transmitted, any system of training
which exists for a considerable time must necessarily appear in the
structure of the body and in the character. If the training is not in
accord with the laws of evolution, it causes the race to deviate from
the true line of progress, and by just so much hinder advancement. If,
on the other hand, our systems of education conform to correct
principles, progress is advanced by them.

Quite recently an entirely new theory has grown up, opposed to
Lamarckianism, and the theory of the transmission of acquired
characters. It has been before the world little more than a decade and
has made remarkable progress, though it is too soon to say it has been
established beyond dispute. Prof. Weismann, its author, is well equipped
as a biologist to maintain and defend it. I have already stated briefly
his theory of heredity, namely, that the germ-plasm is continuous from
parent to offspring. This necessitates a remodeling of commonly accepted
views, an entire giving up of the Lamarckian belief that use and disuse
have their effect on progeny. If the germ-plasm continues from one
generation to another, then it must already have been formed, or at
least provided for, even before the birth of the parents. They may
modify it, through growth and nutrition, but not through exercise of any
function. Prof. Weismann went at the demonstration of his views in a
thoroughly scientific way by the making of experiments on living animals
and the collection of facts. From his experiments it is now pretty well
established that wounds and injuries, which he considers to be acquired
characters, are not transmitted. No matter for how many generations you
cut off the tails of dogs, cats, horses or sheep, the effects of this
removal do not appear in the progeny. Most parents have some mark on the
body, received in early life, some cut or bruise, some scratch, but
their children do not inherit them. The famous experiment of cutting off
the tails of mice, for generation after generation, and then breeding
from them was one of Weismann's methods of substantiating the theory
that acquired character is not inherited. The offspring of these
mutilated mice had as long tails as if those of their parents had not
been removed. The explanation is, the germ-plasm was not in any way
affected by the bodily mutilation. The practice of the Flathead Indian
is another case. The children of parents whose heads have been
artificially flattened are not affected by it. The small feet of Chinese
women, made so by binding them and preventing their growth, may also be

INTELLECTUAL ACQUIREMENTS.--Not to depend on such evidence, however, he
adduces that of a very different character, namely, the non-transmission
of intellectual acquirements. Language is an example. Although human
beings have been communicating their thoughts to each other from very
ancient times by speech, yet every child has to learn how to do this
for itself. No matter how many languages the parents master, their
children have to go over all the ground the parents did, make all the
toil and effort to learn to speak. The children of the most gifted
linguists, if brought up without coming in contact with those who can
teach them to talk, will never learn a single word. There are, it is
claimed, a few cases on record of children who never acquired their
natural tongue because they had lived among animals and not among human
beings. They learned to make the same vocal sounds the animals did, no
more. The environment in this case was everything, the parental
acquirements nothing.

Music, like language, is also an acquired character, and it is probably
not transmitted. Our musical geniuses are not the children of great
musicians, but in most cases the reverse. They seem to spring into
existence from lowly sources, or at least from parents whose advantages
for a musical education have been very limited, though generally they
have had good health, and a climatic environment of a favorable kind.
Great musical talent usually dies out in any family in a few
generations, no matter how much it is cultivated, or, if it does not die
out entirely, it becomes mediocre; and yet the opportunities of the
children of great musicians, and the ambition of their parents for its
culture, are usually very favorable.

INSTINCT.--In accepting the theory of the non-transmission of acquired
characters, it becomes necessary to give up prevailing views of the
origin of instinct. According to the old belief it was a gift of God,
and not acquired by any effort on the part of its possessor. In speaking
of the instinct of bees, Sidney Smith says: "_Providence has done it._
There are the bees, there is the comb, and the honey, get rid of it or
find some other explanation if you can."

The early evolutionists changed all this, and made instinct the
inheritance of an oft-repeated act. The young kitten, as soon as old
enough, hunts for a mouse and catches it without any training. The sight
of the mouse acts on its nervous system in such a way as to compel it to
creep up softly, jump on it, toy and play with it, and finally kill and
eat it. It would have required long practice on the part of its
ancestors before so wonderful a character could have become fixed. The
same is true of the setter dog.

The new view is, that instincts arise from variations in the germ-plasm.
The union of the germ elements of two individuals causes it to vary more
or less from either parent. These variations will be favorable and
unfavorable. The unfavorable ones will produce offspring handicapped in
the struggle for life and they will disappear. The favorable variations
will produce descendants possessing advantages for survival and leave
numerous offspring.

It is not easy to accept this view, but I think there are some facts
that support it. I will advance a few. The hive of the honey-bee
contains three kinds of insects: the queen, the drones or males, and the
workers. The queen makes her nuptial flight but once in a life-time, and
does it from instinct. How can an instinct like this have been acquired
by being performed but once? The drones are derived from unfertilized
eggs; yet their instincts are those of the male, not of the female. As
they have no male ancestors, it seems probable there was in the
germ-plasm of some queen bee, at a time far back, some change which
allowed unfertilized eggs to produce males.

The workers are all females, not fully developed sexually on account of
a diet with too small a proportion of nitrogenous food and containing so
large a proportion of the hydrocarbons. They inherit from the mother, or
rather from the germ-plasm, the instinct to gather honey, yet neither
their male nor female ancestors ever gathered any honey in their lives,
nor have they for ages. Far back in antiquity the queen, no doubt, did
gather honey, but the disuse of this instinct has not caused it to
disappear in the working bee, as it should have done according to the
Lamarckian theory of disuse causing decay of function. Is there any way
to account for this, except on the theory that the germ-plasm produces
working bees as well as the other kinds, irrespective of the habits of
the queen? Her character in this respect is fixed and does not change.
Is it unreasonable to think that some time in the past, in some queen
bee, was formed a germ-plasm capable of producing three varieties, and
that there was such an advantage in it for survival, that it has been
continued ever since by natural selection? Queens not able to do this
have not been selected, left no offspring, and thus the perfection of
the stock has been assured.

One more case. Some years ago, when interested in agricultural
entomology, I made a study of the so-called seventeen-year locust.
Noting the wonderful precision with which the female cuts into a soft
twig of a tree and lays its eggs in two rows, the thought was suggested
to me, how can an instinct, used only a few hours, once in seventeen
years, be acquired by exercise and persist in the offspring seventeen
years later? Weismann's theory of the origin of instinct from favorable
variations in the germ-plasm offers, it seems to me, a rational

I do not need to extend illustrations which abound in the insect world,
especially among the ants, which furnish cases of coadaptation that
cannot be transmitted, as they do not propagate, so I will not mention
them here.

Now, if acquired characters _are not_ transmitted to offspring, how
should these facts affect our methods of educating children?

One advantage will be evident, I think, to all. Erroneous systems of
training, which do not injure the health, will not appear through
heredity in the offspring of parents thus wrongly trained, except as a
result of environment. That is to say, the injury does not become
congenital--will not be in the blood--and, consequently, it will be less
difficult to eradicate it and to introduce better systems. This may be
considered an advantage. But it is not all. If heredity takes place only
through the germ-plasm, then it seems to me that whatever promotes a
knowledge of how to maintain it in a high degree of health, and how to
favor more perfectly natural selection, are subjects with which our
educators may busy themselves far more than they do. That is to say, the
study of biology, of life--of the laws of human growth and development,
and of evolution, will become, more and more, important factors in our
school curriculum. We can hardly imagine how much our common every-day
life has been aided by even the slight knowledge of mathematics gained
by an acquaintance with addition, subtraction, multiplication and
division. By it we are able to keep our little accounts correctly, and
neither cheat our creditors nor be cheated by them. Could we not by a
knowledge of the laws of evolution, and also the laws of growth and
development, keep our larger account with nature in a far better
condition? Could we not keep ourselves from being cheated out of our
health and happiness, and also do something to put an end to physical,
intellectual and moral deterioration which threatens so many families
and even races? It seems to me that the time is not far distant when
these studies will be quite as much attended to as the not unimportant
ones of arithmetic and grammar.

KNOWLEDGE OF HEREDITY.--Whatever doctrine of heredity prevails, however,
one thing is certain, some knowledge of the subject will be very useful
to those who have in care the training of children. To them, often more
than to the parent, is entrusted the task of developing the character
and the individuality of the child. Can he do this well if he knows
nothing of what the bent of the child's genius from ancestral influence
is? I doubt very much if any of us realize how important it is that this
individuality should have its proper share of attention. As the
evolution of society goes on, more and more must there be
differentiation of our various activities. If every boy and every girl
can be educated so that to a considerable extent they can follow the
bent of their genius, _whenever that bent is a normal one_, will not the
available intellectual and moral energy of society be considerably
augmented? If you educate a boy which nature intended for a blacksmith
for a preacher, has not the world lost something? Educate another for a
blacksmith who should have been a preacher, is there not also a great
loss? There are a few children who will come out all right, no matter
how much they are schooled, or whether they have any schooling, so well
have they been born, but with the majority this is not the case. Now it
seems to me that the teacher who knows the natures of his pupils, and
something of their ancestors', can direct their energies more
satisfactorily than the one who does not. If there are hereditary
defects of intellect or morals, he can more easily correct them. If
there are ancestral tendencies to disease through imperfections of
certain organs, for instance, the lungs or the brain, he can often put
the child on such a course of physical culture or mental training as to
lift it above danger, so that it may go through life a useful person
instead of a feeble one or a lunatic. Even the tendency to crime might
be averted.

INDIVIDUALITY.--If we could educate the young so as to bring out more
fully their normal individualities we should be able to cultivate in
them more independence of character. On this subject Prof. Mills says:
"With all its imperfections, I am bound to say that the individuality
of the pupils in the old log school-house was often more developed than
in the city public schools of today, where for a boy to be himself
frequently brings with it the ridicule of his fellows--a condition of
things that has its effect afterward on the lad at college. I find that
this fear of being considered odd,--out of harmony with what others may
think,--one of the greatest drawbacks to the development of independent
investigating students at college. The case is still worse for girls.
When women begin to be really independent in thought, in feeling, in
action, I shall be more hopeful of the progress of mankind. Happily, the
dawn of this day is already begun."

We must not forget that there is also a spectre of heredity. It is seen
under different forms. The physician is often reminded by his patients
that they have inherited this or that disease from father or mother, or
an ancestor farther back. Now, there are few diseases which come to us
directly through inheritance. In a majority of cases they are not
transmitted. Even consumption is not. If we accept the modern theory of
its origin, as we must, this plague is the result of germs floating in
the air being introduced into our bodies by respiration, or in food, or
through contact with abraided Surfaces. Those with weakened
constitutions are more liable to it than the strong, and a weakened
constitution may be inherited, for in this case the germ-plasm will not
be well nourished and will suffer; but those thus handicapped in the
race of life will get on far better by endowing themselves with
knowledge and obeying the laws of life than they can by living under the
shadow of the great spectre of heredity, and casting anathemas at their
ancestors for not having done more for them. No doubt most of them have
done the best they could; and if life is worth living, as most of us
believe, we owe them many thanks for having brought us into the world.

THE SPECTRE OF HEREDITY.--There is a spectre of heredity of a more
serious nature. It is the spirit of the dead past, with its mighty hand
on society, on institutions, on modes of life. Wendell Phillips used to
tell a story, in his anti-slavery addresses, which illustrates the evil
effect of this inherited spectre. It ran in this wise. In an Eastern
temple, an idol, in the image of a god, stood calmly on its pedestal. It
was sacrilege to touch it with human hands; but rats having no such
feelings of awe in the presence of a deity, began to gnaw about it in
various places, yet no one was bold enough to remove it to a place of
safety; and so the rats gnawed on and on, and built their nests within
the sacred image. In time they loosened it from its firm foundation, and
one morning, when the worshippers came in to pay their devotions, they
found their god had fallen prostrate on the floor. So it is sometimes
with our inherited beliefs. They hold us back from progress like a heavy
weight. We fear to remove them, for they are sacred inheritances, idols,
gods, and so our institutions decay, perish.


[106:A] Darwin did not regard this experiment as settling this question.
He had great affection, so to speak, for this poor, despised theory, and
believed it would finally be established as in the main true.


_Given before the Greenacre Conference of Evolutionists._

We have most of us in the past looked upon health as a matter of
inheritance, or temperance and moderation in working, in eating and
drinking; or as depending on climate; or exercise, or plenty of sleep,
pure water and a morning bath, or some other secret, one or more of
which is pretty sure to be in the possession of most persons who have
lived long enough to have had some experience with those things that do
them good or harm. All these agencies have great value; but I think few
of us realize that nature, through the laws of evolution, has long been
working to produce a brave and strong, healthy and hardy race of men and
women by other methods than those health habits which most of us value
so highly.

Nature has been doing this chiefly by two methods, and it seems
necessary that I should say something about them in order to present my
subject as I wish to present it. The methods to which I refer are those
of sexual and natural selection. It is to these two processes that we
are largely indebted for race improvements--more perfect bodies, more
active brains, and the high degree of health which a considerable
portion of the race enjoys.

SEXUAL SELECTION.--By sexual selection is meant that preference which
the male or the female has for certain characteristics of the other sex.
It also includes the advantages which the stronger and more capable male
has over the weaker one in obtaining a choice, or, among polygamous
animals, a larger number of females, thus allowing offspring to be
generated by the most capable, and preventing the most incapable from
procuring mates.

The first principle of sexual selection, that of preference, would imply
a considerable development of the intellect, and some taste, but I do
not think it has had great influence on the lower forms of life. It is
difficult to study the preferences of insects, for instance; but I have
studied the moth of the silkworm, and could never observe that either
male or female had a choice for any particular mate. They always appear
to take the first one that comes along. I think this is the conclusion
come to by those entomologists who have had opportunities for studying
other insects. The spider might perhaps be studied in this relation to
advantage, as the female is ferocious, often eating her male suitors
while they are trying to woo her. Nor do I believe that it is a very
important matter in many other animals. Certainly among the domestic
ones--the sheep, the horse, the bull and the cow--a superior male and
female will mate with inferior ones of the opposite sex, apparently
without the slightest objection. I have sometimes thought I had observed
in pigeons a preference, having occasionally seen a male leave his mate
for a more attractive female; at least one that seemed more attractive
to me.

When it comes to sexual selection through struggle, no doubt there has
been great advantage, and it has produced important effects. This occurs
among polygamous and also among non-polygamous animals, and the strong
males are certain to secure the largest number of females and,
consequently, leave the largest number of offspring. This would, no
doubt, through the laws of inheritance, be beneficial in producing
animals of greater vigor and more perfect health. But even in this case,
the males seem to have little preference for any particular female; and
so while the least vigorous ones would leave few, and many no offspring,
the least vigorous females would leave nearly as many as the more
vigorous ones. Still, through pure-blooded males alone, stockbreeders
tell us, herds of cattle can be brought up to a high degree of
perfection in three or four generations, even if the females, at the
beginning of the experiment, are inferior. The first generation would
be half pure blood; the second three-fourths; the third, seven-eighths,
and the fourth fifteen-sixteenths, or almost thoroughbred.

When it comes to man, however, the case is different. With him sexual
selection is more important, and the preference shown by both sexes is
very marked. Many women have strong prejudices against marrying men with
certain characteristics, and nothing will induce them to such a union.
So strong are the desires many of them have for mates with particular
qualities, that they prefer to remain single rather than marry one not
possessing these qualities. Through this preference, on the whole, the
better and those most adapted mate with those most suited to them, and a
considerably larger class of physically and mentally inferior ones do
not mate at all, or, if they do, leave few offspring. The idiot would
stand no chance of securing a mate, although, if left free, he would
unite with another idiot, like an animal. Such things have happened, and
the offspring were not idiots, as might have been expected; but they
were not superior beings. The most deformed in body would, in most
cases, unless they had mental traits of a high order to counterbalance
them, rarely find mates. Thus, through this agency, some of the poorest
specimens of both sexes do not produce offspring, and this raises the
standard of the health and ability of the race.

There are many characters which have come into existence, it is
believed, through sexual selection. One is beauty in women, greater
beauty of form, of hair, of eyes, of grace, fidelity, chastity, power of
love, etc. These all give pleasure to the opposite sex, and have an
element of usefulness in them. Whenever these characters have appeared
in women they have given the possessors a better chance to find a
partner with superior characters. The same is true of men. Woman being
debarred from the hardest labor through maternity has found it useful,
even in early times, to choose men who were strong, brave, courageous
and capable of defending and caring for her, so far as was possible, and
thus by sexual selection she has indirectly promoted health and vigor in
man, for these qualities are inseparable from it.

But the results of sexual selection are by no means perfect. The sexes
are nearly equally divided, and as polygamy is not to any great extent
practiced among human beings, with the exception of those already named,
most men and women can find mates if they wish, even though they may
have many serious imperfections of body and mind, and from them many
children will be born physically and mentally incompetent.

There is no doubt that sexual selection is coming more and more into
play, however. We have abundant evidence of this in the growing
sentiment against the marriage of those with a tendency to any serious
disease, as insanity, syphilis, etc. Only a little while ago was
published an account of a suit for a breach of promise brought by a
young woman in an English court against her suitor. He, having in view
the value of a healthy wife, and also of children well endowed
physically, asked her before the engagement if any of her near relatives
had died of consumption, and she replied that none had, which he
afterwards found was not true. On learning of it he refused to marry
her. I am sorry to say that she won her suit. One of the questions asked
in court was: "Is it possible that a lover would ask such questions of
his sweetheart as would be asked of a candidate for life insurance?"

Courtship is such a delightful occupation for the young, that it seems a
pity to mar it by bringing in questions of health. Yet men and women are
often such deceivers, and frequently so ignorant, that some way must be
devised to prevent deception if sexual selection is ever expected to
have its full influence on race improvement.

HUMAN SELECTION.--Under the head of human selection Galton and Wallace
have made some interesting and valuable suggestions for improving the
health and quality of man. Mr. Galton proposed a system of marks for
family health, intellect and morals, and those members of families
having the highest number were to be encouraged to marry early by state
endowments sufficient to enable them to make a good start in life, early
marriages being favorable to large families. It was a bold suggestion,
savoring too strongly of socialism or state control of marriage to suit
many of us.

Professor Wallace's plan is that women shall, so far as possible, be
made independent, so that they will not feel the necessity of marrying
for a home. Her time might be occupied either in public duties or
self-culture, or any occupation she might prefer. She should be educated
to believe it degrading to marry for a home, without love and
adaptation, and equally wrong to marry her inferior. This would compel
men to be more manly, to leave off their bad habits and many vices, in
order to obtain wives; and the idle, selfish, sickly and deformed would
not easily get them. One difficulty in the way of carrying out this plan
is the greater number of women in society as it exists today, owing to
the larger mortality among boys. But by a better hygiene which is likely
to result from the evolution of the race, this greater mortality of the
masculine sex is certain in the future to be prevented, and there will
then be an excess of men instead of women. This will be a real
advantage, for a scarcity of women would give her a greater influence
in selection, and the result would be, the worst men would not be able
to get wives.

Being in a minority, women would be held in higher esteem, be more
sought for, and have a real choice in marriage by being able to reject
unsatisfactory suitors, which is certainly not the case now to any
considerable extent.

Mr. Wallace's plan would not require such early marriages as that of Mr.
Galton's, and this would be a positive benefit to the physical vigor of
the children, for we know that the progeny of too early marriages are
more delicate, and reproduction before bodily maturity lowers the
standard of health in parents as well as of their offspring. Marriage
being delayed, and the culture of the mind being more attended to than
is possible when it is early, would reduce the number of children in any
family, and this would enable parents to bestow more care upon them. It
would also prevent, to a limited extent, over-multiplication of the
race, which is a real evil, for if every couple left three or four
children the whole world would soon be full, and over-population would
result in much disease.

Mr. Wallace's scheme has in view the prevention of marriage by the weak
and worthless. He believes that if this can be done little more will be
required, for the superior would be the only ones to procreate, and this
would be quite sufficient in a few generations to produce a strong and
healthy race. He calls his plan that of "human selection," but it may
be considered practically as a modification of sexual selection.

NATURAL SELECTION.--Natural selection is another process which takes
place on an enormous scale and constantly among all organisms, whether
animal or vegetable. Natural selection is the result of the operation of
certain laws in the natural world which brings about the survival of
those best fitted for their environment. It is a weeding-out system by
the destruction of a certain portion, at least, if not all, of the weak
and the bad, and it occurs because there is such a rapid increase of
most organisms. We speak of it as the survival of the fittest, but it is
also, at the same time, the destruction of the unfit.

Mr. Darwin says: "We have seen that man is variable in body and mind,
and that the variations are induced either directly or indirectly by the
same general causes, and obey the same general laws as with the lower
animals. Man has spread widely over the face of the earth, and must have
been exposed during his incessant migrations to the most diversified
conditions. They must have passed through many climates and changed
their habits many times before they reached their present homes. They
must have been exposed to a struggle for existence and, consequently, to
the rigid law of natural selection. Beneficial variations of all kinds
have been preserved and injurious ones eliminated. If, then, the
progenitors of man, inhabiting any district, especially one undergoing
some changed conditions, were divided into two equal bodies, the
one-half including those with the best adapted powers for movement, for
gaining a subsistence, for self-defence, would, on the average, have
more offspring than the other and the less well endowed half."

We may have a good object lesson in the elimination of the unfit going
on about us constantly. In New York City, for 1891, the deaths of
children under five years of age was 18,112; for 1892 it was 17,577, or
slightly less. This is more than one-third, but not quite one-half, of
the total deaths at all ages for these years. A very large proportion of
these deaths occurred in the tenement house districts, and a very
natural question arises in the mind: Are the children of those who live
in tenement houses more unfit to survive than those who live in houses
in which only one family dwells. No doubt in most cases the children of
those are most fit who are most able to provide them with hygienic
surroundings, the better food and most suitable care; such are usually
the prudent and the capable. The love of children is usually stronger in
them. The intelligent affection of parents for their young is one of the
incentives to their best training. It certainly is not nearly so strong
among the residents of the crowded quarters of a city as among the more
prosperous. Any one may observe this by going with a company of mothers
on the excursions of some fresh air society, which may be seen in most
cities. It is hard to find one of these mothers who shows what we may
call intelligent affection or intelligent care of her young. Some
pathetic instances illustrating this might be mentioned.

When it comes to the question of their physical or mental inferiority, a
cursory inspection is all that is required to show they are far below
the average. There is a great want of symmetry of body and
mind--evidence of degeneration. In order to test the strength of
constitution, which is a good way to get at one form of physical fitness
for survival, it seems to me, I made a study of the blood of a
considerable number of these children and found the amount of protoplasm
in the colorless blood corpuscles deficient. This shows that their power
to resist disease is slight. It must be borne in mind, however, that a
strong constitution alone is not evidence of fitness for survival. A
strong person may not have prudence, foresight, keenness of perception,
judgment, and many other qualities equally important. The characters
just mentioned may constitute fitness when there is only a moderately
vigorous body. Mr. Darwin recognized this when he said: "We should bear
in mind that an animal possessing great size, strength and ferocity, and
which, like the gorilla, could defend itself from all enemies would not,
perhaps, have become sufficiently social, and this would effectually
have checked the acquirement of the higher mental qualities, such as the
sympathy and love of his fellows. Hence, _it might have been of immense
advantage to men to have sprung from some comparatively weak but social

Fitness is a complicated condition and not a simple one. It depends upon
so many external conditions. Fitness in one place would be unfitness in
another. Still, other things being equal, strength of constitution is a
very important factor, and must not be left out of consideration. With
it there is a surplus of material in the body beyond what is required
for digestion, assimilation, circulation and other bodily functions, to
enable the parents not only to do hard labor, but also to endow their
offspring with vigor equal to their own, often greater vigor. The feeble
individuals will have a small amount of stored up material in their
bodies which we may designate as physiological capital to give
continuous food, warmth and protection to their young; they will not be
so well adjusted to their environment, and, consequently, natural
selection will cause their non-survival--or their offspring, if not
immediately, at no distant period.

This doctrine of natural selection has been designated as cruel, harsh,
inexorable, and under the influence of the human feeling every effort is
in our time being made to prevent this wholesome check upon the
processes of nature from having its due influence upon evolution and
race progress. Modern hygiene undertakes to put an end to disease, to
save all who are born, to surround them with every influence which can
favor their health and development. It would stamp out diphtheria,
scarlet fever, summer complaint, consumption and a host of other
diseases which now decimate the ranks of the unfit, and often, no doubt,
of the comparatively fit. This would perpetuate a type of feeble,
unhealthy persons. There would not be much hope of more perfect health
for the race if our hygienists could carry out this daring scheme along
the lines now working. There seems an antagonism between nature's
methods of bettering the physical condition of the race and the efforts
of man himself, acting under the guidance of his moral feelings, to
prevent the action of natural law. Mr. Darwin recognized this, and
referred to it in his great work, "The Descent of Man," where he says:
"With savages, the weak in body and mind are soon eliminated, and those
that survive commonly exhibit a vigorous state of health. We civilized
men, on the other hand, do our utmost to check the process of
elimination. We build asylums for the imbeciles, the maimed and the
sick; we institute poor laws; and our medical men exert their utmost
skill to save the life of every one to the last moment."

"There is," says he, "reason to believe that vaccination has preserved
thousands who from a weak constitution would have succumbed to smallpox.
Thus the weak members of civilized communities propagate their kind. No
one who has attended to the breeding of domestic animals will doubt but
this must be highly injurious to the human race. Excepting in the case
of man himself hardly any one is so ignorant as to allow his worst
animals to breed."

Other evolutionists, in more recent times, have taken a still more
somber view of this danger of race deterioration through the prevention
of the full action of the law of natural selection.

Dr. John Berry Haycraft, in a recent work entitled "Darwinism and Race
Progress," has sounded the alarm in no uncertain tones. He says: "Races,
therefore, subject to epidemics of a particular fever, suffer selections
in the hands of the microbes of that fever, and those living are
survivals, cast in the most resisting mould. It may not be flattering to
our national vanity to look upon ourselves as the product of the
selection of the micro-organism of measles, scarlet fever, smallpox,
etc.; but the reasonableness of the conclusion seems to be forced upon
us when we consider his immunity from these diseases as compared with
the natives of the interior of Africa, or the wilds of America, whose
races have never been so selected, and who, when attacked for the first
time by these diseases, are ravaged almost to extinction. By
exterminating these diseases we shall no doubt preserve countless lives
to the community who will, in their turn, become race producers; but in
as much as the individuals thus preserved will, in most cases, belong to
the feebler and less resisting of the community, _the race will not
become more robust_."

The same author concludes in these words: "In the meantime we may view,
and not without inquietude, the probability that our statistics, as far
as they go, indicate that race deterioration has already begun as a
consequence of that care for the individual which has characterized the
efforts of modern society. The biologist, from quite another group of
facts, has independently arrived at conclusions which render this view
in the highest degree probable."

"Thus, the great English race, once so hardy, so powerful," says this
modern writer, "by hygiene and better physical conditions, is becoming
weaker and weaker."

This view of the case is growing largely in England and, perhaps, other
European countries. There is already some evidence of its truthfulness
in statistics. The death rate for those in middle life is rather
increasing than diminishing. This arises from the fact that the great
number of children who formerly died in infancy have lived, but being of
more feeble constitutions, they swell the death rate later on. It is
felt, also, in many educational institutions in the larger number of
youths who cannot stand the strain and stress of student life. They are,
high medical authority says, the youth saved from early death by modern
hygienic and medical care. Formerly, natural selection would have chosen
them as unfit to survive, and there would have remained alive few
besides the hardy ones with good constitutions, capable of great strain,
with great powers of endurance.

It is also shown in the stress of modern competition, in which there are
multitudes who cannot stand this strain. It is from these, in some
degree, that we hear the cry for governmental aid. "We must make the
conditions of life easier for them," say our social reformers, "or they
will become 'a submerged class.'"

now I wish to consider another phase of my subject. Those who have
followed closely what was said concerning natural selection will have
seen that there appears to be a conflict between evolutionary theories
and the humane sentiment of the age--a want of correspondence between
what is being done by natural law and what man is trying to do under the
inspiration of his loving heart. Can we reconcile this want of
correspondence? To some extent no doubt we can.

In the first place, the growth of the moral nature has always been held
in high esteem by every nation and every race. Our moral giants stand
higher in the scale of being than our great generals or statesmen, even
in an age when moral culture is at a low ebb. We draw our moral
inspiration from Buddha, Socrates and Christ rather than from Aristotle;
their science may be, yes, is, faulty, but their spirit is lofty.

And the moral nature is cultivated in laboring for the good of others,
in trying to save for a better life the poor, the weak, the distressed.
All that is required is that we do this work wisely, not unwisely, under
the guidance of reason, not feelings. We want to prevent these
calamities rather than cure them.

Another satisfaction arises from the fact that in learning how to
perfect the lives of the feeble so that they may live longer, we also
learn how to perfect, in a still higher degree, the lives of the strong,
or those we call the fit, so that they also will not only live longer,
but be able to live with much greater satisfaction the complex lives of
our times.

The knowledge which helps the first may help the second even more than
the first, for they have better opportunities and can take advantage of
it. We may also comfort ourselves with the fact that a majority of those
with feeble constitutions, whose lives have been for a time snatched
from the operation of the laws of natural selection, will not, after
all, contribute very extensively to the increase of the population.
Great powers of generation and numerous offspring rarely go with
physical weakness. If there are exceptions they are explainable. It is,
I think, pretty certain that a great majority of such leave few, often
no offspring. They find their way into places where work is light and
the pay small, and they cannot afford to marry and care for families,
and do not do it.

The law of natural selection will continue to work on them so long as
its action is required, with little regard to the efforts of man to
abrogate it. Nature works continuously for ages, and she works on every
part of man, every organ, every function. We may almost say she is
omnipotent; that she watches for every slight improvement; that she
knows what to do under every circumstance. Foiled in one direction, she
has other means, infinite means, for gaining her ends. Man can no more
put a stop to the operation of natural law than he can put a stop to the
flow of Niagara. He may turn off a trifle of its water to whirl wheels
and spindles, but the mighty river flows on until nature makes some
changes in the watersheds, that make its flow impossible. Man, on the
other hand, acts on his own body in a finite way. He works mainly for
immediate, not remote, ends. He changes his methods as his needs change,
or his knowledge increases. Today he works with limited knowledge of
hygiene, inspired by old ideas of philanthropy. Tomorrow he may have a
vastly extended knowledge of this subject and an entirely new social
science which will enable him to do more good and less harm.

IDEAL OF HEALTH.--Let me now consider some of the things necessary to
give us a greater hope for the future of human health, of ourselves and
for our children.

The first thing necessary is to get a higher ideal of bodily or physical
perfection than we have today. Sir James Paget, in a lecture on National
Health, in 1884, put this in the following words:

"We want," says he, "more ambition for health. _I should like to see a
personal ambition for health as keen as that for bravery, for beauty, or
for success in our athletic games or field sports. I wish there was such
an ambition for the most perfect national health as there is for
national renown in war, in art or in commerce._" Sir James then gives
his own ideal. It is for man or woman to be so full of health as to be
comparatively indifferent to the external conditions of life, and to
make a ready self-adjustment to all its changes. He should not be deemed
thoroughly healthy who is made better or worse, more fit or less fit, by
every change of weather or food, or who is bound to observe exact rules
of living. It is good to observe rules, and to some they are absolutely
necessary; but it is better to need none but those of moderation, and,
observing these, to be willing to live and work hard in the widest
variations of food, air, climate, bathing and all other sustenances of

ADAPTATION TO ENVIRONMENT.--This sounds very much like saying that to be
healthy one must be adjusted to his environment; and this is practically
what Herbert Spencer long before said in his "Principles of Biology."
Here are his words:

"As affording the simplest and most conclusive proof that the degree of
life varies as the degree of correspondence, it remains to point out
that perfect correspondence would be perfect life. Were there no changes
in our environment but such as the organism had adapted changes to meet,
and were it never to fail in the efficiency with which it met them,
there would be eternal existence and universal knowledge. Death by
natural decay occurs because in old age the relations between
assimilation, oxidation, and the genesis of force going on in the body
gradually fall out of correspondence with the relations between oxygen
and the food and absorption of heat by the environment. Death from
disease arises either when the organism is congenitally defective in its
power to balance ordinary internal actions, or when there has taken
place some unusual external action to which there was no answering
internal action. Death by accident implies some neighboring mechanical
changes of which the causes are either unobserved from inattention, or
are so intricate their results cannot be foreseen, and, consequently,
certain relations in the organism are not adjusted to the relations in
the environment. Manifestly, if, to every outer co-existence and
sequence by which it was ever in any degree affected, the organism
presented an answering process or act, the simultaneous changes would be
indefinitely numerous and complex, and the successive ones endless, the
correspondence would be the greatest conceivable and the life the
highest conceivable, both in degree and length."

KNOWLEDGE.--Another requirement to promote human health is a better
knowledge of how the constitution of the body may be strengthened, and
more certitude as to whether such improvements as it may receive by
hygienic training will be transmitted to offspring. That human health
may be improved by right training of the body, a better supply of fresh
air, greater moderation in living, there is not a shadow of doubt; but
is the constitution itself thus strengthened, or only its original vigor
conserved and made effective? I have been working on the problem for
some time by a series of studies on the blood, and especially the amount
of living matter in the colorless corpuscles, and have satisfied myself,
from some observations on individual cases, that the original
constitution of feeble persons can be strengthened in early life, but
the extent of this strengthening seems somewhat limited. Much original
research is still required to get at important facts in this direction.
If some of the study now given to micro-organisms could be devoted to
this subject it would be most useful. The work might be done in
connection with our numerous schools of physical culture, now happily
multiplying, and also in our physiological laboratories.

That any gain to the vigor of the constitution can be transmitted to the
offspring is very probable. While education and training do not seem to
affect the germ cells in any marked degree, nutrition does affect them.
Whether acquired characters in the form of skill, music, language or
other like things are transmitted or not may still be an open question.

Strengthening the constitution seems to be best accomplished by
increasing the resources of the body beyond its outgo, so that there
shall be some gain; and this brings up a very important subject, that of
the importance of living within the bodily income.

In our fast age we are likely to use up the physiological resources in
excessive work or dissipation, and so rob our children of their just

EFFECTS OF LIVING AT HIGH PRESSURE.--One generation may, by living at
high pressure and under specially unfavorable conditions, use up more
than its share of the living matter of its bodies and draw a bill on
posterity which the next generation cannot pay. Many of us now have the
benefit of the calm, unexciting lives of our forefathers. They stored up
physiological wealth for us; we are using it. The question is, Can we,
working at high pressure, keep this up during our lives (which, in that
case, will be on an average rather short), and transmit to the coming
generation a large supply of living matter for their needs?

How often has it happened in the history of the world that people who
for generations have exhibited no special genius, have blazed out in
bursts of national greatness for a time, and then almost died out! We
ought to take care that this does not happen to us. How often we see a
quiet country family, whose members have for generations led calm,
temperate lives, suddenly produce one or two great men and then relapse
into obscurity. They had by their quiet, inexpensive living stored up
energy for this purpose. On the other hand, how often have we seen the
reverse--families whose energies have been used up in overwork or
sensuality producing offspring below themselves in ability. The true
rule, however, is neither to waste the bodily energy nor to keep too
much of it lying idle and producing nothing.

GIRLS IN MANUFACTURING DISTRICTS.--We need also a new departure in our
manufacturing centers. Manufacturing as now conducted is a far less
healthy occupation than agriculture and horticulture. The reason for
this is that workmen and workwomen and even children in most mills and
factories are exposed for hours at a time to an atmosphere which is
loaded with dust and the debris of cotton, of wool, and often to that
worst of all dust which comes from shoddy and rags. They are also, in
many cases, kept away from light, and in cramped positions, and this,
continued for years, slowly deteriorates the constitution; and if, in
case of a war, we were obliged to enlist a large army, we should find a
far less number of able bodied men among the factory workers than among
the farmers. Let me give you a picture, perhaps one of the very worst
to be seen anywhere, of a visit to a New England paper mill.

"We left, with a company of ladies and gentlemen, the light of a mellow
afternoon to climb some steep and dusty stairs under the courteous
guidance of a superintendent. We had hoped to 'see it all,' 'but that
was quite impossible,' said our guide, 'since the room where the rags
are sorted is so dusty that the gowns of the ladies would be ruined.' So
we contented ourselves with less dangerous rooms. But even about the
stairway the dust cloud hung heavily, obscuring the sight and choking
the breath. From the narrow landing the room, into which it was
impossible to venture, was in full view. It was long and large. From end
to end were ranged huge boxes, waist high. Fastened to each were two
inverted swords on whose sharp blades the workers cut the piled-up
masses of rags, shredding them for the bleaching boiler. All the floor
was covered with rags, billows upon billows of soiled white pieces, in
which the toilers stood, their feet buried deep beneath the dirty,
tattered material.

"Not a word was spoken. Even where we stood speech was difficult, so
completely did the thick dust fill eyes, mouth and nostrils, choking,
blinding and exasperating. The effect of this perfect silence was
oppressive. A certain solemnity hung over the place. Through the fog of
dust the figures loomed unnaturally large. All the workers were white
and hollow-cheeked, with great sunken eyes, emphasized by the circles
underneath. Each woman had bound upon her head some rag, larger or finer
than the rest, to protect her hair, and the gray-white bands folded
straight across the forehead showed weirdly in the dim half-light.

"As they stood there in long, silent rows, cutting, _cutting_, CUTTING,
they looked like the priestesses of some ancient and frightful
ceremonial. We were glad to escape, to exchange the dust, the grime, the
wan faces, and the burning eyes for the breath of cool wind, the full
glow of the sunlight, and the face of nature herself, so many of whose
human children have no time to know or learn her ways.

"It gave a tragic significance to the memory of those silent workers to
know that they have but a few years to live."

The same unfortunate condition of things is complained of in Manchester,
England, one of the greatest manufacturing centers in the world. "The
heated air of the mills, the dust, lack of light, the employment of
children," says the London _Lancet_, "are causing vast deterioration and
a most disastrous effect on the morals of the people. Football is
popular, but all the players are imported from Scotland. The natives
simply look on and shout. If they want men for policemen or constables,
they go to Scotland or Ireland for them. The women and girls are
equally stunted and feeble." In the manufacturing towns the prospect for
a strong, healthy race from such material is poor indeed.

CO-OPERATION: AN EXAMPLE.--It is difficult to see the remedy for this
state of things. Probably the evolution of a higher standard of ethics,
a higher sense of justice, and a more thorough belief that health is a
duty, may do something. Meantime it is important that the working man
should do all he can for himself; and perhaps I can do no better than to
give here a picture of what some of them have done under the inspiration
of co-operation, not only for their health but for their pockets.

It is a picture of a great manufacturing establishment of the Scottish
Co-operative Wholesale Society, at Shieldhall, near Glasgow, on the
Clyde. This society is a federation of all the retail societies of
Scotland, 238 in number, with a membership of over 150,000 persons. The
society began on a moderate scale many years ago, but its development
has been marvelous. In 1887 it started out on a career which has since
continued, owing to the indomitable energy of one of its members,
himself a working man. The buildings stand in a very healthy locality,
the health of the working force being considered of the first
importance. They seem to have learned that sickness is loss--loss of
time, of productive energy--and that it is a costly matter. As Mr.
Beecher once said, "it is the one burden that bends, almost breaks, the
back of society."

These Scotchmen are realizing, just as far as is possible, the condition
of a sound mind in a sound body. They recognize the rights of the
laborer to health, and place him in a position while working, so that
his body may not deteriorate any more than is natural for it to do as
age advances. The living machine must not be harmed more than the dead
machinery. The land consists of 12 acres, and cost $2,500 an acre;
nearly all of it is covered with fine buildings, in which 19 different
industries are carried on, many of them on a large scale. Every one of
these buildings is constructed after modern methods, with every
requirement, not only for convenience but for health. The workrooms are
cosy and spacious, well ventilated, warmed in cold weather by steam, and
lighted by electricity. The best sanitary arrangements known have been
introduced, and the excellent health of the workmen and workwomen, of
whom there are over 1,000 of each, tells the story of sanitation.

Two large dining-rooms, one for men and one for women, are provided;
also two large reading-rooms with all necessary papers, periodicals,
books and means of amusement. Its only lack is a gymnasium and a field
for athletic sports, but these may in time be added. Food of the best
quality is supplied for all who desire it at cost. A dish of oatmeal
and milk costs three cents; a large scone with tea or coffee, the same;
Scotch broth or soup, two cents; stewed meat and potatoes, eight cents;
roast beef or mutton, with potatoes, ten cents; a good and sufficient
meal need not cost over twelve cents. Standard wages are paid, and two
and one-half hours less time demanded than in private shops.

Men work fifty-three hours weekly, women forty-four. Most of the latter
work in the shirt factory, but they do not need to sing Hood's _Song of
the Shirt_. Sweating is unknown; every worker, from the youngest to the
oldest, receives his or her share of the profits, which amount to about
$15,000 yearly.

Here we have an almost ideal manufacturing establishment, and if all
were such we should have higher hopes for human health in the immediate
future for our workers in factories. It was the outgrowth, the effort of
the Scotch, a highly intellectual race, to adjust itself to its
environment. Necessity and competition acting on them forced them to new
and better adjustments. Such a result could hardly have been achieved by
a less hard-headed and practical people, a race on which evolution has
for ages produced some of its best effects.

HYGIENE.--But I fancy you ask me, Is there any hope that in the future
evolution, and with it adjustment to environment, will carry man so far
that an ideal state of health will be the lot of all? This is what
hygiene promises. Is it a vain hope? If we look at what older sciences
have done for man we find much to encourage us. In astronomy, by the aid
of mathematics, we can calculate with certitude the date of future
eclipses. In many other sciences we can make accurate predictions and
accomplish results of the greatest importance. Indeed, science has
become almost our only authority. Imperfect as it yet is, we trust it,
perhaps, too implicitly. The science of hygiene is the youngest of all
the sciences. Not that the Greeks, the Hebrews, the Hindoos and Chinese
did not have some practical knowledge on the subject, but it was rude
and empirical. With the discoveries of micro-organisms as the cause of a
series of the worst diseases, we have begun to place hygiene alongside
mathematics and chemistry.

We now know the origin of many diseases which formerly were enveloped in
mystery. Can we remove them? That is the next task. Hygiene will in the
future busy itself with this great question. It has, it is believed,
already made many cities proof, or almost proof, against cholera and
yellow fever. It will try to make them proof against other contagious
diseases also, and it will without doubt succeed. But its work will not
then have been accomplished. We may avoid the causes of disease and
still be puny creatures. Our great task will be the building up of
bodies equal to the needs of our environment. This we have, in a small
way, already begun to do--imitating the ancient Greeks--in our schools
of physical culture, where the body can be trained up to its best, and
also in our laboratories for psychological research, in which the
relation of mind and body are being carefully investigated, where every
subject connected with every function is being studied, even weariness,
anger, hope, despair, drink, food, sleep, the weather, and their effects
on function. The results of such knowledge will prove beyond a doubt
that the health of the body, as well as of the mind, is of the highest
importance for success in life, for happiness and usefulness, and that
we can do much to secure both.

My own personal hope for the future of human health lies in the
evolution and spread of this gospel of hygiene.

Hygiene interests itself in all that relates to human well-being. It may
be defined as _the ethics of the body--the science of true living_. It
promises health to all who obey its laws. It makes no such promise to
those who disregard them. In the future, no doubt, a higher average of
health will be the result of our ever-increasing knowledge; and whenever
we are able and willing to apply this knowledge to our own bodily and
mental conduct we shall be amply rewarded. This much we can safely
promise, but no more. On the contrary, the violators of hygienic laws
will, with their offspring, suffer in the future as in the past, and
that suffering will be in the form of pain, disease, degeneration,
premature death.

This may seem hard to many who are sensitive to the pains and sorrows of
the world, and some have gone so far as to attribute to the author of
nature, the unknown cause of all things, a character anything but good.
But this is a very erroneous way of looking at the subject. To discuss
it fully we should have to consider the question of the mystery of evil,
which cannot be done here. Suffice it to say, the creation, the
evolution of the race, is by law. Causes produce their legitimate
results. If it were not so, our sufferings might be far greater, and no
progress would result. Let us be thankful that nature is as it is, and
let us do our best to put our lives in harmony with it. By so doing, we
may in the end attain all that we strive for.


The germ plasm is a most interesting and remarkable substance. It must
be interesting, for everything which relates to life and reproduction is
interesting. It must be remarkable, for out of it, under proper
conditions, remarkable results are produced. Although our knowledge of
its nature is very imperfect, yet let us not on this account refuse to
try to understand what little is known.

In the first place, the germ plasm of animals which reproduce sexually
is composed of two germ plasms--that of the male, and that of the
female. That of the male is called the _spermatozoon_ (pronounced
sper´ma-to-zoön). It is sometimes called spermatozoid; the plural is
spermatozoa. It is exceedingly small, the smallest of any cell in the
body, and has the power to move from place to place. These cells are
produced in enormous numbers, and so far as they have been observed
under the microscope they differ considerably in power of movement and
in perfection of development. Considering their small size, they must
make a very long journey to find the ovum; and if they were only few in
number, they would rarely succeed; but existing in large numbers, for
there are millions of them produced in each sexual act of the male, some
of them are pretty sure to do so, and, probably in most cases, it would
be those most vigorous and capable of making the journey most direct and
in the least time.

That of the female is called the _ovum_, or egg; plural, _ova_. Only a
small number are produced, when compared with the number of the male
spermatozoa, but there are quite enough for the ends they are to serve.
They have not the same power of movement, though they do move somewhat
as the amæba does. They are also very much larger than the male cells.

The eggs of all mammals look alike as they come from the ovaries, but
take on some changes afterward. Hæckel says: "Every primitive egg being
an entirely simple, somewhat round, moving, naked cell, possesses no
membrane, and consists only of a nucleus and protoplasm. These two parts
have long borne distinctive names: the protoplasm being called the
_vitellus_, or yelk, and the nucleus the _germinal vesicle_ (_vesicula
germinativa_)." The same author also says: "The human egg cannot be
distinguished from that of most other mammals, either in its immature or
in its more complete condition. Its form, its size, its composition, are
approximately the same in all. In its fully developed condition it has
an average diameter of one-tenth of a line--about the one hundred and
twentieth part of an inch. If the mammalian egg is properly isolated,
and held on a plate of glass towards the light, it appears to the eye as
a very fine point. The normal eggs of most of the higher mammals are of
almost exactly the same size. They have the same spherical form; always
the same characteristic covering; always the same clear, round germinal
vesicle with its dark germinal spot. Even under the highest power of our
best microscopes there _appears_ to be no essential difference between
the eggs of a human being and that of the ape, the dog, the cat or other
animal." This similarity is one of appearance only. There is a
difference, and of this I shall speak later. It may be asked if the egg
of a bird is the same as the egg of a mammal. The mature bird's egg, as
it is laid in the nest, differs materially from that of any mammal; but
in its miniature form, as found in the hen's ovary, it is also the same.
The egg of a bird after it leaves the ovary, and as it passes along the
oviduct, takes on secretions in its passage which it converts into yelk,
and afterwards a shell is added to give it protection in the external
world, where it must undergo incubation before it can become a bird; but
before it takes on its shell it has been fertilized, and this also
causes other changes. Hæckel says: "After the ripe egg of the bird has
left the ovary, and has been fertilized in the oviduct, it surrounds
itself with various coverings which are secreted from the inner surface
of the oviduct. The thick layer of transparent albumen first forms round
the yellow yelk; this is followed by the formation of the outer
calcareous shell, within which is another envelope, or skin. All these
coverings and additions which are gradually formed round the egg are of
no importance to the development of the embryo; they are parts which
have nothing to do with the simple egg cell. Even in the case of other
animals we often find large eggs with thick coverings. For example, the
shark's; but even in this case the egg is originally exactly similar to
those of mammals when in its primitive condition as it comes from the
ovary. In the case of the bird these additions serve only as food for
the growing embryo, which, in the case of mammals, is furnished by a
stream of the mother's blood, making 'stored-up' nutriment unnecessary."

Before, however, we can have _true germ plasm_ the mother cell must be
fertilized by the male cell. This is true of all the higher plants and
animals. There are some low plants and animals in which fertilization by
the male cell is not required. This has been called virginal generation.
In no mammal is this possible.

How fertilization takes place and what it signifies are both important
questions which have not been entirely settled, and it almost seems as
if they could not be settled in some of their details, except in the
lower forms of life. Nature has so protected the process from
observation in the higher animals that it cannot be studied in detail;
but in plants and the lowest animals it has been observed with some
success, and we may infer that the process is very much the same in the
higher animals.

Hæckel, in his great work on the Evolution of Man, tells us that "The
process of fertilization in sexual generation depends essentially on the
fact that two dissimilar cells meet and blend. In former times the
strangest views prevailed with regard to this act. Men have always been
disposed to regard it as thoroughly mystical, and the most widely
different hypotheses have been framed to account for it. It is only
within a few years that closer study has shown that the whole process of
fertilization is extremely simple, and entirely without special mystery.
Essentially, it consists merely in the fact that the male sperm-cell
coalesces with the female egg-cell. Owing to its sinuous movements, the
very mobile sperm-cell finds its way to the female egg-cell, penetrates
the membrane of the latter by a perforating motion, and coalesces with
its cell material.

"A poet might find in this circumstance a capital opportunity for
painting in glowing colors the wonderful mystery of fertilization; he
might describe the struggles of the 'seed animalcules' eagerly dancing
round the egg-cell shut up in its many coverings, disputing the passage
through the minute pore-canals of the chorion, and then of purpose
burying themselves in the protoplasm of the yelk mass, where, in a
spirit of self-sacrifice, they completely efface themselves in the
better 'ego.' But the critical naturalist very prosaically conceives
this poetical incident, this 'crown of love,' as the mere coalescence of
two cells! The result of this is, that in the first place the egg-cell
is rendered capable of further evolution, and, secondly, that the
hereditary qualities of _both_ parents can be transmitted to the child."

By coalescence is understood, growing together, not mingling as water
and milk might when mixed. More recent observations indicate that during
coalescence both the male and female cells throw off some portions of
their substance. It is also considered that the important part of each
cell is its nucleus. In it all hereditary characteristics are stored up.
If the nucleus be absent in either cell these cells cannot reproduce. In
unicellular, or one-celled, organisms, it has been found in
multiplication by division, a part of the nucleus must go with each
half, otherwise the half without a part of it does not grow. In
experiments in laboratories, artificial division of simple organisms may
be made, and each fragment will become a perfect creature if only a very
small piece of the nucleus goes with the separated portion; but if a
part is cut off without any of the nucleus, then, while it may live on
for a short time, it can not grow or propagate.

Possibly we have here an explanation of some hereditary phenomena in
human beings. If there is an unequal division, and more of the male than
of the female nucleus, the child might, as a result, inherit more of the
father's than of the mother's characteristics, or the reverse.

What has been so far said about the germ plasm has been to enable the
reader to possess a degree of intelligence on the nature of
fertilization, so far as it is known; but from a practical standpoint
the most important knowledge for those prospective parents who wish to
practice intelligent stirpiculture is to understand that the health of
the germ plasm or fertilized ovum depends on the health of the parents.
By health, I mean the possession of a good constitution, to which will
be added a strong hold on life, power to do and to endure, and quickly
to recover from weariness. Disease will be easily warded off in such
persons, so that there will be generally good health. Such a condition
of body is usually inherited. It depends on the possession of a large
supply in the body of living matter--firm muscles, a good heart, lungs
and digestive organs. Those who are feeble cannot endure much; whose
heart, lungs and digestive organs are weak; whose hold on life is
slight, can rarely endow their offspring with these high qualities.
Their children may live if no great strain comes upon them; but if they
must take an active part in the struggle and competition going on in the
world they cannot endure it. Mr. Spencer puts the case very aptly in his
work on Ethics where he says: "It results that where maternal vigor is
great, and the surplus vitality consequently large, a long series of
children may be borne before any deterioration in their quality becomes
marked; while, on the other hand, a mother with but a small surplus may
soon cease altogether to reproduce. Further, it results that variations
in the state of health of parents which involves variations in the
surplus vitality have their effects on the constitutions of offspring to
the extent that offspring borne during greatly deranged maternal health
are decidedly feebler. And then, lastly and chiefly, it results that
after the constitutional vigor has culminated, and there has commenced
that gradual decline which in some twenty years or so brings absolute
infertility, there goes on a gradual decrease in that surplus vitality
on which the production of offspring depends, and a consequent
deterioration in the quality of such offspring. This which is _a
priori_ conclusion is verified _a posteriori_.

"Mr. J. Mathews Duncan, in his work on Fecundity, Fertility, Sterility
and allied topics, has given results of statistics which show that
mothers of twenty-five bear the finest infants, and that from mothers
whose ages at marriage range from twenty to twenty-five years there come
infants which have a lower rate of mortality than those resulting from
marriages consummated when the mothers' ages are smaller or greater. The
apparent slight incongruity between these two statements being due to
the fact that whereas marriages commenced before twenty and twenty-five
cover the whole of the period of highest vigor, marriages commenced at
five and twenty cover a period which lacks the years during which vigor
is rising to its climax and includes only the years of decline from the

This quotation from Mr. Spencer needs a qualifying remark. Mr. Galton,
in his work on Hereditary Genius, found that the average age of mothers
of men of the greatest ability was about thirty, and of their fathers
thirty-five. In such cases, the physical and intellectual strength must
have been above the average, and, consequently, it continued to a more
advanced age. Besides, those of great ability mature later.

It may also be added that Duncan's statistics, quoted by Spencer, are
average statistics gathered from tables of mortality, and include every
class of persons. Now, average statistics do not apply to individual
cases, and they would not apply to those highly endowed physically and

Further, those who are well endowed at birth and whose lives are in
accordance with hygienic law, that is, those who do not squander their
physiological resources by sensuality, by intemperance, or by excesses
of any sort retain their health to a greater age than those whose lives
are the reverse. Such are of a youthful physiological age, which is not
altogether determined by the actual number of years they have lived, but
by very high physiological conditions.

From all this we conclude that a very important rule in the production
of offspring, if we would have those offspring superior, is to maintain
a high degree of health--a condition in which there is a surplus of
physiological capital to produce children with endowments equal to, if
not superior to, their parents.

Another subject requires treatment here. It is the effect of alcohol on
offspring. We are yet lacking in statistics giving the facts we need to
know on this subject; but the general observation of competent persons
who have had good opportunities to study it may teach us something.
Alcohol, in its circulation in the blood, penetrates every part; not
even the germ plasm escapes. Demme studied ten families of drinkers and
ten families of temperate persons. The direct posterity of the ten
families of drinkers included fifty-seven children. Of these,
twenty-five died in the first weeks and months of their lives; six were
idiots; in five a striking backwardness of their longitudinal growth was
observed; five were affected with epilepsy, and five with inborn
diseases. Thus, of the fifty-seven children of drinkers only ten, or
17.5 per cent., had normal constitutions and healthful growth. The ten
sober families had sixty-one children, five only dying in the first
weeks; four were affected with curable diseases of the nervous system;
two only had inborn defects. The remaining fifty, 81.9 per cent., were
normal in their constitutions and development.

In this statement we have a graphic object lesson of the evil effects of
alcohol on the germ plasm. Natural selection had far more to do in
removing those unfit to survive in the intemperate than in the temperate

A knowledge of the evil effects of alcohol on the unborn child was known
to the ancients. The mother of Sampson was warned "not to drink any wine
or strong drink nor to eat any unclean thing" because she was to
conceive and bear a son who was to deliver Israel out of the hands of
the Philistines. Manoah was so interested in what the angel of the Lord
had said to his wife that he sought an interview with him for further
confirmation, and asked: "How shall we order the child, and how shall we
do unto him?" evidently meaning, "How shall we train and educate him?"
and the same advice was given as before. Whatever view the reader may
hold as to the inspiration or non-inspiration of the Bible, certainly
this advice was good. Other examples similar to it are to be found, not
only in the same book, but in numerous historical works, and also
abundant evidence in our own time of the evil effects of alcoholic
drinks on unborn children giving them a tendency to insanity, idiocy and
other nervous diseases. A whole book might be written on this branch of
our subject.

To what extent food affects the germ plasm we remain somewhat in
ignorance. We know that it is from it that the body is nourished, and
from it also the stored up or surplus matter in our systems is obtained.
The larger the surplus the more highly will the offspring be endowed
with energy is a fact clearly set forth by Mr. Spencer. A surplus of
fatty food stored up in the body, however, cannot be of much service and
may prove injurious. A deficiency of nitrogenous food would also, it
seems to me, be an evil. The germ plasm, or its most important part, is
a highly nitrogenous substance, like all protoplasm, or living matter.
The highest form of germ plasm, that with a most complex molecular
structure, would hardly be formed if there was a deficiency of
nitrogenous matter in the blood.

Air is also food the same as bread is. The activities, the chemical
changes in the body, are mainly, though not entirely, between the oxygen
of the air and the carbon and hydrogen of our food. The body is quite as
much injured by a deficiency of air inhaled into the lungs by exercise
as by a deficiency of food, though the injury may be of a different
nature. Physicians and others have long ago observed that the offspring
of parents living much in the open air and sunlight are healthier and
stronger than those of parents living in confined spaces, where air and
light are deficient. Air which is impure, which is loaded with poisonous
matter, if inhaled for a long time by the mother, lowers the standard of
her health. In malarious regions, the vigor of the offspring is less,
and the number who die in infancy greater, than in regions where the air
and water are pure. Many years ago I remember reading in one of the
journals devoted to sanitary science published in London, an account of
a rural town where both air and water were of extraordinary purity, and
in this town a very large percentage of the children born lived to grow
to maturity. There is also an isolated region in France, bordering on
the sea, where both air, water and climate are unusually salubrious,
and though intermarriage has been practiced for a long time among the
several thousand inhabitants, the people are remarkably well formed and
healthy. Similar facts have been observed in other places. They indicate
to us that a healthful climate, with good air and water, are important
factors in all true stirpiculture.

While all diseases which exhaust the physiological resources of the
system are detrimental to the offspring, there are certain ones which
are peculiarly so. Specific diseases or those resulting from a sensual
life are the first to be mentioned. If the bodies of either father or
mother become saturated with the poison, which is probably a germ, then
the child born of such parents will certainly be infected and either die
at birth or live only a short and feeble life. It is one of the
penalties of an impure life--a very severe one, no doubt, but perhaps
not too severe, that the offspring of the sensualist must suffer the
penalties for its parent's physiological sins. Medical men have long
been trying to discover a remedy which will make it safe for a man
infected with specific disease to marry and become a father, but so far
they have not had much success. It is doubtful if they ever will.

Epilepsy is another disease which is so often transmitted to children
that any one of either sex suffering from it had better abstain from
parentage. If one parent is remarkably healthy, the children may escape
the severest form of penalty; but even then they may suffer from
nervousness and other diseases, and rarely enjoy robust health.

The question whether persons who have a consumptive tendency should
become parents or not has frequently been discussed by sanitarians, but
never settled. Such persons are frequently intellectual, and often of an
unusually cheerful and hopeful disposition. They are, in most cases,
quite prolific. In the female they generally make excellent wives and
mothers; in the case of the male, they are not uncommonly good providers
for their families, and also good fathers. Except in the worst cases,
does the welfare of the race demand that they shall not marry and become
parents. Probably not. But we must advise them to take the very best
care of their imperfect bodies; to develop their chests by wise but not
excessive physical training; to husband their physiological resources
carefully; not to marry young, nor rear too many children. Excessive
childbearing is a prolific cause in women of consumption, and excessive
sexual indulgence is a frequent cause of it in both sexes.

These remarks should not be construed to mean that those who are already
in the early stages of this disease, or whose families on both sides
have been deeply affected by it, may become parents. They should not.
But in the present state of society, we cannot hold men and women up to
an ideal standard. Some slight risks may be taken, but not too great
ones. As the race progresses in knowledge, however, we may raise our
standards, and finally make them so high that no one with a tendency to
any serious disease which is likely to affect the offspring unfavorably
shall have any right to contribute to the world's population.

I have mentioned only a few of the many diseases which affect the germ
plasm unfavorably. It is hardly necessary to extend the list.

One other subject deserves consideration, when I will bring this chapter
to a close. Every child born into the world is, to a certain extent, an
experiment. That is to say, the parents cannot predict its sex, nor what
its chief characteristics will be. These depend on what potentialities
are stored up in the germ plasm. If this be formed by parents in good
health, with a surplus of vital force, and a long line of ancestors with
normal lives, we may believe that if the environment be favorable, the
child will develop so as to show the same characteristics, perhaps in an
even higher degree. Whatever variations there are will not be much below
or above the average line of its ancestors. The congenital characters
will tend to be transmitted. They are in the germ plasm, even in great
detail. Whether the acquired ones are transmitted may still be
uncertain; but whether they are or not, normal right living will be sure
to have good effects. Obey the laws of life and far better results will
follow than if they are disobeyed.


In the present age suggestions on this subject may seem superfluous. The
more highly educated and wealthy classes have already sufficiently
reduced the number of children which they bring into the world. But are
these offspring any better than they would have been had their parents
given birth to a larger number?

Mr. Darwin did not think much could be done to improve the race by
parents limiting the number of their offspring. He would trust to
natural selection to weed out the unfit, and to sexual selection as an
aid. He thus describes the probable manner of action of sexual selection
among primeval men: "The strongest and most vigorous men--those who
could best defend and hunt for their families; those who were provided
with the best weapons and possessed the most property, such as a large
number of dogs or other animals--would succeed in rearing a greater
average number of offspring than the weaker and poorer members of the
same tribes. Such men would doubtless generally be able to select the
more attractive women. . . . If, then, this be admitted, it would be an
unexplainable circumstance if the selection of the more attractive women
by the more powerful men of the tribes, who would rear on the average a
greater number of children, did not, after the lapse of generations,
_modify the character of the tribes_."

The way in which the tribe would be modified would be by its producing
better children. Of course among primitive men the richer and more
powerful had several wives, but it is not likely that the number of
children by each one was large.

Natural selection is, however, a painful process, necessary, no doubt,
where ignorance prevails; but if the number of children of each pair
could be limited and of a superior character, so far as vigor and
adaptation to environment are concerned, would there not be less need
for natural selection with all its evils? It seems to us that this would
be so.

We have already quoted Grant Allen as favoring abstinence from
parenthood on the part of the unfit and the duty on the part of the fit
to become parents, and, theoretically, Mr. Allen is right; but except as
both of these classes are swayed by duty we would make little progress
in this way. A majority of mankind think they are the fit. Why should
they crucify their desires for the benefit of the race? As mankind
becomes more moral Mr. Allen's views may have a larger influence on
thought than now; but before that time little can be expected from

Mr. Spencer says: "We have fallen upon evil times, in which it has come
to be an accepted doctrine that part of the responsibilities [of
parenthood] are to be discharged, not by parents, but by the public--a
part which is gradually becoming a larger part, and threatens to become
the whole. Agitators and legislators have united in spreading a theory
which, logically followed out, ends in the monstrous conclusion that it
is for parents to beget children and for society to take care of them.
The political ethics now in fashion makes the unhesitating assumption
that while each man, as parent, is not responsible for the mental
culture of his offspring he is, as a citizen along with other citizens,
responsible for the mental culture of all other men's offspring! And
this absurd doctrine has now become so well established that people
raise their eyes in astonishment if you deny. But this ignoring of the
truth, that only by due discharge of parental responsibilities has all
life on the earth arisen, and that only through the better discharge of
them have there gradually been made possible better types of life, is,
in the long run, fatal. Breach of natural law will, in this case, as in
all cases, be followed in due time by nature's revenge--a revenge which
will be terrible in proportion as the breach has been great. A system
under which parental duties are performed wholesale by those who are
not parents, under the plea that many parents cannot or will not perform
their duties--a system which fosters the inferior children of inferior
parents at the cost of superior parents and consequent injury of
superior children--a system which thus helps incapables to multiply and
hinders the multiplication of capables or diminishes their capability
must bring decay and ultimate extinction. A society which persists in
such a system must--other things equal--go to the wall in the
competition with a society which does not commit this folly of
nourishing its worst at the expense of its best."

We have evidence among primitive people that they understand the
necessity of limiting offspring, and practice it in a perfectly
healthful way. The natives of Uganda, a region in Central Africa, offers
an illustration: "The women rarely have more than two or three children;
the practice is that when a woman has borne a child she is to live apart
from her husband for two years, at which age children are weaned."

Seaman, speaking of the Fijians, says: "After childbirth husband and
wife keep apart three and even four years, so that no other baby may
interfere with the time considered necessary for suckling children."

Some fifty years ago there lived in New York a young couple, strong,
healthy, ambitious to be rich, and both saving and industrious enough to
become so under ordinary conditions. The husband was in a business which
required constant attention; and in order to promote it and save the
expense of help which he thought he could not afford, he labored nights,
often up to the hours of twelve and sometimes one o'clock, and then
arose early and went at it again. His wife sympathized with him in all
his undertakings, helped him in every way possible, even to the sharing
of his midnight toils. In no way did either of them spare themselves.
They knew something of the evils of poverty, and were determined that it
should not always be their lot. Fortune favored them, and their bank
account grew larger and larger until they could count the value of their
possessions as amounting to several million dollars. They lived in a
fine country seat, and could gratify every wish, so far as food,
clothing, books and travel were concerned. During their early married
life, when the strain of work was the greatest, two children were born
unto them, both boys, and they are alive today; but are they a comfort
to their parents, and a help in their declining years? Instead of this
they are both deformed and cripples, unable to help themselves or do any
labor. Their family physician has told me that the overwork and
privation of the parents at the time of their birth and before, was
undoubtedly the cause of the children's inferiority. A younger son born
after the wife had ceased to toil like a slave, gives some promise of
being a man of character.

We have here a typical case of strong, healthy parents, with a limited
number of offspring, yet they were not superior. On the other hand, it
would be easy to collect a large number of instances where the children
in large families have had superior endowments. Take Benjamin Franklin
as an example. He was the fifteenth child of his father, Josiah
Franklin, and the eighth of the ten children of his mother.

It seems that superiority is a result of great vigor and perfection of
body and mind and of abundant reproductive power. Where this is absent
the children will hardly be superior. Yet in both cases a certain degree
of limitation ought to be advantageous.

In conclusion, let me say what I have indirectly said already. Let the
strong, the capable and the good rear as many children as they can
without overburdening themselves in any way, and let the weak, the
imperfect and the bad rear few or none, but devote their lives to
perfecting their own characters. In this way the future race will be
modified for good and not for evil.


_Reported by request of Dr. Holbrook._

It was our first baby. I was making a living as a doctor by writing
articles on the general care of the health; and my wife before her
marriage had been a kindergartner, a trainer of kindergartners, and a
lecturer to mothers on the scientific and expert methods of rearing
children aright. We believed in the theories we had taught, and our baby
got nothing else from the start. According to the first applied theory,
we made our temporary home before the boy began to be, in the Rocky
Mountains of Colorado; and were a large part of the time either in our
garden or on horseback, in this perfect outdoor climate. My wife was
entirely in love with me, and I made each day count for nothing more
certainly than to deserve and return that sentiment of hers. We lived
simply but freely, and had next to no anxieties. My wife had practiced
general gymnastics for years; but for months prior to the birth of her
boy, she every day went through with a series of special maternal
gymnastics, by which the muscles that aid in parturition can be made
strong and entirely to be relied upon. We were rewarded for this outlay
of time in a delivery that was rapid and easy, without more than an
ounce of hæmorrhage, and everything so perfectly controlled that--except
for the inconvenience of it--the presence and aid of the physician
(myself) might have been dispensed with. Recovery was rapid also. My
wife made no haste to get up, keeping quiet most of the time for two
weeks, to ensure good milk. But she did a family washing without effort
after three weeks, and was on horseback again by the sixth week. The
baby was not severed from his mother till ten minutes after birth
(ensuring a better blood supply). Then he got no bath, no food, no
dressing process; but was simply swathed in cotton batting and laid
aside for six hours in a padded box-bed, surrounded by bottles of hot
water, and covered with plenty of soft blankets, to sleep and get used
to his new environment. On the second day we began rubbing him daily
from head to foot with vaseline. His first bath, with a flannel cloth
dipped in warm milk diluted with soft water and without soap, came when
he was a week old, and was followed by the thorough rub with vaseline.
This bath he has had nearly every day up to date. He has often cried, or
crowed and begged for this bath; but never cried during its performance,
except when his clothes were being replaced. On the contrary, he enjoys
every moment of it.

Feeding began with a meal every hour of the twenty-four, for the first
week. Then night feeding was reduced to two meals, and he was fed every
two hours, from four or five o'clock in the morning till nine at night,
till two months old. About then he began sleeping right through the
nights; and until three months old was fed every three hours of the day
time; then for a month he went four hours between his meals. At his
fourth month began the present regime of four meals _per diem_. Now and
then he has cried in the night from thirst, and a few spoonsful of cold
water have sufficed to send him off to sleep again. All in all, I think
I could count on my fingers the times that he has wakened us out of
hours, and not once has anyone walked the floor with him. In fact, no
diversions of this sort have ever been practiced on him. He has never
been rocked to sleep; whenever cross or fretful in the day, we have
known that sleep was all he needed, and into his little bed he has been
promptly plumped, and covered with a loosely knit afghan, tented on a
light framework, which we call "the extinguisher." Here shut away and
entirely unnoticed he soon learned to give himself up to his own
reflections, and then presently to sleep. Thus we have kept down the
first great nuisance of ordinary infancy, namely, egoism and a habit of
howling for attention when no attention is really needed. But social
relations, and those of the gayest, he has constantly with both his
parents. We take up and make into play with him each idea of his own. We
have shown him some finger-plays. In the main we leave him to originate
his own amusements.

From the keeping of stomach and bowels absolutely healthy, by a regular
and reasonable exercise of their all-important functions, not only has
the boy been free from irritability, and spontaneously happy and
self-amused, sometimes quiet, and sometimes jolly to overflowing. But
the second great nuisance of those ordinarily attending baby-raising,
namely, sour stomach followed by colic, was eliminated. A secondary
result of this entire regularity of functioning at the upper end of the
alimentary canal was that a like regularity set in at the other end.
That is, at the thirteenth week he began to have but one daily passage
of fæcal matter, and that soon after breakfast. Of the approach of this
act he notified his mother without fail, and thereafter we had no soiled
diapers. Movements were received on pieces of old cloth, and cloth and
all tossed into a pan of ashes, or the fire, when we had one. When, at
six months, we put him onto cow's milk, mixed with thin graham porridge,
to supply the extra nourishment demanded by rapid growth, he went up to
two movements per diem--morning and evening. Thus, the third great
nuisance of of diaper washing was eliminated, in its more disagreeable
feature. Eructation of curds, rashes, colic, diarrhoea--these common
ailments of ordinary babyhood, we have never had a sight of. We believe
it due solely to strict adherence to the four-meals-a-day plan. These
consist of an early breakfast, a later breakfast, a dinner about one
o'clock and a supper between six and seven. The bath comes at any
convenient time. On pleasant days, even in winter, he is outdoors, well
wrapped, in a chair, for hours, and often has a long nap there. He was
provided, by my own needle and penknife, with an ample fur sleeping
sack, into which he is securely buttoned every evening and laid in his
box-bed, on a trunk. He never sleeps with his parents. According to the
coolness or coldness of the nights, additional covering, in the shape of
soft blankets and shawls, is laid in on the box, their weight supported
by the edges of the box. He cannot uncover himself, but he can kick
freely, and use his arms. We dressed him, from the first, in the
"_Gertrude_" system of baby clothes, introduced by Dr. Grosvenor, of
Chicago--all woolen princess garments, with shirring strings at the
lower hems, by which they are made closed bags, ending just below the
feet; warm, but allowing of kicking _ad libitum_. At five months--it
being winter time--he went into short clothes, including solid suits of
warm flannel underwear, shirts, drawers and long snug-fitting stockings.
He has never had a cold. His muscles, from the first (due to his
mother's gymnastics), were firm and active, like those of an adult. At
the fourth week he surprised us by suspending his entire weight from his
hands and arms one morning. Legs, neck, back and hands particularly have
developed steadily in power and quickness. There was never any fat
deposited--that _avant courier_ of so much infant mortality--yet he is,
and has been all along, a rosy, plump, dimpled baby, or boy, rather, for
babyhood very early lost its hold on him. Too often children seem
finally to emerge from the miseries and ailments of a tedious infancy
and to take on, at last, individuality and distinct character at the
second or third year. This child, _per contra_, having never had a
sensation of illness, or of pain, save honest hunger, has seemed to be a
happy little boy almost from the first, alert or thoughtful, shouting or
cooing, laughing and crowing, especially after his meals and movements,
studying the world of things about him by the hour, keenly appreciative
of colors and of music, and preferring some sorts to others, his face
crossed by vivid changes of expression, wonder, merriment, surprise,
reverie--all as perfect at six months as ordinarily seen at three years.
He has good color from head to foot, is pale when hungry, but the moment
a bit of food is down expands to his most genial flow of spirits.
Immediately after his day-time naps his cheeks are regularly flushed and
rosy. His spirits become more pronounced toward each evening, reaching
their high-point of talking, laughing, crowing and squealing at just
about bed-time. He keeps it up for some time after being tucked away for
the night, till sleep masters him; and begins where he left off early
next morning. All this is good physiology. So happy day succeeds happy
day, and we trust and hope that many good tendencies are getting a fair
start in a harmonious and spontaneous beginning of this great work of
growing up that we are fostering but not forcing.

AT ONE YEAR OLD.--Everything continues as begun. Teething at times
causes slight transient fretfulness, and more cold water is drunk. The
bowels remain absolutely regular. The all-night sleep (never "put to
sleep,") and two day-time naps are unchanged, in all thirteen or
fourteen hours of sleep _per diem_. On warm days he needs _and gets_
plenty of cool water to drink, often two-thirds of a pint at a time.
Talking, standing and creeping he has attained by his own unaided
initiative (this on principle). As for amusements, he invents his own
always, except when engaged in social exchange with his father and
mother, and in these, too, we are careful that he makes at least half
the advances.

On particular occasions he comes in need of mothering--and gets it. On
all others he simply lives with two big but highly sympathetic
playfellows; and he has developed separate lines of play and talk for
each. Often he chooses to alternate as between two poles of attraction,
turning his face to his mother's for her sympathy between shouts to his
father, or _vice versa_. From week to week we notice that the older
plays are mostly dropped one by one, and fresh ones invented. All,
however, are real and vivid to him.

In early prospect we have but two more points to compass. Perfect health
in all respects he has intact. Self-control and self-sufficiency, both
in amusing himself and in enduring lesser ills, such as bumps and mild
degrees of hunger, he is getting as fast as growth permits. But
obedience and responsibility will soon be needed in his repertoire.
Negative obedience his mother is obtaining already in response to "No,
no," and shakes of the head. Positive obedience will be the far more
vital thing to secure--just as soon as he can help in little ways. Here
we hope to make him responsible as far as can be for the welfare, safety
and amusement of younger playfellows, whether brother or sister it is
now too soon to say.

AT EIGHTEEN MONTHS.--A cold douche has, for three months past, ended his
morning bath, regularly given by his father after his sister arrived,
and his weight became considerable. This douche, poured slowly from a
dipper until redness set in, has added markedly to his spirits,
muscular activity and digestive capacity. It causes screaming at the
moment, but an instant later, as three Turkish towels are wrapped
closely about him, his exuberance is delightful to see. Coincidently he
has taken up a selected diet of solid food, including chocolate and
cooked fruits, and will have but one nap, though often that is a long

As the child is working out of babyhood, every day counting (as no day
of half illness in childhood can count), and well into boyhood, the
single principle already outlined, of leaving the little individuality
to establish its own activities and socialities, seems sufficient, as
the illustrations appended, I believe, prove. Doubtless a child that is
not, day after day, enjoying, and often thrilled by health and life, as
this little boy is, a child not brought up in an unbroken _camaraderie_
with both parents, such as he has had, and particularly a child not
having the send-off of trust and amiable impulse which he received
before his birth, could not be left to blossom in such wild-flower
style. Ugly, sulky or "streaky" conduct, jumping perversely out in place
of good cheer, we have never had to deal with. In fact, we have never
been able to detect the slightest resentment immediately after punishing
him for taking forbidden articles, or for raising an outcry over being
denied sundry things he wanted. His crying when punished is that of pure
grief, and he is ready at once to nestle down under the hand that had
spatted disapproval, to be comforted, resuming good spirits two or three
minutes later on. In the main, simply "No, no!" from either parent, has
sufficed to stop him in the beginnings of mischief, sometimes resulting
in cheerful desisting, and sometimes in a little of what we call the
"grieved cry." But this, too, if it becomes loud or insistent, can be
hushed by another "No, no," and enable him to regain control of himself.
With this regained self-control has always come gratefulness for aid in
the matter, as evinced by extra sweetness and brightness immediately
after, and eager resumption of some one or other of his plays or calls
with one or both of us. This may be what is known as discipline. It
always brings a smile to our faces, however.

Without a break of more than a day or two at a time, we have been able
to be equally near him all the while, and divide up about equally the
matters of bathing, feeding, dressing and undressing him. The
conventional estimate of those standing nearest to a child of,

     4--Servants and playmates,
     5--Older brother or sister,
     6--Father--the man behind the newspaper,

certainly does not apply here. When I am absent for from three to six
hours his uneasiness sets in, and grows stronger and stronger, ending in
repeated expeditions to a short distance along the road, where he stands
and calls "Vager," "Vager," (Father, Father,) at first hopefully, then
protestingly, and sometimes at last with indignation or tears. When I
return--and he listens and catches the first distant sound of hoofs, or
wheels, or whinny of the left-at-home colts, or voice, or opening
gate--an eager, beaming face welcomes me from gate or doorway, or even
several rods down the beaten snow on the road. Once back, things are all
right in his little domain again, and he goes on, without special
attention to me, in his series of occupations and plays.

I say "occupations." They are nothing else to him; serious matters that
he goes about accomplishing. He is at his best when he can help his
mother at her work--blowing the fire, bringing her kindling, handing her
clothespins one by one as she needs them, shutting or opening doors on
request, picking up articles from the floor. But there are many hours
continuously when he is left to his own devices, which are numerous,
though many of them he goes through daily, such as feeding the cat,
visiting his little sister, emptying and refilling the wall-pockets,
collecting his blocks, and fishing articles off the table with a long
stick. He has learned, untaught, to get a cloth to open the stove door
with and save burned fingers; to get and bring clean diapers to his
mother when he wishes a change; to stoop and lap water out of the pail;
to stand by his bed and point up at it when wishing his mid-day nap; to
retreat to a dark corner and drape his handkerchief over his head for a
brief period towards the close of a day, in lieu of the discarded second
nap; to scoop bread or biscuit out of a pail hung above his reach, with
an iron spoon; to lasso peaches toward him with a cord, said peaches
being in pan on the floor just beyond where he could reach from a little
gate separating the kitchen and sitting-room. None of these things has
been taught him. Nothing whatever has been taught him, and especially no
words and no "tricks." He invents or does without, in all non-essential
matters, in regular Spartan style. So, in pursuit of his own
undertakings, he rarely asks for what he would have; just tries and
tries, day after day, until he succeeds or is beaten. But as he is at
some new act or plan much of the time when left to himself, he has, we
are satisfied, independently attained to more of childish accomplishment
than the most incessant teaching processes could have effected. In doing
what he does do, for instance, in certain climbing feats, he has slowly
worked up to, he is both cautious and sure; he rarely tumbles and never
loses his confidence. Thus for the past two days he has achieved the
feat of climbing up and standing erect on a little box fourteen inches
high, where he calls and shouts and roars to us his ecstacy over the
matter for ten minutes at a time. Today only he has found out how to get
down alone. Contrast is taken here with the frequent falls and wailings
of children who are first persuaded into attempts of various sorts, but
have not worked out a real personal mastery of given acts for

He has quite a vocabulary now of his own invention. The meanings of
these terms we have learned mostly, and use them to him. Of our
vocabulary he understands the meanings of a large number of the words
for things in which he is interested, forty or fifty nouns, and a dozen
verbs, perhaps. He sings to his mother, and now and then to me, rude
imitations of the songs he has heard us sing, and his mother he roughly
accompanies. His inflections of voice have developed to the point of
entirely expressing many of his emotions; while his expressions of face
are as much beyond these as the inflections are beyond his stock of
English--about seven words, and those requiring some exigency to bring

All this pleases us, because we truly want him to become rich in his own
life, to subsist and grow in his own home-made lines of feeling and
thought; and not to learn words, parrot-like, before he has the thought
formed, and searching, even struggling, for a means by which to convey
itself. It is dearth of internal life, emotion and unaided thought that
is in need of replenishment in the average young person, not lack of
English dictionary terms for things that can be _talked about_, but are
evidently not intrinsic and personal.

                                               C. W. LYMAN, M. D.

_New Castle, Col._


_War and Parentage._

In the interests of unborn children we should, so far as possible,
remove from the world those causes which, acting on the mother, either
directly or indirectly, may injure them by lowering the standard of
their health, or by altering and debasing their moral and intellectual
natures. One of the most potent of the causes for harm is war. War has
generally been regarded as one of the ennobling professions. If we look
upon it in its most favorable light, all that we can say in its favor is
that among primitive and barbarous races it has perhaps resulted in the
preservation and spread of the most capable ones, and that it has at the
same time welded them together into larger groups, and finally into
nations, and habituated them to those restraints which are necessary to
social existence; but we no longer require it for this purpose, and the
industrial pursuits and the evolution of civilization are so disturbed
by them that they should cease, and especially should they cease in the
interest of our children, both born and unborn.

How can war injure children? We have already shown in the chapter on
Prenatal Culture that when the mother is under the influence of any
powerful mental emotion, such as fear, depression, anger and similar
passions during the months in which the child is being developed in her
womb, there is very great danger of permanent injury to it. Only the
strongest mothers, those with the most robust health, or who have the
most stable nerves, those who are rarely thrown off their balance, are
capable of resisting the intense excitements to which they are subject
during some of the phases of war.

As I mentioned in my early work on Marriage and Parentage, Esquirol, a
French historian, gives details of a considerable number of cases of
children born soon after some of the sieges of the French Revolution,
which were weakly, nervous and idiotic, on account of the terrible
strain to which their mothers had been subjected. In every war where a
city is besieged, even if its women and children are sent away, they
cannot be altogether free from anxieties and mental strains of a most
unwholesome nature, and if some of them are soon to become mothers, the
offspring not yet born must suffer. No one can estimate the vast number
of children injured under such conditions in the ages past. They have
been only incidentally referred to in history. The fame and glory of
conquerors must not be dimmed by the relation of such occurrences.

Joseph A. Allen, in _The Christian Register_, gives the results of some
of his observations which bear on this subject. He says:

"So much is being said about war and its effects, that I am prompted to
send you the result of my observations.

"I was in charge of the Massachusetts State Reform School for several
years, when every inmate (there were between three and four hundred) was
born before the Civil War--during the time of the great anti-slavery
agitation, which did so much to educate the moral sense of the people.

"I was again in charge of the same institution _when every inmate was
born during, or soon after the war, when the mothers were reading,
talking and dreaming of battles, and of husbands, fathers or brothers
who had gone to the war_.

"_I found as great a difference in the character of those inmates born
before and after the Civil War as exists between a civilized and a
savage nation._

"_Those under my care the second time were much more difficult to
control, more quarrelsome and defiant, less willing to work or study.
The crimes for which they were sentenced were as different as their

"It was not uncommon for them to be sentenced for breaking and entering
with deadly weapons.

"This difference was not confined to inmates of reform schools, but it
was manifest throughout all classes.

"After the war crimes increased rapidly. In Boston garroting was common,
and was only checked by Judge Russell sentencing all such subjects to
the full extent of the law.

"Before the close of the Civil War the State Prison at Charlestown,
under Mr. Gideon Haynes, was, according to Dr. D. C. Wines, D. D., the
model prison of the United States. Since that time it has been almost
impossible to maintain proper discipline, owing, no doubt, to the more
desperate character of the inmates.

"Let us try to trace these effects back to their causes, and prove, if
possible, that whatsoever a man (or nation) soweth, that shall it also

But there are other ways in which war militates against the noblest
motherhood. Camp life is a school for vice and prostitution. In Camp
Chickamauga, which is a sample of them all, during the war with Spain on
account of Cuba, the amount and baseness of the prostitution by the
soldiers, with both black and white women, exceeded description. In a
single day forty-one cases of specific disease applied to the physicians
at the hospitals for treatment. These things were not reported in the
daily papers; they were too vile. The place was a hot-bed of vice,
rather than a school of virtue and patriotism. In all European armies it
is the same. In times of peace, soldiers from the highest to the lowest
in rank, insist that facility shall be allowed them for the
gratification of their passional natures. The officers, not being
permitted to marry unless they or their wives have a certain income,
keep their mistresses, and not a female servant near a camp is safe. The
immoral influences here generated spread throughout society, lower the
standard of morals among both men and women in private life, and
jeopardize the interests of children born or unborn, morally and
intellectually, as well as physically.

But there is another view. "Great standing armies," says the Czar of
Russia, in his note to the Powers, "_are transforming the armed power of
our day into a crushing burden which the people have more and more
difficulty in bearing_."

That is to say, the tax imposed upon the individuals of any nation to
support its army pauperizes or keeps on the verge of poverty a large
portion of the race. It is war, far more than any other cause, which has
created the burden of taxation. In some European countries almost every
man carries a soldier or sailor on his back, that is, he must labor not
only to support himself and family, but a soldier or sailor who devotes
his life to a murderous profession. Is this not a grievous burden which
cripples or paralyzes his life and reacts on his offspring?

Now, the poverty caused by this burden is a serious obstacle to the
production and training of the young, and especially is this the case in
the more populous countries--France, Spain and Italy are examples. These
lands were once the most powerful in Europe; they are so no longer. They
gloried in war, and spent immense sums of money upon their armies and
burdened the people with taxes which should have been reserved for the
use of fathers and mothers in educating and providing for the needs of
their offspring. War has crushed out the best life of these countries,
and other nations which follow in the same path will in the end come to
a similar fate. They may hold out a long time, but not forever. "The
mills of Gods grind slowly, but they grind exceeding small."

It is because war is an enemy to the highest motherhood that women
should array themselves against it. It is one of the greatest foes to
the development and welfare of the children they love so well. Women
should insist that all governments should settle their differences by
peaceful rather than by warlike means. The industrial age may have its
difficulties, but they are not insurmountable. In it the fathers and
mothers may have the time and the means to study and learn how to
improve the race through a wiser parentage. I believe that thoughtful
women, when they come to see the evils of war in their true light, as
they have seen the evils of prostitution and intemperance, will be its
greatest foes.

_Cases of Prenatal Influences._

Alfred Russell Wallace gives in _Nature_ a few cases of prenatal
influences sent him by his correspondents. The first experience is from
a mother residing in Australia. She writes:

"I can trace in the character of my first child, a girl now twenty-two
years of age, a special aptitude for sewing, economical contriving and
cutting out, which came to me as a new experience when living in the
country among new surroundings, and strict economy being necessary, I
began to try to sew for the coming baby and myself. I also trace her
great love of history to my study of Froude during that period. Her
other tastes for art and literature are distinctly hereditary.

"In the case of my second child, also a daughter, I having interested
myself prior to her birth in literary pursuits, the result has been a
much acuter form of intelligence, which at six years old enabled her to
read and enjoy the ballads which Tennyson was then giving to the world,
and which at the age of barely twenty years allowed her to take her
degree as B. A. of the Sydney University.

"Before the third child, a boy, was born, the current of our lives had
changed a little. Visits to my own family and a change of residence to a
distant colony, which involved a long journey, as well as the work
incidental to such changes, together with the care of my two older
children, absorbed all my time and thoughts, and left little or no
leisure for studious pursuits. My occupations were more mechanical than
at any other time previous. This boy does not inherit the studious
tastes of his sisters at all. He is intelligent and possesses most of
the qualifications which will probably conduce to success in life, but
he prefers any kind of out-door work or handicraft to study. Had I been
as alive then as I am now to the importance of these theories, I should
have endeavored to guard against this possibility; as it is, I always
feel that it is, perhaps, my fault that one of the greatest pleasures of
life has been debarred to him.

"But I must not weary you by so many personal details, and I trust you
will not suspect me of vanity in thus bringing my own children under
your notice. Suffice it to say that in every instance I can, and do,
constantly trace what others might term coincidences, but which appear
to me nothing but cause and effect in their several developments."

Mr. Wallace then gives extracts from other correspondents as follows:

Mrs. B---- says: "I can trace, nay, have traced (in secret amusement
often), something in every child of mine. Before the birth of my eldest
girl I took to ornithology, for work and amusement, and did a great deal
in taxidermy, too. At the age of three years I found this youngster
taking such insects and little animals as she could find, and puzzling
me with hard questions as to what was inside of them. Later on she used
to be seen with a small knife, working and dissecting cleverly and with
much care and skill at their _insides_. One day she brought me the
tiniest heart of the tiniest lizard you can imagine, so small that I had
to examine it through a glass, though she saw it without any artificial
aid. By some means she got a young wallaby, and made an apron with a
pocket inside which she used to call her 'pouch.' This study of natural
history is still of interest to her, though she lacks time and
opportunities. Still, she always does a little dissecting if she gets a

ANOTHER CASE.--"I never noticed anything about P---- for some years.
Three months before he was born a friend, whom I will call Smith, was
badly hurt, and was brought to my house to be nursed. I turned out the
nursery and he lay there for three months. I nursed him until I could do
so no longer, and then took lodgings in town for my confinement. Now
after all these years I have discovered how this surgical nursing has
left its mark. The boy is in his element when he can be of use in cases
of accident, etc. He said to me quite lately: 'How I wish you had made a
surgeon of me!' Then all at once it flashed in upon me, but, alas! it
was too late to remedy the mistake.

"Before the birth of the third child I passed ten of the happiest months
of my life. We had a nice house, one side of which was covered with
cloth of gold roses and bougainvillea, a garden with plenty of flowers,
and a vineyard. Here we lived an idyllic life, and did nothing but fish,
catch butterflies and paint them. At least my husband painted them after
I had caught them and mixed his colors. At the end of this time L----
was born. This child excels in artistic talent of many kinds; nothing
comes amiss to her, and she draws remarkably well. She is of a bright
gay disposition, finding much happiness in life, even though not always
placed in the most fortunate surroundings.

"Before the birth of my next child, N----, a daughter, I had a bad time.
My husband fell ill of fever, and I had to nurse him without help or
assistance of any kind. We had also losses by floods. I don't know how I
got through that year, but I had no time for reading. N---- is the most
prudent, economical girl I know. She is a splendid housekeeper and a
good cook, and will work till she drops; has no taste for reading, but
seems to gain knowledge by suction." Such cases are so numerous that
they should be collected and scientifically studied.

_Luxury and Parentage._

In all ages of luxury, fine ladies try to avoid maternity. They detest
it in theory only, for women are controlled by the instinct of the race.
In the circles of which we are speaking, the instincts of the race for
children have vanished. Life has lost its serious meaning.
Responsibility of any kind is a mere nuisance, and the idea of bringing
up a new life, with all its bonds and its charm, is as repellant as the
idea of a new bonnet is enticing. For such women the world has no use.
Beautiful, in the great sense, they are not. Incapable, in any great
way, of either loving or being loved, they are at best the painted
bubbles on the stream of life. Such women will always be far inferior as
mothers, and less capable of bringing into the world noble offspring
than those women in the humble walks of life who live naturally, who
love the family ties and are fond of the young.

Great mothers must have a certain sort of hardihood which comes from a
wise physical culture, not necessarily an artificial one,--a life in the
open air, and the avoidance of all social dissipation.

_Degeneracy of the Breasts and Motherhood._

A sign of degeneracy is pointed out by Hegar, who appeals to young men
on behalf of posterity to choose for wives women with well-developed
breasts; he quotes statistics to prove inability to nurse a child a sign
of degeneracy which produces degeneracy in the offspring. Among other
facts he points out that in a district of his knowledge, which supplies
a large number of wet nurses to the city, the percentage of men
incapable of military service amounts to 30 per cent., while in the
neighboring districts, where the mothers remain at home with their
families, it is only 18 per cent. He remarks upon the surprising number
of deformed nipples encountered in the hospitals. Fehling mentions
"hollow nipples" as occurring in 6.7 of his obstetric cases. He warns
mothers not to allow the clothing to constrict the growing breasts of
their daughters, and urges general hygiene as the best method to develop

In this connection the question may be asked, Is it possible for women
with defective breasts to become mothers of a virile race of men and
strong women. In most cases it is not. A defect in this part of their
nature is evidence of a weakened constitution. It may be said, that the
breasts do not always develop before marriage and parentage. This is
true, and if the health is robust, and the constitution and ancestry
good, the mother will, in most cases, be able to nurse her child. If it
is known in advance that such cannot be the case, and it may generally
be known, then the responsibilities of motherhood should be undertaken
with the greater precaution. In modern times we have far better means of
bringing up children by hand than formerly. Still, a mother able to
nurse her own children should always be preferred.

_Location of Birth._

In Manchester, England, in 1892, 37,674 boys out of every 100,000 died
before they reached their fifth year. In healthy districts only 17,314
out of 100,000 died. About the same condition prevails in other places.
The lesson it teaches us is, that we should choose a healthy region in
which to live if we would rear the healthiest offspring.


This word means progress and progress implies improvement, without which
there could be no evolution; but improvement of the human race will not
be further possible unless the marriage relation is regarded from a
higher stand-point than that of sexual indulgence.

The practical superiority of man over animals consists in his knowledge
of the _aim_ of his conduct. Animals exercise the reproductive function
instinctively at particular seasons, but man knowingly always; and thus,
unless the latter subordinates his passion to reason he is worse than a
brute, as he knows himself to be such.

The difference between the chaste marriage of affection and the unchaste
marriage of passion, is analogous to that between education and
instruction, as explained by Elder Evans of the Shaker Community.
Instruction imparts knowledge, such as is associated in Eastern lore
with the sexual passion, but education embraces the whole disposition,
which is rendered more beautiful and spiritual through a marriage of
chastity, and as thus affected is transmitted to the offspring, who
exhibit the disposition of their parents at the time of conception.
Sexual excess not only tends to produce offspring of a weakly
constitution, but it interferes with the organic growth of the parents.
It is as wasteful as burning a candle at both ends at the same time.

Parents should bear in mind that the mental plan on which their children
shall begin life, depends on the desire by which they are governed when
they beget their offspring; and as desire depends on disposition, they
should aim at requiring harmony of character and conduct.

If we think less of ourselves and more of the race to which we belong,
we shall have a better chance of improving both ourselves and the race
as represented in our offspring.

We are all members of a great organism, which is constituted by the
whole of human kind, past, present and future, and it is our duty to act
in such a manner that the whole shall be benefited by our conduct; which
it cannot be if we are careless as to our own disposition or as to the
character of our offspring.

Our Aryan ancestors were conscious of their duty towards the race, and
probably to this fact was largely due the high physical development the
white race attained. Only by acting in their spirit can we hope to
maintain the race at its high level or prevent its deterioration and

The important influence which the gratification of the sexual impulse
has had over the development of the aesthetic side of Nature has been
often insisted on; and there is no reason why its gratification should
not be attended also with the development of the highest mental
qualities, if these are made use of in the formation and exercise of the
marriage relations between the sexes.--C. STANILAND WAKE.

_Too Little Fatherhood._

The modern child is threatened not with too much mother but with too
little father, and this danger is heightened by the sudden release of
womanhood from the ban of conventionality and of the domineering power
of physical force. Let her not too readily accept as complimentary to
herself the church's adoration of Mary. Woman is made of no purer stuff
than man, her companion, man her father. She cannot transmit from her
own veins or her companion's veins any purer life stuff, any finer
impulse to her daughter than she does to her son. We need more fathers
in the home, more men teachers in our public schools; and if our homes
and schools are not organized so as to evoke and direct this masculine
investment, then let them be reorganized. It is not true that mothers
are peculiarly the divinely appointed teachers of children, that to them
is especially entrusted the intellectual or spiritual destinies of the
young. That argument is based upon the analogies of the past; it is a
reversion to primitive conditions, an illustration of the law of
atavism, like the return to six fingers and toes in some people, or the
restoration in others of the muscle that can move the ear. The highest
reaches of evolution point to a double responsibility and a double
potency. In the interest of the child, then, let us lift him out of a
mother rule into a father and mother rule. Let the home be girdled with
masculine order and justice as well as with feminine love and
tenderness. Let there be strength as well as tenderness. Let there be in
it mind as well as heart, vigor as well as sympathy. All these are
spiritual children which cannot be born except in the bi-sexual

_The Flat-Head Indians and Heredity._

Amongst the round-head tribes woman holds a higher position, whereas
amongst the flat-heads she is a mere drudge. In by-gone days it was
common to see a tired-looking woman walking behind her husband carrying
a heavy load, while he walked on before with nothing.

Again, the round-heads have a remarkable mythology, while the others
have a poor affair.

Mr. Dean has informed me that the flat-head, which would be an acquired
character, is never transmitted to offspring--another argument against
the Lamarchian theory, that acquired characters are transmitted.

That whatever injures the physical or intellectual health of parents
tends to degrade their offspring has long been evident. I think we have
a good race illustration of this in the effects of flattening and
deforming the skulls of children among the Flat-Head Indians, who for
centuries followed this precedent. Information has been furnished me by
special request by Mr. James Dean, of Victoria, B. C., bearing on this
point. He writes:

"Among the children the mortality seems to be greater with the tribes
which flatten the heads of their children than in those who do not. I
have long noticed that there is a very marked intellectual difference
between them."

The Hidery tribes of Northern British Columbia and Southern Alaska, who
never flattened their heads, have long been famous for their works of
art, such as elaborate carvings in wood and stone.

_Suggestion as an Aid in the Training of Children._

Within a few years an old subject, that of hypnotism, formerly called
mesmerism, has received new attention under the name of suggestion, or,
in medical language, "suggestive therapeutics." It was used in a rude
way by Mesmer in the cure of disease. Later it was employed much more
effectively by Braid and others for the same purpose, and especially for
the prevention of pain in surgical operations. Want of space forbids our
going into any extended historical detail as to its application for
these purposes, but a few points will be considered, which bear on the

It was found that when a person had contracted a bad habit, as, for
instance, smoking or drinking, it could often be broken up by placing
him in the mesmeric sleep, and telling him he would no longer desire to
continue the habit, but would even loathe them. The habit of sucking the
thumb, a bad temper, lying, stealing, dullness and lack of ambition,
etc., were amenable to this treatment. To illustrate: A boy fifteen
years old, always at the foot of his class, was put into the hypnotic
sleep, and told that he would be able to study harder and learn his
lessons better, so as to go to the head. This was continued daily for
several weeks, and, sure enough, he accepted the suggestion, and
outstripped every scholar in his class, and kept at the head so long as
these means were used; but, unfortunately, when they were discontinued
he relapsed into his first state. The suggestions had not been
sufficiently thorough to take deep root, and become a part of his
nature, as might have been the case with a better knowledge as to how to
use them. So long ago as in 1892 Dr. Bérillon, Editor of _The Revue de
l' Hypnotism_, read a paper before the Second International Congress of
Experimental Psychology, in which he stated that he had observed the
beneficial effects of hypnotism in education in some 250 cases,
including nervous insomnia, night terror, sleepwalking, kleptomania,
stammering, idleness, filthy habits, cowardice and moral delinquency. He
also stated that other observers had similar experience. My friend, Dr.
B. Osgood Mason, of New York, working on the same lines, has had similar
experiences. I will quote a few illustrative cases furnished by him. The
first is of a school-girl fifteen years of age, a pupil in one of the
grammar-schools of New York--intelligent in many ways; a good reader of
such books as interested her--history, biography, and the better class
of novels; but for the routine of school studies she had no aptitude,
and she was constantly being left behind in her classes. She could not
concentrate her mind upon details which did not specially interest her.
If she succeeded in learning a lesson she could not remember it, or if
she remembered it until she arrived at the classroom, when she arose to
recite, it was instantly gone; her mind became a perfect blank; she had
not a word to say, and was obliged to sit down in disgrace. She could
write a good composition, but could never stand up and read it before
the class. Teachers had been engaged to give her special lessons, so as
to enable her to pass her preliminary examination, which would allow her
to come up for entrance to the Normal College. After months of effort
they reported to the mother that it was utterly useless to go on; it was
impossible for her to pass her preliminary examination, and they did not
think it right to take her money without any such expectation. She was
then brought to me to inquire if anything could be done to help her. I
proposed hypnotic suggestion. It was then March 30; the first
examination was in May. I commenced treatment at once. The patient went
into a quiet, subjective condition, with closed eyes, but did not lose
consciousness. I suggested that she would be able to concentrate her
mind upon her studies; that her memory would be improved; that she would
lose her excessive self-consciousness and timidity, and in their place
she would have full confidence in herself and be able to stand up
before the class and recite. She was kept in the hypnotic condition
one-half hour at each treatment, and the same or similar suggestions
were quietly but very positively made and repeated at intervals during
that time. She at once reported improvement in her ability both to study
and recite. She had six treatments, and on May 25 she reported that,
greatly to the surprise of her teachers, she had passed her preliminary
examination with a percentage of 79, which entitled her to come up for
the college examination. In June she passed her examination for entrance
to the Normal College with a percentage of 88; entered the College and
is at present doing well, though the suggestions have not been repeated
since May.

Another case from the same author was that of a boy "so bad as to be
perfectly unmanageable, and his temper so outrageous, that his mother
begged me to come to the house and see if I could do anything with him.

"Having secured _carte blanche_ for whatever course I chose to pursue, I
went. He was in the back room, his grandmother urging him forward, he
kicking and resisting. Without speaking, I went directly to him, seized
him firmly by one wrist, and brought him topsy turvy through two
intervening rooms, gave him a thorough shaking, and set him down
violently in a chair. He smoothed down his bang, whimpered a little, and
gruffly remarked that I had rumpled his hair. I told him I had not
intended to disturb his hair, but that as he had never obeyed anybody I
had come to the house for the express purpose of making him obey me, and
I should most certainly do it. After a few moments I said, quietly, 'Now
go and lie down on the bed in the next room.' He started, walking toward
the bed, but when near it he set off on a full run past it and into the
back room. I brought him back and again ordered him to lie down on the
bed. He went toward it as if to obey, but suddenly sprang under it, and
clung to the slats underneath with hands and feet, and hung there like a
monkey. I dislodged him, pulled him out, gave him a spanking, and
surprised him by tossing him vigorously upon the bed, with the command
to lie there quietly until I gave him permission to move. He obeyed.
Presently I ordered him to go into the front room and sit down again in
the chair he had before occupied. Again he quietly obeyed, I said: 'All
right; now you understand you will obey me. I don't want to hurt you. I
want to be a good friend to you, only you must obey me.'

"I then in a pleasant way gave him a short lesson, picturing to him very
plainly the course of a boy such as he was, and where it would be likely
to end; and also showing what he might be if he would change his course.
I told him I should be at the house again in a day or two, and I should
expect him to meet me pleasantly, shake hands with me, and do whatever I
directed him.

"Next day there came a telephone message begging me to come up; M. was
outrageous again. I went. He was backward in greeting me, but at length
came and shook hands. I afterward learned that there had not been the
slightest improvement in his behavior; and the cause of his mother's
sending for me was his outrageous conduct at the table, when, in a fit
of anger, he had thrown a plate at his grandmother. I talked to him
pleasantly a moment, and then said very quietly, 'Now go and lie down on
the bed.' He did so at once. I sat down beside him, and taking his two
thumbs firmly in my hands, I said: 'Now, M., I want you to look steadily
at that little stud in my shirt-front; keep your eyes very steadily
fixed upon it.' He did so, and I never secured better or more
concentrated attention from any patient.

"In five or six minutes his eyelids quivered and soon dropped. I closed
them, suggesting sleep; and directly he was in the sound hypnotic sleep.
I then presented the two pictures again--the bad and the good
course--and suggested that they would always be present, distinct in in
his mind, that he would dislike the _wrong_ course and desire to avoid
it, and choose the _good_ one. I suggested definitely that he would be
kind and considerate to his mother, and obey her as well as me. I
repeated these suggestions very positively, let him sleep ten minutes,
and repeated them again, and then awoke him by counting.

"The effect of this treatment was very marked; his whole manner at home
was changed, and he became comparatively docile and manageable.

"He came to my office for his next treatment, which was perfectly
successful. I have given him in all six treatments, and the improvement
has been maintained and increased. He is not yet by any means perfect,
but his general behavior is changed, and I am suggesting such definite
improvements in his conduct, and impressing such pictures upon his mind,
as I think will help to develop his better nature and qualities. He is a
lover of flowers, and on two occasions has brought some of his own
choosing to me. He has lost none of his boyishness; he is full of life;
is mischievous, playing tricks even upon his mother; but he is
affectionate and generally obedient. His will is not broken, but he has
self-control, and he is far more considerate of others than formerly. In
short, he is a fair example of one of the educational uses of hypnotism
and suggestion."

The only other case I will quote is one of night terrors.

"A little girl, five years of age, went soundly to sleep when first put
to bed, but after two or three hours she awoke screaming and trembling
with terror, on account of the hideous black man whom she saw in her
dream. The impression of the dream was vivid and persistent, and her
screams kept the household aroused and alarmed for hours every night,
and this state of things had already continued for months. One day, when
she was perfectly bright and happy, I placed her in her high chair in
front of me; put my hands gently upon her shoulders, and asked her to
look steadily at a trinket easily in her view, and quieted her with
passes and soothing touches until her drooping eyelids denoted the
subjective condition. I then commenced in a gentle, sing-song manner to
suggest that she would go easily to sleep as usual at night, but that
she would have no frightful dreams; that she would see the dreadful
black man no more, but would sleep quietly on the whole night through.
It was repeated over and over in the same gentle manner.

"That was a year ago; she has not seen the black man since, and her
sleep and health have been perfect. There was no repetition of the

From these few cases, and many not quoted, it appears evident that we
have in hypnotism, or suggestion, an agent which, when fully understood,
will be of great usefulness to parents in the early training of
children. That it should be used wisely no one will deny.

The question will naturally arise, How is it that a suggestion to a
child while passive or in the hypnotic sleep is more effective than when
awake. The answer is not so easy to give; but it is possible that in
this state the subliminal self, the higher self, or, perhaps, the
spiritual nature is appealed to; and as the active, every-day nature,
the conscious self, is now dormant, it receives this appeal more
seriously. Perhaps a quotation from Prof. Frederic W. H. Myer, who has
given the subject profound attention, will help to make the subject
clearer. He says: "In waking consciousness I am like the proprietor of a
factory whose machinery I do not understand. My foreman, my subliminal
self, weaves for me so many yards of broadcloth per diem (my ordinary
vital processes), as a matter of course. If I want any pattern more
complex, I have to shout my orders in the din of the factory, where only
two or three inferior workmen hear me, and they shift their looms in a
small and scattered way. Such are the confined and capricious results of
the first, the more familiar stages of hypnotic suggestion.

"At certain intervals, indeed, the foreman stops most of the looms, and
uses the freed power to stoke the engine and oil the machinery. This, in
my metaphor, is sleep; and it will be effective hypnotic trance if I can
get the foreman to stop still more of the looms, come out of his private
room, and attend to my orders--my-self suggestions--for their repair and

To make this a little plainer. The subliminal self, the foreman, is the
one who manages the machinery of the nervous system, and turns out this
or that sort of conduct or behavior in the child, or the man or woman,
as he is told to turn out by the conscious self. But in the hypnotic
trance this subliminal self can take orders, or suggestions, for other
kinds of conduct or behavior; alter the action of the brain, so as to
make another sort of creature; for he is not so occupied then but that
he can receive these orders. As in the kaleidescope, the pictures
presented depend entirely on the arrangement of the pieces of glass. So
in daily conduct, character depends on the combination and activity of
the brain cells. By suggestion in the hypnotic state we are able, to
some extent at least, to alter this combination so that new conduct is

The question now arises, How can the parent make use of this agent in
altering the nature of a child from one that is not desirable to one
that is? Probably the best way to proceed would be to take it while
sleeping, and make the suggestion then; for ordinary sleep is not
different from hypnotic sleep, except in degree. As the child is in the
act of going to sleep, let the mother, or whoever is to make the
suggestion, sit by its side, take it by the hand and gently soothe it
with pleasant words or music, in a firm but agreeable voice. Let her say
slowly: Now you are going to sleep, sleep, sleep. You will soon be
sleeping sweetly. How nice it is to sleep and rest our bodies so that we
can feel well and strong on the coming day. This sleep is going to do
you a great deal of good. You will not have bad dreams. You will not see
ugly faces or wake up with a fright. Tomorrow you will wake up
good-natured, full of life, and will be good boy (or girl, as the case
may be), and do your best to make mother happy and proud of you. You
will want to play and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine; relish your
food; not eat too much, etc., etc., according to the needs of the child.
If it is timid and fearful of thunder, or dogs, or horses, or other
harmless things, you can say to it, Now, you will not be afraid any more
of thunder but like to hear it. This, like all other suggestions, must
be repeated several times, so as to make an impression. If afraid of
strangers, say, now, you will not fear men, or persons you don't know;
repeating it slowly over and over again. If the child uses bad language,
say, Now you will not want to use bad words any more, and will be
careful how you speak. If it has a cold, put the hand over the chest and
say, Now your cold will get well quickly, and not grow worse. If it has
the unfortunate habit of wetting the bed at night, even this can be
broken up, often by one suggestion, and surely by several repeated so as
to take deep root in the mind. This latter is necessary to produce any
effect. In case of disease, even serious disease, when a physician is
necessary, suggestion may be used by the nurse or parents, or the
physician, if he has learned the art, to advantage; but if the parents
are anxious or weary, they had better leave it for those who are not
weary or anxious; otherwise they may transfer their own condition
instead of one of health. The state of mind and body of the operator
should be a stable, equable and wholesome one.

The age at which suggestion may be of use is hardly yet known. Certainly
so soon as the understanding has become developed it may be employed,
though the language should be simplified for the childish understanding.
Before this it is of doubtful utility; but some experiments which have
been made intimate that good health may sometimes be transmitted from a
healthy person to a very young sick child by thought transference.

Thought transference is the transference from one to another person of
some feeling, sensation or idea. The person from whom the thought is
transferred is the _active_ agent, and the one who receives it is the
_passive_ one. Often this phenomenon takes place spontaneously, as when
one is in trouble, or at the point of dying, a knowledge of it may
sometimes be transferred to an intimate friend who is in sympathy. In
the hypnotic state, thought transference can sometimes be induced
artificially; and the point here to be considered is the transference
to the child of healthy normal sensations to replace the abnormal ones
which may have taken possession of consciousness and caused trouble.

The important thing always to have in mind in using psychic forces on
children is to instil natural, or normal, conditions, not unnatural or
abnormal ones. To this end to produce the best results, the active agent
should be a normally healthy person, having good common sense, and
living a normal, natural life. Those with sickly, sentimental or
fanciful notions, if they try to use suggestion may transfer these
states to the child, which would do harm rather than good.


  Acquired characters, inheritance of, 71, 73, 77 _et seq._, 79, 90,
      109, 111, _et seq._

  Acquired characters not transmitted, 213

  Adaptation to environment necessary for health, 149

  Aesthetic sense displayed by animals, 28

  Aesthetic surroundings during gestation, 95

  Air, regarded as food, 174

  Alcohol, as a poison, 91

  Alcohol, effect of, on offspring, 171

  Allen, Joseph A., observations of, as to effects of war on children,

  _Allen, Grant_, 34, 48, 51, 180

  Amphimixis, theory of, 76

  Ancestral _ids_, 75

  Ancestral tendencies, correction of, 126

  Animals, practical superiority of man over, what?, 210

  Animal flesh, supposed effect of eating, 63

  Atavism in relation to disease, 83

  Baby, a theoretical, 185 _et seq._

  Bad habits, broken up by suggestion during mesmeric sleep, 214

  Bad temper cured by hypnotic suggestion, 217 _et seq._

  Beauty, reference of sexual selection to, 28

  Bees, instincts of, 122

  Bérillon, Dr., on beneficial effect of hypnotism over bad habits,
      etc., 215

  Birthmarks, 59, 68, 94

  Blood, healthy, purifying influence of, 92

  Blood, study of the, 140, 151

  Bones, modification of certain, through sitting, 116

  Boys, mortality among larger than with girls, 136

  Breasts, best methods of developing, 209

  Breasts, defective, women having, incapable of becoming mothers of a
      virile race, 209

  Breasts, development of, after marriage and parentage, 209

  Breasts, degeneracy of the, and motherhood, 208

  Breeding in and in, Noyes' first principle for race improvement, 38

  Camp life, evils of, 202

  Cases of prenatal influences, 204 _et seq._

  Cells, sexual, 110, 162

  _Chandler, Jennie_, 97

  Character, dependence of, on arrangement of nerve cells, 222

  Character, improvement by suggestion, method to be employed by parents
      for, 223

  Character of children affected by war, 201

  Characteristics, origin of, through sexual selection, 134

  _Charles, Havelock_, 116

  Chickamauga Camp, prostitution at, 202

  Children acquire special aptitudes from mothers, 205

  Child bearing, best age for, 170

  Children, breeding of, in Plato's Republic, 11, 12

  Children considered as belonging to the State, 10 _et seq._, 22

  Children, deaths of, in New York city, 139

  Children, healthy, essentials for having, 168

  Children, interests of unborn, 199

  Children, characteristics of, in the Oneida Community, 39

  Children in the Oneida Community, care of, 38

  Children, mortality among, 136

  Children, obstacle of war to production and training of, 203

  Child training aided by suggestion, 214 _et seq._

  Children, training of, 16 _et seq._, 52

  Civil War and how it affected the character of children, 201

  Co-adaptation of parts as evidence of transmission of acquired
      characters, 116

  Coalescence of sperm and germ cells, 166

  Concentrative power, want of, cured by hypnotic suggestion, 216

  Conduct, knowledge of its object, not possessed by animals, 210

  Congenital characters, transmission of, 177

  Congenital deformities, 80

  Consanguineous marriages among the Greeks, 23

  Consanguineous marriages, regulations as to, among uncultured peoples,
      21, 42

  Consanguineous marriages, effect on offspring, 42

  Constitution, bodily, improvement of the, 150

  Consumption, causes of, 176

  Consumption, tendency to, whether a bar to marriage, 176

  Contentment, value of, 95

  Continuity of germ-plasm, 107, 118

  Co-operation, hygienic value of, 156 _et seq._

  _Cope, Prof. E. D._, 59, 69

  Cousins, marriage between, 43

  Couvade, custom of the, 63 _et seq._

  Crimes, increase of, caused by war, 201

  _Darwin, Charles_, 28, 30 _et seq._, 73, 75, 85, 100, 105, 106, 109,
      141, 179, 184

  Death, causes of, 150

  Deformities, congenital, 80

  Degeneracy of the breasts and motherhood, 208

  Degeneracy in offspring due to maternal degeneracy evidenced by
      inability to nurse a child, 208

  Degeneration, evidence of, 140

  Development of breasts after marriage and parentage, 209

  Diseases, influence of hygiene over, 159

  Diseases, inheritance of, 80

  Diseases which affect offspring, 175

  Disposition spiritualized through marriage of chastity, 210

  Disproportion between accidental causes and effects, 68, 90

  Diversity between offspring and parents, causes of, 58

  Domestication of animals, 9

  _Doutrebente, Prof._, 92

  Drink, influence of, over offspring, 16

  _Duncan, J. C. Mathews_, 170

  Education, beneficial effects of hypnotism in, 215

  Education and heredity, 111 _et seq._

  Education and non-transmission of acquired characters, 124

  Education of Spartan children, 15

  Education, Plutarch on, 17

  Education, study of laws of evolution, as part of, 125

  Educational uses of hypnotism and suggestion, 220

  Egg. See _Ovum_.

  _Eimer, Dr. G. H._, 71, 79 _et seq._, 90

  Embryo, how parental properties communicated to, 69

  Embryology, importance of, 103

  Energy, bodily, use and abuse of, 153

  Environment, adaptation to, necessary for health, 149

  Epigenesis, theory of, 104

  Esquirol on the effects of the French Revolution over children, 200

  Ethics of the body, hygiene as the, 160

  Evolution, a superior race produced by, 130 _et seq._

  Evolution, meaning of the term, 210

  Evolution of the horse, 102

  Evolution, study of laws of, as part of education, 125

  Evolutionary theories, conflict of, with humane sentiments, 145 _et

  Example, influence of, over children, 18

  Exercise, transmission of effects of, 111

  Experiment in race improvement by Noyes, 37 _et seq._

  Explanation of the action of hypnotic suggestion, 221

  Family life, abolition of, in Plato's Republic, 10

  Father rule should be combined with mother rule, 213

  Fatherhood, too little importance assigned to, 212

  Feeble constitutions prevent numerous offspring, 147

  Fertilization essential to true germ plasm, 165

  Fertilization, nature of, 166

  _Fison, Lorimer_, 42

  Fitness for survival, characteristics of, 140

  Flat head Indians and heredity, 213

  Flat head and round head tribes, comparison between, 213

  Flat head not transmitted to offspring, 213

  Flattening the skull, injurious effect of on health, 214

  _Flint, Dr. Austin_, 88

  Food, how it affects germ plasm, 173

  Food (certain) injurious influence of, 94

  Foot, compression of, by Chinese ladies, 20

  Fosterage, 96

  French Revolution, evil effects of over children, 200

  _Galton, Francis_, 46, 50, 73, 106, 135, 170

  Gemmules, essential to pangenesis, 105, 106

  Generation, influences over, at time of conception, 57, 58

  Generation, influences over, subsequent to conception, 58

  Generative powers, debilitation of the, 84

  Germ plasm and heredity, 107, 162

  Germ plasm, continuity of the, 73, 74 _et seq._, 107, 118

  Germ plasm, how affected by food, 173

  Germ plasm, modification of the, 76, 80

  Germ variations, causes of, 81

  Gestation (period of) importance of pleasant surroundings during, 93

  Gestation, maternal influence during, 96

  Gestation, strong emotion during, effect of, 63, 94

  Gestation, uterine disturbances during, 93

  Girls, physical training of, among Spartans, 14

  Girls, mortality among, smaller than with boys, 136

  Great mothers, how constituted, 208

  Group marriage of Australian natives, 21

  _Hæckel, Ernst_, 109

  _Harvey_, 103

  _Haycraft, John Berry_, 143

  Head flattening, 20

  Health, action of nature in relation to, 130

  Health, transmission of, by thought transference, to young sick child,

  Healthy localities enable the healthiest offspring to be reared, 210

  Health, adaptation to environment necessary for, 149

  Health, ideal of, 148

  Health, importance of, in relation to marriage, 135, 168, 171

  _Hearn, Professor_, 67

  Hedonism, New, 48

  Hereditary tastes of children, 204 _et seq._

  Heredities, antagonistic, of two parents, 58

  Heredity among Flat-head Indians, 213

  Heredity, definition of, 100

  Heredity and education, 111 _et seq._

  Heredity, evils arising from, may be cured, 35

  Heredity, exceptions to law of, 58

  Heredity and germ plasm, 107

  Heredity, importance of knowledge of, by teachers, 125

  Heredity, modification of law of, 99

  Heredity, preponderating influence of, 69, 89

  Heredity, rational view of, 109

  Heredity, spectre of, 127 _et seq._

  Heredity, theories of, 73 _et seq._

  Heredity, transformation of, 83

  _Hering, Richard_, 70

  Hidery tribes of British Columbia, 214

  High-pressure, effects of living at, 152

  Hypnotic sleep, differs from ordinary sleep only in degree, 223

  Hypnotic suggestion, value of, as aid to education, 216

  Hypnotism as suggestive therapeutics, 214

  Horse, evolution of the, 102

  Human selection, plans for, 135 _et seq._

  Human kind, regarded as a whole, should be benefited by our conduct,

  Human race, further improvement of impossible, if marriage relation be
      regarded only from standpoint of sexual indulgence, 210

  Humane sentiments, conflict of, with theories of evolution, 145 _et

  Husband and wife, tendency to resemble each other, 89

  _Huth, A. H._, 42

  Hygiene, modern, as opposed to natural selection, 142 _et seq._

  Hygiene, as the ethics of the body, 160

  Hygiene, promises of, 158 _et seq._

  Hygienic laws, punishment for infraction of, 161

  Hygienic surroundings, importance of, 139

  Hygienic training, value of, 151

  Ideal of Health, 148

  Idiots, education of, 25

  Illustrative cases of prenatal influence, 60 _et seq._

  Imagination, effect of, on unborn offspring, 55 _et seq._

  Improvement of race. See _race improvement_.

  Incas of Peru, consanguineous marriages among the, 23

  Income, bodily, importance of living within, 152

  Individual, the, as the beginning and end of the race, 50

  Individuality, development of the, 126

  Infanticide among Spartans, 15

  Infanticide, former general prevalence of, 19

  Infanticide in Plato's Republic, 11

  Infanticide not morally permissible, 24

  Inheritance of acquired characters, question as to the, 71, 73, 77,
      79, 90, 109, 111 _et seq._

  Inheritance, organic, wonders of, 101

  Injuries during life, transmission of, 79 _et seq._

  Injury to health through flattening the skull, 214

  Instinct, explanations of origin of, 121

  Instincts of the race for children, loss of, 208

  Instruction and education, difference between, 210

  Intelligence affected by head flattening, 214

  Jacob, rods of, 56

  _Jeune, Lady Mary_, 47

  _Jowett, Professor B._, 25 _et seq._, 34

  _Krafft, D. Von Ebing_, 82, 84, 91

  _Lamarck_, 111

  Lamarchian theory of transmission, 213

  Language, not transmitted to offspring, 119

  _Leeuwenhock_, 103

  Limitation of offspring, 179 _et seq._

  Locust, egg-laying instinct of, 123

  Luxury and parentage, 208

  _Lycurgus_, marriage regulations of, 13 _et seq._, 22, 27

  _Lyman, Dr. C. W._, on treatment of a baby, 185 _et seq._

  Man, variations undergone by, 138

  Man, practical superiority of, over animals, what, 210

  Manufacturing life, unhealthiness of, 152

  Manufacturing mills, deterioration caused by, 158

  Marriage, consanguineous, ideas as to, 21, 42

  Marriage customs among Spartans, 18, 19

  Marriage, early, disadvantages of, 137

  Marriage, importance of health in relation to, 135

  Marriage, regulations as to, in Plato's Republic, 22, 25

  Marriage of weak and worthless, 137

  Marriage, a sacred state, 52

  Marriage of chastity, disposition spiritualized by, 210

  Marriages of affection and passion, difference between, analogous to
      that between education and instruction, 210

  _Mason, Dr. R. Osgood_, on beneficial effect of hypnotism in
      education, 215

  Maternity, avoidance of, 208

  _McGee, Dr. Anita Newcomb_, 37

  Memory, endowment of reproductive cells with, 70

  Memory, improvement of, by hypnotic suggestion, 210

  Mental dullness, curable by suggestion during hypnotic sleep, 215

  Mental emotion of mother, injury to unborn child through, 200

  Mesmeric sleep, effect of suggestion during, 214

  Mesmerism, now known as hypnotism, 214

  Method to be employed by parents for using suggestion in child
      training, 223

  Microbes, selective action of, 143

  Mind of operator, state of, necessary to successful suggestion, 224-5

  Modification of certain bones through sitting, 116

  Modification of the organism during descent from first ancestors, 71

  Modification of sense of touch, 114

  Modification of toes, 112

  Modification of the whale, 115

  Molecular structure of sexual cells, 110

  Monogamy, return to, by the Oneida Community, 40, 41, 53

  Moral nature, growth of the, 146

  Mosaic regulations as to unclean animals, 63

  Motherhood, highest, war an enemy to, 204

  Motherhood and degeneracy of the breasts, 208

  Mothers, not peculiarily the divinely appointed teachers of children,

  Musical talent, not transmitted to offspring, 120

  Mutilations, not transmissible, 119

  _Meyer, Prof. Frederic W. H._, on hypnotic suggestion, 221

  Natural selection, 9, 115, 138, 142

  Natural selection, always operative, 147

  Nature, action of, in relation to health, 130

  Nerve cells, constitution of, alterable by hypnotic suggestion, 222

  Nervous system, debilitation of the, 84

  Night terrors cured by hypnotic suggestion, 220

  Nipples, deformed, common occurrence of, 209

  _Nisbet, J. F._, 90, 92

  Non-nursing of children a sign of degeneracy, 208

  Normal conditions only should be transferred by hypnotic suggestion,

  Nose molding, 20

  Notes, 199 _et seq._

  _Noyes, John Humphrey_, 37 _et seq._

  Nucleus of cell, essential to reproduction, 167

  Nutrition, action of, on germ cells, 151

  Nutrition (arrested) organic effect of, 77

  Obedience the basis of education among the Spartans, 15

  Offspring, effect of alcohol on, 171

  Offspring, effect of consanguineous marriage on, 42

  Offspring, influence of locality on health of, 210

  Offspring, injuriously affected by sexual excess of parents, 211

  Offspring, inception of, the starting point of stirpiculture, 52

  Offspring, limitation of, 179 _et seq._

  Oneida Community, 37 _et seq._

  Ovum, 163 _et seq._

  Ovum, the beginning of animal life, 101, 163

  Ovum, developmental tendency of the, 110

  Ovum, effect of gestation on the, 102

  Ovum of different animals, apparent similarity of the, 163

  _Paget, Sir James_, 148

  Pain, prevention of, in surgical operations, 214

  Pangenesis, experiments in, 106

  Pangenesis, theory of, 75, 105, 109

  Panmixia, theory of, 78

  Paper mill (New England), 154

  Parentage and luxury, 208

  Parentage and war, 199

  Parentage, responsibility in, 49, 181

  Parentage, Plato's restrictions on, 11

  Parentage, sacredness of, 93

  Parents, how to make use of suggestion in the training of children,

  Parents, organic growth of, injuriously affected by sexual excess, 211

  Parental life, influence of, over offspring, 95

  Perfectionists of the Oneida Community, 37 _et seq._

  _Phillips, Wendell_, 128

  Physical culture, 160

  Physical training of girls among Spartans, 14

  Physical weakness may be associated with mental greatness, 34

  Plato, Republic of, 10 _et seq._, 25

  Plutarch, 13, 16 _et seq._

  Poisons, actions of, on the sexual cells, 91

  Poverty, obstacle of, to production and training of the young, 203

  Preference, as exhibited among animals, 131

  Preference, as exhibited among men, 133

  Preference, first principle of sexual selection, 131

  Prenatal culture, 55 _et seq._

  Prenatal culture, illustrative cases of, 60 _et seq._

  Prenatal influence, 112

  Prenatal influence in telegony, 85

  Prenatal influences, cases of, 204 _et seq._

  Principles on which sexual selection is based, 38, 131

  Progress in organic life, 9

  Promiscuity regulated in Oneida Community, 37

  Promiscuity regulated in Plato's Republic, 11

  Prostitution, camp life a school for, 202

  Psychical diseases, heredity of, 82 _et seq._

  Psychological laws, uncertain effect of, 68

  Psychological research, laboratories for, 160

  _Quatrefages, M. de_, 59

  Race (human) deterioration of the, through hygienic action, 143 _et

  Race, improvement of the, aim of, 36

  Race, improvement of the, based on spiritual sympathy, 58

  Race improvement, experiment in, of the Oneida Community, 37 _et seq._

  Race improvement, failure of compulsory attempts at, 27

  Race improvement, Grecian methods for, 10 _et seq._

  Race improvement, Grecian methods not suited for modern times, 24

  Race improvement, natural factors in, 1

  Race improvement, State aid to, 37, 53

  Race should be thought of before ourselves, 211

  Reproductive function, difference in exercise of, by animals and man,

  Responsibility in parentage, 49, 181

  _Ribot, Th._, 57, 68, 83

  _Romanes, G. J._, 28, 73, 85, 87

  Ruin of countries by the burdens of war, 203

  Sacredness of parentage, 93

  _Saint-Hilaire, Geoffroy_, 68

  Sampson, mother of, 172

  Science of true living, hygiene as the, 160

  Scottish Co-operative Wholesale Society's manufacturing mill, 156 _et

  Selection, artificial, by man, 9

  Selection, individual, by Noyes, 38

  Selection, natural, _see_ "Natural selection."

  Selection, sexual, _see_ "Sexual selection."

  Selective action of female animals, 28 _et seq._

  Selective action of woman in marriage, 43 _et seq._

  Self-control, importance of, 96

  Self-consciousness, excessive, cured by hypnotic suggestion, 216

  Self-development, 48

  Sense of touch, modification of, through use, 114

  Sex-instinct, 51

  Sexual cells, 162

  Sexual cells, acquired powers of, 110

  Sexual excess injuriously affects both parents and offspring, 211

  Sexual impulse, gratification of the, consistent with the development
     of the highest mental qualities, 212

  Sexual selection, 27 _et seq._, 131 _et seq._

  Sexual selection, action of, among primeval men, 179

  Sexual selection applicable primarily to male characteristics, 30

  Sexual selection by women, effect of, 44 _et seq._

  Sexual selection, influence of, 31, 33

  Sick child, transmission of health to, by thought transference, 224

  Sire, previous, influence of, on subsequent progeny, 86 _et seq._

  Sleep, ordinary, differs from hypnotic sleep only in degree, 223

  _Smith, Sidney_, 121

  Sobriety, importance of, in relation to offspring, 91 _See_ "Alcohol."

  Soldiers demand gratification of their passional natures, 202

  Spartans, marriage relations among, 13 _et seq._

  Special aptitudes of child determined by prenatal influences, 204

  Spectre of heredity, 127 _et seq._

  _Spencer, Herbert_, 4, 77, 78, 85, 87, 112, 115, 149, 169, 181

  Spermatozoon, 162

  Spiritual nature, appeal to, in hypnotic suggestion, 221

  Spontaneous thought transference, 224

  Standing armies, crushing burden of, 203

  State, aid of the, to race improvement, 53

  State, children regarded as belonging to the, 10 _et seq._, 22

  Stirpiculture. _See_ "Race, improvement of the."

  Stirpiculture, meaning of, 10

  Stirpiculture, good air and water as factors in, 175

  Stirpiculture, Noyes' experiment in, 37 _et seq._

  Stirpiculture, starting point of, 52

  Strength as necessary as tenderness to bringing up of children, 213

  Struggle, sexual selection through, 132

  Studious habits transmitted to children, 205

  Subliminal self, orders conveyed to, by hypnotic suggestion, 222

  Suggestion as an aid to child training, 214, 221

  Suggestion by parents to children for educational purposes, 223

  Suggestion during mesmeric sleep, bad habits cured by, 214

  Suggestion during mesmeric sleep, beneficial effect of, over mental
      dullness, 215

  Suggestion, hypnotic, influence of, in developing self-control, 219

  Suggestion, hypnotic, method of, employed by Dr. R. Osgood Mason for
      educational purposes, 215 _et seq._

  Suggestive therapeutics, 214

  Superiority of offspring, where limited, 184

  Surgical operations, prevention of pain in, by mesmerism, 214

  Survival of the fittest, 9

  Survival, what constitutes fitness for, 141

  Sympathy, spiritual, as the basis of race improvement, 53

  Taxation, burden of, created by war, 203

  Telegony, 85 _et seq._

  Temper, bad, cured by hypnotic suggestion, 217

  Tenderness to be combined with strength in bringing up children, 213

  Theoretical baby, 185 _et seq._

  Thought transference induced artificially in hypnotic state, 224

  Thought transference, nature of, 224

  Thought transference, transmission of health by, to a young sick
      child, 224

  Timidity cured by hypnotic suggestion, 216

  Toes, modification of the, in man, 112

  Touch, modification of the sense of, 114

  Training of children aided by hypnotic suggestion, 221

  Training of children, Plutarch on the, 16 _et seq._

  Transformation of heredity, 83

  Transitory states of parents, effect of on offspring, 59

  Transmission by mother to child of aptitude for hard work, 207

  Transmission by mother to child of artistic and literary tastes, 204
      _et seq._, 207

  Transmission by mother to child of taste for study of natural history,

  Transmission by mother to child of taste for surgical nursing, 207

  Transmission of acquired characters. _See_ "Acquired characters."

  Transmission of effects of exercise, 111

  _Tylor, E. B._, 64, 67

  Twins, resemblance of, 90

  Unborn children injured by war, 199

  Unborn children, interests of, 199

  Unfit, elimination of the, 139

  Unicellular organisms, 109

  Uterine existence, disturbances of, 58, 68

  Vaccination as a preserver of weak constitutions, 143

  Vitality, surplus, production of offspring depends on, 169

  _Wake, C. Staniland_, 21, 42, 66

  _Wallace, A. R._, 44, 136

  Wallace, Alfred Russell, on prenatal influences, 204

  War and parentage, 199

  War, effects of, on civilization, 199

  War, effects of, on unborn children, 199 _et seq._

  War, enemy to the highest motherhood, 204

  _Weber, Professor_, 114

  _Weismann, Professor_, 72, 74 _et seq._, 78, 107, 118

  Wet nurses, use of, accompanied by physical weakness, 208

  Whale, modification of structure of the, 115

  White race, superiority of the, due to consciousness of duty towards
      the race, 211

  _Wolf, Caspar Frederick_, 104

  Woman, condition of, among Flat head Indians, 213

  Woman, first duty of, 47

  Woman not superior to man, 212

  Woman, selective action of, in marriage, 32, 43 _et seq._

  Women incapable of love inferior as mothers, 208

  Women more numerous than men, 136

  Women, preference for certain characteristics in men, 133

  _Xenophon_, 15

  _Zeigler, Professor_, 81, 91


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