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Title: Health, Happiness, and Longevity - Health without medicine: happiness without money: the result, longevity
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    Health without Medicine, Happiness
    without Money,




    L. P. McCARTY,

    Author of the Annual Statistician and Economist,

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                                  =  ... "to know
    That which before us lies in daily life
    Is the prime wisdom. What is more is fume,
    Or emptiness, or fond impertinence,
    And renders us, in things that most concern,
    Unpractic'd, unprepar'd, and still to seek."
                --_Milton's Adam to Angel._=

Experience is honored.

This book is the result of experience.

Man is interested in what pertains to health.

We are positive that the ideas herein set forth are healthful.

Our profession is not that of a doctor of chemical medicines.

We have no hobby to ride or patent panacea to advertise, but desire to
express, in plain, forcible, truthful language, the methods by which
mankind can practically achieve health, happiness and longevity. These
go together. Why should they not? Related, dependent upon each other,
the great objects of human life, the culmination of all physical and
worldly pleasure are contained in them.

Whether you are the perfect embodiment of a business man or the ideal
disciple of a certain profession, you cannot possibly reach the highest
or even most lucrative grades of your calling without health, happiness,
and their logical consequence, longevity. They will prove trusty
lieutenants. Without them the battle of life will draw to a close in
retreat and end in defeat.

To assert that the average man can enjoy health without medicine,
happiness without even money, and longevity too, is a broad and sweeping
declaration. In fact, we expect to have opposition from those who have
not tried the formula laid down in the following pages.

To _keep_ yourself in health without medicine is what we intend to
convey; and we assert that but little or no medicine is necessary to
reach that condition. To have happiness without any money (in the
present condition of society) is not what we claim, but that more
happiness can be extracted from a competency than by more or less.

To live to good old age means with us 80 to 120 years, to increase with
future generations, when order, regularity, sobriety, cleanliness, and
love for the whole human family, shall be paramount in the political,
moral, and intellectual world.

The author is living on thirty years of made land. In other words,
according to medical diagnosis, he should have _died_ thirty years ago!
Hence he desires to put before the unhealthy, unhappy, and short-lived
human race the result of his experience of half a century. Having
battled with a score of diseases, a number of which were claimed to be
absolutely incurable--having freed himself entirely of them all--having
been completely restored to health and happiness, he honestly believes
that he has a convincing right to be heard.

You can now prove for yourself.



     "Health is the vital principle of bliss, And exercise of

_Health_, _Happiness_, and _Longevity_. What a talisman is here! In them
is the magic that can rule all men. No seal, figure, character, engraven
on a sympathetic stone, can equal their single or combined influence.
Say to your fellow-man, "If you follow my direction I will confer upon
you health, happiness, and longevity," and you will receive his lasting
gratitude. He will always be your friend. Money is potent, but these
qualities are, as it were, omnipotent. Money alone cannot bring them;
they alone can make wealth.

This work is _not_ a _philosophical_ treatise, difficult to read and
more so to comprehend. Its ideas are simple, the result of long
_experience_ and _observation_. Its propositions are easily
demonstrated. Then, my reader, do not think you are perusing the hobbies
of a crank, the fantasies of a dreamer, and the preachings of him who
does not practice. The world has been so flooded with worthless
productions of such characters that we fear we must combat severe
_prejudice_. Will you lay that aside? If so we will not only interest
but instruct you. Agreeing with our premises and conclusions, you will
certainly reap some benefit; not agreeing, you will be tempted to
further investigation, which will inevitably prove the strength of our

This book was not written at one sitting or many, but it is the
culmination of several _years' preparation_. While the first part is the
result of thorough reasoning and experience, the second is a collection
of the best modern data on prominent diseases and their remedies, with
our own annotations. Both sections represent thoughtful and painstaking
labor. Even if you are so bold as to maintain that you possess health,
happiness, and are sure of longevity, we believe you cannot fail to find
practical, valuable truths in these pages. Whether you are an editor,
merchant, lawyer, doctor, minister, or day-laborer, we hope at least to
entertain you. Are we right? Read and judge.

From the mythological times of _Æsculapius_ down to the present day,
votaries of medical science have been compounding, diagnosing, and
prescribing for helpless, suffering humanity. For many ages this
condition may have been a necessity, but in the light of our present
civilization, sound common sense is the best physician. That _doctors_
cannot be trusted to be right in every instance or even in a majority of
them is shown by practical experiments. They certainly are well proved
to be an inharmonious crowd by the experience of a _Boston Globe_
reporter, who recently called upon ten regular physicians on the same
day, and described his symptoms in exactly the same language to each. He
received ten prescriptions, of which no two were alike, and a majority
were utterly inconsistent each with the other. _Nellie Bly_, the famous
lady writer of the New York _World_, had a cold and went to over fifty
of the city's leading physicians, in October, 1889, asking them to
prescribe for her. They did, and among the collection there were no two
alike, and many diametrically opposite in nature and effect!

In a lecture recently delivered before the Cooper Medical College, San
Francisco, Cal., on the subject of "Quacks and Quackery," by Prof. L. C.
Lane, the speaker said: "Every good thing in the world has been
counterfeited, and in these advanced times the work is so well done that
it takes an expert to detect the true from the false. Everything is now
more or less adulterated, especially the food we consume. The three
great professions also of theology, law, and medicine, have been and are
grossly counterfeited, especially the latter, which opens up the widest
field for imposture."

As the above quotations, without an explanation, might convey the idea
to the reader that the author considers that doctors, dentists, and
specialists are no longer a necessity, I will say, Under the present
state of society, they are not only indispensable, but absolutely a
necessity. When you are ill, and do not know what is the matter with
you, or if you know the nature of your ailments, and do not know a
remedy, seek a first-class physician; take his advice in every
particular until he either cures you or you are convinced he cannot. I
am not a prophet, nor the son of one, but I will venture an opinion that
before the close of the next century, the position of the minister,
teacher, and physician will be filled by one and the same person. The
teacher _then_ will fill the most exalted position on the earth. He will
not only instruct how to navigate the air without collision, but how not
to catch cold at 30,000 feet elevation in your shirt sleeves, and _who_
and _what_ is _God_. His school-house will sit upon the most elevated
spot in his district, with light reflected from all four sides; it will
be at least fifty feet from the floor of his school-room to the ceiling;
and in place of a steeple, there will be a dome, containing a 100-inch
refractor telescope, and with the extra timber not used for a _steeple_,
the seats will be made more comfortable, and pure filtered water will be
supplied for the pupils to drink.

It is granted that the majority of mankind appreciate health, desire
happiness, and expect longevity. With this as an incentive, why not
strive to win the prize? Do not depend on the doctor, do not think some
drug must be applied or imbibed for every ill; there are other methods.

Perhaps we can aid you to the true enjoyment of life if you will
_impartially_ weigh our _argument_. Here is an _editor_ suffering from
nervousness. He consults a physician, who hands him an opiate so that he
can sleep. Better if he had given up all thought of his paper and
battles of words, on leaving his office, and allowed his throbbing,
weary brain a deserving rest. Then the cells of this brainy tissue would
cease to be gorged with blood, and sleep would positively follow. Again,
there is a _clergyman_ every Sunday beseeching his flock to obey the
commandments of the _Bible_; while every day, through carelessness, he
is breaking the laws of health. If an _all-wise Being_ gave us our
bodies as homes of our souls, did he not mean that we should promote the
happiness of the soul by providing for it a healthy residence? What
logic and strength exist in a religion that does not countenance such
philosophy? The majority of mankind admire a well-developed _physique_.
The minister wishes and prays to influence the masses of men. Can he
reach them effectively, can he point to himself as an example, can he
sway them by any reasoning or eloquence, when he himself has a husky
voice, a pallid face, and a weakened figure? Indeed, the cowled,
decrepit monk could lead the world in the darkness of the middle ages;
but in the brightness of the nineteenth century his scepter is

_Health_, _Happiness_ and _Longevity_ seem to be all that is required
for mortal man. They are the foundation, the superstructure, and the
apex respectively of the great _Pyramid_ of life. Who would desire more
than the possession of perfect health, the realization of happiness, the
achievement of ripe old age, retaining all the pleasurable attributes of
Perfected Manhood, experiencing all these until called upon to surrender
this present house of clay for a more advanced state, whatever that may
be? Such degrees of soundness, felicity, and age, which we have
mentioned, are within the reach of all who desire them, if they will
observe the rules implied in the following terms, arranged in the order
of their importance: Regularity, Cleanliness, Temperance (or
moderation), Morality, and Self-control. It is safe to state the
proposition that there is not one in a thousand of those induced to
peruse this humble effort, who will not claim to possess one or more of
the foregoing virtues, while a fair minority will urge that they are
characterized by all of them.

That your _egoism_ may not get the better of you in the start and bias
you before reading my talk, I will frankly say that there is hardly a
person living to-day who is either regular, cleanly, temperate, moral,
or self-controlled. It is a fact that some have made fair efforts in
those lines of action, but we shall attempt to prove that not any have
perfected themselves in a single attribute above mentioned. With us,
regularity, cleanliness, temperance, morality, and self-control are so
interlaced as to become synonymous terms, the perfection of any one of
which means the consummation of all, while their master could laugh at
sorrow, pain, and even death, for through long years they would pass his
door and forget to knock. Just in proportion as we approximate these
virtues, correspondingly will our _lives_ be prolonged and our
_happiness_ intensified. _Fear_ will not prostrate us because

     "Death rides on every passing breeze,
     He lurks in every flower."

As modifying the foregoing partially, let us understand, however, that
it is possible to have health and longevity to a wonderful degree
without cleanliness, temperance, morality, and self-control, on one
vital consideration. That is, the _continual_ exercise of _regularity_.
Here we have the corner-stone of the whole structure of health, the
cardinal first law. But can we be happy without the generous employment
of _all_ these virtues? Obviously and fortunately, we cannot. _Health_
is also the chief _desideratum_ to happiness. As disease creeps through
the physical frame, as aches and pains increase and torment our bodies,
our _doubts_ supplant _faith_ in the _Source_ of all goodness.

After a quarter of a century's constant devotion, in sackcloth and
ashes, as it were, attempting to free the body from the shackles of
pulmonary consumption, and growing gradually worse during the whole
period, the majority of devotees, we think, would begin to inquire, "Are
our prayers lacking sincerity? or is the Source of goodness at this time
otherwise occupied? or may it not be that this for which I ask, I must
seek by personal action?" We will try this self-helping method; if
success comes, we will return to the same altar with a more exalted idea
of a higher Source. Cleansed of our maladies, we will have a clearer
perception of who and what is God.


     "There is naught like universal co-operation to promote universal

_Individuals_ may seek and obtain health through the agencies already,
and to be, suggested. To keep in health, their _neighbors_ must be
induced or compelled to adopt the same course. This is not an absolute
law, but manifestly is very essential. Supposing your own house,
sidewalk, alley, or yard, are comparatively immaculate, it will be
impossible to live without constant danger and exposure if your friend
(or enemy in this sense) has an untidy house, a dirty sidewalk, and a
filthy yard, in your proximity. Then how encouraging to note that health
is as contagious as disease. It even spreads with greater rapidity.
Health is gladly welcomed; disease is shunned like a deadly poison. All
over the world past and contemporary history proves that, once started,
health spreads at a rate that disease cannot follow. What will surely
result? Healthful communities will make healthful municipalities;
healthful municipalities will end in commonwealths and nations of like
character. The whole earth will be leavened. From a record of 34 years
as the average _duration_ of human life, the thermometer of universal
progress will point to the threescore and ten, or 70 years.

If you were induced to smile at the close of the last sentence, it shows
that you are not lost to all sense of appreciation--but quietly put on
your sober cap for a moment and read a few facts on _vital statistics_.
The average length of life up to twenty years ago was 33 years, now it
has reached about 34.8 years. This has not been caused by the _whole_
world becoming more healthful--indeed, some portions of the earth,
including sections of the United States, have retrograded, and the
former limit of _mortality_ has been lowered--but by the health of a
number of _organizations_, _sects_, and individuals who have increased
their standards of regularity, cleanliness, temperance, morality, and
self-control. Thus the average rate of mortality has been raised nearly
2%. An interesting fact which is new to the majority of persons is this,
that the whole sect of _Friends_, or _Quakers_, live an average of 58
years per individual. In the thirty-two years from 1850 to 1882 they
raised the average six years, or about one year in five. With this
ratio, which is itself increasing, the plurality of Quakers will be
centenarians in less than two hundred years--in half that time if
assisted by the world at large. By the foregoing it will be seen that
the whole organization of Friends live 70% longer than the general age
allotted to mankind, which includes them to make up the universal rate.
Another noticeable feature in connection with the Quakers' life is this,
the deaths among them average 18 in every thousand; in the general
population, 22 per thousand; while the amount given to charities per
inhabitant in that sect is $7.78, and in the total population the
average is $1.46. Why this difference in longevity to so marked a

The _prohibitionist_ will give this reason, that the Friends dissipate
less; the religionists will say they are more truthful, more godly.
While each of the aforementioned reasons have a healthful tendency,
there is a more scientific conclusion, for it is a well-known fact that
there are thousands of cases of longevity of men and women who lack
every moral principle, and dissipate all their lives. The _scientist_
comes to our rescue. He tells us that the Quaker's life is prolonged by
his methodical way of living, evenness of temperament, wearing the same
weight of clothing, allowing nothing to furrow the brow, regularity of
sleeping, drinking, exercising, and eating. He takes no food or drink
into his stomach above 100° or below 50° Fahr. _Boiling_ hot soup and
frozen _ice-cream_ are unknown in a Quaker family. This might convey the
idea that ice-cream is foresworn by them. Not entirely so. They use the
same good judgment in that as in every other indulgence, allowing the
cream to rise in temperature from 10° to 15° above the freezing point,
to soft consistency, before it is taken into the stomach. Dr. Ufflemann,
a German physician of authority, draws some important conclusions from
his own experiments and those of others. The rules laid down are

1. That, in general, a temperature of food which approaches that of the
blood is most healthful.

2. For quenching the thirst the best temperature is from 50° Fahr. to
68° Fahr. Americans prefer about 40°.

3. The gulping down of ice-water or hot coffee, etc., means eventually a
stomach damnation.

4. The use of very hot and cold substances, following or alternating, is
injurious to the teeth.

5. Ingestion of cold food and drinks lessens the bodily temperature,
whether it be normal or febrile.

6. Cold food and drinks increase the tendency to cough, by causing,
reflexly, a congestion of the bronchial vessels. Hence persons with
bronchial disease ought not to indulge in cold drinks.

The habits of indulgence in alcoholic drinks, tobacco, opium, and other
narcotics or stimulants, have less to do than is generally supposed with
longevity, but much to do with happiness, while their abuse or
irregularity determines all for health, happiness, and longevity
combined. Temperance men and moralists will take issue with me, and
undertake to prove that any quantity, no matter how small, of either
alcohol, tobacco, or opium will shorten life; but the facts will not
sustain the assertion. It is the irregularity with which the body is
treated, either by outward application or bathing, in eating, sleeping,
or excess in all vices. For health, a regular gratification in the full
list of vices is better than having no vices--such as are so termed by
the world--and being irregular in everything else. While I do not
believe in practising any form of vice, yet the man who takes six drinks
of alcoholic spirits in reasonable quantities at fixed intervals each
day, smokes six cigars--two after each meal--chews three ounces of
tobacco with the same punctuality every day, eats his meals slowly and
at stated periods, sleeps from 8-1/2 to 9 hours per night between the
same hours, will outlive the man who neither smokes, chews, or drinks,
but does eat and sleep irregularly, and lies awake all night hating his
neighbor for his immoralities. He gets thin and haggard, followed by
all the weaknesses to which his system is heir; while the other man,
with his evenness of nature, habits, and dissipations, enjoys health,
becomes fat, and lives to the proverbial good old age.

Here, then, my reader, we have the explanation why a man may live
through _dissipation_ all his life, and then die only by accident at 80
or 100 years of age. A beggar, miser, or hermit may by degrees contract
the habit of filthiness, non-bathing, scantiness of food and improper
clothing, with such regularity that he will outlive all his friends and
relatives, and be chronicled at his death as one of the _centenarians_.
As an interesting fact, we state that in 1888 a beggar, aged 84, in
Perth, Hungary, tried to commit suicide by throwing himself into the
Danube because he was no longer able to support his father and mother,
who were 115 and 110 years old respectively! _Poisons_ may be taken in
infinitesimal doses for a while, then increasing by degrees until
_twenty_ grains of morphia or strychnia may be taken at a single dose
without immediate injury. There is at least one case of positive record
in Colusa County, of this State.

In closing this chapter we wish to call attention to a reasonable result
of true system, or regularity. Here is a _convict_ in the State prison.
Before he was incarcerated his health was imperfect, and he wore a
sallow, dejected look; but behold him after six months of strict
penitentiary discipline; he is a well man, fat and sleek--no longer a
semi-invalid. There are exceptions, but they are due to melancholy
generally. A _soldier_ after he enlists, unless he is exposed to the
constant privations of protracted war, throws off most defects in his
physique. You must know the cause; it is the compulsory regulation of
diet and clothing. Cleanliness and regularity are forced upon them,
showing it to be just what they needed.


     "Let health my nerves and finer fibers brace."

The possession of health, happiness, and longevity requires _not_ so
much a general literary and _scientific education_, as a _practical
knowledge_ of one's own self. The latter will far outweigh the other. In
many ways, however, will these qualities be improved by the former. A
person must know what is regularity, cleanliness, and temperance, or
moderation. By the use of these effective auxiliaries, I have freed
myself of so many maladies within the last thirty years that the average
medical devotee will laugh in derision and question my trustworthiness.
For the first _eleven_ years of my life I had _seven_ years of wasting
sickness. Of these, _five_ were spent in bed. At the age of 22 I left a
clerkship in New York City to come to California, _via_ Cape Horn.
_Consumption_ was strongly seated on my lungs. In addition to this
dangerous affliction I had bronchitis, catarrh, constipation, piles,
periodical rheumatism, cataracts on my eyes, corns on my feet, and fever
and ague from one to three months every year. Surely I was in a position
to sympathize with _Job_, but impatient, rather than patient like the
Biblical hero. I set myself towards absolute health. Before I had been
in this State two years, I gained the mastery of the lung and throat
troubles; but while assisting in putting in a flume in Feather River,
below Oroville, in 1859, I ruptured myself so that for twenty-five years
I wore a truss. Now I am entirely rid of the aforementioned list of
ailments, including hernia.

The detail of how I treated each of the maladies might not interest the
reader, and is too long a story to relate in this work. The principal
things done in each case, however, will be chronicled under their proper
heads in the second part of this work. See index. I do not now smoke,
chew, nor drink intoxicants; the latter I did to a limited degree, and
the former to excess, for a number of years, up to the close of 1869. On
the 31st day of December of that year--the day I smoked my _last
cigar_--I bought _twenty-five_ cigars and smoked _twenty-three_ of them.
My cigar bill that year averaged $2.50 per day, and ran as high as
$4.00. Having dissipated, and had nearly every form of disease, I speak
from my own thorough experience and not from that of anyone else. Why
should not my story, then, have a beneficial influence? If any man knows
how he can improve the welfare of his fellows, it is his duty to spread
the information. True it is that many of the _quasi reformers_, or
informers, are cranks or dreamers; but we wish the fact distinctly
understood and appreciated that we come not under that category. We
raise no false standard; we send forth no untried hypothesis. There is a
man in a New England State who annually lectures on agriculture, writes
special and general articles for the country papers on the most improved
methods of farming, appears before legislative committees as a
successful tiller of the soil. But, alas! what superficiality is
contained in this man's brain. His house is a barn, his garden a
chicken-yard, his orchard a forest, and his meadow a pasture. There are
like phantasmagoric geniuses interested in the health question. We
simply say, Trust them not. Shun them and their advice as you would the
presence and enticings of a bunco steerer. But you will get impatient to
learn in what consists cleanliness, regularity, and temperance if I do
not proceed. Indeed, I think I can hear some of you say, "I neither
chew, drink, smoke, eat irregularly, or miss my stipulated number of
hours in bed; yet I have all manner of aches and pains, and many
lingering maladies." If such be the case, you do not understand the true
principle and its practical application of _cleanliness_. A word here in
regard to bathing. There is no doubt we all should bathe at least once a
day. It should be done either at retiring or rising. If a warm or hot
bath, at night; if cold or sponge bath, in the morning. Of course, if a
person is not accustomed to a cold sponge bath, or is quite nervous, he
must not attempt it too strongly at first. Commence and advance by
gradation. Almost anything can be done to which an individual is
unaccustomed if regular steps are taken towards the end, and not one
leap. Whether it be beneficial or destructive, invigorating or
poisoning, gradation will accomplish the end.

Madame Patti, who always has been obliged to take the greatest care of
herself, gives this warning, which may not be out of place: "Take plenty
of exercise, take it in the open air, take it alone, and breathe with
the mouth closed. Live on simple food; all the fruit and rare beef you
want, very little pastry, a glass of claret for dinner, coffee in
moderation, but never a sip of beer, because it thickens the voice and
stupefies the senses. Keep regular hours for work, meals, rest, and
recreation, and never under any circumstances indulge in the fashionable
habit of eating late suppers. If you want to preserve the beauty of
face, and the priceless beauty of youth, keep well, keep clean, keep
erect, and keep cool." Without being didactic, let me detail to you a
few things you should and should not do; and all of which I carry out to
the letter:--

Adopt some style of _clothing_ so that even if you change the color the
_weight_ will be about the _same_.

Wear no overcoat, overshoes, nor gloves; in their place wear a
sufficiently heavy suit when it is warm, so as to have enough on when it
is cold. By wearing a _chest protector_ fore and aft of the lungs, made
of chamois and flannel, over the under-garment and under the shirt, you
will never take cold through your lungs.

Have good, thick-soled _boots_--and always of the same thickness--and
you will not take cold through your feet.

Have a _hat_ always of the same weight, and that should be light, with
ventilators in the top or sides. If you do not wear your hat at the
lunch table, or in your place of business, you will not catch cold in
your head.

A large list of accessories accompany the above:--

Never sit at your desk or home fireside with the same coat which you use
on the street. In its place have one 50 per cent lighter for such
occasions and positions.

Never _sleep_ in your _under-garments_, nor in any other clothing that
you carry during the day. The reason is strong and obvious. Your
covering in the course of the day receives all the perspiration and
surface deposit of the skin, which amounts to considerable in sixteen
hours. This must have a chance to escape or be absorbed by the air. The
amount is only increased by wearing the same garments at night. Have a
good warm _night-shirt_, and a clean one at least every week.

Do not sleep in a room without having the windows down from the top to
some extent. If there be six, lower three of them.

If you sleep with a companion and do not know anything about _animal
magnetism_, find out through someone who does know. Ascertain which of
you is more positive, and govern yourself accordingly. I find best
results for me in sleeping with my head north, and on the west side of a
negative companion. This principle of magnetism is too little observed.
Yet it applies to all persons at all times. Naturally some individuals
are more magnetic than others, that is, more positive. Usually, if not
always, the more masculine, swarthy, is the more positive, while the
light-haired and eyed are negative. Sleep invariably with your head
towards the north if you are positive, towards the west if you are
negative, but never in any case towards the east or south.

These conclusions are based wholly on scientific reasons, and anyone who
understands physics will see the cogency of our statements.

As a preventative against anything that has once been in my stomach
rising and remaining on the tongue, I use a piece of ordinary
_whalebone_ to curry it every morning, from end to end. This will tend
to purify the breath, sweeten the mouth, and aid mastication.

My _tooth brush_, after using, is so thoroughly _cleansed_ and dried
that anyone acquainted with the facts would hardly believe it had been

There are millions of particles of dust, atoms, _microbes_, or any other
name you may use, that collect upon your person and clothing hourly. If
your garments be tattered and torn, or patched and glazed, this will not
shorten your life or lessen your appetite; but I assure you, if you
will use up a 15-cent whisk-broom twice a year, in brushing yourself
from head to foot before each meal, there will be less to fall upon your
food, and thus find its way to your stomach, and your days will be
prolonged in exact ratio.


     "On life's vast ocean diversely we sail,
     Reason the card, but passion is the gale."

There are more diseases contracted, more unhappiness created during
life, and early decay occasioned, by _politeness_ and _pride_ than by
whisky and tobacco combined. Total-abstinence advocates will assert that
drink kills more than all other causes. What would they think if we
should say, if he is a reformed drinker, that it was out of pure
politeness that he quaffed his first glass.

Politeness is the cause of disease in many ways, of which the following
are a few:--

A friend--only in name--will stop you in the first corner of the street
and insist on telling you a good(?) joke about Brown, Smith, or Jones.
He takes you by the lapels of the coat, holds you to windward for twenty
minutes in a breeze blowing twenty-five miles an hour, although this
lays you up with a cold for a week, and thus plants the first seeds of
consumption. You will be too polite to tell him that your health will
not permit you to be so exposed. As a remedy for this class of attacks,
if a man insists on saying anything more than "How do you do" or
"Good-bye," I should invite him into the nearest hall-way or around the
corner to leeward, entirely out of the draft. If this does not seem
feasible, I would bid him "Good-day."

Another case of excessive politeness is when a gentleman or lady
continues chatting ten minutes in the _hall_ after he or she _must =go=
immediately_. Then at the door after they have walked out, you, in
dressing-gown and slippers, stand on the cold marble step in a driving
fog for twenty minutes more, to hear the latest gossip--too polite to
slam the door in their faces, or excuse it as an accident.

But the politeness that kills faster than any other is that of the
consumptive, bronchially-affected, or catarrhal patient. He will sit at
the table, or in company, and, out of pure politeness, swallow the
_mucus_ and other impurities that arise in his throat--too polite to use
a cuspidor or excuse himself by withdrawing to another room or the open
air, and clear his throat. A great many people are accustomed to
_expectorate_ into their _handkerchiefs_. This is a baneful practice.
Just as soon as that gets dry which they have thrown up from their
lungs, innumerable microbes of deadly effect escape and do extensive
harm. Avoid this habit and use the cuspidor or step out-of-doors. It is
not unreasonable to believe that 50 per cent of all the consumptives
would recover if they would, by care and cleanliness, see that no
particle of mucus once away from the lungs should ever go back down the
throat, and observe other points regarding apparel and cleanliness
mentioned in the first part of this work.

We have already devoted some space to what we should and should not do.
All that, however, is but a small part of a life which will continually
experience health, happiness, and longevity. We trust you do not simply
read these statements not intending to test their value. It is not
unlikely that many of you from your course or line of business will find
it eminently difficult to absolutely follow our instructions. Be that as
it may, come as approximately as you can, and there will positively
result an improvement in your physical condition, a progression in your
happiness, and a realization of longevity. The remainder of this chapter
will be occupied by a program, or rather set of _formula_ of what is
necessary to aid you in _keeping well_, living long and happily.

Keep your _bowels_ open and regular in action. This you can do, if
irregular or _constipated_, by taking a few drops of water in your right
hand every morning and rubbing the bowels in a circular motion from
right to left, until a friction is produced and the moisture gone. From
six to ten separate passages of the hand over the bowels is usually
sufficient, and the object will be accomplished. Each day this is
repeated; in a very short time you will be all right in this particular,
and will not require even this effective medicine. You must be aware
that a score of maladies are kept at bay by the regularity of the
bowels. This fact cannot be too strongly impressed on mankind in
general. It is very seldom indeed that you come upon a man who is well
with a bad digestive apparatus; but, again, he who possesses a strong
stomach and is moderate and regular in eating is almost invariably
characterized with a vigorous constitution. Disease finds no place to
locate upon or in him. There is no doubt the American people eat too
fast, and that is why so many die so soon. The system is worn out when
it should be ready to do its best work. If all the men and women in this
country would eat 50% slower they would live 25% longer. Of this we have
no doubt--nor do you, reader.

Sleep eight hours every night, between the same hours, as nearly as
possible, in a room well ventilated from the top of the window. If your
room is small you will require more _ventilation_ than if it is large;
in this case use more clothing on the bed. If possible have a bowl or
basin of water uncovered in the room, but the next morning do not either
drink or wash your face in the water that has stood exposed all night.
To drink it is slow suicide; to wash in it is unhealthy.

In the morning scrape the tongue with a strip of whalebone, as before
mentioned; brush the teeth with a good stiff clean tooth-brush, up and
down, but not across; note this latter proposition, there is reason for
it. By perpendicular brushing the bristles or hairs get in between the
teeth, where much sediment is left, and the gums are not made sore. This
is the best method also to prevent tartar forming. _Gargle_ the throat
with clean water three or four times; then, if you have it at hand,
drink about three swallows of cool filtered water; if not near go
thirsty until it is. Never take a drink of water, whether you be sick or
well, without first gargling the throat with at least one swallow and
spitting it out. Do you think _filtering_ of reservoir or general city
water is necessary? If not, then make a microscopic examination, and any
skepticism will be entirely removed. It is a prominent fact in science
to-day that almost all diseases and troubles are started or promulgated
by microbes and bacilli. There are often enough of these in one swallow
of water to poison a whole family. Then take a moist towel and apply it
to every part of your body; follow this with a vigorous rubbing with a
dry towel. A sponge bath is recommended by many physicians. This is all
right for the first time, but from that on the sponge begins to get
foul, not from necessity, but because not one person in fifty will wash
and thoroughly _dry_ the _sponge_. In any other case it is a disease
breeder. Perforated with so many cells and passages, intricate and
numberless, it is not surprising that it should be the residence of much
that is dangerous.

During the time of your bath you should close the windows of your room
to exclude the cold draughts--in any part of the country where the
atmosphere moves over two miles per hour--but not the sun. After this
lower or raise your window to the height or level of the eyes, and
proceed to enjoy a breathing exercise. This is done by first exhausting
all the air from the lungs through the mouth, then inhale, slowly,
through the nasal organs to the full capacity of the lungs. Do this
_three_ times or more each morning. If your lungs are not too weak, tap
with your fingers on your chest while it is inflated. This will tend to
develop your capacity of breathing wonderfully. The gentle percussion
thus effected is quite exhilarating. Practice yourself also in _holding_
your _breath_ for a prolonged interval, but always draw in air through
your nostrils; they strain out all impurities.

You are now ready for your breakfast; but, perhaps you say, I am a
workingman and have not the time. To such I would reply: I go through
all these duties in _one_ hour's time, and if belated I accomplish it in
_forty minutes_. If I have to take a train at 5 A. M., I see that I am
called at 4 A. M., at least, and enjoy my regular time for _toilet_. I
would advise those of you who think you have not time, to go to bed that
much earlier. Even if you are to travel, by using my method of
preparation you will not experience that tired, disagreeable, restless
feeling that will otherwise come. You all know how intensely that
feeling acts to destroy all your pleasure until the day is half over and
it is worn away. Employ common-sense ways and you will be as fresh at 6
as at 12 o'clock. Your lips will not be blue, your skin cold, your teeth
unclean, your mouth dry, your eyes red, and your whole self out of sorts
as it were.


     "Of right choice food are his meals, I ween."

Now as to what you should eat, what you should not eat, and how you
should eat. This is perhaps the greatest problem for a man to solve. A
man with a bad digestive apparatus is practically an invalid. We have no
hesitation in saying that there is as much bodily injury done by over
and careless eating among people commonly called temperate as among
those who drink alcoholic liquors to a large extent. If you would
preserve your vital strength and capabilities for a happy, long period,
mind your diet. Don't rest too much on the insane idea that you have a
_stomach_ of _iron_ and that you can digest shingle nails. You are not a
species of the genus ostrich, or goat. Then if you really do possess
organs that can take care of all kinds of food, their splendid power
should not be destroyed or even weakened by improper indulgence. The
mightiest engine is soon as valueless as old iron if it is continually
exerted to its greatest velocity. If inanimate mechanism cannot stand a
permanent strain surely bodily flesh would be quickly disabled.

Some foods are particularly muscle formers, others produce fat, and
still others brain and nerve, while most of the common articles of diet
combine these uses in varying degrees.

But the question to cover our entire physical needs requires to be
broadened into this: What combination of food will best nourish the
body? Even then the answer must be modified to suit individual cases,
for the digestive power differs greatly in different persons. Moreover,
there is an interdependence between the different bodily organs and
tissues, so that the body must be built up as a whole. If one part lacks
the whole suffers, and if one part is overfed the others will be

Thus a person who becomes unduly fat loses in muscular fiber, either in
quantity or quality. One who overfeeds the brain loses in muscular
strength. So, too, muscular development may be carried to such excess as
to impoverish the brain, and also to reduce the fat of the body below
what is necessary both as surplus food laid up for emergencies, and as a
protection against sudden changes of temperature.

The best food for producing muscle, therefore, must, while being duly
appetizing, contain a large per cent of nitrates for the muscles, of
phosphates for the brain and nerves, and of carbonates for the fat.

Of nitrates, beans stand at 24 per cent, then peas at 22, cabbage and
salmon at 20, oats at 17, eggs and veal at 16, and beef at 15.

Of phosphates, salmon stands first at 7, then codfish at 6, beef and
eggs at 5, beans and veal at 4, and cabbage, peas, and oats at 3.

Of carbonates, butter stands at the head at 100, rice at 80, corn and
rye at 72, wheat at 69, oats at 66, peas at 60, beans at 57, and cabbage
at 46.

Fresh codfish fried in fat or served with butter gravy about equals beef
in all respects, and so do eggs fried in fat. But we must add:--

The mere eating of food cannot make muscle. The muscles must be called
into vigorous daily exercise, yet without overdoing.

Excessive eating is weakening, and must be avoided. It is the amount
digested and assimilated that tells, not the quantity taken into the

All the laws of health must be steadily observed. We are in favor of a
diet that excludes meat entirely; and once a day should be the excess of
those who indulge in the flesh-eating luxury. A suspicion that there is
a difference between merely getting food down into the stomach and its
digestion, is abroad, and that a peach, an orange, an apple, a spoonful
of flour, or something similar, which is digested, is really better for
a man than a beefsteak, which simply passes through the alimentary
canal. See "Food" for further consideration of vegetarianism.

For _breakfast_ have any of the numerous preparations of _mush_, such as
oatmeal, cracked wheat, and germea, every other day some kind of fish;
of the miscellaneous, potatoes baked or boiled, eggs poached, boiled, or
omelette, and natural fruit; of drinks, water, filtered or boiled, and
not below 56° Fahr., milk, pure and sweet but not cream, cocoa,
chocolate, tea, or coffee. These are good and beneficial in the order
they are placed. The following from the N. Y. _Medical Record_ is
invaluable information:--

"Stimulants (drink most healthful).--Milk heated to much above 100
degrees Fahrenheit loses for a time a degree of its sweetness and
density. No one who, fatigued by over-exertion of body or mind, has ever
experienced the reviving influence of a tumbler of this beverage, heated
as warm as it can be sipped, will willingly forego a resort to it
because of its being rendered somewhat less acceptable to the palate.
The promptness with which its cordial influence is felt is indeed
surprising. Some portion of it seems to be digested and appropriated
almost immediately, and many who now fancy they need alcoholic
stimulants when exhausted by fatigue will find in this simple draught an
equivalent that will be abundantly satisfying and far more enduring in
its effects. There is many an ignorant overworked woman who fancies she
could not keep up without her beer; she mistakes its momentary
exhilaration for strength, and applies the whip instead of nourishment
to her poor, exhausted frame. Any honest, intelligent physician will
tell her that there is more real strength and nourishment in a slice of
bread than in a quart of beer; but if she loves stimulants it would be a
very useless piece of information. It is claimed that some of the lady
clerks in our own city, and those too who are employed in respectable
business houses, are in the habit of ordering ale or beer at the
restaurants. They probably claim that they are 'tired,' and no one who
sees their faithful devotion to customers all day will doubt their
assertions. But they should not mistake beer for a blessing or stimulus
for strength. A careful examination of statistics will prove that men
and women who do not drink can endure more hardships, and do more work,
and live longer, than those less temperate."

If you must eat meat for breakfast, have your _steak rare_, mutton chops
well done; if fish, always well done; and if each are fried, use butter,
not lard--the same applies to everything else that has to be fried. All
meats are sweeter and more healthful broiled than fried. Of bread, for
health, natural _graham_ comes first; and, in order of nutrition, corn,
corn and wheat mixed, rye, and wheat. They should be taken cold and at
least twenty-four hours after baking. If the midday meal is a lunch, all
dishes should be cold. It can be made up largely from dishes left over
from the morning meal, such as cold cracked wheat with milk, natural
fruit; add nuts, sauces, jellies, and prepared fruit.

If _dinner_ is taken at noon instead of lunch at that hour, any one of
the score of vegetable soups are first in value; all other kinds are
secondary; let there be from three to six kinds of vegetables cooked;
any of the drinks mentioned for breakfast may be used, but none of them
iced; cold bread, and no pastry unless an open pie with unshortened
undercrust. An excellent morsel for _dyspeptics_ is _sea biscuit_ dipped
in cold water and then placed in a hot oven from three to five minutes.
If meat is to be a portion of this meal, you can have beef, mutton, or
venison, roasted or broiled, the former rare, and the two latter well
done. Provided dinner is enjoyed at the close of the day, it should
occur before 5:30 P. M.; if at midday, then the lunch meal can be
renamed supper, and can be partaken of as late as 6 or 7 P. M. Let there
be no eating two meals for Sundays and holidays, and three for other
days, or indulging in them at later hours in the morning and earlier in
the evening; for this irregularity will detriment more than many kinds
of improper food.

Do not eat _fresh pork_, for this and every other kind of swine flesh is
an abomination. Eat no _kidney_, _liver_, or _tripe_; deal sparingly
with _fowl_ and all the bird family. Outside impure water and
uncleanliness, there can be but one cause for _skin diseases_, eczema,
boils, and the dread leprosy, which is the eating of pork, kidney,
liver, duck, etc. If the lion indiscriminately kills and eats all kinds
of flesh, and thereby is made ferocious, if the lamb is rendered passive
and inoffensive by grasses and grains, then what the swine or different
domestic fowls eat must have something to do with the make-up of the
flesh of their bodies. The hog is the most filthy animal of that nature,
while chicken and duck are the most so in the line of fowls used by man
for food. It is offensive but true that they will not only _eat_ but
relish both their own and man's _excrement_.

We cannot use space foolishly, if we show plainly why pork should be
abandoned. Did you ever stop to think on what most _swine_ live? _Swill_
is the most common term for it. Anything and everything that is the
refuse of a boarding-house will they eagerly devour. Give them _rotten_
apples and potatoes, full of innumerable microbes, and they will relish
the repast. Place them in a dung heap--they will root, and eat much of
what they find. Now all meat, all flesh and tissue, is made from what an
animal or person eats--if he doesn't eat he grows thin and starves. Then
the hog's flesh is made from elements derived from swill, decayed
substances, and everything either cooked, uncooked, or even digested,
that man is through with or has cast off. You who eat pork relish that
which once you have refused to eat--only in another form. Can you enjoy
this meat when you consider all this? Surely its use means bad health
and contamination. Skin diseases and _poor complexions_ are found almost
entirely among those who live on these improper foods. Again, even if
you feed swine on clean corn, milk, and water, we ascertain by careful
experiment and examination that pork is most susceptible to bacteria of
almost any meat. Better boycott it altogether. _Leprosy_ and skin
troubles are found largely among pork-eating people--such as the
inhabitants of the Hawaiian Islands, where there are 749 lepers. On the
other hand, Jews, who everywhere are marked with clear skins, avoid
pork. In Constantinople there are 250 lepers, in Crete upwards of 3,000,
and quantities in the islands of eastern Mediterranean Sea, and 1,000 in
Norway. These places are all characterized by the great amount of pork,
and duck too, that they consume.

Other things not good for _invalids_, and will make strong persons
invalids, are: Fried potatoes, hot cakes, warm bread, pound cake, green
cucumbers, and rich pie-crust. Eat only those things that will excite
the salivary glands to assist digestion. The walls, not the center of
the alimentary canal, need attention.

Have your _soup cool_ enough so that it will not cause tears in your
eyes when you swallow--same with your coffee, tea, and other warm
drinks; take no _ice drinks_; if you are used to having water only with
your meals, drink it warm with sugar and milk, and _not hot_. If you are
obliged to live in a second-class boarding-house or restaurant, and are
obliged to take one of three meals each day at such a place, insist on
having a _napkin_. Use it first to wipe your glass for water, then
follow by polishing every utensil set before you for use at your meal.
If note is taken of the napkin before and after each meal, you will be
able by a mathematical calculation to tell just how much _real estate_
did not belong to you.

How you should eat: Begin with one swallow of cool water. Eat slowly;
take full 20 minutes for a hurried meal, and 45 minutes when you have
the time. If you eat beefsteak, have it rare; if mutton chops, have them
well done; if _fish_, well done and brown; if potatoes, first choice,
baked; second, boiled; third, stewed or mashed. Never eat decayed
vegetables or fruit; have them fresh or do without them. At table, see
that the conversation is pleasant and mirthful. Should any of the
younger members of the family insist, at each meal, in changing this
order of things, cause them for a short season to sit at a separate
table in the kitchen, until this sort of disease--for disease it is--may
be cured. Nothing retards digestion, brings dyspepsia, or creates
neuralgia, to such extent as a sullen disposition. We will end this
chapter with a remarkably bright paraphrase on the ten commandments,
which we recently ran across:--


"1. Thou shalt have no other food than at meal-time.

"2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any pies, or put into pastry the
likeness of anything that is in the heavens above or in the waters under
the earth. Thou shalt not fall to eating it or trying to digest it. For
the dyspepsia will be visited upon the children to the third and fourth
generation of them that eat pie; and long life and vigor upon those that
live prudently and keep the laws of health.

"3. Remember thy bread to bake it well; for he will not be kept sound
that eateth his bread as dough.

"4. Thou shalt not indulge sorrow or borrow anxiety in vain.

"5. Six days shalt thou wash and keep thyself clean, and the seventh
thou shalt take a great bath; thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and
thy man-servant, and thy maid-servant, and the stranger that is within
thy gates. For in six days man sweats and gathers filth and bacteria
enough for disease; wherefore the Lord has blessed the bath-tub and
hallowed it.

"6. Remember thy sitting-room and bed-chamber to keep them ventilated,
that thy days may be long in the land which the Lord thy God giveth

"7. Thou shalt not eat hot biscuit.

"8. Thou shalt not eat thy meat fried.

"9. Thou shalt not swallow thy food unchewed, or highly spiced, or just
before hard work, or just after it.

"10. Thou shalt not keep late hours in thy neighbor's house, nor with
thy neighbor's wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maid-servant, nor his
cards, nor his glass, nor with anything that is thy neighbor's."--_New
England Farmer._

With the use of the foregoing as a guide, and ordinary judgment in the
affairs with your fellow-men, life will run smoothly, happiness will
follow, and a long life be the result.


     "Let the jewel of happiness poise in the setting of health."

If you are a reader of this work to find out a cure for consumption,
catarrh, bronchitis, constipation, hemorrhoids or piles, hernia or
rupture, rheumatism, fever and ague, cataracts on the eyes, warts on the
hands, corns on the feet, and how to abstain from drink and tobacco in
all injurious forms, we will try and not disappoint you. Under the head
of each disease above named, see index and second part. We offer you a
remedy. All of these troubles I have had (and a score not mentioned), of
the entire list of which _=I=_ am now _free completely_. In short, the
whole number of diseases that beset the human family can be cured by
care, cleanliness, regularity, fresh air, cold water used internally,
and by compress, proper clothing, right food, regular exercise, an even
disposition, a clear conscience, intelligent and agreeable associates,
and a reasonable amount of time.

It took me 30 years, 25 of which I spent ascertaining the way. If
someone could have informed me, as this book does you, I would have
enjoyed full health _twenty-five_ years earlier than I did. Anyone
observing the rules I have recounted can restore a broken-down
_constitution_ in less than 5 years--yes, even if one foot is already in
the grave! Soon you will begin to lift it out, and it will be a long
period before you will take that step again. I do not exaggerate when I
state that I had _both feet_ in the grave. Fortunately, however, my head
was above-ground, and I began to reason how to get the rest of myself
away. The secret was discovered, the causes set to work, and finally the
end achieved. To use another figure, my coffin had many nails already
driven in it when I secured a clincher, pulled them all out, and then
split up the old wooden hulk to make fires with which to start the
steam of my new energies.

All of my _time_ is _employed_. I do some sort of laborious work every
day to start my blood coursing vigorously, and open the pores of my
skin. By a proper adjustment of my under-clothing, I prevent a cold, and
am always ready with a good appetite when meal-time comes. I have never
studied _Anatomy_, _Medicine_, or _Surgery_, know but little about the
niceties of the English language, but I have studied the Materia Medica
of myself, and am aware of just what is beneficial and what is injurious
for me.

There is a duty each individual owes to his fellow-man, each municipal
corporation to its citizens, and each State and general government to
those over whom they preside. Every individual should strive to see how
much distress he can relieve during his short stay on this earth; how
few thorns he has to place in the pathway of others, and how many drops
of oil he can pour on the disturbed waters of the ocean of life.

_Accidents_ that are _preventable_, caused by carelessness, laziness,
and ignorance, cost more money, suffering, and life than viciousness and
incendiarism, in the ratio of 3 to 1. Every man who builds a mill,
manufactory, or a business block, makes his own rate of insurance.

A slight variation in the construction of a building, the omission of
certain details, the wrong location of hazardous machinery or materials,
or the neglect of cleanliness and order, may very seriously affect the
_fire hazard_, and consequently the _rate_ of insurance which must
necessarily attach to the property.

The _Fire Losses_ in the United States amount to $125,000,000 per annum,
and the great mass of this enormous loss is chargeable to bad
construction of buildings, the lack of necessary apparatus for
extinguishing fires, and carelessness in the management of property. The
_unavoidable_ losses are few in number; the _avoidable_, many. Insurance
companies _restore no value_, _repair no loss_; they can only
_distribute_ the loss throughout the community. Careless, ignorant,
annihilative, is the term to be applied to 75% of the fire losses. The
destruction of life by accidents, where immediate death follows, in the
United States is large; but, in comparison with those that assist in
shortening life, they are about in the ratio of 1 to 100. Only such
persons as have undoubted _integrity_, coupled with order, cleanliness,
and carefulness should be allowed to insure their property, and this
should be restricted by law. A certain sect in our population that now
have to be charged from 50 to 100% more for insurance than other people,
should be stricken from the list of the insured, until they have by
personal action abolished this difference in risk.

When the time comes that only such persons as attend to all the details
of cleanliness and prevention of the loss of property and health can be
insured, the cost will be reduced 50%. Until we are willing, or educated
up to that point, to protect our neighbors' lives and property as if
they were ours, we must expect to pay this 50% more for everything we
have, use, drink, eat, and wear. Longevity will be restricted in the
same proportion. Hundreds of accidents would be prevented by proper
care. Throwing foolishly the match, cigar, cigarette, etc., any and
everywhere, causes great loss of property, and often life; the
unthinking eat oranges and _bananas_ in the _street_ and cast underfoot
the rinds and skins to cause the next moment the _dislocation_ of a
limb, or broken skull. Over 500 accidents have occurred in this city
alone during the last 5 years, occasioned by some sort of vegetable or
fruit refuse lying upon the pavements; fatal results, though not all
immediate, happened to 15 persons, and a number were maimed for life.
Broken bottles and glass thrown into the street and on the sidewalks
bring about at times frightful accidents to both man and beast; and if a
correct report could be had from each livery-man and teamster in this
regard, it would startle the most inhuman of our race.

The _tax-payer_ has a tendency to be selfish when he is really doing
himself severe injury. It is a case of reflex action. In passing along a
thoroughfare he sees a banana skin lying on the sidewalk. He cannot
possibly stop or trouble himself to push it into the gutter. Almost
immediately another man comes along, steps on the skin, slips, breaks
his leg, and is carried to the hospital. He remains there a month,
supported by the city, that is, by money paid by the same tax-payer. In
this manner, and other ways, can every man act, both selfishly or
unselfishly. If selfish in passing this by, it is sure to come back on
him a hundred-fold to the original trouble required. His unselfishness
will consist in saving his fellow-men from danger by removing the cause.
Indeed, he will be selfish if he casts it off for the sake of decreasing
his taxation, but such selfish unselfishness will be gladly excused.

_Garbage_ thrown out of back doors or under neighbors' steps creates
contagion, and in time the thoughtless individuals fall a prey to their
own carelessness. Three out of every five men and five out of every
hundred women are ruptured as a result of their own or somebody else's

On the top of nearly every house in the section where _artesian_ water
is used, there is a _tank_ to receive water for various purposes about
each dwelling; much of this is employed for drinking and culinary uses.
Without any attempt at a sensation, we pronounce this box or _tank_ a
_death trap!_ There is not a clean one in this whole great city, that
has an outside exposure, and 9 out of every 10 are reeking with filth.
Having had occasion to investigate several I am convinced that they
average alike. If so, there are at least 500 tons of concentrated filth
playing the part of filters in the tanks of this city alone at this
writing! And there is every reason to believe that this city is as clean
as the average. Provided this is so, there is enough of such refuse in
the United States to dam the Mississippi River many times and build a
levee across Lake Erie.

Health officers may keep their own tanks clean in the future, but if
individuals desire health and abolition of the need of Health Boards,
let them keep their own tanks, back yards, streets, and pavements neat.
Municipal corporations should prevent by _law_ the throwing of any kind
of rubbish into the streets, and make it a misdemeanor for the
proprietors allowing any of their mercantile houses, work-shops, or
residences to be found filthy, and there are thousands of them in this
city. To avoid accidents, every man, woman, and child should be
compelled to pass to their right on the street. Every person in every
city not having a legitimate vocation in the eyes of the law, nor an
income from property or money in the bank, should, if criminally
inclined, be sent to the House of Correction. If poor and willing to
work, they ought to be put to work in the public streets and in the
parks, to beautify them, for the benefit of the frugal classes. No
begging should be allowed, under penalty of imprisonment. That a city
may escape being overrun by country tramps, their entrance should be

To stop contagion, public _crematories_ should be established and
cremation of the human and animal bodies be compulsory. If the principal
church and secret organizations will now change their rituals so as to
permit of the incineration of the bodies of their deceased members, the
world will have advanced 100 years before the close of this century and
the average duration of life at that date will have increased from 34.8
to 40 years. It is needful that the false sentiment regarding the
disposition of our dead should undergo a complete revolution. There
could probably be no better aid to this end than a general investigation
of the mortuary records of the towns and cities of the globe, by proper
officials, the facts and discoveries of whom should be given all
possible publicity. An hundred or so years ago this was not so much a
matter of importance as now, with a greater and increasing density of
population, by virtue of which a great portion of the habitable earth is
fast becoming a mass of putrifying corruption, that will involve at no
distant time the world in pestilence, woe, and desolation.

The recent official return on the condition of the London cemeteries is,
or should be, sufficient to cause all reasonable persons to cry out for
the crematory. In Brompton Cemetery, with an area of twenty-eight and
three-fourths of an acre, there have been buried in less than fifty
years one hundred and fifty-five thousand bodies. In Tower Hamlets
Cemetery, with twelve acres less, in about the same time, the number is
two hundred and forty-seven thousand.

When it is remembered how perfectly unfitted the soil of these districts
is for burial purposes, together with the means so largely employed for
preventing speedy decomposition, one may readily imagine the danger that
menaces those above this still-increasing mass of sub-pollution.

Multiply the condition of the London suburbs by several hundred thousand
more, and then ponder the product! Talk about sanitary regulations, when
our public health laws are violated thus, and the air and water poisoned
as a result of the superstitious custom of body burial! When pestilence
stalks abroad, it is said to be planetary influence or divine wrath! The
following from the Springfield _Republican_ will indicate the current of
public opinion:--

"That the custom of burying the dead is bound to be superseded by more
scientific and economical methods, especially in the centers of
population, may be seen in the reanimation of the old scheme of
desiccation by New York capitalists. These men are not yet ready to
accept cremation. Their project is to build mausoleums as substitutes
for cemeteries, where the body will be subjected to the absorbent action
of currents of pure, dry air, which will prevent decomposition, and, by
thoroughly exhausting the body of moisture and gases, carry away all
germs of disease. These air currents, thus laden, will then pass through
furnaces, where all noxious elements will be destroyed. The lifeless
form will be reduced in weight about two-thirds and nearly one-half in
size. Resting in a sepulcher, it may then be preserved for an indefinite
period. As explained in detail, with particulars of the beauty of the
buildings thrown in, this scheme has advantages compared with the
undesirable method in vogue, though it is less thorough and simple than
cremation. A promoter of the enterprise in speaking of the desiccated
body says that 'although shrunken, still, with the semblance of life, it
is an object that the eye of affection can look upon without a shock,
and the sanitarian can think of without a shudder.' In essence, however,
the scheme is simply a concession to a public, not yet educated to the
idea of cremation. While appropriating enough of the latter system to
solve the question of public health, it caters to the human
sentimentalities in preserving at half size the dead form. Upon these
sentiments, summed up as the 'instinct of humanity,' the promoters of
the new system base their hopes of profit. Besides advancing in its
favor all the arguments used for cremation, its friends add that in the
desiccating process no danger can exist of suspended animation escaping

Public _fountains_ should be established in every other block of cities
or towns having over 1,000 inhabitants, with best-devised filters known,
so that both man and beast could enjoy pure water to drink, free for the
taking. During epidemics it should be not only compulsory in
municipalities to have water filtered in each house before drinking, but
it should be boiled. Every house ought to have a filter. If you cannot
afford a $40 one, you can secure one for 40 cents.


    "Vice is a monster of so frightful mien,
    As to be hated, needs but to be seen;
    Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face,
    We first endure, then pity, then embrace."

    "But evil is wrought by want of thought
    As well as by want of heart."

The following extract from the report of the Grand Jury of this city,
given publicity December 5, 1889, is self-explanatory:--

"Some of the dives and variety theaters are the nurseries of vice and
crime, where drunkenness is encouraged, our youth demoralized, the
unwary roped in and robbed, and crimes committed which the authorities
are unable to prevent or discover. There is, of course, a broad
distinction to be noted between those places of public resort where the
demand for distilled, fermented, and malt liquors is supplied in a
legitimate manner, and the entertainment provided, if any, is not of an
objectionable character, and those places where salacious performances
are presented as an attraction, and lewd women, under the guise of
waitresses to serve liquors, pursue a shameful vocation. These evils may
be partly remedied if respectable citizens will refuse to rent their
property for such uses, and also refuse to assist in obtaining licenses
whereby such headquarters for drunkenness, lewdness, and crime are in a
measure entrenched behind existing general laws.

"The so-called 'social evil' is aggressive on our thoroughfares, and
should be restrained by the authorities within narrower limits."

But we add our interpretation and our suggestions for these twin evils
which stalk up and down the earth and apparently defy control.

The _minister_ treats lightly upon the liquor traffic, in many instances
because certain of his church members either sell it at wholesale,
retail, or furnish the barley, corn, grapes, hops, or rent to the man
who does. The _editors_ of all newspapers of general circulation must
treat the subject likewise, for fear of his advertising patrons. His
readers are never taken into account, for the simple reason that
circulation alone does not pay newspapers issued daily, and very few
that are issued weekly. It will be seen by the above report that the
grand jurymen too have _vital_ interests at stake. In order to keep
their respective businesses from being boycotted by their
fellow-merchants, they handle the subject with soft gloves, as if it
were eggs, and the "social evil" by this same jury is done up in
_nineteen_ words. But they have indicated a great deal in those few
words, namely, that such an evil _does exist_--something the different
_church_ organizations have _refused_ to acknowledge.

High license, with personal responsibility for results, under a
sufficient bond, will in time remedy the liquor traffic.

The _social evil_ should be licensed, and under the perfect control of
the police--and not the police under its control, as seems to be the
case in this city. Are they not under pay to look the other way? Its
boundaries should be exact, isolated, and under the direct supervision
of the health department. Is there any justice in demanding a license
of a milliner, or on any other mercantile pursuit that a female may see
fit to adopt, while 5,000 of these questionable women go untaxed,
because you do not _dare_ to acknowledge that their calling _exists?_ To
ask the question is to answer it--No!! Let no one think that in any way
whatever we would seem to unduly countenance, or in the least encourage,
this evil. But we do believe in recognizing absolute facts. They cannot
be overlooked. It is surprising that, amidst all this widespread
discussion of intemperance, no more has been said on this _social
problem_. As long as men are mortal, this condition of relations will
exist--it has existed through all time--but it is possible to limit it,
to heavily license it, and keep it within proper bounds.

Then by all means should churches and various kinds of societies exert
their influence to the legal recognition of the true status, and benefit
the general condition of mankind. Boards of supervisors, aldermen, etc.,
are clothed with power to accomplish the ends suggested, if they are
only backed by public sentiment.

If the _Catholic Church_ organization alone will inaugurate a general
agitation over the country, as they have already indicated and begun in
their convention at Baltimore, on the liquor traffic, they will either
break it up or put it under control; for 60% of this business is carried
on by their following.

Public _urinals_ are greater necessities than public fountains in cities
and large towns. The alarming increase of _diabetes_ and kidney troubles
in cities during the last few years, while remaining normal, or actually
decreasing in the rural districts, has led to the belief that the
prolonged detention of the urine is the principal, and, in most cases,
the only cause of this terrible malady. The foregoing facts
recapitulated exhibit a few of the ills of mankind that are in the power
of municipal officials to alleviate. The duties of the general
government cover all of the above, and include the _prevention_ of all
_criminals_ and _paupers_ of every nation from _landing_ on our shores;
the compulsory education of all citizens old and young--as it is cheaper
to educate than to punish criminals; to furnish employment upon all
useful and needed public works for the worthy, willing poor, and cause
to be distributed with equity to the deserving, all the earnings of the
criminal institutions of the country, over and above their actual

It will not be out of place to complete this chapter with a few words on
the necessity of giving man and beast _one day_ in seven to _rest_.
_Sunday_ seems to be the preferable one, but to compel the observance of
one particular day in each week for all classes and sects would be
tyrannical. The majority of religious societies employ Sunday for
worship and rest, but, throwing aside the moral and religious bearing,
every human being would be healthier, happier, and live longer, if he
rested one day in the week. We all live too fast. Though we enjoy
laziness at times, yet we are too anxious to get riches or fame earlier
than we ought or can. A man may work so mightily that he will be very
wealthy at 40 instead of 50, but he will die at 70 instead of 80. Better
prolong life by reserving forces for the future.


     "For a man's house is his castle."

After individual cleanliness and regularity, erect your next _house_ in
which you intend to live, or that you expect to rent to another, or
remodel your present residence, to correspond with the following:--

Sanitary House.--It should stand facing the sun, on dry soil, in a wide,
clean, amply-sewered, substantially-paved street, over a deep,
thoroughly ventilated and lighted cellar. The floor of the cellar should
be cemented, the walls and ceilings plastered and thickly whitewashed
with lime every year, that the house may not act as a chimney to draw up
into its chambers micro-organisms from the earth. If your lot is
situated so that you cannot face your house either east or south,
construct the rooms in such a way that your parlors and sleeping
apartments will receive the sun at least 3 hours during the day. All
windows should extend from floor to ceiling, adjusted to let down from
the top, and in position to secure as much as possible of the through
currents of air. The outside walls, if of wood or brick, should be kept
thickly painted, not to shut out penetrating air, but for the sake of
dryness. All inside walls should be plastered smooth, painted, and,
however unaesthetic, varnished. Mantels should be of marble, plate,
iron, or, if wood, plain, and, whether natural, painted, or stained,

Interior wood-work, including floors, should all show plain surfaces and
be likewise treated. No paper on the walls, no carpets on the floors,
but movable rugs, which can be shaken daily in the open air--not at
doors or out of windows, where dust is blown back into rooms--should
cover the floors. White linen shades, which will soon show the necessity
of washing, should protect the windows. All furniture should be plain,
with cane seats, without upholstery. Mattresses should be covered with
oiled silk. Blankets, sheets, and spreads--no comforts or quilts--should
constitute the bedding.

Of plumbing there should be as little as is necessary, and all there is
must be exposed.

The inhabited rooms should be heated only with open fires, the cellar
and halls by radiated heat, or, better, by a hot-air furnace, which
shall take its fresh air from above the top of the house and not from
the cellar itself or the surface of the earth, where micro-organisms
most abound. Let there be no annual house cleaning, but keep it clean
all the time, and have it gone through thoroughly at least four times
per year.

Of course a corner lot is always preferable, but how often it is
supposed that the benefit consists alone in a commanding position, in a
chance for architectural display, when the greatest boon is the
increased opportunity for sunlight. The atmosphere of a room where the
sun never shines is never agreeable or healthful. Science has taught us
that the sun is the source of all life. It will effect more than tons of
disinfectants and chemicals to purge and sweeten the air of a house. Let
the building be exposed to the south, and keep shade trees from
checking the sun too much. Verandas and broad piazzas often do as much
harm as they give pleasure--especially if they are all covered with
vines. Be more careful about plumbing than people are wont to be. Do not
practice economy by trying to cut down _plumbing_ bills. When a
contractor agrees to erect a house, either withhold this part from him
or see that he employs the most skilled labor. Ventilation cannot be
slighted, for upon it health greatly depends. If you can in any way
afford it, use _incandescent electric light_ instead of gas or oil. The
reason is a powerful one. An ordinary _gas_ jet destroys as much pure
air and oxygen as five men--a good-sized _oil lamp_ equal to three men.
Add to this the heat that comes from such methods, and we see the strong
advantage of the incandescent electric light. This vitiates no air,
gives off no perceptible heat. Though there are stories that electric
lights injure the eyes, from careful observation we find that it hurts
the eyes of the majority no more than any artificial light.

The _Sanitary News_ urges people not to paper or paint the interior
walls of houses. Arsenical poisons are used in coloring wall paper. Mold
collects in flour paste used in fastening paper to walls, absorbing
moisture and germs of disease. Glue also disintegrates, so that any
friction removes small particles, to which germs attach and float in the
air. Undecorated walls, ugly as they are, the _News_ insists are the
only healthy ones to live within.

Dr. Cushing, of this city, thus ends his lecture on "Healthful

"The essentials then of good house building are, first, a dry soil, a
good foundation, exposure to the sun, and, next, good plumbing by
reputable men at whatever cost necessary for first-class work, warming
and ventilating by open grates rather than by steam heaters and stoves,
clean floors and clean walls; and now, if there be no decomposition of
animal or vegetable matter allowed in the immediate vicinity of the
house, we shall have done the best that the present state of science
will permit toward making our houses healthful."

The Hotel Del Monte is the only perfectly clean hotel in America. It is
located at Monterey, Cal., not over a quarter of a mile from the ocean.
The prevailing winds are from the sea and would naturally blow over the
sands towards the house. Now the cause of dirt has virtually been killed
by the planting of trees, brush, and by the laying of asphaltum walks
and sod-ground drives on this windward side. The only dirt is that which
is brought there by travelers--this is easily kept down. The moral is
here: If possible prevent dust and dirt by stopping the cause.


     "Let this great maxim be my virtue's guide."

As we are hastily reading books and papers we continually come across
maxims, epigrams, and short, pithy sayings that attract us. We wish we
could not only remember them, but also often put them in practice, but
they slip our mind and actions almost immediately. From time to time the
author has collected fruit from the vast field of health of its kindred
subjects, and placed the best of them in this book for the reader's
careful consideration. Among the multitude of "Don'ts" for politeness
are the following for health alone:--

"Don't endeavor to rest the mind by absolute inactivity; let it seek its
rest in work in other channels, and thus rest the tired part of the

"Don't delude yourself into the belief that you are an exception as far
as sleep is concerned; the normal average of sleep is eight hours.

"Don't allow your servants to put meat and vegetables in the same
compartments of the refrigerator.

"Don't keep the parlor dark unless you value your carpet more than your
and your children's health.

"Don't forget that moral defects are as often the cause as they are the
effects of physical faults.

"Don't direct special mental or physical energies to more than eight
hours' work in each day.

"Don't neglect to have your dentist examine your teeth at least every
three months.

"Don't read, write, or do any delicate work unless receiving the light
from the left side.

"Don't pamper the appetite with such variety of food that may lead to

"Don't read in street-cars or other jolting vehicles.

"Don't eat or drink hot and cold things immediately in succession.

"Don't pick the teeth with pins or any other hard substance.

"Don't sleep in a room provided with stationary washstands.

"Don't neglect any opportunity to insure a variety of food."

There are many things we should _never_ do. Among them are:--

"Never go to bed with cold or damp feet.

"Never lean with the back upon anything that is cold.

"Never begin a journey until the breakfast has been eaten.

"Never take warm drinks and then immediately go out in the cold.

"Never ride in an open carriage or near the window of a car for a moment
after exercise; it is dangerous to health or even life.

"Never omit regular bathing, for unless the skin is in regular condition
the cold will close the pores and favor congestion or other diseases.

"Never stand still in cold weather, especially after having taken a
slight degree of exercise."

Perhaps among the following you may find succinctly stated what will be
of eminent value:--

"Focus your brain as you would a burning-glass. Butter enough for a
slice won't do for a whole loaf.

"Keep empty-headed between times. Mental furniture should be very
select. Useless lumber in the upper story is worse than a pocketful of
oyster shells. Leave your facts on your book shelves, where you can find
them when wanted. A walking encyclopedia cannot work for want of room
to turn round in his own head.

"Don't tax your memory. Make a memorandum, and put it in your pocket.
Every unnecessary thought is a waste of effective force.

"Don't believe that muscular exercise contracts head work. Brain and
muscle are bung-hole and spigot of the same barrel. It is poor economy
to keep both running.

"Pin your faith to the genius of hard work. It is the safest, most
reliable, and most manageable sort of genius.

"Amuse yourself. This is the first principle of good hard work. And the
second is like unto it.

"Don't work too much. It is quantity, not quality, that kills.
Therefore, work only in the day-time. Night was made for sleep. And loaf
on Sunday. Six days' work earns the right to go a-fishing, or to church,
or to any harmless diversion, on the seventh.

"Go to work promptly, but slowly. A late, hurried start keeps you out of
breath all day trying to catch up.

"When you stop work forget it. It spoils brains to simmer after a hard

"Feed regularly, largely, and slowly. Lose no meal; approach it
respectfully and give it gratefully. No more can be got out of a man
than is put into him.

"Sleep one-third of your whole life. How I hate the moralist who croaks
over time wasted in sleep. Besides, sleep is, on the whole, the most
satisfactory mode of existence."

Misconceivements.--"There are a number of mistakes made even by wise
people while passing through life. Prominent among them is the idea that
you must labor when you are not in a fit condition to do so; to think
that the more a person eats the healthier and stronger he will become;
to go to bed at midnight and rise at daybreak, and imagine that every
hour taken from sleep is an hour gained; to imagine that, if a little
work or exercise is good, violent and prolonged exercise is better; to
conclude that the smallest room in the house is large enough to sleep
in; to eat as if you had only a moment to finish a meal in, or to eat
without any appetite, or to continue after it has been satisfied,
merely to please the taste; to believe that children can do as much work
as grown people, and that the more hours they study the more they learn;
to imagine that whatever remedy causes one to feel immediately better
(as alcoholic stimulants) is good for the system, without regard to the
after-effects; to take off proper clothing out of season because you
have become heated; to sleep exposed to a direct draught; to think any
nostrum or patent medicine is a specific for all the diseases flesh is
heir to."

Weariness.--"A tramp knows what it is to be leg-weary, a farm laborer to
be body-weary, a literary man to be brain-weary, and a sorrowing man to
be soul-weary. The sick are often weary of life itself. Weariness is
generally a physiological 'ebb-tide,' which time and patience will
convert into a 'flow'. It is never well to whip or spur a worn-out
horse, except in the direst straits. If he mends his pace in obedience
to the stimulus, every step is a drop drawn from his life-blood.
Idleness is not one of the faults of the present age; weariness is one
of the commonest experiences. The checks that many a man draws on his
physiological resources are innumerable; and, as these resources are
strictly limited, like any other ordinary banking account, it is very
easy to bring about a balance on the wrong side. Adequate rest is one
kind of repayment to the bank, sound sleep is another, regular eating
and good digestion another. One day's holiday in the week and one or two
months in the year for those who work exceptionally hard usually bring
the credit balance to a highly favorable condition; and thus with care
and management physiological solvency is secured and maintained."

"What Produces Death.--Someone says that few men die of age. Almost all
persons die of disappointment, personal, mental, or bodily toil, or
accident. The passions kill men sometimes even suddenly. The common
expression, 'choked with passion,' has little exaggeration in it, for
even though not suddenly fatal, strong passions shorten life.
Strong-bodied men often die young; weak men live longer than the strong,
for the strong use their strength and the weak have none to use. The
latter take care of themselves, the former do not. As it is with the
body, so it is with the mind and temper. The strong are apt to break,
or, like the candle, run; the weak burn out. The inferior animals, which
live temperate lives, have generally their prescribed term of years. The
horse lives 25 years, the ox 15 or 20, the lion about 20, the hog 10 or
12, the rabbit 8, the guinea-pig 6 or 7. The numbers all bear proportion
to the time the animal takes to grow to its full size. But man, of all
animals, is one that seldom comes up to the average. He ought to live a
hundred years, according to the physiological law, for five times 20 are
100; but instead of that he scarcely reaches an average of four times
the growing period. The reason is obvious--man is not only the most
irregular and most intemperate, but the most laborious and hard-working
of all animals. He is always the most irritable of all animals, and
there is reason to believe, though we cannot tell what an animal
secretly feels, that more than any other animal man cherishes wrath to
keep it warm, and consumes himself with the fire of his own

Provided you have babies in your family go through the following and see
if you can't train your child so it shall be among the last seventeen

"Take your pencil and follow me, while we figure on what will happen to
the 1,000,000 of babies that will have been born in the last 1,000,000

"I believe that is about the average--'one every time the clock ticks.'

"One year hence, if statistics don't belie us, we will have lost 150,000
of these little 'prides of the household.'

"A year later 53,000 more will be keeping company with those that have
gone before.

"At the end of the third year we find that 22,000 more have dropped by
the wayside.

"The fourth year they have become rugged little darlings, not nearly so
susceptible to infantile diseases, only 8,000 having succumbed to the
rigors imposed by the master.

"By the time they have arrived at the age of twelve years but a paltry
few hundred leave the track each year.

"After threescore years have come and gone we find less trouble in
counting the army with which we started in the fall of 1889.

"Of the 1,000,000 with which we began our count, but 370,000 remain;
630,000 have gone the way of all the world, and the remaining few have
forgotten that they ever existed. At the end of eighty, or, taking our
mode of reckoning, by the year 1969 A. D., there are still 97,000
gray-haired, shaky old grannies and grandfathers, toothless, hairless,
and happy.

"In the year 1984 our 1,000,000 babies with which we started in 1889
will have dwindled to an insignificant 223 helpless old wrecks,
'stranded on the shores of time.'

"In 1992 all but seventeen have left this mundane sphere forever, while
the last remaining wreck will probably, in seeming thoughtlessness,
watch the sands filter through the hour-glass of time, and die in the
year 1997 at the age of one hundred and eight.

"What a bounteous supply of food for reflection!"

"Laughter as a Health Promoter.--In his 'Problem of Health,' Dr. Greene
says that there is not the remotest corner or little inlet of the minute
blood-vessels of the human body that does not feel some wavelet from the
convulsions occasioned by good hearty laughter. The life principle, or
the central man, is shaken to its innermost depths, sending new tides of
life and strength to the surface, thus materially tending to insure good
health to the persons who indulge therein. The blood moves more rapidly
and conveys a different impression to all the organs of the body, as it
visits them on that particular mystic journey when the man is laughing,
from what it does at other times. For this reason every good hearty
laugh in which a person indulges tends to lengthen his life, conveying,
as it does, new and distinct stimulus to the vital forces."


     "While bright-eyed science watches round."

A scientific investigation into the nature and causes of consumption
proves the immediate causes, apart from hereditary, to be dampness of
houses and localities. Of races, the negroes seem most liable, and the
Jews the most exempt. A french scientist has found that inhalation of
air containing a small amount of _hydrofluoric acid_ gas has a
remarkably good effect on _consumption_. In England good results were
obtained by inspiration of air mixed with _ozone_. That the disease
results chiefly from inactivity of the lungs is the statement of a
physician who maintains that the cure of the disease is a mechanical
question. The International Tuberculosis Congress lately held at Paris
admits that tuberculosis is contagious, can be transmitted from man to
animals, and _vice versa_, and is the same in men, women, and cattle.
Diseased milk is the most frequent agent of transmission, and with this
meat, particularly lightly cooked, as food. Predisposing causes are
sedentary life, overwork, mental anxiety, insufficient nourishment, in
general, anything calculated to lower the vitality. The congress has
discovered no remedy, only palliatives for tuberculosis. Catarrhs,
bronchitis, and other throat troubles have a tendency to develop into
pleurisy or consumption when neglected.

_Typhoid fever_ never affects the atmosphere, but it does affect water,
milk, ice, and meat. The eggs of a parasite from dogs, and hence more or
less infecting all waters to which dogs have access, appear to have an
unequaled facility of passage to all parts of the human system.

As for _surgical operations_, in a German paper are particulars of a
case in which the eye of a man was thrust out of its socket by a
parasite cyst in the rear, discovered by surgical exploration and
extracted. From a 5-year old boy an injured kidney was removed
successfully and the patient recovered. The bridge of the nose was
completely restored by using the breast-bone of a chicken and stretching
the flesh of the old nose over it.

Even the part of a destroyed nerve of the arm was restored by the
substitution of a part of a sound nerve from an amputated limb, so that
the continuity was restored and sensation returned in 36 hours!
Prematurely-born children are kept in an artificial mother, which
consists of a glass case warmed by bowls of water. A new opiate has been
discovered called the sulsonal. It produces sleep in nervous people and
those affected with heart disease, but not in healthy subjects. The idea
that sufferers from heart disease should avoid physical exertion has
been dispelled by a noted physiologist who has successfully employed
regulated exercise.

Brown-Séquard has brought out his great Vital Fluid. He is reported as
saying: "I never made use of the word 'elixir,' still less of the words
'elixir of life.' These are all expressions or inventions of sensational
newspapers. If quacks or ignorant men in America have killed people, as
stated by the New York papers, they would have avoided committing those
murders had they paid the least attention to the most elementary rules
as regards the subcutaneous injection of animal substances. Injections
of animal matter have no danger, as a rule, unless the substances begin
to be decomposed. When this condition of things exists, no good can be
obtained, and there is grave danger of inflammation, abscesses, and even

"Professor Brown-Séquard is reported to have lately informed the French
Academy of Sciences that, by condensing the watery vapor coming from the
human lungs, he obtained a poisonous liquid capable of producing almost
immediate death. The poison is an alkaloid (organic), and not a microbe
or series of microbes. He injected this liquid under the skin of a
rabbit and the effect was speedily mortal without convulsions. Dr.
Séquard said it was fully proved that respired air contains a volatile
element far more dangerous than the carbonic acid which is one of its
constituents, and that the human breath contains a highly poisonous
agent. This startling fact should be borne in mind by the occupants of
crowded horse-cars and ill-ventilated apartments."

"A very curious geographical distribution of certain virtues and vices
has been mooted by a scientist. Intemperance is mostly found above
latitude 48°, amatory aberrations south of the forty-fifth, financial
extravagance in large seaports, industrial thrift, in pastoral highland

"Advance in Hygienic Clothing.--The new cellular clothing now coming
into use in England is said to be a success. It is woven out of the same
materials as the common weaves of cloth, being simply, as its name
indicates, closely woven into cells, the network of which is covered
over with a thin fluff. Its porous quality allows the slow passing of
the outside and inside air, giving time for the outside air to become of
the same temperature as the body, obviating all danger of catching
colds, and allowing vapors constantly exhaled by the body to pass off,
thus contributing toward health and cleanliness. The common objection to
cotton clothing--that it is productive of chills and colds--is removed
if woven in this manner, and the invention can certainly be said to be
strictly in accordance with hygienic and scientific principles."

The annual death rate, in 1888, for the principal cities of the world,
per 1,000 inhabitants, was: San Francisco, Cleveland, Stockholm, 17;
Bristol, Dresden, 18; Chicago, Cincinnati, Edinburgh, London, Turin, 19;
Berlin, Baltimore, Brussels, Buffalo, Liverpool, Philadelphia,
Pittsburg, 20; Brooklyn, St. Louis, Tokyo, 21; Amsterdam, Christiana,
Paris, Washington, 22; Glasgow, 23; Copenhagen, 24; Bombay, Boston, New
Orleans, Pesth, Venice, Vienna, 25; Breslau, Calcutta, Manchester, New
York, Prague, Rotterdam, 26; Dublin, 27; Rome, 28; Hamburg, Munich, 29;
Trieste, 30; Buda Pesth, St. Petersburg, 32; Alexandria, 38; Madras, 40;
and Cairo, 51.

The death rate among the poor and rich respectively varies much. In
Paris the death rate per 1,000 inhabitants between 40 and 50 years in
easy circumstances was 8.3 against 18.7 among the poor. In London are
some districts of the wealthy classes where the rate was 11.3 against 38
in the slums. The mean age at death among the gentry was 55 years, while
among the workers it was 20-1/2 years. It was found that only 8% of the
children of the upper classes died in their first year against 19% in
the general population of Liverpool and 33% in the slums of that city.
Deaths from consumption were nearly one-fourth of all deaths among the
poor, and only one-eighteenth among the rich.

The above facts and figures cannot fail to set every intelligent person
who reads them to thinking of this great health problem.




    "The learned is happy Nature to explore,
    The fool is happy that he knows no more."

Happiness is defined by Webster as an agreeable feeling or condition of
the soul arising from good of any kind; the possession of those
circumstances or that state of being which is attended with enjoyment;
the state of being happy; felicity; blessedness: bliss; joyful

_Happiness_ is generic and applied to almost every kind of enjoyment
except that of the animal appetites; _felicity_ is a more formal word,
and is used more sparingly in the same general sense, but with elevated
associations; _blessedness_ is applied to the most refined enjoyment
arising from the purest social, benevolent, and religious affections;
_bliss_ denotes still more exalted delight, and is applied more
appropriately to the joy anticipated in heaven.

Happiness is only comparative, and we drink it in, in the exact ratio of
our understanding to interpret the justice of the divinity within us.
The first pre-requisite is_ wisdom_, the second is like unto it, _more
wisdom_, and the third sufficient understanding to know that it is

    "It is easy enough to be pleasant,
      When life flows by like a song,
    But the man worth while is one who will smile
      When everything goes dead wrong.
    For the test of the heart is trouble,
      And it always comes with the years,
    And the smile that is worth the praises of earth
      Is the smile that shines through tears.

    "It is easy enough to be prudent
      When nothing tempts you to stray,
    When without or within no voice of sin
      Is luring your soul away.
    But it's only a negative virtue
      Until it is tried by fire,
    And the life that is worth the honor of earth
      Is the one that resists desire.

    "By the cynic, the sad, the fallen,
      Who had no strength for the strife,
    The world's highway is cumbered to-day,
      They make up the item of life,
    But the virtue that conquers passion,
      And the sorrow that hides in a smile,
    It is these that are worth the homage of earth,
      For we find them but once in a while."
                                     --_Ella Wheeler Wilcox._

We possess none of the attributes save in a degree only, any one of
which can be intensified, brightened, or benefited by our thoughts and
actions. The shortest road to happiness, after having cleansed your
body, actions, and thoughts, is to "do all the good you can, in all the
ways you can, to all living creatures you can, just as long as you can."
The more unselfish you become, the less you think of personal comfort,
and the more pleasure you take in the comforts of others, the deeper and
broader will the fountains of your own happiness become. There is no
class of people who have equal happiness or bliss pictured upon their
countenances to those who practice and teach the universal brotherhood
of man without regard to race, creed, sex, caste, or color.

Happiness is like manna. It is to be "gathered in grains and enjoyed
every day; it will not keep; it cannot be accumulated; nor need we go
out of ourselves nor into remote places to gather it, since it is rained
down from heaven at our very doors, or, rather, within them."

George Macdonald says: "A man must not choose his neighbor; he must take
the neighbor that God sends him. In him, whoever he be, lies hidden or
revealed a beautiful brother. Any rough-hewn semblance of humanity will
at length be enough to move the man to reverence and affection."

And there is a still more extensive love, urges Charles Mackay:--

    "You love your fellow-creatures? So do I,--
    But underneath the wide paternal sky
    Are there no fellow-creatures in your ken
    That you can love except your fellow-men?
    Are not the grass, the flowers, the trees, the birds,
    The faithful beasts, true-hearted, without words,
    Your fellows also, howsoever small?
    He's the best lover who can love them all."

There are certain principles that lead to positive happiness. One of
these is the avoiding of mistakes. "What have been termed 'the fourteen
mistakes of life' are given as follows: It is a great mistake to set up
our own standard of right and wrong and judge people accordingly; to
measure the enjoyment of others by our own; to expect uniformity of
opinion in this world; to look for judgment and experience in youth; to
endeavor to mould all dispositions alike; not to yield to immaterial
trifles; to look for perfection in our own actions; to worry ourselves
and others with what cannot be remedied; not to alleviate all that needs
alleviation as far as lies in our power; not to make allowances for the
infirmities of others; to consider everything impossible that we cannot
perform; to believe only what our finite minds can grasp; to expect to
be able to understand everything. The greatest of mistakes is to live
for time alone when any moment may launch us into eternity."

Ignorance is a state of happiness that many fairly intellectual people
cite as well worthy of emulation; but those who assert it have not
understood, or attempted to fathom, how shallow is this lake of
knownothingness called "ignorance." Only a slight ripple can be seen on
the bosom of a shallow lake during the most fearful storm, yet but a
slight zephyr is needed to show the white caps upon the grand old ocean,
and at the least provocation of a storm "see how she causes the
continents to tremble, showing her great depth and majesty." If in the
presence of this happy, ignorant personage, we place the most beautiful
piece of statuary or painting, or produce the most startling of
Shakespeare's plays, with the best living talent, or have the most
gifted vocalist sing the most difficult _aria_, or have a panorama of
the pyramid Jeezeh, Eiffel Tower, Washington Monument, Philadelphia City
Hall, Cologne Cathedral, all actual size, and such of nature's grandest
views as the Yosemite Fall, and Father of the Forest, we would look upon
this happy individual and listen in breathless silence for his opinion.
Well, what of it? what is to prevent it? would be the reply. But note
the difference even in a cultured child; see the gentle cheek turn from
pale pink to livid carmine, the heart pant, the bosom heave, and the
whole form, for the time being, feel itself suspended in the air. To the
above picture, add cultured, ripe old age, and the enjoyment, ecstasy,
and pure happiness that would follow could only be measured by the
difference between where _we_ stand and the _end_ of space!

Prerequisites in the begetting of wisdom are, first, you must be regular
in everything you do, act, or think. This will give you health. Second,
you must be regular, cleanly, temperate, and moral. This will start you
on the road to happiness. Third, in addition to the first and second
propositions, you must exercise self-control in all its aspects if you
would have health, be happy, and live to excessive old age, before the
culmination of which you will possess wisdom of no ordinary character.

Let the legend that "man's inhumanity to man makes countless thousands
mourn," cease, and in its place have, "The universal brotherhood of man
removes the shackles of inhumanity, replacing them by bands of love."
This will elevate the trend of human thought, and every zephyr of human
intellect will gather and multiply until a cyclone of happiness
envelopes the earth; like love it will seem but a soothing breeze to the
human heart, so gentle will fall its benign influences.

This brings us to the point where every person is led to look to each of
the four points of the compass and there exclaim, "Who or what is God?"
This is the first thing upon which intelligent beings should render a
decision; mankind can only approximate happiness until they have
settled in their own mind this point. It is not imperative that your
decision should cover _all_ the truth or the _only_ truth in regard to
Deity, but it should preclude all doubt on the part of the person so
deciding. There is just as much inconsistency in the statement that we
know who and what is God in his physical proportions, just where He or
It resides, and just what relation It or He holds toward the human
monad, man, as there is in the assertion, "There is no God."

There is no harm, however, in asserting our belief in _one_ God, the
Trinity, or a great First Cause. If we believe it and shape our lives
accordingly, true light will be given sufficient to satisfy each
searcher after the Truth; and he or they will advance to some other
belief just when it is necessary. The exultant Methodist receives his
light in one form, and the quiet Quaker in another. The devout Catholic
represents still another type of ritualistic form, and the Wisdom
Religionist (Theosophist) seems to get his from Nature, and finds some
good in everything. With the 1,100 other different kinds of faith, there
should be no complaint on our part of a variety from which to choose.

We offer not as anything new, but as something possibly forgotten, the
following formulæ for obtaining happiness, _viz._: (1) The carrying out
in our lives and actions the Golden Rule; (2) total unselfishness as
regards self; (3) trying to excel all others in doing what the world
calls _good_; (4) condemning no one until we have heard both sides of the
question in dispute; (5) having the same tender compassion for all the
lower animals that you exercise towards the human family; (6) following
out consistently some religious belief, and, until you are convinced of
a better one, defending it; (7) above all other things, having charity
for every person's short-comings and belief. Add to these a few
intrinsic principles: (1) Happiness is no other than soundness and
perfection of mind; (2) there are two ways of being happy--we may either
diminish our wants or augment our means--either will do, the result is
the same; and it is for each man to decide for himself, and do that
which happens to be the easiest; (3) happiness is a road-side flower
growing on the highways of usefulness; (4) carry the radiance of your
soul in your face; let the world have the benefit of it; (5) learn the
lesson embodied in this little poem:--


    "Two workers in one field
      Toiled on from day to day,
    Both had the same hard labor,
      Both had the same small pay;
    With the same blue sky above,
      The same green grass below,
    One soul was full of love,
      The other full of woe.

    "One leaped up with the light,
      With the soaring of the lark;
    One felt it ever night,
      For his soul was ever dark.
    One heart was hard as stone,
      One heart was ever gay;
    One worked with many a groan,
      One whistled all the day.

    "One had a flower-clad cot
      Beside a merry mill;
    Wife and children near the spot
      Made it sweeter, fairer still.
    One a wretched hovel had,
      Full of discord, dirt, and din,
    No wonder he seemed mad,
      Wife and children starved within.

    "Still they worked in the same field,
      Toiled on from day to day,
    Both had the same hard labor,
      Both had the same small pay;
    But they worked not with one will:
      The reason let me tell--
    Lo! the one drank at the still,
      And the other at the well."

(6) Embody in your lives the better idea of this poem, "Where Do You
Live," by Josephine Pollard:--

    "I knew a man, and his name was Horner,
    Who used to live on Grumble Corner:
    Grumble Corner, in Cross-Patch Town,
    And he was never seen without a frown.
    He grumbled at this; he grumbled at that;
    He growled at the dog; he growled at the cat;
    He grumbled at morning; he grumbled at night;
    And to grumble and growl were his chief delight.

    "He grumbled so much at his wife that she
    Began to grumble as well as he;
    And all the children, wherever they went,
    Reflected their parents' discontent.
    If the sky was dark and betokened rain,
    Then Mr. Horner was sure to complain;
    And, if there was never a cloud about,
    He'd grumble because of a threatened drought.

    "His meals were never to suit his taste;
    He grumbled at having to eat in haste;
    The bread was poor, or the meat was tough,
    Or else he hadn't had half enough.
    No matter how hard his wife might try
    To please her husband, with scornful eye
    He'd look around, and then, with a scowl
    At something or other, begin to growl.

    "One day, as I loitered about the street,
    My old acquaintance I chanced to meet,
    Whose face was without the look of care
    And the ugly frown which it used to wear.
    'I may be mistaken, perhaps,' I said,
    As, after saluting, I turned my head;
    'But it is, and it isn't, the Mr. Horner
    Who lived for so long on Grumble Corner!'

    "I met him next day; and I met him again,
    In melting weather, and pouring rain,
    When stocks were up and when stocks were down;
    But a smile somehow had replaced the frown.
    It puzzled me much; and so one day
    I seized his hand in a friendly way,
    And said: 'Mr. Horner, I'd like to know
    What can have happened to change you so?'

    "He laughed a laugh that was good to hear,
    For it told of a conscience calm and clear,
    And he said, with none of the old-time drawl,
    'Why, I've changed my residence, that is all!'
    'Changed your residence?' 'Yes,' said Horner,
    'It wasn't healthy on Grumble Corner,
    And so I moved; 'twas a change complete;
    And you'll find me now on Thanksgiving Street!'

    "Now, every day as I move along
    The streets so filled with the busy throng,
    I watch each face and can always tell
    Where men and women and children dwell;
    And many a discontented mourner
    Is spending his days on Grumble Corner,
    Sour and sad, whom I long to entreat
    To take a house on Thanksgiving Street."


     "Gold can gild a rotten stick and dirt sully an ingot."

Aids to Morality.--"Many imagine that the only ways in which public and
private morality can be improved," says the Philadelphia _Ledger_, "are
those definite and direct methods which appeal at once to the conscience
and the heart. Preaching and teaching, persuading and warning, exhorting
and encouraging, are instrumentalities worthy of all honor, and those
whose abilities qualify them for such tasks should receive every
possible stimulus to exert them in so noble a cause. But it is a great
mistake to suppose that these are the only means to promote morality.
Every truly civilizing influence is also a reforming one. By this we do
not mean that miscalled civilization which multiplies wants, and
increases luxury and develops refinement in a few, at the expense of the
many, but that advancement of mind and of knowledge, which is forever
disclosing better methods of living and diffusing them among the whole
people. Dr. Howard Crosby, president of the Society for the Prevention
of Crime, in New York, and who has had wide opportunities of observing
the condition of morality in that city, has recently declared that the
moral condition of New York has vastly improved during the past few
years, and that fifty years ago, although there was far less of the
foreign element than there is now, a low condition of morality existed
that would not be tolerated at the present time. What is true of New
York in this respect is equally true of our other cities, and if there
be any pessimist who points to the well-known corruptions and vices
which still exist as a refutation of this statement, we would remind
him that the very fact that such things are now brought to the light,
discussed, and condemned, is a proof that they are on the decline. When
a community is deeply sunk in immorality, little or no comment is made
on the fact. When we come to seek into the causes of this improvement,
we shall find that among the most prominent are the practical results of
scientific progress and the civilizing tendencies of the age. There is
no question that dirt, disease, and darkness are prevalent sources of
vice and crime, and whatever influences are brought to bear against them
will also press heavily against immorality. The increasing value set
upon health, as shown alike in sanitary laws and regulations and in the
greater willingness manifested by the community to understand and adopt
hygienic modes of life, is beyond dispute. The improvements in house
building and drainage; the introduction of water, pure and plentiful;
the freer admission of fresh air; the better systems of ventilation; the
brilliant lighting up of our city streets--all contribute to the
prevention of crime and to the spread of a higher type of morality,
while increasing the health, peace, and comfort of the community. And
when to all these we add the better and wider education given to the
rising generation than was thought possible fifty years ago, we shall
find abundant reason for the moral advancement which has been made.
There are some persons who feel quite powerless to help on the cause of
reform, or to improve the moral character of a single individual,
because they have no gift for influencing men by direct appeal. They
have, perhaps, tried and failed, and so, although they would like to do
some good in the world, they are hopeless of any success. Let such take
courage as they remember how many indirect, yet most effectual, methods
there are of accomplishing this end. Let them look over the multitudes
of civilizing agencies that are silently working in the interests of
morality, and attach themselves to such as most heartily engage their
interest. Every intelligent individual must be in sympathy with some of
them; and it is just there that his services are needed and will be most
valuable. Nor let him make the mistake of supposing that he is thus
working upon a lower or inferior plane. It is in works of benevolence
and reform, just as in all other kinds of work--that which a man can do
best is the very best thing for him to do. So, if one man is interested
in sanitary schemes and another in evening schools; if one is anxious
for free libraries and another for free parks; if one can help to secure
good roads and clean streets and another can aid in protecting children
or dumb animals from ill-treatment, let each be assured that in such
exertions he is doing his share in promoting morality and in elevating
character as surely and as effectually as those whose peculiar province
it is to teach or to preach, to admonish or to advise."

If the butcher's trade begets in him, the butcher, a disposition to use
the knife more indiscriminately, and causes him to look upon the taking
of life indifferently and unconcernedly, so that in a majority of the
States he is disqualified from sitting upon a murderer's jury, there
then must be something not only in the associations we keep but in the
business we follow.

The average lawyer tries by every known means to clear his client. In
50% of the cases handled by 50% of the attorneys their clients are
guilty and they know it. They do not break the law of their State or
country simply because the laws in the main are made to screen the
evil-doers and not the honest citizen. But how they can do this and
affiliate with any one of the 1,100 different faiths, or attend their
church organizations or services sincerely, is more than we can surmise.
In contrast, however, we must mention an isolated case that has reached
us well authenticated. A very prominent and able lawyer of New York
City, who had the reputation of never losing a case, was accosted by a
well-known offender of the law on trial for felony before the court of
Oyer and Terminer. The attorney invited the would-be client into his
private office and had him state his case. He finished, and the lawyer
remarked, "You are guilty." "Well, I know that," replied the culprit,
"that is why I want your services--you never lose a case." "Sir," said
the lawyer, "you have come to the wrong office. I have never failed in
any case before the courts; I account for it from the fact that I have
never espoused a cause where I knew the client was guilty. Knowing I was
right, I have thrown my whole soul into it, and won."

Gossip.--There is a vast deal of unhappiness in this world caused by
gossip. Dr. J. G. Holland presents helpful ideas in the following:--

"What is the cure for gossip?--Simply culture. There is a great deal of
gossip that has no malignity in it. Good-natured people talk about their
neighbors because they have nothing else to talk about. As we write,
there comes to us the picture of a family of young ladies. We have seen
them at home, we have met them in galleries of art, we have caught
glimpses of them going from a book store or library with a fresh volume
in their hands. When we meet them they are full of what they have seen
and read. They are brimming with questions. One topic of conversation is
dropped only to give place to another in which they are interested. We
have left them after a delightful hour, stimulated and refreshed, and
during the whole hour not a neighbor's garment was soiled by so much as
a touch. They had something to talk about. They knew something, and
wanted to know more. They could listen as well as they could talk. To
speak freely of a neighbor's doings and belongings would have seemed an
impertinence to them, and, of course, an impropriety. They had no
temptation to gossip, because the doings of their neighbors formed a
subject very much less interesting than those which grew out of their
knowledge and their culture.

"And this tells the whole story. The confirmed gossip is always either
malicious or ignorant. The one variety needs a change of heart and the
other a change of pasture. Gossip is always a personal confession either
of malice or imbecility, and the young should not only shun it, but, by
most thorough culture, relieve themselves from all temptation to indulge
in it. It is a low, frivolous, and, too often, a dirty business. There
are neighborhoods in which it rages like a pest. Churches are split in
pieces by it. Neighbors are made enemies by it for life. In many
persons it degenerates into a chronic disease, which is practically
incurable. Let the young cure it while they may."

Married Life.--As the family is the center about which all life
revolves, it is absolutely essential to have happy relations there.
Husbands too often neglect their wives and homes. "Women are lonely,"
says Mrs. Annie Jenness. "They miss their husbands. What amount of
companionship exists between the American woman and the man? He starts
for his office as soon as his breakfast is hurriedly swallowed. He does
not come home at the lunch hour. He is barely in season for a late
dinner. Very possibly he belongs to a club and has an engagement as soon
as dinner is done.

"If not that, his head is in bank or counting-house, and he studies the
stock quotations in the night's paper, and counts, as against a possible
rise of wheat, the day's gossip, with which his wife is overflowing,
very small potatoes. They have callers, or they go to opera or theater.
It may easily happen that they do not spend ten minutes in conversation
with each other during the day. American men are always in a hurry. They
seem to live for the sole purpose of catching trains. They have no time
to amuse or be amused.

"The conditions of modern life separate them from women. The lives of
men grow more and more simple--business comprehends the whole. The lives
of women grow more and more complex--everything which is not business is
given over to them. A man past the romantic epoch, who honestly enjoys
talking with women, is not an average mortal. The every-day sort of man
takes pains to be detained somewhere until all the guests have departed
from his wife's 5 o'clock tea. The couple live in different worlds. The
world is now discussing why marriage is a failure, if it is? Then
consider this collection of reasons:--

"When either of the parties marry for money.

"When the lord of creation pays more for cigars than his better half
does for hosiery, boots, and bonnets.

"When one of the parties engages in a business that is not approved by
the other.

"When both parties persist in arguing over a subject upon which they
never have and never can think alike.

"When neither husband nor wife takes a vacation.

"When the vacations are taken by one side of the house only.

"When a man attempts to tell his wife what style of bonnet she must

"When a man's Christmas presents to his wife consist of boot-jacks,
shirts, and gloves for himself.

"When the watchword is, 'Each for himself.'

"When dinner is not ready at dinner-time.

"When 'he' snores his loudest while 'she' kindles the fire.

"When 'father' takes half of the pie and leaves the other half for the
one that made it and her eight children.

"When the children are given the neck and back of the chicken.

"When children are obliged to clamor for their rights.

"When the money that should go for a book goes for what only one side of
the house knows anything about.

"When there is too much latch-key.

"When politeness, fine manners, and kindly attentions are reserved for
company or visits abroad."


     "The greatest friend of truth is time."


The world moves only through the constant accumulation and conservation
of force--the force of mind. We are not capable of conceiving the
immense wastage of this force from year to year and from century to
century. If we produce a great inventor we are ignorantly proud of him.
We wonder at him as if he were a miracle. A great thinker in mechanics,
in art, in science, in letters, astonishes as if he were a prodigy, when
he is really only an approach to what all men have the right to be, to
what all men may become when the right mind has applied to it the right
compelling power of suggestion from the force of other minds. As surely
as the plant is involved in its seed, so surely is all the progress of
the future involved in the thought of the past, recorded in books as far
as it is possible to record it at all. The telephone, the telegraph, the
phonograph, the steam-engine, the power loom--every result of the
application of mind in the subjection of matter--existed in the minds of
men and was recorded in books years before the thought gave suggestion
to the mind which applied it practically. Back of the mind of the great
thinker in poetry, in statesmanship, in science, in mechanics, is the
conserved force of the minds preceding him. But what does it all avail
if it is wasted? We may have now a thousand Edisons, Fultons, Morses and
Maurys, inert and practically useless because of force unapplied that
might set them in motion to make the lives of millions, born and unborn,
easier and happier. We have poets, statesmen, scientists, and inventors
as unknown and unproductive as the worms which change them into
productive forms of matter in country church-yards, where some Gray
finds them and touches us with a sense of their loss to us without
suggesting the remedy. What remedy is there if it is not this of making
the suggested possibility of the past the endeavor of the present and
the achievement of the future? How is that possible, if we regard our
capable men as miracles, when our own incapacity to understand is the
only miracle when we leave the great possibilities of mind in unnumbered
"thousands to die with the matter of their bodies? Charity builds a
small-pox hospital and men bless it--rightly. It benefits its hundreds
and its thousands. The same benevolence, operating under the force of
the conserved energy of mind, discovers vaccination, and so benefits
millions and tens of millions for ages after the small-pox hospital is
back in the clay from which its bricks were burned. There is here no
parallel possible between the results achieved--those of the one hand so
immensely exceed those of the other. The whole problem of the present
and future is to bring the accumulated force of suggestion from the past
to bear on the given point--on the mind of the living man, capable in
possibility, and failing to achieve only for lack of stimulus--of force,
of power--as a steam-engine is incapable without force applied from
without. And as it is the last shovel of coal that sets the engine to
work, so the mind, prepared for the final suggestion that is to give it
its highest usefulness, will remain inert if the suggestion fails it.
These suggestions may come from nature or directly from other minds, but
in the main they come from the force of mind preserved in books. Can
there be any greater, any more capable benevolence, than that which
gives this force its widest possible application? A million dollars may
endow a hospital for a century. Half as much in an endowment making a
library free may bring pressure to bear on some brain, that, as a
result, will save more suffering for the human race than has been saved
by vaccination."




    "Tell me not in mournful numbers,
      Life is but an empty dream,
    For the soul is dead that slumbers,
      And things are not what they seem."

     How long shall a man live? That depends entirely upon the

If you have read with care the preceding chapters of this work, and
paused between the lines to reflect, you will not now have to be retold
our panacea for a long life. By this we mean the usually allotted
three-score and ten, or also the 120 years given as the limit in
Genesis, 3rd and 6th chapters. These ages, however, are not common in
any country or age. There are many instances of 70 years, but not enough
to be called common, while it is the "survival of the fittest" that
reach 120 years.

In the United States only 5.6% of population are above 60 years and
probably not more than 4-1/2% are over 70 years. Norway has the best
record, with 9% of the population above the age of 60. Japan has
1,182,000 people over 70 years, but only 73 of these are over 100, and 1
alone has reached the age of 111 years. Probably the oldest human being
living in the United States at this writing is the old Indian named
Gabriel, residing at or near Castroville, Cal., 100 miles south of San
Francisco. He has an authentic history of 146 years, and he is believed
to be over 150 years old. But for real characteristic longevity, we must
visit the mountain fastnesses of Thibet, in Asia, where live a number of
specimens of the human family that have a recorded history back to the
latter part of the 16th century.

We have previously told you that by regularity alone man may reach the
age of 100 years. Now we intend to treat more the possibilities of how
long it is possible for mankind to retain all their mental faculties and
enjoy sufficient vital force to battle with the world for a livelihood.
We are led to believe, like Dr. Wm. A. Hammond, a prominent physician of
New York City "that there is no physiological reason at the present day
why man should die." (Further on we give more of the Doctor's theory.)
Just so long, however, as there are no paid teachers to show how not to
get sick, how to keep the physique and mind from tiring, the heart from
growing weary and discontented, just so long will the average of life
remain under 40 years and the grave-yards continue to be populated.
There are hundreds of reasons why this or that clan or sect live longer
than the other sect or clan, but what we wish to convey is that none of
them live out all their days. For instance, in comparison with other
nations not mentioned, the German can drink more beer, the Frenchman
more wine, the Russian more pure spirits, the Englishman more brandy,
and the American more whisky, before harm is perceptible, likewise the
Chinese can smoke more opium and the Russian a stronger cigarette, and
more of them, before harm is apparent to others. No matter what an
individual's creed, color, or nationality, if he be intelligent and
clearly endowed with the five known senses, he does know that any
narcotic, no matter of what nature, even if it is as mild as steeped tea
leaves and as odorless as pure water, is a detriment to some one of the
senses. As each sense is dulled, the others must sympathize with it; so
it will not require an instrument to measure to the .001 part of an
inch, or to a single vibration of the violet ray, to test the degree of
injury that the human structure received for each variation from the
path of perfection.

If perfection of climate is sought, perfect sanitation obtained,
regularity, cleanliness, uprightness, temperance, and self-control
practiced, if the bodily waste is supplied with nature's fruits, grains,
vegetables, and herbs, if drinking is done at nature's fountain for
thirst, life will be prolonged to see the light in more than one
century. Finally, add to that, if self is forgotten, and only the
comfort of others remembered and regarded, life may be indefinitely

M. Chevreul, the eminent French scientist, died April 9, 1889, aged 103
years. "On the 31st day of August, 1886, he attained the age of 100
years, and was still in vigorous health, and with all his faculties
unimpaired. The occasion 'was celebrated by the students of Paris, among
whom he is a great favorite, and by the French people generally, with
enthusiasm.' The Paris _Journal Illustre_ seized upon the opportunity to
interview him in a manner that is described as marking 'an era in this
line of journalistic enterprise. Not only were his words taken down
_verbatim_, but his various attitudes while speaking were photographed
by the instantaneous process, and engraved,' twelve illustrations being
given in the interview. M. Chevreul is an important figure in the
scientific world, and the interview contains many useful lessons in
hygiene and philosophy, not the least of which is described by his
interviewer as an exposition of the 'chemical secret of longevity.' In a
condensed form, it is as follows: He regards longevity as a great
blessing, and declares that the method by which it may be secured is
easy to learn; but I think that with many people it would be difficult
to follow. He laid down the proposition that the larger proportion of
the human race die of disease and not of old age. Now, he finds that
while we should especially guard against drawing general conclusions
from particular cases, yet it is nevertheless true that the study of
particular cases may and should conduct us to general precepts. It is
necessary for each one to study his personal aptitudes, and conform to
them with a constant firmness. Every _régimé_ is personal, and 'I cannot
too much insist upon this essential point, that what is suitable for one
may not be for another. It is, then, important for each one to note well
what is adapted to his own constitution. Thus, I have the same aversion
to fish as to fermented liquors, especially to wine, also a distaste for
a large number of vegetables, and I could never drink milk. Shall I
conclude, then, that fish, that the vegetables which I do not relish,
and milk, are not nutritive?--Certainly not; for I judge by a general
rule and not by my own idiosyncrasies. Coffee and chocolate agree with
me; the latter is especially nutritive, and gives me an appetite for
food. It is for me an aperient. Shall I conclude from this that
chocolate would give everybody an appetite?'

"He maintains a barometric exactness and regularity in all the habits of
his daily life,--eats at fixed hours, takes his time, and leaves the
table with some appetite for more. He says he remembers the words of the
wise man, 'The stomach has slain more men than war,' and that the
Spartans proscribed those citizens who were too fat.

"I use little salt or spices, and but little coffee, and I flee as from
a pest from all those excitants of which I feel no need, and from all
tobacco and alcoholics in whatever form they may present themselves.'

"He divides his day, the morning to exact science, the middle of the day
to philosophy, and the evening to music and poetry. 'But above all, no
discussion at the table. One should only eat with a calm spirit. Let the
dining-room remain the dining-room, and never be turned into a room for
argument. Discussion while eating is a cushion of needles in the

Dr. Felix L. Oswald has made the following brilliant conclusions in the
"Curiosities of Longevity:"--

"Among the centenarians of all nations and all times, a significant
plurality were either rustics, or city dwellers addicted to outdoor
pursuits. Centenarians are remarkably frequent among the bailiff-ridden
boors of Southern Russia, and the five oldest persons of modern times
were care-worn if not abjectly poor villagers: Peter Czartan, who died
in a hamlet near Belgrade, 1724, in his _hundred and eighty-fifth year_;
the Russian beggar Kamartzik, a native of Polotzk, who reached an age of
one hundred and sixty-three years, and died in consequence of an
accident; the fisherman Jenkins, who, in spite of life-long penury,
lived at least a century and a half (the estimate of his neighbors
varying from one hundred and fifty-eight to one hundred and sixty-nine
years); the negress Truxo, who died in slavery on the plantation of a
Tucuman physician, in her hundred and seventy-fifth year; and the
day-laborer, Thomas Parr, who attained the pretty-well-authenticated age
of one hundred and fifty-two years, and who died a few weeks after his
removal from country air and indigence to comfort and city quarters. If
dietetic restrictions tend to prolong human life, the rule would seem to
be chiefly confirmed by its exceptions. The children of Israel are apt
to ascribe their certainly remarkable longevity to the Mosaic interdict
of hogs' flesh....

"John H. Brown, M. D., the Berwick Æsculapius, enumerates a long list of
patients who had postponed their funeral by following his plan of
systematic hygiene--the plan, namely, of 'toning down' plethora by
bleeding and cathartics, and of 'toning up' debility by means of beef
and brandy. But sixteen hundred years ago the philosopher Lucian called
attention to the exceptional longevity of the Pythagorean ascetics,
whose religious by-laws enjoined total abstinence from wine and all
sorts of animal food. The naturalist Brehm describes the robust physique
of a Soudan chieftain who, at the reputed age of one hundred and six
years, could hurl a stone with force sufficient to kill a jackal at a
distance of fifty yards, and thought nothing of starving for a week or
two if his foragers happened to return empty-handed. But the same
traveler mentions that his swarthy Nestor now and then compensated such
fasts by barbecues lasting from ten to twenty-four hours, and including
a _mélange_ of marrow-fat and pepper-grass, besides dozens of
hard-boiled crane's eggs, jerboa stew, and deep draughts of clarified
butter. Long fasts certainly enhance the vigor of the digestive organs,
but the net result of repeating such experiments seems rather difficult
to reconcile with the experience of Luigi Cornaro, the Venetian
reformer, who managed to outlive all his cousins and schoolmates, and
ascribed his success to the mathematical regularity of his bill of fare,
which, during the last sixty years of his self-denying existence, had
been limited to twelve ounces of solid food and fourteen ounces of
fluids--wine chiefly, a beverage which the Soudanese emir would have
rejected with a snort of virtuous horror. Dr. Virchow, though by no
means an advocate of total abstinence, admits that the longevity of the
Semitic desert-dwellers can be explained only by their caution in the
use of stimulants--a virtue which in their case would, indeed, appear to
offset an unusual number of circumstantial disadvantages--thirst, fiery
suns, and fiery passions being decidedly unpropitious to length of life.

"And here, at last, we may strike a bit of _terra firma_ in the
quicksands of speculative hygiene. 'Take a hundred different animals,'
says the sanitarian Schrodt, and you will find them to prefer a hundred
different sorts of solid food, but they all drink milk in infancy, and
afterward water; and considering the infinite variety of comestibles a
healthy human stomach contrives to digest, we might very well agree to
deserve that privilege by limiting the variety of our beverages.'
Instinct certainly abhors the first taste of alcoholic liquors, and
statistics prove that in all climes and among all nations the
disease-resisting power of the human organism is diminished by the
habitual use of toxic stimulants. Mohammed, Buddha, and Zoroaster agree
on that point, and the esoteric teachings of Pythagoras may have
qualified his rather fanciful objections to grape-juice by the practical
hope of longevity. A complete list of infallible prescriptions for the
prolongation of human life would fill a voluminous book, and would
include some decidedly curious specifics. 'To what do you ascribe your
hale old age?' the Emperor Augustus asked a centenarian whom he found
wrestling in the _palæstra_ and bandying jokes with the young athletes.
'_Intus mulso, foris oleo_,' said the old fellow--'Oil for the skin and
mead [water and honey] for the inner man.' Cardanus suggests that old
age might be indefinitely postponed by a semi-fluid diet warmed (like
mothers' milk) to the exact temperature of the human system and Voltaire
accuses his rival Maupertuis of having hoped to attain a similar result
by varnishing his hide with a sort of resinous paint (_un poix
résineux_) that would prevent the vital strength from evaporating by
exhalation. Robert Burton recommends 'oil of unaphar and dormouse fat;'
Paracelsus, rectified spirits of alcohol; Horace, olives and
marsh-mallows. Dr. Zimmerman, the medical adviser of Frederick the
Great, sums up the 'Art of Longevity' in the following words: 'Temperate
habits, outdoor exercise, and steady industry, sweetened by occasional

"The increasing longevity of man is attracting considerable attention
from collectors of statistics, and some curious facts are being
elicited. According to the last census, 10 per cent of the people who
died between 1870 and 1880 had outlived the traditional three-score
years and ten, whereas of the deaths between 1840 and 1850, only 7.47
per cent were of persons of that age. In 1850, 16.90 per cent of the
deaths were of children under one year of age; in 1880, the proportion
was 23.24, showing a smaller percentage of deaths among adults. The
average length of life in England 300 years ago was only twenty years.
In France the average length of life, under Louis XVIII., was
twenty-eight years. Actuaries are figuring that within the past
half-century the average length of life has greatly increased."

"A study of this subject is impeded by the tendency of almost everyone
to generalize from individual examples within his own observation. This
is almost sure to be misleading, because no one's acquaintance is so
large that it embraces factors enough to base a theory on. People say
that life is longer than it used to be, because Palmerston rode to
hounds at 82, and Peter Cooper and the Emperor William were
intellectually vigorous at over 91. They forget that Marino Faliero was
over 80 when he concocted his plot, and that the blind Dodge Dandolo was
84 when he took Constantinople. Every age has produced a few long-lived
men, and here and there a centenarian."

"The question of importance is not whether this age is yielding more
centenarians than former ages, but whether, on the average, the age of
man is longer than it was, and if so, how much longer? The grounds for
an increased longevity--better doctors and more of them, better
drainage, more wholesome food, wiser habits, and better facilities for
securing change of air--justify the belief that life is lengthening, to
what degree it is hard to say. M. Flourens, who had made a life study of
the subject, said that every man ought to live to be a hundred, if he
took care of himself."

"In a number of the _Popular Science Monthly_ is an article by Clement
Milton Hammond on the prolongation of human life that is interesting
both in the way of being readable and as based on returns as to an
unusually large number of persons above eighty years of age. The facts
were obtained by sending out 5,000 blanks to be filled. They were sent
through New England only and were intended to cover personal history and
hereditary influence. Over 3,500 of the blanks were filled out and
returned. They show that less than 5 per cent remained unmarried through
life, the unmarried women being three times as numerous as the unmarried
men. The average number of children was five. Five out of six of the old
people had light complexions, blue or gray eyes, and abundant brown
hair. The men were generally tall and ranged in weight from 100 to 160
pounds, with a few of 200 pounds, and the women of medium size, weighing
from 100 to 120 pounds, with some exceptional cases up to 180 pounds.
The men were generally bony and muscular, and the women the opposite. At
the time of record the hair was generally thick, the teeth poor or
entirely gone, the skin only slightly wrinkled. Generally their habits
of eating and sleeping have been conspicuously regular. They have as a
rule adhered to one occupation through life, and of the 1,000 men 461
were farmers. Few have used alcoholic drink stronger than cider. A large
majority of the men used tobacco. The average age of the parents and
grandparents of the persons reported on was about sixty-five. The
average time of sleep was about eight hours."

Dr. Maurice advances some staunch ideas on old age:--

"Do poor people live longer than the affluent? There are so many more
poor in the world than there are rich that we can be sure of finding
more poor old people. Probably excessive wealth is a burden sure to
exhaust its possessor in the care of it. Our millionaires, however, are
men for the most part who began poor and were possessed of tenacious
vitality, that is, with a grip on other things as strong as on the money
bags. Professor Humphrey's 'Report on Age of Persons' gives us 824
persons, of both sexes, of whom about half were poor and the rest at
least in good circumstances, 10 per cent only being possessed of wealth.
The real truth seems to be that poverty, with an iron constitution and
sound nerves, is most likely to produce an instance of extreme age; but
the possession of the comforts and amenities of life produces by far the
best average of ages. The average age of the middle classes has always
surpassed that of others; but at present sanitation forces on the poor
so many provisions against disease that they are saved from their former
high death-rate, and brought quite near the privately better-bred and
furnished class.

"There has certainly been long sustained, in proverbs and otherwise, a
conviction that early rising and early retiring have much to do with
prolonged vitality. Franklin insisted on it vigorously. Lord Mansfield,
also, held it to be an important item in his sustained vigor to near
ninety. I am inclined to believe that the estimate is not erroneous. We
are far more the creatures of habit than we generally allow. At certain
moments we become regularly hungry, regularly sleepy, and so with all
other functions. It is wise beyond doubt to recognize this fact and
never break our habits, that is, our useful habits. But beyond this,
there are certain habits dependent on cosmical causes, such as movements
of the sun. Our natural rest would seem to be properly conformed, in the
main, to the appearance and disappearance of daylight.

"But after we have fairly and fully considered the subject, there
remains the one fact that idleness will end life sooner than any other
cause. The hour that any person retires from any and all occupation he
is sure to drop into decadence. The mind is very sure to begin to lose
its clearness when it is withdrawn from regular exercise. Both brain and
muscular power lapse with lack of activity. The custom of working
excessively till sixty-five or seventy, and then withdrawing from
business, is wrong at both ends. We crowd life at the beginning, and
let its functioning grow torpid at the close. Much is lost to age by our
modern methods of locomotion. Great walkers are scarce; there is almost
a total lack of horse-back exercise. Carriage-riding over smooth roads
in no way compensates."

Perhaps there is nothing that prolongs life more than genial, hearty
_laughter_. William Matthews says "that there is not a remote corner or
little inlet of the minute blood-vessels of the human body that does not
feel some wavelet from the great convulsion caused by hearty laughter
shaking the central man. Not only does the blood move more quickly than
it is wont, but its chemical or electric condition is distinctly
modified, and it conveys a different impression to the organs of the
body, as it visits them on that particular mystic journey when the man
laughs, from what it does at other times. A genial, hearty laugh,
therefore, prolongs life, by conveying a distinct and additional
stimulus to the vital forces. Best of all, it has no remorse in it. It
leaves no sting, except in the sides, and that goes off. Cicero thought
so highly of it that he complained bitterly at one time that his
fellow-citizens had all forgotten to laugh: _Civem mehercule non puto
esse qui his temporibus ridere possit_. Titus, the Roman emperor,
thought he had lost a day if he had passed it without laughing. What a
world would this be without laughter! To what a dreary, dismal
complexion should we all come at last, were all fun and cachination
expurged from our solemn and scientific planet! Care would soon
overwhelm us; the heart would corrode; the river of life would be like
the lake of the Dismal Swamp; we should begin our career with a sigh,
and end it with a groan; while cadaverous faces, and words to the tune
of 'The Dead March in Saul,' would make up the whole interlude of our

"Hume, the historian, in examining a French manuscript containing
accounts of some private disbursements of King Edward II. of England,
found, among others, one item of a crown paid to somebody for making the
king laugh. Could one conceive of a wiser investment? Perhaps by paying
one crown Edward saved another. 'The most utterly lost of all days,'
says Chamfort, 'is that on which you have not once laughed.' Even that
grimmest and most saturnine of men, who, though he made others roar with
merriment, was never known to smile, and who died 'in a rage, like a
poisoned rat in a hole'--Dean Swift--has called laughter 'the most
innocent of all diuretics.' Yet the philosopher of Concord, R. W.
Emerson, is reported as having said in a lecture: 'Laughter is to be
avoided. Lord Chesterfield said that after he had come to the years of
understanding he never laughed.' Lord Chesterfield would have had far
more influence if, instead of repressing every inclination to laugh, he
had now and then given his ribs a holiday--nay, if he had even roared
outright; for it would have disabused the public of the notion that he
never obeyed a natural impulse, but that everything he said and did was
prestudied--done by square, rule, and compass. As it was, though he was
confessedly the politest, best-bred, most insinuating man at court, yet
he was regularly and invariably out-flanked and out-maneuvered by Sir
Robert Walpole, who had the heartiest laugh in the kingdom, and by the
Duke of Newcastle, who had the worst manners in the world. In commending
laughter, we mean genuine laughter, not a make-believe, not the
artificial or falsetto laugh of fashionable society, nor, again, the
mere smile of acquiescent politeness, or the crackling of thorns under a
pot, or the curl of the lips that indicates in the laughter a belief in
his fancied superiority. Still less do we mean the hollow, mocking laugh
of the cynic. The laughter which we would commend as healthful is not
bitter, but kindly, genial, and sympathetic."

No Physiological Reason for Death.--"Dr. William A. Hammond, a prominent
physician of New York, who has written several medical treatises, and
was some years ago Surgeon-General of the United States Army, has
recently set forth his belief that there is no physiological reason at
the present day why man should die. He maintains that people die through
the ignorance of the laws which govern their existence, and from their
inability, or indisposition, to attend to those laws with which they are
acquainted. Now, as the business of medical men has ostensibly been for
the last four thousand years to prolong human life, and as Dr. Hammond
affirms that there is no good reason why people should die, the wonder
is why men of his school have not drawn up some formula by which they
could live on for three or four thousand years, at least. There has
always been a vague impression that the knowledge of the preservation of
human life had been lost, and that in some favored era of the world's
history that knowledge would be recovered.

"If there is such a thing as a hidden law of life, which, when
discovered and asserted, will arrest physical decay and prevent death,
except by accident, Doctor Hammond, and all who hold to his doctrine,
ought to lose no time in making it known. This medical authority reasons
that, as the human body is constantly dying and constantly renewing its
particles, this law of displacement and renewal ought to be perpetual,
and that when it is discovered just what substances are best fitted to
maintain this equipoise, as it were, there should be no giving out of
the physical powers.

"'The food that man takes into his stomach,' says Doctor Hammond, 'ought
to be of such quantity and quality as would exactly repair the losses
which, through the action of the several organs, his body is to undergo.
If it is excessive in either of these directions, or if it is deficient,
disease of some kind will certainly be the result. If he knew enough to
be able to adjust his daily food to the expected daily requirements of
his system, disease could never ensue through the exhaustion of any one
of his vital organs. A large majority of the morbid affections to which
he is subject are due to a lack of this knowledge.

"'Now, suppose that he is exactly right in his calculations, and that
the food taken is neither too great nor too little, but exactly
compensates the anticipated losses, the death of each cell in the brain,
or the heart, or the muscles, etc., will be followed by the birth of a
new cell, which will take its place and assume its functions. Gout,
rheumatism, liver and kidney diseases, heart affections, softening and
other destructive disorders of the brain, the various morbid conditions
to which the digestive organs are subject, would be impossible except
through the action of some external force, such as the swallowing of
sulphuric acid, or a blow on the head, or a stab with a knife, which
would come clearly within the class of accidents, and of course many of
these would be avoidable.'

"Dr. Hammond's theory supposes that the time will come when the
individual will have learned the uttermost thing about the laws of life,
and when he will conform so strictly to these laws that he will have
nothing more to learn in regard to the best way of living. It may
require ages for this progress, but when it is attained, and the race is
set free from all morbific influences, physical death would be
impossible. The summary of his points is that 'people die from ignorance
of the laws of life; and from willfulness in not obeying the laws they
know.' That may be a part of the truth which is very near the surface.
But the other demonstration is not quite so clear as could be
wished--that there can be any such thing as an eternity of physical
life, even if all the laws touching that life were known and every one
of them obeyed."




Note.--If the reader is in haste to know what will cure this or that
trouble, before perusing the pages of this entire pamphlet, such as
cramp, colic, indigestion, constipation, headache, etc., the index found
in the back part of this work will give immediate reference, and the
prescriptions instant relief. If you are cured thereby of any of the
many maladies that beset the human family, remember that it is only
temporary; for to be cured of any disease permanently requires the
removal of the cause. One of the objects of this book is to convey that

The great disparity between the actions and teachings of many of our
principal writers must be apparent to every reader of books, pamphlets,
and editorials, upon the subject of health and its allies, happiness and
longevity. Many of the leading exponents of temperance have periodical
spells of drunkenness, and some drink all the time. The prominent
articles written upon the subject of sanitary matters and cleanliness,
are generally by the editor whose office is the scene of disorder, the
floor covered with tobacco quids, old rubbish and dust, and the corners
filled with cobwebs. The writer upon the subject of poverty and the
wrongs of the poor, has his headquarters fitted up in the most
magnificent style;--he never knew what it was to want for a meal, nor
did he ever darken the door of real poverty. The missionary advocate
soliciting funds for the heathen and down-trodden poor of foreign lands,
more than likely never crossed the borders of his own State, certainly
has not taken a stroll through the dark lanes and alleys, or climbed the
dingy stairways of the tenement houses of his own city. If he had done
so, a more effective appeal would have gone up for the suffering poor
and spiritually blind of the principal unsanitary municipalities of his
own country. The physician with a bad cough and broken-down constitution
is still prescribing for consumptives and patients with all manner of
aches and pains, of which his own body is a perfect index.

And the minister who has not yet lost all his hatred for "that other
sect," and occasionally assists in persecuting it, is still teaching the
doctrine of the meek and lowly Nazarene. Having experienced a large
number of diseases and their successful remedies, we have for several
years been collecting the most reliable data and testimony on many--in
short most--of mankind's bodily ills. In this second part we present
them for your benefit.

There are about 11,000 remedies mentioned in the 15th edition of the
"United States Dispensatory," by reference to which it will be seen that
each affliction to which flesh is heir must be more than well drugged.
It is the fault of the community at large that the necessity of such a
work exists. There is no demand for any form of disease even with the
improper state of society as it is to-day. Extreme old age and a limited
number of accidents are all that can be necessary to record. The
following is an admirable article from the St. Louis _Globe Democrat_,
which is quite pertinent.

"Sanitation and Sanity.--The general subject of sanitation now covers
our architecture and our home life; our sewerage and disposition of
waste; our personal cleanliness and contact in all social relations; our
food and drink, both as to quality and kind; quarantine and other
preventives against contagion and infection; the purification of
streams, and the cleansing of the air of smoke and foul vapors; in fact,
the whole subject of health or wholeness. * * * A national board of
health was as unthought of as was an Atlantic cable in 1800. But the
fact that great epidemics were liable to invade us, and did invade us,
led to a system of quarantine and to enforced vaccination. But the
regulation by law of our social manners, so far as they bore on public
health, was not undertaken to any extent until within the past decade. *
* * Indeed, public sentiment is as yet so uninformed that thorough laws
in the case could not be enacted or enforced. There is not a stream in
the United States that can be kept entirely free from pollution. The
sanitary value of this is not understood by even the intelligent
populace. The drainage of swamps is neglected in the neighborhood of our
larger cities." "St. Louis has tolerated inside her limits pools that
have made fevers of a malarious sort, with spinal meningitis, as common
as croup. Chicago has acres of rotting vegetable matter inside the
corporation every autumn. The inroads of yellow fever have always been
invited by the unsanitary condition of Southern towns. The reports of
Surgeon-General Hamilton, last summer, showed that the pest found its
first welcome in a town where sewerage was wholly neglected, and tons of
rotting sawdust and refuse filled the heated air with fever conditions.

"The discovery of the germ origin of diphtheria and of the typhoid forms
of fever, has led to great changes in thousands of households. Our
houses are constructed with far more attention to ventilation and proper
heating. We shall finally get rid of drunkenness and intemperance of
other sorts, on sanitary grounds mainly. Alcohol has been considered as
at least valuable in moderation. It has been looked upon as a medicine.
That its value as a stimulant hangs on the previous abuse of health is
now understood, and its value purely as a very temporary bridging of
weakness alone is conceded. That the drink habit is in any sense,
however moderate, of sanitary value, is disproved. Few doctors prescribe
any form of alcohol for habitual use. The saloon is unsanitary in all
its effects. The temperance issue rests at that point. Animals to which
spirits have been given in their food digest nearly one-half less than
other animals of the kind. The nutrition of the human body demands the
abolition of stimulants and narcotics. The saloon will go ultimately as
a nuisance to health. We have not yet reached a condition when public
morals can rest on any other basis than health. It is doubtful if there
can be a higher basis. What is unwholesome is wrong; what is promotive
of health and completeness for the individual and for the community is

"Sanity is dependent on sanitary living. They both are derived
etymologically from _sanitus_, and that from _sanus_, the Latin for
sound or whole. Insanity has come to have the limited meaning of
unsoundness of brain. * * * Insanity is on the increase in the United
States, but not more so than nervous disorders in general. This
indicates a tendency to a break-down of the national type of organism,
and cannot be considered with indifference. The fact exists as a
consequence of the overwork and high pressure of modern life, but in
this country is at its maximum, because, for several generations, we
have been at white heat, subjecting a continent to our domestic

"The vast unfolding of means of wealth has also acted as a stimulant,
compared to which alcohol is insignificant. Our lunatic asylums
multiply, but are all full. The percentage of failure is greatest in
California, where speculation has been most intense. It is impossible to
avoid the problem. How shall we reverse this tendency, and begin the
construction of an American type of full, robust, conservative, and
reserved energy? The underlying problem of all problems is to secure a
constitution. A nation that lives and works in such a manner as to grow
weaker in brain endurance and nerve power, and yet so lives that the
demands on brain and nerves are increased, is doomed. The intensity of
modern life is something we cannot reverse. We must adapt ourselves to
it by securing larger and more systematic means of recuperation.
Brain-workers must learn to use the first half of the day for work, and
sacredly give the last half to rest and play. Night must be given back
entirely to sleep. Withal it is clear that we must understand the close
relation between sanity and sanitation. Our people can no longer eat and
drink as grossly as our fathers did. The stomach gets not half the time
it formerly did for digestion. It must, therefore, be delivered of half
its toil. The introduction of stoves and modern conveniences must be
accompanied by more rational ventilation. Active brains require a vast
and regular supply of oxygen. It is not for the lungs alone that we need
pure air, but for the brain. This is specifically an American problem,
the readjustment of society, so that the mind shall be relieved of
strain and consequent enfeeblement."

Individual, municipal, and national cleanliness by enactment of law are
among the first steps that should be taken. The churches and schools
should teach it as a prerequisite before godliness, or education in
general; then with perfect ventilation, sanitation, and regularity of
all the virtues, there will be no vices, and godliness and education
will be contagious, just as though they were real diseases.

The first thing to undertake if you are desirous of freeing yourself of
any disease, ache, or pain, is to stop the cause. Act on the same
principle you would if you had a barrel that had leaked its contents and
you desired to refill it,--first stop the leak. It is absolutely
necessary that you study _cause_ as well as _effect_, if you would know

The Secret of Sound Health.--"Half the secret of life," says
_MacMillan's Magazine_, "we are persuaded, is to know when we are grown
old; and it is the half most hardly learned. It is more hardly learned,
moreover, in the matter of exercise than in the matter of diet. There is
no advice so commonly given to the ailing man of middle age as the
advice to take more exercise, and there is perhaps none which leads him
into so many pitfalls. This is particularly the case with the brain
workers. The man who labors his brain must spare his body. He cannot
burn the candle at both ends, and the attempt to do so will almost
inevitably result in his lighting it in the middle to boot. Most men who
use their brains much soon learn for themselves that the sense of
physical exaltation, the glow of exuberant health which comes from a
body strung to its full powers by continuous and severe exercise, is not
favorable to study. The exercise such men need is the exercise that
rests, not that which tires. They need to wash their brains with the
fresh air of heaven, to bring into gentle play the muscles that have
been lying idle while the head worked. Nor is it only to this class of
laboring humanity that the advice to take exercise needs reservations.
The time of violent delights soon passes, and the effort to protract it
beyond its natural span is as dangerous as it is ridiculous. Some men,
through nature or the accident of fortune, will, of course, be able to
keep touch of it longer than others; but when once the touch has been
lost, the struggle to regain it can add but sorrow to the labor. Of this
our doctor makes a cardinal point; but, pertinent as his warning may be
to the old, for whom, indeed, he has primarily compounded his _elixir
vitæ_, it is yet more pertinent to men of middle age, and probably it is
more necessary. It is in the latter period that most of the mischief is
done. The old are commonly resigned to their lot; but few men will
consent without a struggle to own that they are no longer young. All
things are not good to all men, and all things are not always good to
the same man. The man who confines his studies within one unchanging
groove will hardly find his intellectual condition so light and nimble,
so free of play, so capable of giving and receiving, as he who varies
them according to his mood, for the mind needs rest and recreation no
less than the body; it is not well to keep either always at high
pressure. One fixed, unswerving system of diet, without regard to needs
and seasons, or even to fancy, is not wise. The great secret of
existence after all is to be the master and not the slave of both mind
and body, and that is best done by giving both free rein within certain
limits, which, as the old sages were universally agreed, each man must
discover for himself. Happy are the words of Addison, and happily
quoted: "A continual anxiety for life vitiates all the relishes of it,
and casts a gloom over the whole face of nature, as it is impossible
that we should take delight in anything that we are every moment afraid
of losing. "One of the best methods of avoiding that pitiful anxiety is
to learn within what limits we may safely indulge our desire for change,
and then freely indulge it within them."


We shall now take up a practical list of subjects, arranged in
alphabetical order. Without any attempt at egotism, we claim that there
are few nontechnical books extant that contain a superior selection of
preventatives and remedies. Read carefully and judge for yourself. There
are very few common or occasional afflictions which are not considered
to some extent. Why always seek a doctor when you seem to be somewhat
off your physical equilibrium? You will generally at each visit spend
more money than this book will cost. Learn to provide against constant
medical attention.

=Accidents.=--In sudden emergencies, either of accident or sickness, the
first great requisite is presence of mind. Be calm. Endeavor, if
possible, to grasp the situation, and do what is to be done promptly and
quietly, until the arrival of the physician. All hurried and distracted
motions, and all exciting noises, confuse the attendants and needlessly
alarm the sufferer. In many cases, the course of immediate action is
suggested by the circumstances; but where you do not know what aid to
render, it is best to do nothing, except to make the patient as
comfortable, for the time being, as possible. For all ordinary
emergencies, ample directions are:--

"1. Always look in the direction in which you are moving.

"2. Never leave a car, or other public vehicle, when it is in motion.

"3. Never put your head or arms out of a vehicle when it is in motion.

"4. If a horse runs away with you, remain in the vehicle rather than
risk the danger of jumping from it.

"5. In thunder-storms keep away from trees, metallic substances, doors,
and windows. The lower part of a house is the safer.

"6. Never play with fire-arms. Always keep them beyond the reach of

"7. Avoid charcoal fumes; they are deadly when confined in a close room.

"8. Illuminating gas; be sure to turn it off. _Never blow it out._

"9. When gas can be smelt in an apartment always air the room well
before striking a match or bringing a light.

"10. When very cold, move quickly. If any part of the body is frozen,
rub it with snow, and keep from the fire.

"11. Change wet clothing as soon as possible.

"12. Carefully avoid exposure to night air, in malarial districts.

"13. If necessary to go into an old vault or well, first introduce a
burning candle. If the light burns low and finally goes out, carbonic
acid gas is present and the place is unsafe to enter. Unslaked lime will
absorb the gas and purify the air.

"14. Avoid walking on railroad tracks and icy sidewalks.

"15. When awake, very young children should never be left alone.

"16. Do not go, with loose hair or flowing garments, near dangerous

"17. Never touch gunpowder after dark.

"18. Never fondle a strange dog.

"19. Never light a fire with kerosene.

"20. Fill and trim your lamps in the day-time. Never trim or fill a
lighted lamp.

"21. Keep matches in a closed metallic box.

"22. Have your horses rough-shod as soon as the ground freezes.

"23. When feeling dizzy or seasick, lie down.

"24. Do not close the damper of your stove too early. Better waste coal
than run the risk of suffocation by gas.

"25. When climbing a ladder, look up and not down.

"26. In railroad traveling take the center of the car, and the middle
car of the train, for safety.

"27. Eat only pure food, drink only pure liquids, think only pure
thoughts, and keep your blood pure.

"28. In going through dry woods or over prairies do not smoke or cast
matches about carelessly. There should be laws against this often wanton
destruction of property.

"29. Look out for spontaneous ignition of oily rags, oil-painted canvas
rolled up, wet iron filings.

"30. In entering mines not used, always try for gas before venturing
into them.

"31. Do not be careless in any way whatever in connection with fire. The
losses in the United States, in 1889, by fires as a result of
carelessness amounted to nearly $100,000,000, while in San Francisco for
the same year we find that fully 80% of the losses can be attributed to
the same source."

=Alcohol.=--Felix L. Oswald, M.D., gives some very good ideas in _Good
Health_ on the alcoholic habit. "'Reform,' says an able political
writer, 'is ever unpopular. All wrongs lie in the consent of the
wronged, and what with the fierce support of those who thrive on the
abuse, and the dull, heavy, ignorant conservatism of the masses, * * *
it is a sad delusion to suppose that the cause is won when the argument
is made.' An unquestionable preponderance of power, they argue, favors
the side of the liquor venders, and in this world, at least, always
finds a way to assert itself as right. The last link of that syllogism,
however, is a rule with occasional exceptions. No unqualified evil has
ever succeeded in maintaining its supremacy, and the evils of the
alcohol vice are offset by no benefits. Alcohol has been called
'negative food,' because its physiological influence torpifies the
functional energy of the digestive organs, and thus, for a time, renders
the toper insensible to the cravings of hunger. The same effect,
however, can be produced by a stunning blow, and we might as well claim
that the interests of political economy could be promoted by a fierce
war, because a knock-down stroke with the butt-end of a musket is apt to
lessen the appetite of the afflicted soldier. No real benefit can result
from the lethargizing effect of a poison dose, the retardation of the
digestive functions being in every case a morbid and abnormal process,
avenging its repetition by the fatty degeneration of the tissues and the
impoverished condition of the blood. * * * During the horrible flood
which a few months ago devastated the two richest provinces of the
Chinese Empire, a number of vile marauders eked out an existence by
fishing out wreckage and plundering floating corpses. The idea of
mentioning the profits of these wretches as a compensating offset to the
horrors of a public calamity would justly consign its propounder to the
custody of a lunatic commission. Yet, by an exactly analogous line of
argument, many of our political economists continue to defend the legal
sanction of the liquor traffic. Nay, it might be seriously questioned if
the total loss (by fire or water) of a billion bushels of grain would
not be financially and morally preferable to their conversion into a
life-blighting poison. According to the statistics of the Treasury
Department, the alcohol drinkers of the United States (representing
hardly one-fifth of the alcoholized nations of Christendom) spent during
the last ten years a yearly average of $370,000,000 for whisky,
$58,000,000 for other distilled liquors, $56,000,000 for wine, and
$140,000,000 for ale and beer; together, $624,000,000 a year. That
enormous sum has been far worse than wasted. It has been invested in the
purchase of disease. It has been devoted to the development of idiocy,
crime, and pauperism. It has turned blessings into a concentration of
curses. The general recognition of these facts will seal the doom of the
liquor traffic."

Dr. C. E. Spitka expresses some results of science investigating strong

"Alcoholism among the ancients was therefore mainly or exclusively known
in its acute phases, the drunken frenzy in which Alexander the Great
killed Clitus being a familiar example. With the introduction of tobacco
and playing cards, the saloon, the cellar-dive, and the bar-room usurped
the place formerly held by the inn. The enlargement of cities deprived
their inhabitants of rustic sports, and led to their seeking in other
and more dangerous channels an escape from mental and physical strain,
and a variation of routine monotony. It is generally conceded by those
medical writers who are unshackled by prejudice that a certain amount
of alcohol can be ingested with perfect impunity. That amount has been
accurately determined by Dujardin-Beaumetz in the course of experiments
made in the abattoirs of Paris. Transferring the result of his
experiments to the human species, he concluded that a man weighing 120
pounds could take the equivalent of two ounces of alcohol a day for
years without injury to any organ of the body. But when the amount taken
daily exceeds the toleration-point, prolonged abuse is followed by
results which are as sinister as they are insidious. In the dead-house
of the Philadelphia Hospital, Formad found that, of 250 chronic
alcoholists, nearly 99 per cent had fatty degeneration of the liver, 60
per cent had congestion or a dropsical state of the brain, the same
proportion an inflamed or degenerated stomach, while not quite 1 per
cent had normal kidneys. Of 17 children of drunken fathers observed by
Voisin, 3 were idiots, 2 confirmed epileptics, 1 suffered from a
congenital spinal disease, and the remainder died in early life with
convulsions. Of 11 children similarly descended, cited by Dagonet, 9
died in the same way. Of 117 such births recorded in Alsace-Lorraine, 13
were still-born and 39 died of convulsive disorders shortly after birth.
One drunken father had 7 still-born children in succession; another lost
8 of 12 by convulsions. It is not alone as a direct result of inebriety
that a defective nervous system is thus transmitted. Even in his sober
intervals, he whose nervous system has been shattered by alcohol is
liable to have a degenerate or diseased offspring. Of 18 children
recorded as born under these circumstances, Voisin found 8 epileptic and
10 idiotic. As if to prove beyond the possibility of a doubt that such
degeneracy is due to the alcoholism of the parent, and to that alone,
two French investigators, Mairet and Combemale, performed a series of
experiments on dogs, by which they showed that the same result which the
chronic inebriate is accused of producing in his offspring, through
selfish indulgence, can be produced at will in the offspring of lower
animals by compulsory induction of the same vice in them."

An English investigation, just completed, puts in tangible form the
effect of the use of alcohol, from observations covering 4,234 cases in
all walks of life. This report shows that, with men over twenty-five,
the intemperate use of alcohol cuts off ten years from life, those who
never drink to excess, or use no liquor, living, on the average, ten
years longer than those who do. Indulgence, if carried to excess,
doubles diseases of the liver, quadruples those of the kidneys, and
greatly increases the number of deaths from pneumonia, pleurisy, and

It is not often appreciated how many people die annually from the
effects of strong drink. Dr. Norman Kerr, an eminent physician of
England, believing the statement of temperance people to be extravagant,
that 60,000 people die annually from the effects of strong drink, began
as early as 1870 a personal inquiry, in connection with several medical
men and experts, expecting to quickly disprove the same. According to
their deductions, the latest estimates of deaths of adults annually
caused through intemperance is, in Great Britain, 120,000; in France,
142,000; in the United States, 80,000--or nearly a half million each
year in three countries aggregating a population of 112,000,000.

_Excessive Beer Drinking._--In the earlier part of our work we
endeavored to impress on our readers the necessity of regularity and the
avoidance of excesses. The last week of 1889 in New York City saw two
prominent brewers buried, and two others of the guild were near death.
None of them were, or are, over forty-seven years old. Kidney and heart
disease were the causes of death in the case of the first two. Similar
ailments have marked the other two gentlemen for the grave. The question
arises, Was it beer or champagne that caused these diseases? In this
connection the statement a physician of Bellevue Hospital once made is
not amiss. These are his words: "The worst cases of alcoholic ailments
coming under our observation are those resulting from excessive beer

In appearance the beer drinker may be the picture of health; but in
reality he is most incapable of resisting disease. A slight injury, a
severe cold, or a shock to the body or mind, will commonly provoke
acute disease, ending fatally. Compared with other inebriates who use
different kinds of alcohol, he is more incurable and more generally
diseased. It is our observation that beer drinking in this country
produces the very lowest kind of inebriety, closely allied to criminal
insanity. The most dangerous class of ruffians in our large cities are
beer drinkers. Intellectually, a stupor amounting almost to paralysis
arrests the reason, changing all the higher faculties into a mere
animalism, sensual, selfish, sluggish, varied only with paroxysms of
anger, senseless and brutal.

That men are the sex most addicted to stimulating but injurious habits
is sadly growing less true, and women are finding recourse too often to
poisonous invigorators. If one-half of what the doctors are saying all
over the country is true, there may soon be a greater need of a
temperance reform among the women than there ever has been among the
men. Strong drink, however, is not the monster by which the women may be
enslaved, but a strong and poisonous drug equally baneful in its effect.

This drug is antipyrine. It is a white powder, slightly bitter, and
soluble in water. Until about a year ago it was prescribed for fevers
only, but a French medical college recommended it for headaches and
other pains and disorders, and in this way it has gained its grasp on so
many thoughtless and nervous women.

In Chicago and many other places it is said that the habit is gaining
with alarming rapidity, for the women take it for every ill, and cannot
believe that its soothing effect can have any evil result until the
habit is thoroughly fixed upon them. It produces different results under
different circumstances, and, like many other preparations, varies
according to the size of the dose. In large doses it has been known to
produce complete relaxation, and at the same time a loss of reflex
action, and death. In moderate or tonic doses it often produces
convulsions. Its effect as a stimulant seems to be very much like that
of quinine, and the physicians say that they do not understand why it
should get the hold on women that it does.

The latest female vice is intoxication by naphtha. It is not drank. The
fumes of it are simply inhaled, inducing, so the inebriates say, a
particularly agreeable exhilaration.

_Remedies of Alcoholism._--Without much doubt, the best way to affect a
cure is to regularly reduce one's amount of liquor each day until the
system can do without it. A systematic decrease can always be carried
through if the will power will back it. We add also some ideas that have
been advanced by good judges: "To dispel as quickly as possible the
effects of intoxicants, one of the most effectual remedies is a small
dose of sal volatile, or volatile salts, in a wine-glass of
water--repeating the dose in half an hour. A dish of cold broth may
answer the same purpose. The most speedy way, however, of effecting a
cure, is by taking an emetic, following it with the sal volatile and
water half an hour after."

The Russian physician and publicist Portugaloff declares that strychnine
in subcutaneous injections is an immediate and infallible remedy for
drunkenness. The craving of the inebriate for drink is changed into
positive aversion in a day, and after a treatment of eight or ten days
the patient may be discharged. Even should the appetite return months
afterward, the first attempt to resume drinking will produce such
painful and nauseating sensations that the person will turn away from
the liquor in disgust. The strychnine is administered by dissolving one
grain in two hundred drops of water, and injecting five drops of the
solution every twenty-four hours. Dr. Portugaloff recommends the
establishment of inebriate dispensaries in connection with police

=Appetite=.--Happy is the man who always possesses a good appetite;
unhappy is he who does not have this precious boon. The lack of it
results largely from failure of exercise and the excessive use of
condiments. In the first place, try to take an invigorating bath with a
wet towel and rub hard. If you cannot endure even that, use a dry towel
on the body until the friction brings the blood to the surface of the
skin. Then give the mouth a careful cleansing by rinsing and
tooth-brush. When you sit at the table, do so with a cheerful mood, eat
slowly, partake sparingly of condiments, using salt mostly, and vinegar
for an acid. Preface your meals with a walk long enough to get up a
circulation, if it is dinner or supper hour, but do not tire yourself,
and be sure to rest the last fifteen minutes before eating.

=Asphyxiation.=--A practical man, conversant with cases in which
asphyxiation resulted from inhaling carbonic acid gas, gives some
valuable hints for their recovery by simple remedies always at hand.
Fresh air to restore consciousness is the first important step. Then he
gave apples, apple juice, or vinegar, to neutralize the gas and remove
it from the stomach by eructations. Eggs broken into vinegar mixed and
swallowed made a very effective drink. After removing the gas from the
stomach, the patient was further relieved by a cup of strong, hot
coffee, which speedily restored him to normal vigor. On two similar
occasions, where a physician was called, he administered injections of
carbonate of ammonia, and the man was ill for eight or ten days from the
effects of the medicine. A little common sense is often better than

=Bathing.=--We have already treated this subject to some extent, but we
recommend the careful reading of Dr. C. H. Steele's ideas, part of which
we embody here; also some other worthy opinions on this matter, of great
importance to health.

"The use of water in the treatment of diseases dates back to remote
antiquity. Savages resort to the surf and sweat-bath, and Hindoos and
Mohammedans bathe because their religion commands them to do so.
References to the bath may be found scattered throughout the literature
of Greece, and in Rome the magnificent buildings and lavish expenditure
devoted to the public bath show it in the highest stage of perfection it
has ever attained."

"It is only within a few years past that the domestic bath has been
accepted as a necessity. No home in England is complete without a
bath-room, and no Englishman deems himself well unless he bathes daily.
The speaker said that a thermometer, whose use should be understood,
should be permanently attached to every bath-tub.

"_Physiological Action of the Bath._--In considering the physiological
action of the bath, it is first to be accepted that water of a
temperature below that of the body abstracts heat from the skin, which
abstraction continues indefinitely, only for a time checked by the
renewed activity of the heat centers. In a bath the temperature of which
is from 92° to 95°, the body may remain indefinitely without any loss or
gain of temperature, but after the bath a cooling takes place, owing to
increased perspirations. If the water is between 77° and 86°, there is,
after the first shock, a positive rise in the temperature of the body.
Sixty-five degrees, and lower, may be borne for a long time."

"Nature adapts herself to the cold bath by a rapid stimulation of heat
production. All the muscles, nerves, and organs of the body are brought
into heightened activity, and thus it is that to the healthy individual
the cold bath is invigorating. But nature has her limits, and the bath
must be discontinued while this tonic effect is felt, for the heat
centers become fatigued and give rise to a chill which may continue for
days afterward.

"The greatest agency in bathing is the stimulation of perspiration, and
this depends upon the relative dryness of the surrounding air. Thus, in
the dry vapor, or Turkish bath, a person will easily endure 264°, and
lose four pounds per hour by perspiration. It is this rapid evaporation
from the skin that keeps the body cool. A person may stand for some time
in an oven, beside a roasting rib of beef. But in the steam or Russian
bath the perspiration is retarded, and a temperature of 120° is hardly
bearable. A temperature of 124° may induce a rise in the temperature of
the mouth to 104° or even 107°, which is seldom reached in a raging
fever. Hence, there is an element of danger in the Russian bath--a
danger to sudden death similar to sunstroke. This danger is much more
pronounced in the hot-water bath when perspiration ceases altogether,
and the supply of heat from the interior to the skin is excessive. The
temperature of bathing water should not exceed 104°, and this hot bath
should not be endured more than fifteen minutes. Even then it is likely
to be followed by depression and weakness." "The circulation being
quickened, the cold bath acts as a good blood purifier, washing away
the poisons of the body through the channels of the veins. In case of
persons troubled with an excess of fat, the bath must be accompanied by
massage, banting, and a liberal indulgence in outdoor exercise. In the
hot bath there is this same waste of tissue, but no tonic effects, and
it is invariably accompanied with loss of energy and vitality. But the
action of the bath upon the skin is no less beneficial than upon the
interior of the body. It favors the excretory action of the skin, thus
purifying it. The millions of dead scales, kept to the skin by the
clothing, and the cementing effect of the oil, are washed away, thus
relieving the skin, which is the great sewerage system of the body. The
work of the lungs and kidneys is thus lessened, and the danger of
consumption and Bright's disease, which may be caused by uncleanness,

"_Effects of Sea Bathing._--Sea bathing is much more tonic than all
other kinds, and the reason is simple. The salt has a slightly
irritating effect on the skin, which is very beneficial. Besides, sea
bathing is always accompanied by the best of exercise, by relaxation and
freedom from the ordinary cares of life, by a change of climate and
scene. The beating of the waves against the body also has an
exhilarating effect. The bath in the sea should be taken about three
hours after breakfast. There are three stages experienced in the cold
bath--first, that of depression; second, the tonic stage; and third, the
giving out of the heat-producing powers. This is the same as the one
stage of the hot bath, and is always to be avoided as highly injurious.

"Nevertheless, the hot bath has its value. Its power to cool the body is
admitted, and it is used with effect in cases inflammation induced by
cold. The cold foot-bath is recommended as a positive cure for cold

"The practice among modern women of taking hot baths is endangering the
health of the race. In a hot bath there is at first a feeling of
oppression and violent throbbing of the head, followed by prostration, a
highly feverish condition, and a relaxation of the entire system. In
case of any organic disease of the heart or consumption, this bath must
be carefully shunned. The hot bath belongs alone to the province of the
physician. The cold bath, on the other hand, aside from its tonic
effects, renders the body less sensitive to changes of temperature, and
in this climate is, hence, especially valuable as a protection against
catching cold. This bath is from 68° to 75°, and should be taken in the
morning before breakfast."

"=Bleeding.=--A sudden and profuse flow of blood is cause for alarm.
First, decide whether the blood comes from an artery or a vein. If from
a vein, the blood is dark, and oozes or flows evenly; if from an artery,
it is bright red, and spurts in jets. In the former case, the bleeding
may generally be stopped by binding on a hard pad. In case of a ruptured
artery, the flow of blood may be checked by tying a twisted
handkerchief, a cord, or strap, _between the wound and the heart_. If
the hand is cut, raise the arm above the head and bind it tightly. In
_wounds of the throat_, _arm-pit_, or _groin_, caused by cuts, and in
case of any deep wound, thrust the thumb and finger into the bottom of
the wound and pinch up the part from which the blood comes, directing
the pressure against the flow. _In cuts of the lips_, compress the lips
between the thumb and finger nearer the angle of the mouth than the cut
itself. In _scalp wounds_, make direct pressure against the bones of the
skull with the fingers, or, better, by means of a compress or bandage."

"_Nosebleed._--Full-blooded persons who are afflicted with headache and
dizziness are most subject to nosebleed. In such cases, the bleeding
should be regarded as a relief to an overcharged system, and should not
be too suddenly stopped. To stop the bleeding, keep the patient's arms
elevated, apply cold water or ice to the base of the brain, or inject
vinegar or alum water up the nostrils with a syringe. A thick piece of
wrapping paper, placed between the upper lip and gum, and firmly
pressed, will usually arrest the flow. It acts by compressing the
arteries which supply the Sneiderian membrane. Try plugging with cotton,
or a strip of soft muslin, gently pushed up the nostrils, thus causing
the blood to clot about the plug. If these remedies fail, the case
should have the attention of a physician."

=Brain Worry.=--"After a good spell of hard work, the brain worker is
often tormented by finding it difficult, all at once, to turn off the
steam. His work-day thoughts will intrude themselves in spite of every
effort to keep them out. Thackeray generally succeeded in exorcising the
creatures he had been calling into existence, by the simple expedient of
turning over the leaves of a dictionary. A great lawyer was in the
habit, in similar circumstances, of plunging into a cold bath, and
averred that a person never took out of cold water the same ideas that
he took into it. Perhaps the best mental corrective of this condition is
to employ the mind for a short time in a direction most contrasted to
that in which it has been overworked. During excessive labor of the
brain, there is an increased flow of blood to the working organ. If this
condition of distention is long continued, the vessels are apt to lose
the power of contracting when mental activity is diminished. Hence
arises the impossibility of fulfilling the physical conditions of sleep,
the most important of which is the diminution of the flow of blood to
the brain. It is certain enough that the continued deprivation of any
considerable part of the normal amount of sleep will be seriously
detrimental to health. Dr. Hammond, in his work on sleep, mentions the
case of a literary man in America who for nearly a year restricted his
rest to four hours a day, and frequently less. At the end of that time,
the overtasking of his mental powers was manifested in a curious way. He
told the physician that, though still able to maintain a connected line
of reasoning, he found that as soon as he attempted to record his ideas
on paper, the composition turned out to be simply a tissue of arrant
nonsense. When in the act of writing, his thoughts flowed so rapidly
that he was not conscious of the disconnected nature of what he was
writing, but as soon as he stopped to read it over, he was aware how
completely he had misrepresented his conceptions."

=Breathing.=--In each respiration an adult inhales one pint of air.

A man respires 16 to 20 times a minute, or 20,000 times a day; a child,
25 to 35 times a minute.

While standing, the adult respiration is 22; while lying, 13.

The superficial surface of the lungs, _i. e._, of their alveolar spaces,
is 200 square yards. The amount of air inspired in 24 hours is about
2,500 gallons.

Two-thirds of the oxygen absorbed in 24 hours is absorbed during the
night hours, from 6 P.M. to 6 A.M.

Three-fifths of the total carbonic acid is thrown off in the day-time.

The pulmonary surface gives off about 5 fluidounces of water daily in
the state of vapor.

The heart sends through the lungs 192 gallons of blood hourly, or 4,608
gallons daily. The duration of inspiration is five-twelfths, of
expiration seven-twelfths, of the whole respiratory act; but during
sleep, inspiration occupies ten-twelfths of the respiratory period.

There are two good rules to follow given by William Blaikie:--

"1. To hold the body erect, whether standing, sitting, or walking, and
breathe deeply. This habit gives the lungs and digestive organs free
play. More oxygen is taken into the blood, and the food is more readily
digested and assimilated. 2. To fill the lungs full at frequent
intervals, holding the air in the chest as long as is comfortable. This
practice will soon improve a disturbed circulation."

=Bright's Disease.=--Bright's disease is a disorder of the kidneys which
causes those organs to secrete albumen in the urine, while they fail to
extract from the blood the urea, or effete matter, which they should
take up from that fluid. Urea in the blood operates as a poison, and
when accumulated in large quantities, produces drowsiness, convulsions,
and apoplexy. Intemperance is a fruitful source of Bright's disease,
because excessive drinking tends peculiarly to the degeneration of the
kidneys. The best remedy we know, or have ever seen tested, is Bethesda
water, from Waukesha Springs, Wis. It should be natural, without gas; a
quart per day will not be too much for an adult.

=Bruises.=--If the skin is not broken, the best thing for a bruise, or
black and blue spot, as they are often termed, is a piece of pure
copper. It should be thin enough to shape with the fingers just the
curvature or angle of the portion of the body bruised. In applying it,
be very gentle at first, for if it be a finger nail you desire to
preserve, on first application it will give you quite a severe shock,
but by relieving it every second or two, inside of 5 minutes the pain
will cease, and no black spot will follow. If the skin be broken, and
the blood has ceased to flow, and you desire to use this remedy, first
paste a piece of unprinted newspaper over the broken part, and then
proceed as above; but in no case ever place a piece of copper on a
broken part of the skin without the above precaution.

=Burns=.--A correspondent of the Philadelphia _Record_ vouches for the
wonderful efficacy of the common cat-tail as a remedy for burns. He
says: "Take the down, and with just enough lard to hold it together,
make a plaster and lay upon any burn, and it soothes and heals so soon
that it seems a miracle. Put upon a fresh burn, and in less than half an
hour the smart is gone; if it is an old burn, the healing will commence
in twenty-four hours. 'Cat-tail' is also the Indian remedy for
scrofulous sores or ulcers. Age does not destroy its healing virtues. It
can be laid away and kept for years without losing any of its remedial
properties." Burns should be bathed with alcohol or turpentine and
afterwards with lime-water and sweet-oil, but never with cold water.
Soft soap or apple butter are equally excellent for burns.

=Cancer.=--It is well proved that cancer cannot be successfully removed
by use of the knife. Surgeon John McFarlane, of Glasgow, mentions the
cutting out of _eighty-six_ cancers without effecting a _single cure_.
For those who are troubled we would say that there have been and there
are remedies with permanent effects. The writer knows of a female
physician in this city who has been very successful in achieving lasting
cures in numerous authenticated instances.

=Chewing Gum and Other Substances.=--Regular chewing outside of meal
hours of any substance is injurious. It unnecessarily excites the
salivary glands, the strength of which should be reserved for eating. Do
not chew the ends of your finger nails. Little pieces of the nails may
be swallowed, which at some time--possibly quite remote--may cause you
great pain, and even death. This has occurred. It has also been found by
opticians and doctors that hardly anything will affect the eyes
harmfully quicker than gum-chewing.

=Cholera.=--Dr. Gamaleia, of Odessa, claims to have discovered a
prophylactic against cholera, and hopes to win the prize of $20,000
offered for such a cure. He calls his specific Chemical Vaccine, and has
tried it efficaciously on apes, guinea-pigs, and pigeons. This is
obtained by the successive passages of cholera virus through the blood
of animals. After each of these passages, the virus becomes stronger,
and is finally injected into the patient.

A cure which was very effective when the cholera struck America is
called the "Sun Cholera Medicine." It is also an excellent remedy for
colic, and diarrhea, etc. Take equal parts of tincture of cayenne
pepper, tincture of opium, tincture of rhubarb, essence of peppermint,
and spirits of camphor. Mix well. Dose: 15 to 30 drops in a little cold
water, according to age and violence of symptoms, repeated every fifteen
minutes or twenty, until relief is obtained. Our own _infallible_ remedy
for cholera, cholera morbus, cramps, colic, and diarrhea, is:--

    Tincture of opium, 3 drachms.
       "     "  cayenne pepper, 5 drachms.
       "     "  ginger, 5 drachms.
       "     "  camphor, 3 drachms.

Dose: 1 teaspoonful in a gill of cool water for an adult; repeat with
half a teaspoonful in 15 minutes if not relieved. For a child 2 years
old 1/4 the above dose, and in proportion up to an adult.

=Cleanliness.=--The English upper classes are clean, but cleanliness of
any high degree is a modern virtue among them. It is an invention of the
nineteenth century. Men and women born at the close of the eighteenth
century did as French people do to-day; they took a warm bath
occasionally for cleanliness, and they took shower-baths when they were
prescribed by the physician for health, and they bathed in summer seas
for pleasure, but they did not wash themselves all over every morning.
However, the new custom took deep root in England, because it became one
of the signs of class. It was adopted as one of the habits of a

Don't take your pocket-handkerchief to dust off your shoes and the next
moment wipe your face and eyes with it; don't carry your _own sheets_
with you on a trip and then sit in the smoking-car for 200 miles for
enjoyment; anything added to white castile soap as scenting matter is no
improvement and in most cases is detrimental.

We have taken this subject up so carefully in "bathing" and in the first
part that we will say no more here.

=Cold Feet.=--The best prescription for cold or tired feet is to
carefully envelop each toe and foot with blank newspaper before encasing
the same with sock. First have the feet perfectly dry and warm, then
they will remain so all day, if properly protected with easy-fitting,
strong boots or shoes. Barbers do this to prevent their feet scalding
and heating; stage drivers use this method, and hundreds attest its

Many people, especially women and children, suffer the whole winter
through with cold feet. This is mainly due to the fact that they wear
their shoes too tight. Unless the toes have perfect freedom, the blood
cannot circulate properly. People who wear rubbers the whole winter
through, generally suffer with their feet. Rubbers make them very tender
by overheating and causing them to perspire. They should be removed as
soon as one enters the house. They draw the feet, keep them hot and wet
with perspiration--then as soon as one goes again into the air the feet
are chilled.

=Colds.=--Don't have any fear of night air. That is an unfounded
superstition. Keep your windows open. You will sleep better and the next
day you will not catch cold.

Take a good hot lemonade just before retiring; in the morning,
immediately on getting out of bed, take a cold bath and rub hard until
you are in a perfect glow.

Too much coddling is unquestionably one of the most common causes of
catarrh. One who is inured to hardships is able to endure exposure
without injury, while one unaccustomed to like experience quickly
succumbs. Air-tight houses, close and unventilated, overheated rooms,
even the quantity of clothing required, are active causes, preventing
development of hardihood. As a result, colds and catarrh are universal
maladies among civilized people.

Says a writer in _Woman's Work_: "Without dwelling on the nature and
causes of colds, or on what physicians call the pathology of these
disorders, I will say that a low or even starvation diet for a few days,
with the free drinking of warm, mildly stimulating teas, is better for a
cold than any drug or combination of drugs. If with this a warm bath or
a hot foot-bath is taken, little more will be needed. Nine cases in ten
of colds can be broken up in this early stage by a hot foot or rather
leg-bath, keeping the bath as hot as it can be borne, until perspiration
arises. After the bath drink a half pint of hot lemonade and go to bed."

_A Good Cough Remedy._--The following is from a doctor connected with an
institution with many children: "There is nothing more irritable to a
cough than a cough. For some time I had been so fully assured of this
that I determined, for one minute at least, to lessen the number of
coughs heard in a certain ward in a hospital of the institution. By the
promise of rewards and punishments, I succeeded in inducing them to
simply hold their breath when tempted to cough, and in a little while I
was myself surprised to see how some of the children entirely recovered
from their disease. Constant coughing is precisely like scratching a
wound on the outside of the body. So long as it is done the wound will
not heal. Let a person when tempted to cough draw a long breath and hold
it until it warms and soothes every air-cell, and some benefit will soon
be received from this process. The nitrogen which is thus refined acts
as an anodyne to the mucous membrane, allaying the desire to cough and
giving the throat and lungs a chance to heal. At the same time a
suitable medicine will aid nature in her effort to recuperate."

=Constipation.=--Regularity in the hour of going to stool and the
avoidance of highly-seasoned food are preventatives. See "constipation,"
first part, per index, for a cure.

=Consumption.=--"What Changes has the Acceptance of the Germ Theory made
in Measures for the Prevention and Treatment of Consumption?" is the
title of an essay by Dr. Charles V. Chapin, of Providence, to whom was
awarded a premium of $200 by the trustees of the Fisk Fund. In this
essay Dr. Chapin has given an admirable _résumé_ of all that has been
written about consumption from the time of Hippocrates to the present
day. After a careful examination of the literature of the subject, he
thinks that we are justified in the conclusion that the acceptance of
the germ theory has made no direct or important addition either to the
hygiene or medicinal treatment of consumption. He thinks, however, that
it should have great influence. It tells us plainly what we ought to do.
We simply do not obey its behests. The germ theory--now no longer a
theory in the case of tubercular consumption--tells us that we have to
do with a contagious disease. Now there is no theoretical reason why a
purely contagious disease like tuberculosis cannot be exterminated. If
we can prevent the spread of contagion at all, we can prevent it
entirely. The enormous value of preventive measures, isolation,
disinfection, and quarantine, is well illustrated in history of cholera,
typhus fever, and yellow fever in the United States.

By keeping out the virus of these diseases, or destroying it when it had
gained access to our shores, we have for a number of years been
remarkably free from these diseases, and it is certain that if these
precautions had not been taken we should have suffered severely. For
obvious reasons, the suppression of tuberculosis is not so easy a matter
as the suppression of cholera or yellow fever. Neither is the
suppression of scarlet fever or small-pox as easy. Yet whenever the
public has been educated to a correct appreciation of the contagious
nature of scarlet fever, the number of cases has diminished very much.
Even in small-pox, with its virulent contagion, it is possible, by means
of isolation and disinfection, to check its spread even among an
unvaccinated population, as has been illustrated many times of late in
the anti-vaccination city of Leicester, England. We must now put
tuberculosis among these diseases, and, though its theoretical
suppression is simple its actual extermination is a very difficult
problem. It lies largely with the medical profession how long tubercular
disease shall decimate the human race. The physicians are the educators
of the people in these matters. When the doctor shall teach that
tuberculosis is contagious, the people will believe, and will govern
themselves accordingly. In combating contagious diseases the preventive
measures taken often give discouraging results. This will be
particularly so in tubercular disease. Half-way measures secure less
than half-way results, and these alienate the support of those who only
indifferently believe in contagion and the importance of precautionary
measures. Efficient means of suppression are radical, and bear hard on
the individual; they are not complied with, and they produce violent
opposition. Yet, difficult as it may be, the medical profession should
take aggressive action against this disease. We have no right to wait
for the discovery of a specific, or the gradual evolution of a
phthisis-proof race. We must take the world as we find it, full of men
and women predisposed to tubercular phthisis, and with no idea of its
contagious nature. What can we do about it? 1. Teach the people the true
nature of the tuberculosis, that no one ever has tubercular consumption
unless the tubercle bacilli find their way into their lungs. 2. Teach
them, also, that, even if it finds its way there, it will not grow
unless the conditions are right. Teach fathers and mothers how to rear
healthy boys and girls. Tell them what to eat and what to wear, to
exercise, to breathe fresh air. This alone would exterminate phthisis.
3. The contagion must be destroyed. Fortunately, in this disease there
is no need of isolation. Disinfection is enough. The consumptive patient
gives off the poison only in the sputum, or perchance the other
excreta, if the disease extend beyond the lungs. The virus is not given
off from these while moist. We must therefore disinfect all sputum at
once with mercuric bi-chloride. Cloths must be used instead of
handkerchiefs, and then burned, or, if the latter are used, they should
be often changed, and immediately put in a bi-chloride solution and
boiled. Bed-linen should be treated in the same way. Frequent
disinfection of the entire person, and fumigation of the apartment,
would be safe additions to the preventive measures. 4. Persons who have
a marked predisposition to the disease had best not come in close
contact with the phthisical. Children should never have tuberculous
nurses, wet or dry. In the case of consumptives very great attention
should be paid to ventilation, and to the alimentation both of the
patient and the attendants. Such measures, if rigidly carried out, would
be of enormous service in preventing this disease. But with the
increasing prevalence of tuberculosis among domestic animals, something
more is imperatively demanded. Active measures should be taken to free
the country from animal tuberculosis.

There are some ideas which it is well to observe:--

1. Flies may carry the virus if they are allowed to frequent cuspidors
into which consumptives have expectorated. Clean these out often. Do not
permit the patient to spit into a handkerchief and then let it lie
around to dry. The dust arising may inoculate some person prone to

2. Be careful about the meat you eat. It can and does convey
tuberculosis. Investigations have been made showing that as high as 50%
of a herd to be slaughtered in New York City had tuberculosis. Milk may
be also infected and often is.

3. Have an abundance of flowers around. They invariably are helpful.

4. Constant and regular singing with proper care and not tiring is
excellent for consumptive lungs, which should be done in well-ventilated

5. Be out in the open air as much as possible, and breathe through the
nose entirely. Continually exercise the lungs by drawing in long

6. If possible try fumes of hydrofluoric acid. In glass factories if
workmen are rendered consumptive by stooping over the grinding
machinery, they usually find great benefit by being allowed to work in
the room with the glass etchers, where so much hydrofluoric acid is

7. Buttermilk is well recommended.

8. Consumptive and bronchial troubles in women are often due to
irregularity of dress about the throat and lungs. There is danger from
wearing _décolléte_ costumes. So regular have we been in our habits that
the throwing off of a 1-oz. neck-tie for half an hour in the open air
will give us a cold with the thermometer at 70% Fahr.

The ocean cure is well set forth in the following, which represents the
advantages of a long sea voyage:--

1. Perfect rest and quiet, and complete removal from and change of
ordinary occupation and way of life; a very thorough change of scene,
and perfect and enforced rest from both mental and physical labor.

2. The life in the open air and the great amount of sunshine to be
enjoyed; it is quite possible, under favorable circumstances, to pass
fifteen hours daily in the open air; and whenever it is possible the
traveler by sea is certain to endeavor to escape from the close and
sometimes unpleasant atmosphere of a small cabin, into the pure air to
be found on deck.

3. The great purity of the air at sea, and its entire freedom from
organic dust and other impurities. In this respect it has an advantage
over the air of an open country, for the latter is apt to contain the
pollen of grasses and other plants, which, in some persons, excites hay
fever and asthma. The air of the cabins may, of course, be contaminated,
but the air of the open sea is probably the purest to be found anywhere.

4. The presence in the sea air of a large amount of ozone, as well as
particles of saline matter, more particularly in stormy weather, from
the sea spray, and these may exercise a beneficial effect in certain
throat and pulmonary affections on the respiratory mucous membrane.

5. The great equability of the temperature at sea. This refers chiefly
to the daily variations, which rarely exceed four or five degrees Fahr.
It must be noted that in a long sea voyage very considerable variations
of temperature are encountered, and in a swift steamer the transitions
are somewhat sudden.

6. The great humidity of the atmosphere and the high barometric
pressure, which are considered to exercise a useful sedative influence
on certain constitutions. It is said that the temperature of the body
averages one degree Fahr. less on account of this sedative effect. The
exhilarating and tonic effect of rapid motion through the air; for by
the continuous progress of the ship the sea breezes are constantly
blowing over it, and the passengers are borne through the rapidly-moving
air without any exertion of their own. The influence of these currents
of air on the surface of the body is, no doubt, important, acting as a
stimulant and a tonic, increasing evaporation from the skin, and
imparting tone to the superficial blood-vessels.

We now give our own cure, which we claim is of great value, at least it
is worth trying, for it cured the author of consumption of twenty years'
standing in one year. This disease can be cured by "cold packing" the
lungs and throat, and following the rules in general for health stated
in the first part of this work. You must understand a cold compress or
pack, otherwise you are likely to increase the malady and hasten your
death. Some persons cannot warm one ounce of cold water in twenty-four
hours. Such we advise to go very slowly. First adopt the formulæ for
cleanliness and regularity already given. Then when a little more blood
is infused through the system and hence more heat exists, commence the
cold pack. Use simply a moistened cambric handkerchief, placed upon the
lungs; envelop with at least two thicknesses of linen and one of
flannel; wrap up warm and go to bed. Do not attempt to cold pack any
part of your body and then expose it to a moving atmosphere. After one
week you can increase the moisture of the pack at least 50%. Then add
to the thickness and moisture 10% each week, as long as you can succeed
in warming it and causing it to sweat that portion of the body packed.
If you should wake up in the night and find the pack dry, remove the
portion previously moistened and retain only the dry covering, viz., the
linen and flannel. In the morning, before arising, thoroughly rub the
lungs with a dry linen towel. This, then, is all that is necessary to
get rid of this incurable (?) disease, if you will only follow the rules
already given for health, happiness, and longevity.

=Convulsions, Fits.=--When a child has a convulsion, or what is commonly
called "a fit," attention should be given to the urinary secretion at
once. If there is suppression of urine, the child should be put into a
warm bath and made to sweat as speedily as possible. In many cases in
which children die from a succession of convulsions, the real cause of
death is suppression of urine (a fact which is probably not so generally
known as it should be), so that the child really dies of poisoning
through the retention of the urinary secretion. When a child is subject
to attacks of this character, care should be taken to dress it warmly in
flannels, so as to keep up a degree of perspiration most of the time,
and hot baths should be administered frequently. Give a glass of
Bethesda water from three to four times a day, and the disease will

=Corns and Bunions= are caused by tight, ill-fitting boots and shoes.
The way of preventing them is, therefore, manifest. Thrusting the toe
into a lemon, to be kept on over night, will make the removal of a corn
easy. Two or three applications will suffice for the worst cases. Soft
corns may be relieved by dissolving a piece of ammonia, the size of
three peas, in an ounce of water, and applying the solution as hot as
can be borne. It is beneficial to place blank newspaper between the
toes. That will keep them from scalding, and hence softening, so that
corns will easily form. We have already referred to this paper method
for cold feet. Paper is a non-conductor and thus has the proper effect.

=Croup=.--The following prescription, to be used as a gargle, is not
only excellent for croup, but will _absolutely_ keep anyone from choking
to death from phlegm in the throat, no matter what the cause, so long as
they have any portion of a lung left. It consists of the yolks of two
eggs thoroughly beaten, in half a pint of good cider vinegar, adding two
tablespoonfuls of honey. I have known two different patients, given up
by their physicians, to rally in thirty minutes under the above
treatment, and finally get well.

=Diabetes.=--A prominent French physician advocates a coffee remedy.
After having continued to use the remedy for upward of a third of a
century in many hundreds of cases, he again appeals to the profession to
give it a trial in those cases of liver and kidney troubles which have
resisted all other treatment. His habit is to place twenty-five grammes,
or about three drachms, of the green berries (he prefers a mixture of
three parts of Mocha with one part each of Martinique and Isle de
Bourbon coffee) in a tumbler of cold water, and let them infuse over
night. The infusion, after straining or filtering, is to be taken on an
empty stomach the first thing after getting up in the morning. He cites
many cases of renal and hepatic colics, diabetes, migraine, etc., which,
although rebellious to all other treatments for years, soon yielded to
the green coffee infusion. It is worth a trial at any rate.

Bethesda water from the Wakeshaw Springs, in Wisconsin, will cure three
out of every five cases of diabetes and help the other two. Drink it as
you would any good water.

=Diphtheria.=--Diphtheria is a malignant and very infectious disease. It
may often be communicated by a kiss, a touch of the hand, or by drinking
out of the same cup with the sick person. The mildest case should be
carefully isolated. In the family this may sometimes be done by removing
the patient to an upper room, which can be well ventilated by means of
windows and an open fire. The contagion of diphtheria is not carried far
by the atmosphere; hence, by strict attention to cleanliness and
ventilation, it may be quite possible to isolate a case even under the
family roof. The disease is characterized by soreness of the throat,
pain in swallowing, apoplectic, epileptic, hysterical, or the result of
poisoning. Put a cork between the patient's teeth, that the tongue may
not be bitten. Loosen the clothing, have plenty of fresh air, and do not
restrain the movements of the patient, except to prevent injury or
bruising. Rub the temples with cologne or spirits, and, as soon as the
patient can swallow, give a little cold brandy and water.

Dr. W. A. Scott, of Iowa, where, in the latter part of 1889, diphtheria
raged, found a valuable and effective remedy for this dread disease. The
recipe can be filled at any drug store, and used by any person without

Take ten grains of permanganate of potassium and mix with one ounce of
cold water. As soon as dissolved, it must be applied with a rag or
sponge mop or swab to the whitish places in the tonsils, and other parts
that have the diphtheria membrane on them. Do this very gently, but
thoroughly, every three hours until better; then every six hours until
well. It does not give pain, but is rather nauseous to the taste.

If the tongue is coated white, mix one drachm of hyposulphite of soda
and five drops oil of sassafras in four ounces of syrup made of sugar
and hot water, and give a teaspoonful every 1 to 3 hours, as needed,
when awake.

If the tongue is not coated white, I mix 20 drops of tincture of
phytolacca in four ounces of cold water and give a teaspoonful every 1
to 3 hours, as needed, when awake. (The phytolacca is the common
poke-root of the South, and as it loses its strength by drying and age,
the tincture should be from the fresh root, or it is worthless.)

It is well to apply a little sweet-oil or cosmoline to the outside of
the throat to protect from the action of the air, as the patient must be
protected from all danger of getting chilled.

In the beginning of the disease, in mild cases, the above solution of
permanganate of potassium is all I use, and all that is needed, as the
disease is local at first, but rapidly affects the whole system when
seated. In the stinking form of diphtheria this solution soon destroys
all smell, and in every case destroys the diphtheria membrane without
leaving any bad effect.

M. Roulin, of France, has successfully treated 22 cases of diphtheria
with carbolic acid as an antiseptic. Nasal douches, consisting of three
teaspoonfuls of the crude acid in a quart of water, were employed every
hour by means of the ordinary irrigator. Tonics were given internally.

Dr. Deriker, of St. Petersburg, who is the head physician of the
Children's Hospital, and has treated no less than 2,000 cases of
diphtheria, and tried all remedies, both internal and external, has
found the following a certain cure for the disease: As soon as the white
spots appear on the tonsils he gives a laxative, usually senna tea. When
the purgative effect has ceased, he gives cold drinks acidulated with
lemons, limes, or hydrochloric acid, and every two hours a gargle
composed of lime-water and milk. Hot milk was also given as a drink, and
the throat well rubbed with spirits of turpentine. The Academy of
Medicine in France offered a large sum of money for a successful cure
for diphtheria, and this is said to have been it. Equal parts of liquid
tar and turpentine are put in an iron pan and burned in the patient's
room. The dense resinous smoke gives immediate relief. The fibrinous
matter soon becomes detached and is coughed up.

=Clothing.=--There are some very important principles in regard to

1. If you desire health, do not wear a belt.

2. Avoid tight lacing. Some of the most beautiful women, including
actresses, are giving up this injurious practice.

3. Do not wear, especially in summer, the constant black, even if in
mourning. If you do someone may be mourning you too.

4. Use woolens almost entirely for clothing--always for under-clothing.

5. Have shoes that fit and give the feet an abundance of room, and not
high heeled, but thick soled.

6. Wear sufficiently heavy woolen under-garments so that you will not
be obliged to resort continually to overcoats.

7. In summer, use light outer garments--white flannels and cheviots are

The Most Important Function of Under-garments.--It is a great mistake to
suppose that the material of which a garment is made is the most
important consideration in selecting warm under-clothing. The way in
which the fabric is prepared and manufactured is of more vital
importance as regards heat or coldness of the body than the actual
material. A light garment with large meshes is more effective against
cold than a close, heavy one. Whatever an under-vest may be made of, its
real value as a protector from cold depends upon its ability to inclose
within its meshes a certain quantity of air. This is indeed the most
important function of under-garments, viz., to encircle the whole body
with an envelope of warm air, and a vestment that does not keep a
continual layer of warm air next to the skin is of very little use.

We advise the discarding of cotton shirts altogether and wearing only
those of flannel. The best material for an under-vest, where the shirt
worn is flannel, is silk, but by reason of high cost it is within the
reach of a comparatively few only.

Hence woolen under-vests must be selected. They should be large and
never tight-fitting, for there must be room for the air to circulate
freely beneath them. Good taste suggests that the outside shirt be of
white flannel, and that also must be large. Nearly all those which are
on sale in stores have collars, but for a small sum added to the price
the dealer will make the necessary changes so that a linen collar may be

With such under-clothing a man is very well protected against sudden
changes of weather, and is much less liable to take cold than he would
be with a cotton shirt on. Now, as to chest protectors. If a man is
subject to colds during the winter he should wear a chest-protector. In
order for him to get the full benefit of it it should fit him quite
snugly at the neck and extend front and back to the belt. Dressed in
flannels, as we have recommended, with his chest well covered by a
protector, he will be as well fortified against cold as under-clothing
of a healthful sort can make him.

=Dropsy.=--It is not generally known that the silk on an ear of green
corn is a powerful and efficient remedy for dropsy, for bladder troubles
and diseases of the kidneys. In the Louisville _Medical News_ we find an
account of the medical properties of corn-silk and the cures that have
been effected by its use. The way to use it is to take two
double-handfuls of fresh corn-silk and boil in two gallons of water
until but a gallon remains. Add sugar to make a syrup. Drink a
tumblerful of this thrice daily, and it will relieve dropsy by
increasing the flow of urine. Other diseases of the bladder and kidneys
are benefited by the remedy, which is prompt, efficient, and grateful to
the stomach. The treatment can be continued for months without danger or
inconvenience. Bethesda water is just as good, but both together are

=Dyspepsia.=--This trouble is often the result of decomposition of the
food before it is digested. Unless this is remedied death will
ultimately follow. A good remedy is this: Thoroughly brown some whole
grain wheat, grind it in an ordinary clean coffee-mill; eat of nothing
else for the two last meals of the day; carefully masticate it and eat
sparingly for a few days, after that _ad libitum_; in ten days you will
be well, if all other suggestions regarding cleanliness are followed.

=Ears=.--Sapolini of Milan has described a method of his which he states
has been successfully employed in 62 cases of deafness of old age. It
consists in mopping the membrana tympani with a weak oleaginous solution
of phosphorus. He claims that the treatment diminishes the opacity of
the membrane, increases the circulation, and improves the hearing.

A writer in a medical journal says: "Beware of too much quinine. It will
produce a congestion of the ear and irritation of the auditory nerve.
The common habit of taking quinine for neuralgia and other ailments
without consulting a doctor is altogether reprehensible, and may lead
to very serious results. Many cases of deafness are produced by
overdoses and long-continued use of this drug."

Aprysexie is the name Dr. Guye, of Amsterdam, chooses for
inattentiveness, and he quite singularly finds that the nose is a cause
of it. A dull boy became quick to learn after certain tumors had been
taken from the nose, and a man who had been troubled with vertigo and
buzzing in the ears for twelve years found mental labor easy after a
like operation. In a third case a medical student was similarly
relieved. Dr. Guye supposes that these nasal troubles affect the brain
by preventing the cerebral lymph from circulating freely.

=Elixir Brown-Sequard.=--The way Brown-Sequard uses this medicine is
entirely successful. Do not think because others have failed that the
principle is wrong. Most experimenters, first, are not careful in
getting perfectly healthy specimens of animals from whose vitals the
elixir is made, while, secondly, they expose the liquid and allow it to
become filled or impregnated with microbes and various foreign elements.

The process of administration is thus described:--

The syringe punctures the cuticle, or scarf-skin, and the cutis, or true
skin, and then enters the subcutaneous or cellular tissue which covers
the muscles, or flesh. Through all the tissues of the body run the
lymphatics, which convey the injected matter to the lymph channels,
these in turn to the veins, and thence throughout the system. A half
ounce of the fluid will be distributed in from one to three hours.
Sometimes the subject might feel the stimulus very quickly, and in some
cases hours might elapse before any effect was felt. The human system is
able to absorb almost an unlimited amount of this liquid, if
administered properly and if pure.

=Epidemics.=--The history of severe plagues is remarkable. The first
great pestilence in a comparatively civilized nation was the one at
Athens about 400 B. C. On account of being shut up by the Spartans in
their crowded city the Athenians had this terrible experience. It
carried off thousands--nearly two-thirds of the population. In the
reign of the Emperor Justinian no less than 100,000,000 inhabitants died
in thirty years from a pestilence that swept from Persia to Gaul. Later,
in the fourteenth century, the plague of beautiful Florence in Italy
killed 80,000 people in six months. In 1665-66 London was a vast
pest-house and during September of 1666 the weekly death rate reached
the number of 8,000. In America the sunny South has witnessed the
blasting effects of yellow fever during the last fifteen years. In 1878,
Florida had 2,649 deaths, and New Orleans 3,977 from yellow fever. Fully
33% of those attacked succumbed. In the same year 4,200 people died of
it at Memphis. The last important run of this epidemic was in 1888, at
Jacksonville and Decatur. There the deaths averaged 10% of those

The duration of the infection stages of various diseases is thus given
by Dr. T. F. Pearse, an English physician: Measles, from the 2d day of
the disease for 3 weeks; small-pox, from the 1st day for 4 weeks;
scarlet fever, from the 4th day for 7 weeks; mumps, from the 2d day for
3 weeks; diphtheria, from the 1st day for 3 weeks. The incubation
periods, or intervals occurring between exposure to infection and the
first symptoms, are as follows: Whooping-cough, 14 days; mumps, 18 days;
measles, 10 days; small-pox, 12 days; scarlet fever, 3 days; diphtheria,
14 days.

Scarlet fever is at its minimum from January to May, and at its maximum
in October and November. Diphtheria is more evenly distributed through
the year, and is most dangerous a little later than scarlet fever.
Measles and whooping-cough seem to be somewhat aggravated by cold
weather, but are most fatal in May and June. Hot weather is adverse to
small-pox, and favorable to disorders of the bowels, particularly in

popular eruption it is often difficult to decide whether the case is one
of measles or of small-pox. M. Grisol's method of diagnosis is as
follows (_Medical Times_): "If, upon stretching a portion of the skin,
the papule becomes impalpable to the touch, the eruption is caused by
measles; if, on the contrary, the papule is still felt when the skin is
drawn out, the eruption is the result of small-pox."

=Erysipelas.=--It has long been known that an attack of erysipelas
exerts a remarkable influence upon other diseases, and the attempt has
been made to cure more serious maladies by deliberately inoculating the
patient with the virus of erysipelas. In a recent case in Norway, the
growth of a cancer was greatly retarded by this means, and life was
probably prolonged a few weeks or even months, though no cure was

=Exercise.=--Ben. Hogan, the reformed pugilist, has advanced some
practical ideas:--

"In every city there are thousands of rich men and women who are ready
to commit suicide because of ill-health. 'What is wealth without
health?' they say. 'Nothing,' I should say; but I do say that, while
every man cannot amass wealth, every man can secure good health. I know
a man who owns a fine horse. He employs two men to take care of that
horse and keep him in condition. He is exercised, sponged, and blanketed
daily. Does the owner himself have a man to take care of him?--No. He
possibly bathes once a week. He arises at 8 o'clock in the morning,
throws his breakfast down without masticating it, and madly rushes off
to his business. At noon he rushes into a restaurant and eats his dinner
in five minutes. On he goes, hiring men to look after the health of his
horse, but never stops to think of his own body and its needs.

"A man cannot digest his food unless he eats carefully. A meal should
never be eaten in less than one hour. Gladstone says he bites each piece
of meat he puts into his mouth twenty times before he swallows it, and
that isn't too often. The men of to-day who throw their food into their
stomach are physical wrecks in fifteen years. The American doctor
studies medicine when he should study nature; instead of trying to
prevent disease, they try to cure. There are many people who do not take
a bath in two years and they prematurely die from poisoning. The poison
that accumulates under the first layer of skin breeds disease and sooner
or later must come death.

"There are thousands of people dying of consumption who haven't sense
enough to know that they can throw it off. No man who is lazy can become
healthy, for the best way to bring health is by physical development. I
have seen thousands of young men apparently on the verge of the grave
grow strong by following this daily routine: When you get up in the
morning rub yourself with a rough towel until the blood is in
circulation, and then take a cold bath. Never take a cold bath without
getting the blood in circulation, for it is dangerous. After the bath
rub the flesh for three-quarters of an hour. Then take a cup of tea and
eat some toast, and start out for a half hour's walk. Don't plod slowly
along the streets, but walk as rapidly as your legs will carry you. When
you return you are ready for breakfast. Eat rice, mutton chops, and
toast, and drink tea. If you are a business man you are ready for
business, but if you are training for an athlete you will again start
upon the walk and keep it up all day. A man under training is required
to walk at least forty miles every day. When he returns from his walk he
is put under blankets until he has cooled, and then again put in the
bath-tub. He is taken out and rubbed or manipulated. Then he is ready
for dinner. The athlete or pugilist would be required to eat raw ham or
raw steak without salt or pepper. Pugilists are not allowed to use
pepper, because it heats the blood. For men who are not undergoing
training for pugilists I would advise a dinner on rare beef, rice, and
other vegetables cooked dry."

=Eyes.=--A writer in _Cassell's Magazine_ gives the following rules for
the use and care of the eyes:--

"1. Sit erect in your chair when reading, and as erect when writing as
possible. If you bend downward you not only gorge the eyes with blood,
but the brain as well, and both suffer. The same rule should apply to
the use of the microscope. Get one that will enable you to look at
things horizontally, not always vertically.

"2. Have a reading-lamp for night use. N. B.--In reading the light
should be on the book or paper and the eyes in the shade. If you have no
reading-lamp, turn your back to the light and you may read without
danger to your eyes.

"3. Hold the book at your focus; if that begins to get far away use

"4. Avoid reading by the flickering light of the fire.

"5. Avoid straining the eyes by reading in the gloaming.

"6. Reading in bed is injurious as a rule. It must be admitted, however,
that in cases of sleeplessness, when the mind is inclined to ramble over
a thousand thoughts a minute, reading steadies the thoughts and conduces
to sleep.

"7. Do not read much in a railway carriage. I myself always do, however,
only in a good light, and I invariably carry a good reading-lamp to hang
on behind me. Thousands of people would travel by night rather than by
day if the companies could only see their way to the exclusive use of
the electric light.

"8. Authors should have black-ruled paper instead of blue, and should
never strain the eyes by reading too fine types.

"9. The bedroom blinds should be red or gray, and the head of the bed
should be toward the window.

"10. Those ladies who not only write but sew should not attempt the
black seam by night.

"11. When you come to an age that suggests the wearing of spectacles,
let no false modesty prevent you from getting a pair. If you have only
one eye, an eye-glass will do; otherwise it is folly.

"12. Go to the wisest and best optician you know of and state your wants
and your case plainly, and be assured you will be properly fitted.

"13. Remember that bad spectacles are most injurious to the eyes, and
that good and well-chosen ones are a decided luxury.

"14. Get a pair for reading with, and if necessary a long-distance pair
for use outdoors."

Further rules are:--

Avoid all sudden changes between light and darkness.

Never begin to read, write, or sew for several minutes after coming from
darkness to a bright light.

Never read by twilight or moonlight, or on dark, cloudy days.

When reading, it is best to let the light fall from above obliquely over
the left shoulder.

Do not use the eye-sight by light so scant that it requires an effort to

The moment you are instinctively prompted to rub your eyes that moment
stop using them.

If the eyelids are glued together on waking up do not forcibly open
them, but apply saliva with the finger. It is the speediest diluent in
the world; then wash your eyes and face in warm water.

In the selection of books or pamphlets see that the paper is of a slight
orange tint; this shade is the most pleasant for the eye to look upon.

The following is recommended as an efficient means of removing particles
from the eye: Make a loop by doubling a horse hair; raise the lid of the
eye in which is the foreign particle; slip the loop over it, and placing
the lid in contact with the eyeball, withdraw the loop, and the particle
will be drawn out with it.

An old locomotive engineer gives the following as an infallible method
to eradicate any foreign substance from the eye, viz., close the eyes,
and rub gently from right to left with a circular motion the well eye.

=Food.=--Of all the fruits we are blest with, the peach is the most
digestible. There is nothing more palatable, wholesome, and medicinal
than good, ripe peaches. They should be ripe but not overripe and half
rotten; and of this kind they may make a part of either meal, or be
eaten between meals; but it is better to make them a part of the regular
meals, says _Hall's Journal of Health_, a medical authority. It is a
mistaken idea that no fruit should be eaten at breakfast. It would be
far better if our people would eat less bacon and grease at breakfast
and more fruit. In the morning there is an arid state of the secretions,
and nothing is so well calculated to correct this as cooling, subacid
fruits, such as peaches, apples, etc. The apple is one of the best of
fruits. Baked or stewed apples will generally agree with the most
delicate stomach, and are an excellent medicine in many cases of
sickness. Green or half-ripe apples stewed and sweetened are pleasant to
the taste, cooling, nourishing, and laxative, far superior, in many
cases, to the abominable doses of salts and oil usually given in fever
and other diseases. Raw apples and dried apples stewed are better for
constipation than liver pills. Oranges are very acceptable to most
stomachs, having all the advantages of the acid alluded to; but the
orange juice alone should be taken, rejecting the pulp. The same may be
said of lemonade, pomegranates, and all that class. Lemonade is the best
drink in fevers, and when thickened with sugar is better than syrup of
squills and other nauseants in many cases of cough. Tomatoes act on the
liver and bowels, and are much more pleasant and safe than blue mass and
"liver regulators." The juice should be used alone, rejecting the skins.
The small-seeded fruits, such as blackberries, figs, raspberries,
currants, and strawberries, may be classed among the best foods and
medicines. The sugar in them is nutritious, the acid is cooling and
purifying, and the seeds are laxative. We would be much the gainers if
we would look more to our orchards and gardens for our medicines and
less to our drug stores. To cure fever or act on the kidneys no
febrifuge or diuretic is superior to water-melon, which may, with very
few exceptions, be taken in sickness and health in almost unlimited
quantities, not only without injury but with positive benefit. But in
using them the water or juice should be taken, excluding the pulp, and
the melon should be ripe and fresh, but not overripe and stale. While,
undeniably, a mixed diet is the best for man, there is a mistaken
notion, which prevails to a great extent, that meat should largely enter
into the same. As a consequence, much more is eaten than is needed or
can properly be disposed of in the system. Never eat meat oftener than
once a day, and very sparingly in summer. Men of sedentary habits might
with safety for several days at a time during that season live on
vegetables, fruits, milk, breadstuffs, and foods of like character,
which are easy of digestion. For those who have good reason to believe
that their "kidneys are weak," a diet largely made up of meat is
ill-advised. Those organs are intimately concerned in its disposal in
the system, and hence are overtasked if it is taken in too great a

_Reasons Why a Strictly Vegetable Diet Is to Be Preferred to Animal
Food._--The food which is most enjoyed, says a writer in _Longman's
Magazine_, is the food we call bread and fruit. In my long medical
career, I have rarely known an instance in which a child has not
preferred fruit to animal food. I have been many times called upon to
treat children for stomachic disorders induced by pressing upon them
animal to the exclusion of fruit diet, and have seen the best results
occur from the practice of reverting to the use of fruit in the dietary.
I say it without the least prejudice, as a lesson learned from simple
experience, that the most natural diet for the young, after the natural
milk diet, is fruit and whole-meal bread, with milk and water for drink.
The desire for this same mode of sustenance is often continued into
after years, as if the resort to flesh were a forced and artificial
feeding, which required long and persistent habit to establish as a
permanency as a part of the system of every-day life. How strongly this
preference taste for fruit over animal food prevails is shown by the
simple fact of the retention of those foods in the mouth. Fruit is
retained, to be tasted and relished. Animal food, to use a common
phrase, is "bolted." There is a natural desire to retain the delicious
fruit for full mastication; there is no such desire, except in the
trained gormand, for the retention of animal substance. One further fact
which I have observed--and that too often to discard it--as a fact of
great moment, is that when a person of mature years has for a time given
up voluntarily the use of animal food in favor of vegetable, the sense
of repugnance to animal food is soon so markedly developed that a return
to it is overcome with the utmost difficulty. Neither is this a mere
fancy or fad peculiar to sensitive men or oversentimental women. I have
been surprised to see it manifested in men who are the very reverse of
sentimental, and who were, in fact, quite ashamed to admit themselves
guilty of any such weakness. I have heard those who have gone over from
a mixed diet of animal and vegetable food to a poor vegetable diet speak
of feeling low under the new system, and declare that they must needs
give it up in consequence; but I have found even these (without
exception) declare that they infinitely preferred the simpler, purer,
and, as it seemed to them, more natural food plucked from the prime
source of food, untainted by its passage through another animal body.

There are thirty vegetarian restaurants in London, and a vegetarian
hotel is the latest move in the right direction.

The time required to digest different kinds of food:--


    Roasted pork             5.15
    Salt beef (boil'd)       4.15
    Veal (boiled)            4.00
    Boiled hens              4.00
    Roasted mutton           3.15
    Boiled beef              3.30
    Roasted beef             3.00
    Raw oysters              2.45
    Roasted turkey           2.30
    Boiled milk              2.00
    Boiled codfish           2.00
    Venison steak            1.35
    Trout (broiled)          1.30
    Tripe                    1.00
    Pig's feet               1.00
    Eggs (hard boil'd)       3.30 to 5.30
    Eggs (soft boil'd)       3.00

The above is taken from Beaumont's "Experiments on Digestion." Dalton
comments on these observations as follows: "These results would not
always be precisely the same for different persons, since there are
variations in this respect according to age and temperament. Thus, in
most instances, mutton would probably be equally digestible with beef,
or perhaps more so; and milk, which in some persons is easily digested,
in others is disposed of with considerable difficulty. But as a general
rule, the comparative digestibility of different substances is no doubt
correctly expressed by the above list."

_To Ascertain Pure Milk._--Take an extra quart of milk any day from your
milkman and put it in a glass jar, an ordinary fruit-jar will do; set it
away and await results. The proportion of cream on top shows the
richness of the milk. Let it alone until it turns to clabber, and if
there is any water in it, it will appear between the cream and the
clabber. After fermentation sets in, the water will sink to the bottom.
If there has been no water put into the milk, none will show. By trying
milk from different milkmen, you can readily see which is the best.

We will add under food that eggs should be kept in oak or porcelain
receptacles, not in pine boxes, as they partake of the odor of the pine.

=Freckles.=--A young lady of St. Louis says: "I accidentally discovered
a sovereign remedy a couple of years ago, which costs next to nothing.
One day the plumber shut our water off, and I could get none in which to
wash my face. I was fearfully soiled, and, looking out of the window
just then, I saw a friend approaching to call on me. Glancing about me,
I noticed half a water-melon from which the meat had been removed some
time before. It was partly filled with juice, and I hastily washed my
face in it. The result was so soothing that I repeatedly washed my face
in that manner. Judge of my astonishment a few days later on seeing that
there was not a freckle left on my face."

=Gargle.=--An excellent gargle for general use is:--

    Chloras Potass., 3 ounces.
    Tannin,          2 drachms.

Dissolve one teaspoonful in half a pint of water, which will keep for
several days. For bronchial trouble or bleeding at the lungs, gargle the
throat often; but for general cleanliness, gargle a little every
morning; for catarrh, not only gargle but snuff some up the nose.

=Hair.=--To prevent hair from falling out, headache, neuralgia, brain
fever, etc., the hair should be worn comparatively short by both sexes,
washed and dried every day. To preserve the hair this is a good recipe:
Take a teaspoonful of dried sage; boil it in a quart of water for twenty
minutes. Strain it off and add a piece of borax the size of an English
walnut; pulverize the borax. Put the sage tea, when cold, into a quart
bottle; add the borax; shake well together and put in a cool place.
Brush the hair thoroughly and rub and wash well on the head with the
hand; then, after a good hard rubbing, brush the hair well before a
fire, so that it will become perfectly dry. Never use a fine-tooth comb,
as it irritates the skin, and consequently inflames the roots of the

=Headache.=--The causes are: "Overstudy, overwork in-doors, neglect of
the bath, want of fresh air in bedrooms, nervousness, however induced;
want of abundant skin-exciting exercise, the excitement inseparable from
a fashionable life, neglect of the ordinary rules that conduce to
health, overindulgence in food, especially of a stimulating character,
weakness or debility of body, however produced (this can only be
remedied by proper nutriment), work or study in-doors, carried on in an
unnatural or cramped position of the body. Literary men and women ought
to do most of their work at a standing desk, lying down now and then to
ease the brain and heart, and permit ideas to flow. They should work
out-of-doors in fine weather--with their feet resting on a board, not on
the earth--and under canvas in wet weather. It is surprising the good
this simple advice, if followed, can effect.

=Health Beverages.=--Lemons make the best beverage. They are very
healthy and good, not only for allaying the thirst, but will cure a
multitude of disorders. The juice of the lemon contains citric acid.
Acids, as a rule, decrease the acid secretion of the body and increase
the alkaline. Citric acid, which is the acid of lemons and oranges, for
instance, will diminish the secretions of gastric juice, but increases
very materially the secretion of saliva. The very thought of a lemon is
sufficient to make the mouth water. Thirst in fevers is not always due
to lack of water in the blood. It may be due in part to a lack of the
secretion of the saliva. When the mouth is parched and dry, the acid
will increase the saliva. When acid is given for the relief of dyspepsia
it should be taken before eating. Lemon juice drank before meals will be
found very advantageous as a preventive of heart-burn.

_Drinks for the Voice._--Tea, coffee, and cocoa are three admissible
drinks, but none in excess. For the voice cocoa is the most beneficial.
It should never be made too strong, and those cocoas are the best that
have been deprived of their oil. A cup of thin cocoa, just warm, is more
to be recommended between the exertions of singing than any alcoholic
beverage. Tea must not be taken too strong, nor when it has drawn too
long, for tea then becomes acid, and has a bad influence on the mucous
membrane that lines the throat. There is always a dry sensation after
having taken a cup of tea that has been allowed to draw too long. A
vocalist had better do without sugar in tea and only take milk with it.

=Hernia or Rupture.=--A swelling suddenly appearing in the abdomen, and
especially in the groin, may be recognized as a rupture, particularly if
it puffs out, or grows larger when the patient breathes or coughs
violently. If, for any reason, the services of a physician cannot be
immediately secured, the patient should lie down on his back, draw up
his knees, and, while he breathes gently, rest his fingers upon the
rupture, and press it in all directions. In most cases the hernia will
slip back when thus treated. Then apply a bandage to hold the bowels in
place long enough for the person to have a truss fitted to him. During
this period the bowels should be kept regular.

The author of this book was cured of rupture of the right groin
completely. Though having worn trusses of different patterns for 25
years, the one that effected a permanent remedy was an electric elastic
truss, invented by Dr. A. T. Sherwood, 408 Stockton Street, this city.
This is no advertisement, but wishing to help others who are afflicted,
we are of the opinion that it will cure four out of every five cases
that exist, provided the patient will pursue a careful course otherwise.
My treatment required less than 4 months.

=Hiccoughing.=--Sweet-flag (calamus) is claimed to be an agent that will
relieve and stop persistent hiccough in almost any case. Chew a small
piece of the root.

=Hydrophobia.=--Rabies, the madness produced by the bite of mad animals,
is often apprehended when there is no danger. In case the supposed mad
creature has been killed, an important means of information is lost. If
possible, the animal should be secured and closely watched. If he does
not show signs of rabies, the bitten person need have no fear; but, in
any case, when one has been bitten, the wound should be washed with hot
water, sucked, by some person whose mouth is free from sores, and then
thoroughly cauterized with pure nitric acid or concentrated liquor of
ammonia. The patient's strength should be sustained by stimulants, and
medical attendance should be secured as soon as possible.

Drs. Valentine Mott and A. F. Baldwin, of the Carnegie Laboratory; are
prepared to inoculate hydrophobia patients according to the Pasteur
system. The first patient was the seven-year-old son of Dr. Newell, of
Jersey City. Dr. Mott inoculated himself to prove the harmlessness of
the method for a healthy man.

It has been discovered recently that the juice of the maguey plant is a
certain remedy for hydrophobia.

=Influenza (La Grippe).=--The first symptoms of the disease are sudden
faintness, a chill, and marked prostration, succeeded by headache and a
general feeling of malaria, followed by acute coryza, pharyngitis, and
slight laryngitis, winding up with bronchitis. Examination shows that
the patients are about as sick as persons with a bad cold. The duration
of the attack is from 2 to 10 days and upward. An application of 2 parts
turpentine to 1 of sweet-oil placed on the chest over the lungs, and
then inhale the steam from steeped eucalyptus leaves, is the best remedy
we know.

=Insomnia.=--The next time a sufferer finds himself awake, say 2 or 3
o'clock in the morning, instead of merely trying to banish the painful
thought and repeating numbers, according to habit, let him revert at
once to the dream which was the cause of his awakening, and try to go on
with it. Sleep will come soon. It is stated on good authority that this
experiment, oft repeated, has never been known to fail.

A correspondent of the _Lancet_ gives the following method of
self-asphyxiation as an effectual remedy for insomnia in his own case:
After taking a deep inspiration, he holds his breath till discomfort is
felt, then repeats the process a second and third time. As a rule this
is enough to procure sleep. A slight degree of asphyxia is thus relied
on as a soporific agent.

=Leprosy.=--An interesting report by the Hawaiian Board of Health is in
our hands; incomplete statistics give the number of lepers in the
several islands of the Hawaiian group on January 1, 1888, as 400. A
statement of the leper population at Leper Settlement at Molokai for the
biennial period ending March 31, 1888, is 749.

The report says: "Accurate statistics as to the number of lepers still
at large in the various communities of this country cannot be obtained."
It is estimated from the best data obtainable, that there were 644
lepers at large on the islands on March 31, 1888.

The report says: "The rations furnished each leper at the Leper
Settlement on Molokai are abundant for the support of any adult

One of the embarrassing questions the board is called upon to decide is,
how many of the non-leper friends and relatives of the afflicted ones
shall be allowed to go and live with them at the leper settlement as
helpers, or _kokuas_, the number of applicants being in excess of the
demand. The great obstacle to be overcome in carrying out the law of
segregation consists in the fact that the Hawaiians do not appreciate
and refuse to be convinced that leprosy is a communicable disease. It is
with them as if devotion to a fatal sentimentality had bid defiance to
every instinct of self-preservation. Marriages between leprous and
non-leprous individuals are freely contracted, and the intimacies are
not prevented by the fact of potent evidences of the disease. "If this
race is ever to be rescued from the slough into which it is sinking, the
fatal lethargy that stupefies them must be dispelled, the instinct of
self-preservation must be awakened, and it must be written upon their
hearts, as with the point of a diamond, that to voluntarily contaminate
one's self with leprosy is a crime. In spite of a number of claims to
the contrary, we believe it safe to say that no one has been able to
prove, to the satisfaction of the medical profession, who very rightly
demand full proof in such cases, that a single unmistakable case of this
disease has been definitely cured." Says the report: "It is necessary
always to bear in mind that the symptoms of leprosy, like those of some
other diseases, have a way of receding or entirely disappearing for a
time, only to show themselves again when least expected."

Government physicians generally attribute the causes which are checking
the increase of the Hawaiian population to be leprosy; also the indolent
and easy nature of the natives, which causes them to rest content,
provided they can obtain the bare necessities of life. They are content
to sit idle while their places are being filled with Chinese, and their
lands are gradually passing from their possession. This apathy causes
them to degenerate, both mentally and physically, and thus leads to the
smallness of families and the general extinction of the race.

The following description of how this terrible disease develops and
affects the patient is taken from the Hankow (China) Medical Mission
report: "Leprosy is common. It chiefly affects men who work in the
field; we have met with it in brothers; it is occasionally met with in
women. The age varies from ten to fifty years. Often the first symptom
complained of is some localized anæsthesia--which is sometimes quite
accidentally discovered--in the feet, hands, or face, which are the
parts that are most commonly affected. The sensory nerves are first
affected, and sensation as a rule absent partially or completely. The
anæsthesia is followed by want of free use of affected parts; the
circulation is also impaired in those parts; the hair on the eyebrows
falls out. A peculiar punched-out-looking ulcer, with a very fetid
discharge, is often met in the feet; sometimes, but not so often, in the
hands. As the disease advances, which it does very slowly--it often
apparently remains stationary for years--the face broadens, becomes
square, glazed, irregular and nodular; nodules are also found in the
mucous membrane of the lips and in the nerves; perspiration is absent;
the natural expression of the face is completely changed; the patient
looks old and sad. As the disease further advances, the toes and fingers
drop off, and by and by part of the limb. The general health is never
affected. Treatment is not very satisfactory; symptoms seem to be
controlled for a time, but never cured."

=Lockjaw.=--Professor Renzi, of Naples, records several cases of tetanus
successfully treated by absolute rest. The method advocated is as
follows: The patient's ears are closed with wax, after which he is
placed in a perfectly dark room, far from any noise. He is made to
understand that safety lies in perfect rest. The room is carpeted
heavily in order to relieve the noise of stepping about. The nurse
enters every quarter of an hour with a well-shaded lantern, using more
the sense of touch than sight to find the bed. Liquid food (milk, eggs
in beef tea, and water) is carefully given, so that mastication is not
necessary. Constipation is not interfered with. Mild doses of belladonna
or secale are given to relieve pain. This treatment does not shorten the
disease, but under it the paroxysms grow milder, and finally cease.
Numerous physicians attest to the value of this treatment.

=Marriage.=--The _Medical Record_ says the unpopularity of marriage in
England continues unabated, and last year was the first in recent times
in which, while the price of wheat fell, the marriage rate remained
stationary. It is now 14.2 per 1,000. The decline in the popularity of
matrimony is greatest with those who have already had some experience of
wedded life. Between 1876 and 1888 the marriage rate fell 12 per cent
for bachelors and spinsters, 27 per cent for widowers, 31 per cent for

Another interesting fact is that the births have now reached the lowest
rate recorded since civil registration began. In 1876 the rate was 36.3
per 1,000; it is now 30.6. This is very satisfactory, and it is also
notable that the illegitimate birth-rate has declined, the proportion,
4.6 per cent, being the lowest yet registered. The worst feature in the
Registrar-General's returns, however, is the fact that the male births
had fallen in proportion to the female; in the last ten years 1,038 boys
were born for every 1,000 girls, and last year the male preponderance
had dropped by 5, and is now standing at 1,033 to 1,000.

M. Huth has recently published a valuable book on consanguinity. There
is no lack of instances of enforced consanguinity, in the matter of
marriage, in isolated communities, according to M. Huth, to disprove the
assumption that physical degeneration is likely to result from the
practice. An investigation into a number of unions between uncles and
nieces, nephews and aunts, and cousins in the first and second degree,
gives an average of children rather above than below the general
average, though this is attributed to some extent to the comparatively
early age at which such unions are generally contracted. Breeders inform
us that the results are markedly in favor of consanguineous unions
between healthy, well-bred animals. Unions between men or animals of
widely different varieties, on the other hand, have a decidedly
injurious effect on the offspring, and beyond a certain limit are
almost absolutely sterile. Mulattoes and the half-breeds of India and
America are striking examples of the deterioration to which such racial
disparity gives rise. The great point to bear in mind is that the union
of individuals with the same morbid tendencies intensifies the taint,
and that, too, quite irrespective of any consanguinity. The moral,
according to the author, is that the reasons which have led to the
prohibition of marriages within certain degrees of relationship are
social, and not physiological.

=Malaria (Chills and Fever).=--Mr. W. S. Green, editor of the _Weekly
Colusa Sun_, of this State, has made careful investigations on the
malaria question. We quote from his issue of May 12, 1888:--

"_Irrigation and Malaria._--At the irrigation convention held at
Riverside in March, '84, a paper by W. S. Green was read on the subject
of 'Irrigation on Health.' The writer took a new departure, and combated
notions held for ages; that is, he held that however much the received
notions of malaria might hold good as to other climates, they were not
correct when applied to California, where the air was in motion pretty
much all the while. Mr. Green received the highest indorsement of his
ideas, and they have come to be accepted as correct. His statement of
facts has been verified by almost all observing men.

"_To the Pres. of the Irrigation Convention, Riverside, Cal._--

"Having taken great interest in the problem of irrigation for twenty
years and over, I had intended to be present at your meeting, but at
this date I find it will be impossible. If a man possesses a mite of
knowledge or an idea on this great subject, it is his duty to give his
co-workers the benefit of it.

"During a residence of thirty-four years in the Sacramento Valley, I
have had time and opportunity to observe and to study its sanitary
conditions, and these observations bear directly, I think, on the
subject of the effect of irrigation on the health of a country. I am led
by these observations to reject almost _in toto_ the long-accepted
theory of infection by malaria from the atmosphere, that is, so far as
it pertains to California. I will not consume your time with a technical
dissertation, but will state some facts as briefly as possible, and in
plain, homely phrase.

"When I saw people living all along the margins of the tules, where in
summer the water became hot and stale and full of decaying vegetation,
and hundreds of forms of animal life, and yet remain entirely free from
malarial influence, I began to think there was some mistake in the
accepted theory. I do not pretend to say that all the people living
along the tule margins were or are healthy. All who occupy some places
seem to be attacked by chills, while the occupants of places close by
are never so attacked. Health is the rule. I saw that all these people,
those on the healthy and those on the sickly places, must breathe the
same air, coming to them from the same hot, stagnant water and decaying
vegetation, and I concluded that malaria was not in the air. But I
investigated further.

"There are clay, or, as some call them, hardpan banks to the upper
Sacramento River, which are from a quarter of a mile to a mile apart.
The river, for some very indefinite number of centuries, has vibrated
between these banks--washing in on one side and filling in on the other.
There is, then, an old or clay formation and a newer or alluvial
formation; of course, there is alluvium on top of the clay, but this is
not to our purpose. When I first saw the valley in 1850, this new land,
some of it as high as the old, was covered with pea vines, blackberry
vines, and a dense undergrowth generally, while the other grew wild oats
and was usually as open as our wheat-fields. I began to notice that
those people who built their houses and _dug their wells_ on a newer
formation generally had chills, while the others, as a rule, had not.
Sometimes these sickly and healthy places would be but a few feet apart.
They breathed the same air, but they _did not drink the same water_. I
began to conclude that these people, both along the river and around the
margins of the tules, drank the germ of disease and did not breathe it,
and I continued my observations.

"The town of Colusa is built upon the old, or clay formation, and the
people are entirely free from the so-called malarial influence. They are
almost entirely free from chills, typhoid fevers, diphtheria, etc., but
just at the lower end of the town there is evidence that the river at
one time ran almost at right angles with its present course, and while
the land is just as high, and very large oaks grew upon it, showing the
formation to be very old--the span of human life taken as a measure--yet
in digging and boring wells, as well as by the indigenous growth, the
very great difference in the age of the formation was apparent. Upon
this new formation an extension to the town was located, and among other
buildings the county hospital was placed there. The patients and
employes of the hospital all had chills for several years, until the
physician-in-charge, Dr. W. H. Belton, noticed that the people generally
who used water from wells on this newly-made land had chills, while the
others had not, and caused pipes from the town waterworks, into which
river water was pumped, to be laid to the hospital. There was an
_immediate_ change. At the commencement of the use of river water, there
were some forty persons in the hospital, all with chills, but since the
building has been almost entirely free from it. There could be no more
conclusive evidence that these people _drank_ the germ of the disease
and _did not breathe it_.

"It is claimed that after a wet season there is more malaria in the air,
and that hence people are more subject to disease. I have investigated
this, and my observations, extended over a number of years, have
convinced me that the water in the wells is simply raised to a newer
stratum, one not thoroughly washed, as it were, and that people drink
the germ of disease, and do not breathe it.

"My conclusions are, therefore, that irrigation will tend to bring on
malarial disorders, as it raises the water in wells to a newer stratum
of earth, but no further. When we irrigate so as to produce this effect
we must _go down_ after pure drinking water, or bring it to our houses
in pipes. The effect of disorders thus brought about is easily remedied.

"I do not wish to be understood as maintaining that there may be no such
thing as poison in the atmosphere. In some localities, where the air is
not in motion every day, as it is here, the air, like standing water,
may become stagnant. I know of some hotels in this valley totally void
of drainage, and where the accumulated filth of a quarter of a century
stands in the yards in cess-pools. In some countries this would kill
ninety out of a hundred people who would stop in them a week, but here
we feel no inconvenience from it, except in so far that the water may
become impregnated. Air in motion, like water in motion, purifies
itself, and hence I have come to the rejection of the theory of malaria
in the air."

Of our own remedies we feel very proud because they are sure to kill
chills and fever. There are two:--

_First:_ Take the proportions of one (1) of sulphur to two (2) of gin,
or 4 fluidounces of gin to 2 of sulphur. Let it stand overnight. For an
adult take one teaspoonful of this mixture in a little water from 15 to
30 minutes before the attack. Remain in bed in a room warmed to 90°
Fahr., for from 6 to 10 hours. This has not been known to fail.

_Second:_ This requires much care and judgment. Take a whole nutmeg
finely grated, and its equal quantity of pulverized alum, thoroughly mix
them, and take at one dose; the _time_ to take it has everything to do
with its effect. It must be taken between 10 and 17 minutes before the
shake is due to come on. Go to bed immediately, using double the usual
amount of bedclothes, remain there from 1-1/2 to 3 hours, and both
chills and fever will permanently depart. If the medicine is taken too
soon (say 30 minutes before the shake), the attack will be more severe;
if taken immediately after the shake it will increase the fever; in
either case the dose will have to be repeated to effect a cure. This
latter treatment completely cured the author.

=Nervousness and Worry.=--One meets few unworried people. Most faces
bear lines of care. Men go anxious to their day's duties, rush through
the hours with feverish speed, and bring hot brain and tumultuous pulse
home at night for restless, unrefreshing sleep. This is not only a most
unsatisfactory, but is also a most costly, mode of living. The other
night the train lost two hours in running less than a hundred miles. "We
have a hot box," was the polite conductor's reply to some impatient
passengers who begged to know the cause of the long delays at stations.
This hot-box trouble is not altogether unknown in human life. There are
many people who move swiftly enough and with sufficient energy, but who
grow feverish and are thus impeded in their progress. A great many
failures in life must be charged to worrying. When a man worries he is
impeded in several ways. For one thing he loses his head. He cannot
think clearly. His brain is feverish, and will not act at its best. His
mind becomes confused, and his decisions are not to be depended upon.
The result is that a worried man never does his work as well as he
should do it, or as he could do it if he were free from worry. He is apt
to make mistakes. Marks of feverishness are sure to be seen somewhere in
whatever he does. Remedy: Keep cool, think three times before you act

=Obesity and Thinness.=--To increase the weight; Eat, to the extent of
satisfying a natural appetite, of fat meats, butter, cream, milk, cocoa,
chocolate, bread, potatoes, peas, parsnips, carrots, beets, farinaceous
food, or Indian corn, rice, tapioca, sago, corn-starch, pastry,
custards, oatmeal, sugar, sweet wines, and ale. Avoid acids. Exercise as
little as possible, sleep all you can, and don't worry or fret. To
reduce the weight: Eat, to the extent of satisfying a natural appetite,
of lean meat, poultry, game, eggs, milk moderately, green vegetables,
turnips, succulent fruits, tea or coffee. Drink lime juice, lemonade,
and acid drinks. Avoid fat, butter, cream, sugar, pastry, rice, sago,
tapioca, corn-starch, potatoes, carrots, beets, parsnips, and sweet
wines. Exercise freely.

=Piles.=--When piles become painful, whether they protrude or not, the
patient should take a warm hip-bath and remain in until the pain ceases,
extra precaution being taken for cleanliness, using pure white castile
soap with the hip-bath. A careful diet of farinaceous and other
easily-digested food, and regularity in going to stool, will suffice to
cure the majority of cases. If the piles are bleeding, apply a salve of
opium and nut-gall; if itching, a drop of oil of cade will give relief.
Linseed oil, applied to the piles, is said to be an effective remedy. In
severe cases of piles great relief is afforded by the use of
suppositories made after the following formula: 2 grains sulphate
morphina, 2 grains extract belladonna, 1 scruple tannin.

The above mixed with a sufficient quantity of cocoa butter to make
twelve suppositories of one-half ounce each; one to be used every night
on retiring.

=Poisons.=--Poisons may be classified under two distinct
heads--_mineral_ and _vegetable_. _Mineral poisons_ are irritating and
corrosive in their action. They produce a metallic taste in the mouth,
burning pains in the throat, stomach, and bowels, and, often, violent
retching and bloody vomiting, purging, cramps, cold sweats, and great
depression. _Vegetable poisons_ are chiefly narcotics, and many of them
are as virulent as any in the mineral kingdom. They cause giddiness,
drowsiness, stupor, insensibility or delirium, and oppressed breathing.

_General Directions._--First and instantly dilute the poison with large
draughts of warm water, either clear, or, if the particular poison is
known, containing the proper antidote. This will usually cause vomiting,
which is to be desired. If vomiting does not soon occur, excite it.
Protect as much as possible the lining membrane of the stomach and
bowels from contact with the poison by large and frequent doses of
sweet-oil, mucilage of gum arabic, flaxseed tea, milk, etc. Melted
cosmoline, vaseline, butter, or lard will serve for this purpose. Keep
up the temperature by means of warm blankets, hot bottles, etc.; and if
there are marked evidences of sinking, such as a failure of the pulse,
or very feeble, gasping respiration, give a little stimulus, preferably
by injection into the bowels. In the case of an adult, a tablespoonful
of brandy, whisky or gin, with an equal quantity of water, may be
administered in this manner every five or ten minutes, until reaction
sets in--that is, until the face regains its color, the pulse becomes
stronger, and the breathing natural.

A general antidote for all cases of poisoning, where the nature of the
poison is unknown, is a mixture of carbonate of magnesia, powdered
charcoal, and hydrated sesquioxide of iron, equal parts, in water.

POISONS--MINERAL. _Acids.--Muriatic_ (spirit of salt), _nitric_ (aqua
fortis), _sulphuric_ (oil of vitriol), _oxalic_, _nitro-muriatic_, etc.
Nitric and sulphuric acids are sometimes used for the removal of warts;
oxalic acid is often employed for taking out iron or ink stains;
muriatic and nitro-muriatic acids are frequently prescribed medicinally.
As soon as a poisonous dose has been swallowed, seek for something which
will neutralize the acid. Powdered chalk, whiting, magnesia, or lime
scraped from a wall and stirred in water, may be given in any of these
cases. For sulphuric or muriatic acid also administer soap-suds, sweet
milk, common soap cut into small pieces, baking or washing soda, or
saleratus, giving these latter in very small quantities at a time, so as
not to produce dangerous distension of the stomach, from the evolution
of gas. In the case of sulphuric acid, water must not be used freely at
first, at least not unless it contains some antidote, as the heat
produced, when this acid and water are mixed, is sufficient of itself to
cause serious damage.

_Ammonia, and other alkalies (Caustic Potash, Soda or
Lime)._--Antidotes: Vinegar, lemon juice, or a weak solution of tartaric
acid, to be followed immediately with sweet-oil or mucilage of gum
arabic, and an emetic. Also give an injection of boiled starch. Pain may
be relieved with laudanum, in doses of ten to fifteen drops, as the
paroxysms occur.

_Antimony (Butter of Antimony, Tartar Emetic)._--Encourage vomiting. The
antidotes are milk, tea, tannic acid.

_Arsenic, Ratsbane, Paris Green, Cobalt, and all arsenical preparations
used as rat poisons._--Give the whites of five or six eggs, beaten in
half a pint of water; or, flour and water, barley water, flaxseed tea,
or magnesia. Also administer an emetic of five grains of sulphate of
copper (blue vitriol), or fifteen grains of sulphate of zinc (white
vitriol), ipecac, or mustard and water. After the vomiting, give
hydrated sesquioxide of iron in tablespoon doses, every fifteen minutes,
until danger is past. This is the best-known antidote for arsenic, and
should be procured fresh from the drug store if possible.

_Chloral, Chloroform, Ether._--Cold water should be sprinkled over the
face and applied to the head. If breathing is suspended, treat the
patient for artificial respiration. The use of electricity is

_Corrosive Sublimate_ (Bedbug Poison), _Calomel_ (Mercury).--The whites
of three or four eggs, beaten in water, should be given without delay.
If eggs are not at hand, flour or thin starch gruel, mucilage of gum
arabic, or milk, will answer. An emetic should be taken immediately
after the antidote has been administered.

_Iodine_ (used for external application).--If it has been swallowed,
give a paste of starch, or flour and water.

_Lead, Salts of (Sugar of Lead, Lead Paint)._--After an emetic,
administer as much Epsom salt, or Glauber's salt, as the patient can
drink. Then give large quantities of milk and whites of eggs.

_Lunar Caustic, Nitrate of Silver._--Give a large teaspoonful of common
salt, in a glass of water. Repeat the dose every ten minutes for an
hour. Then give a dose of castor-oil, and let the patient drink freely
of flaxseed tea, barley water, or sweet milk.

_Muriates of Tin and Zinc._--These poisons are sometimes found in canned
goods--fruits, vegetables, fish, and meats. They cause nausea, vomiting,
sudden failure of the vital forces, and sometimes cramps and
convulsions. Milk, the whites of eggs, strong tea, or tincture of
Peruvian bark, should be given. After the violent symptoms have
subsided, the patient should drink freely of flaxseed tea or barley

_Phosphorus, Matches._--Give large quantities of warm water containing
calcined magnesia, chalk, or whiting.

_Prussic Acid._--Liquor of ammonia, in doses of ten drops to a
tablespoonful of water, should be given every fifteen minutes, until the
patient is out of danger. Also apply smelling salts to the nose, dash
cold water in the face, and give stimulants.

_Verdigris._--Give sugar, milk, and whites of eggs in large quantities,
then strong tea, but no acids of any kind.

Poisons--Vegetable. _Aconite._--Induce free vomiting, then give brandy
or whisky every half hour until the dangerous symptoms are allayed.

_Alcohol, Spirits._--Give half a teaspoonful of aromatic spirits of
ammonia in sweetened water every half hour. Bromide of potassa, in doses
of fifteen to thirty grains, every two or three hours, will also be
found useful.

_Cocaine_ is the alkaloid of the coca plant of South American origin. It
is generally employed in the form of muriate of cocaine and principally
used as a local anæsthetic. It should only be used under the direction
of a physician. It may occasion dangerous effects even in doses usually
deemed safe. When it has been taken internally, the proper antidote is a
powerful emetic followed by stimulants--such as liquor and spirits of
ammonia--administered internally. When it has been used to a dangerous
extent externally, give whisky or brandy and ammonia.

_Laudanum, Opium, Paregoric, Morphia, Belladonna, Hyoscyamus,
Stramonium, and Conium._--An emetic of mustard and water, twenty grains
of sulphate of zinc (white vitriol), or thirty grains of powdered
ipecac, should be given. Strong coffee, brandy, or whisky should then be
administered in large quantities, and the patient walked around the
room. Slapping, pinching, dashing cold water in the face, and even
whipping, may be necessary to keep the patient awake.

_Strychnine (Nux Vomica)._--Give an emetic of a solution of sulphate of
zinc (white vitriol), or a strong infusion of tobacco; or inject into
the bowels bromide of potassium, thirty grains, and the extract of coca,
one-half ounce. During the spasms, the patient should breathe chloroform
or ether from a saturated cloth held to the nose and mouth.

_Toadstools (False Mushrooms) and other poisonous plants and seeds, such
as are liable to be picked up and eaten by children._--Empty the stomach
at once by an emetic you have at hand.

Coffee poisoning occurs mostly with well-to-do people--those who are
overfed. Tea poisoning comes to hard-working, half-starved women. The
symptoms of coffee poisoning are want of appetite, sleeplessness, and
nervous tremblings, with various indications of indigestion and torpor
of liver. Tea poisoning requires rest and nourishment; but the victim of
coffee excess usually needs to unload his system by exercise on a low

_Antipyrine._--Dr. T. E. Smith, of Cincinnati, had his whole right side
paralyzed by a ten-grain dose of antipyrine. The dose is an ordinary
one. This powerful drug is much resorted to by grippe victims.

=Removal of Foreign Substances.=--Considering the frequency with which
foreign bodies are swallowed, especially by children, the best treatment
to employ in such cases should be generally known. A variety of such
methods have been advocated, but just now the so-called "potato cure"
appears to be the most popular. One physician not long ago reported that
he had successfully applied it with the best results in three cases. One
was that of a 6-year-old boy, who swallowed a small weight; another that
of a girl, 9 years old, who had swallowed a nail; and the remaining one
that of a woman who had swallowed a set of teeth. He fed the patients
for three days on nothing but potatoes. This treatment is a method in
vogue among the pickpockets of London, who, swallowing their booty, live
on potatoes until the stolen articles have passed down and out of the

=Rheumatism.=--Those who have a tendency to that disease should "take a
stitch" now and free their systems from all injurious retained matter.
They should live abstemiously, exercise freely, keep the skin active by
frequent bathing, the bowels open with fruits, and drink water in large
quantities. Water dissolves and washes waste matter out of the system;
it is therefore an absolute essential where there is any impairment in
the action of the kidneys, bowels, or skin. He who applies this simple
treatment, and takes proper care of himself otherwise, may feel quite
secure from attacks of rheumatism.

"Practical Medicine" suggests: "Make a concentrated emulsion of black
soap, 200 grammes; add thereto 100 or 150 grammes of turpentine, and
shake the whole vigorously until a beautiful creamy emulsion is
obtained. For a bath take half of this mixture, which possesses an
agreeable pine odor. After remaining in the bath a quarter of an hour,
the patient should get into bed, when a prickling sensation, not
disagreeable, however, is felt over the entire body; then, after a nap,
he awakens with marked diminution of rheumatic pains."

Flour of sulphur dusted into the soles of the shoes and stockings is
said to be a perfect preventive. The exciting causes of rheumatism are
cold or wet applied to the body when in a state of heat, exposure to
cold winds, remaining long in wet clothes, sleeping in a damp bed, or
blood-poisoning. Acute attacks of rheumatism should be treated by
painting the affected part with tincture of iodine.

=Seasickness.=--Experts claim that seasickness can be regulated by a
system of breathing. One must sit still and time the breathing to the
upward and downward motion of the boat. As the boat falls there should
be a full expiration, and as the boat rises start on an inspiration
ending just as the boat begins to drop.

=Sleep.=--The "Home Maker" says: "Up to the fifteenth year most young
people require ten hours, and till the twentieth year, nine hours. After
that age everyone finds out how much he or she requires, though, as a
general rule, at least six to eight hours are necessary. Eight hours'
sleep will prevent more nervous derangements in women than any medicine
can cure. During growth there must be ample sleep if the brain is to
develop to its full extent, and the more nervous, excitable, or
precocious a child is, the longer sleep should it get if its
intellectual progress is not to come to a premature standstill, or its
life be cut short at an early age."

A doctor of prominence says: "There is no doubt in my mind but the
belief that human beings should sleep with their bodies lying north and
south has its foundation in true scientific facts. Each human system has
two magnetic poles--one positive and one negative. Now, it is true that
some persons have the positive pole in the head and the negative pole in
the feet, and _vice versa_. In order that the person sleeping should be
in perfect harmony with the magnetic phenomena of the earth, the head,
if it possesses the positive pole, should lie to the south, or if the
feet possess the positive pole the head should lie to the north. The
positive pole should always lie opposite to the magnetic center of the
continent and thus maintain a magnetic equilibrium. The positive pole of
the person draws one way, but the magnetic pole of the earth draws the
other way and forces the blood toward the feet, affects the iron in the
system, tones up the nerves, and makes sleep refreshing and
invigorating. But if the person sleeps the wrong way and fails to become
magnetically _en rapport_ with the earth, he will then probably be too
magnetic, and he will have a fever resulting from the magnetic forces
working too fast, or he will not be magnetic enough, and the great
strain will cause a feeling of lassitude, sleep will not be refreshing,
and in the morning he will have no more energy than there is in a cake
of soap. Some persons may scoff at these ideas, but the greatest
scientific men of the world have studied the subject. Only recently the
French Academy of Science made experiments upon the body of a
guillotined man, which go to prove that each human system is in itself
an electric battery, one electrode being represented by the head, the
other by the feet. The body was taken immediately after death and placed
on a pivot, to move as it might. After some vacillation the head
portion turned toward the north, the body then remaining stationary. One
of the professors turned it half way around, but it soon regained its
original position, and the same result was repeatedly obtained, until
organic movement finally ceased."

=Small-pox and Vaccination.=--Notwithstanding existing prejudices,
statistics prove the great usefulness of vaccination. In small-pox
epidemics, of those persons attacked who have not been vaccinated, one
case in four is fatal; while of those who have been vaccinated, the
death rate is not one in four hundred and fifty. In cities, it is
important that every infant should be vaccinated before it is six months
old. In the country, the operation may be deferred until the infant is a
year old. Care should be taken to have the virus fresh and from the cow.
The taking of virus from a child, or an adult, should never be allowed,
as constitutional diseases are often transmitted in that way.
Vaccination is performed by making a small incision in the skin and
introducing the virus on the point of a lancet or needle. On the third
day, if the desired result has been attained, a small red spot may be
seen. This increases in size, becomes elevated, and, by the sixth day,
is filled with a clear, yellow liquid. About the eighth day, the pustule
is fully formed, when symptoms of small-pox are usually felt,--headache,
shivering, loss of appetite, etc. These symptoms subside in a day or
two; the fluid in the pustule dries up, and a scab forms, which remains
about two weeks and then disappears, leaving a scar. The affected part
should be protected by a loose bandage, and all scratching or rubbing

The theory in regard to vaccination is that the disease in a mild form
takes hold of the system, and either completely or partially destroys
the liability to contract the same disease in the future. If the
destruction is only partial, it can be made total by future
vaccinations. All authorities agree that it is necessary to revaccinate
frequently--just as often, in fact, as the system shows itself in
readiness to take the vaccinations. Then as often as once in five or
seven years vaccination should be repeated in order to obtain complete
immunity from small-pox.

=Superstitions.=--Numerous are the dangerous superstitions about
marriage. For instance, the bride must not try on her wedding gown, or
ill-luck will follow. She must not look in the glass after she is fully
dressed and ready for the ceremony. She must not enter her new home by
stepping over the threshold, but must be carried over it by one of her
relatives. A piece of the bride's cake must be broken over her head as
soon as she is safely on the other side. It is very unlucky for her to
be in a happy state on her wedding-day. She must be as dolorous as
possible, violent fits of weeping being especially beneficial.

It is a good idea for the brides-maids to throw away as many pins as
possible on the wedding-day, as this will hasten marriage. The bride
should throw away her slipper in leaving the wedding feast, and she who
catches it will be the first married. The month of May is generally
conceded to be the most unfortunate for marriages. The lucky months are
January, April, August, October, and November. January is especially

Lovers should carefully avoid passing a sharp or pointed instrument from
one to the other. Such things tend to cause quarrels. The wedding should
be put off by all means if a cat sneezes on the eve of the wedding-day.
It should never take place if the cat is black. To sweep dust over a
girl's feet or legs will be certain to make an old maid of her.

Should the younger sister of a family marry first, the older sisters
will be condemned to lasting celibacy unless they dance at her wedding
in their stocking-feet.

The wedding-ring of the mother is an infallible cure for eruptions on
the skin of the child. The ring must be rubbed three times around each
sore. Cure is certain.

The virtue of the dew that glitters and sparkles in every leaf and
flower of a May morning has been recognized from the earliest times. If
a young girl wishes to obtain and preserve a glorious complexion she
should venture out of a May morning and wash her face in this dew.

To spit in the hand before undertaking anything, whether in love, war,
or business, will not fail to bring luck. If you are out fishing, do
not step over your rod, or you will catch no more fish than did Simple
Simon in his mother's pail.

Of births, it may be said in general that a crying child will grow up to
be a great and useful man. This omen is not very clearly settled,
however, and is often given the other way. Some seer far back in the
ages discovered the following: Born on Monday, fair in the face; born on
Tuesday, full of God's grace; born on Wednesday, sour and sad; born on
Thursday, merry and glad; born on Friday, worthily given; born on
Saturday, work for your living; born on Sunday, you will never know

To recall a person after they have left the house is bad luck. To go
back for something forgotten is also bad luck, unless you sit down
before going out again.

If, when you sit before the fire, a live coal jumps out, it is a sign
that you are to have good luck, especially in money matters. To wash in
water another has washed in is not only bad sanitarily, but also
superstitiously. He who makes many crumbs at the table will never have
any money to spare. It is flying in the face of fortune to sweep dust
out of the front door or to allow it to be swept out. In so doing you
are sweeping out your good luck. To count one's gains brings luck, but
to find money is the worst possible luck.

The 4-leaved clover once found, should be treasured, as every
school-child knows and believes. It brings luck of every description.
Eve attempted to carry a 4-leaved shamrock of precious stone from
Paradise with her, but it fell and shattered at her feet. Think of the
disaster thus entailed upon the human race!

To see the moon over the left shoulder is as unlucky as to hold the four
of clubs at cards. But the new moon seen over the right shoulder, or
straight in front, portends fortune as smiling as her own bright rays.

One should be careful in writing a letter not to cross out a word in it.
To do so means that any request you may have made in the letter will not
be granted. It is very unlucky to dry a letter before the fire, instead
of allowing it to dry slowly and naturally. But unluckiest of all is to
drop the letter on the floor after finishing it.

Birth, marriage, and death are the three most important events in every
life. Death, being the most dreadful, comes in for the largest share.
One of the best ways given us of avoiding it when mortal sickness is
upon us is to allow the report to be circulated that you are already
dead. The chances are strongly in favor of getting well. Especially is
this so if friends begin to arrange for the funeral. A sure sign of
early death is for a person to scatter the leaves of a red rose upon the
ground. It is extremely hazardous to an infant's life to pare its nails
before it is a year old. They should be bitten off.

Some superstitions of my early life which I still remember are:--

1. Turning a loaf of bread upside down creates family quarrels. 2.
Allowing anyone to pass between you and your companion evil and death to
follow. 3. Breaking a mirror, death in the family. 4. Having your hair
cut on Sunday, forgetfulness. 5. Beginning an undertaking on Friday, ill
luck. 6. Sitting at table or in company when just 13 are present, a
death of one of their number before the year is done. 7. Presenting a
sharp instrument or edge-tool to anyone, ill luck to ensue. 8. Putting
on any garment inside out, unless you retain it until the sun goes down,
bad luck to come. 9. Spilling salt, unless some is thrown into the fire
or over the left shoulder, misfortune. During my life I have done
everything in the above list that is claimed should not be done, that
fell in my way to do, and still live and prosper, although born on
Friday, and being one of a family of 13 children.

=Snake Bites.=--Tie a string or ligature hard around the injured limb
and above the bitten place; suck the wound, so as to extract the poison,
but be careful to see that the person who performs the sucking has no
open sore in his mouth; wash with warm water and apply caustics, such as
carbolic acid or concentrated liquor of ammonia; give five to ten grains
of carbonate of ammonia, in water, every hour, and stimulate the patient
with whisky or brandy; rub the limbs with pieces of flannel dipped in
hot whisky or diluted alcohol. Medical attendance should be secured as
soon as possible.

=Tape-worm.=--Recently attention has been called to cocoanuts as a
vermifuge. Professor Paresi, of Athens, when he was in Abyssinia,
happened to discover that ordinary cocoanut possesses vermifuge
qualities in a high degree. He took, one day, a quantity of the juice
and pulp, and shortly afterward felt some gastric disturbance, which,
however, passed off in a few hours. Subsequently he had diarrhea, and
was surprised to find that there had been expelled a complete tape-worm,
head and all, quite dead. After returning to Athens he made a number of
observations which were most satisfactory, the tape-worm being always
passed and quite dead. He orders the milk and pulp of one cocoanut to be
taken early in the morning, fasting, no purgative or confinement to the
house being required.

=Teeth.=--For toothache rub a little essential oil on the face, at the
hinge of the jaw, on the side that aches.

=Tobacco.=--Probably no subject in our book can interest the majority of
persons more than this great question of the use of tobacco. We have a
collection of opinions from the best authorities:--

The _Medical News_ published a paper by Dr. Wm. L. Dudley, Professor of
Chemistry in the Vanderbilt University, giving the results of recent
careful analytical experiments made by him in his laboratory with the
smoke of an ordinary cigarette. Mice were used upon which to employ his
tests. It is not needful that we should give the professor's description
of his _modus operandi_ by means of air-tubes, an aspirator, a glass
jar, etc., the results of his experimentation being the chief object of
interest in which the reader is concerned. Suffice it to say, then, that
in each of his several chemical tests by the gradual combustion of a
single cigarette, the mouse that was the recipient of the resultant
smoke died in the course of the operation, being literally poisoned to
death by inhaling the carbonic oxide evolved from the "noxious weed."
The blood of the dead creature being subjected to spectroscopic
examination, it was found that the veinous fluid had been so completely
altered and vitiated that death was the inevitable effect. The tests
were thoroughly scientific and conclusive. The fact was demonstrated,
beyond the chance of doubt or question, that carbonic oxide is the chief
constituent of cigarette smoke, if not all tobacco smoke, and that its
inhalation into the air-passage and lungs must of necessity be
exceedingly deleterious, as much so to men and boys as to mice.

Cases of poisoning due to meat which seemed thoroughly wholesome have
sometimes occurred and have remained unexplained. In the _Revue d'
Hygiene_, M. Bourrier, inspector of meat for the city of Paris, makes a
suggestion. He described his experiments with meat impregnated with
tobacco smoke. Some thin slices of beef were exposed for a considerable
time to the fumes of tobacco, and afterward offered to a dog which had
been deprived of food for twelve hours. The dog, after smelling the
meat, refused to eat it. Some of the meat was then cut into small pieces
and concealed within bread. This the dog ate with avidity, but in twenty
minutes commenced to display the most distressing symptoms, and soon
died in great agony.

All sorts of meat, both raw and cooked, some grilled, roasted, and
boiled, were exposed in tobacco smoke and then given to animals, and in
all cases produced symptoms of acute poisoning. Even the process of
boiling could not extract from the meat the nicotine poison. Grease and
similar substances have facilities of absorption in proportion with
their fineness and fluidity. Fresh-killed meat is more readily
impregnated, and stands in order of susceptibility as follows--pork,
veal, rabbit, poultry, beef, mutton, horse.

A simple experiment which will show how injurious is cigarette smoke
inhaled may be easily performed by means of a handkerchief: After taking
a mouthful of smoke, put the handkerchief tightly over the lips and blow
the smoke through it. You will find a dark brown stain on it. If the
smoke is inhaled, and then blown through the handkerchief, there is very
little stain, if any; consequently all that nicotine must remain in the

_An Ex-Smoker's Advice._--A young man who, not long ago, was an
inveterate smoker, but who was recently induced to "swear off," came to
me and talked in this strain: "I have been doing some figuring lately,
and the result astonishes me. When I was smoking my hardest my average
was eight cigars a day. Sometimes it would run over eight and sometimes
under; but eight was about the all-round figure. I rarely bought my
cigars by the box, and as I indulged in straight 10-cent goods, 80 cents
a day was what my smoking cost me. This, with 40 cents added for cigars
that I gave away and lost shaking dice, make a total of about $6.00 a
week that I now save. It is just nine weeks and three days since I swore
off, and by Saturday I shall have $60 in the bank, without an effort on
my part save that required to control an unnecessary appetite. I must
also regard as an asset the superabundance of animal spirits I enjoy as
a direct result of my abstinence from a habit that everybody knows is
weakening, when indulged in to excess. Smoke yourself, do you? Well, try
my scheme. Swear off and put your cigar money in the bank. You might
need it some day, even if you are a newspaper man."

The New York _Medical Journal_ contains a convincing article on tobacco:
"Tobacco contains an acrid, dark brown oil, an alkaloid, nicotine, and
another substance called nicotianine, in which exists its odorous and
volatile principles. When tobacco is burned a new set of substances is
produced, some of which are less harmful than the nicotine, and are more
agreeable in effect, and much of the acrid oil--a substance quite as
irritating and poisonous as nicotine--is carried off. These
fire-produced substances are called, from their origin, the 'pyridine
series.' By great heat the more aromatic and less-harmful members of the
series are produced, but the more poisonous compounds are generated by
the slow combustion of damp tobacco. This oil which is liberated by
combustion is bad both in flavor and in effect, and it is better, even
for the immediate pleasure of the smoker, that it should be excluded
altogether from his mouth and air passages.

"Smoking in a stub of a pipe is particularly injurious, for the reason
that in it the oil is stored in a condensed form, and the smoke is
therefore highly charged with the oil. Sucking or chewing the stub of a
cigar that one is smoking is a serious mistake, because the nicotine in
the unburned tobacco dissolves freely in the saliva, and is absorbed.
'Chewing' is, on this account, the most injurious form of the tobacco
habit, and the use of a cigar holder is an improvement on the custom of
holding the cigar between the teeth. Cigarettes are responsible for a
great amount of mischief, not because the smoke from the paper has any
particularly evil effect, but because smokers--and they are often boys
or very young men--are apt to use them continuously, or at frequent
intervals, believing that their power for evil is insignificant. Thus
the nerves are under the constant influence of the drug, and much injury
to the system results. Moreover, the cigarette smoker uses a very
considerable amount of tobacco during the course of a day. 'Dipping' and
'snuffing' are semi-barbarities which need not be discussed. Not much
effect is obtained from the use of the drug in these varieties of the

"Nicotine is one of the most powerful of the 'nerve poisons' known. Its
virulence is compared to that of prussic acid. If birds be made to
inhale its vapor in amounts too small to be measured, they are almost
instantly killed. It seems to destroy life, not by attacking a few, but
of all the functions essential to it, beginning at the center, the
heart. A significant indication of this is that there is no substance
known which can counteract its effects; the system either succumbs or
survives. Its depressing action on the heart is by far the most
noticeable and noteworthy symptom of nicotine poisoning. The frequent
existence of what is known 'tobacco heart' in men whose health is in no
other respect disturbed is due to this fact."

"A youth of eighteen at Bayshire, L. I., has become insane from the
excessive use of cigarettes."

Those who can use tobacco without immediate injury will have all the
pleasant effects reversed and will suffer from the symptoms of poisoning
if they exceed the limits of tolerance. These symptoms are: 1. The
heart's action becomes more rapid when tobacco is used. 2. Palpitation,
pain, or unusual sensations in the heart. 3. There is no appetite in the
morning, the tongue is coated, delicate flavors are not appreciated, and
acid dyspepsia occurs after eating. 4. Soreness of the mouth and throat,
or nasal catarrh appears, and becomes very troublesome. 5. The eyesight
becomes poor, but improves when the habit is abandoned. 6. A desire,
often a craving, for liquor or some other stimulant is experienced.

"In an experimental observation of thirty-eight boys of all classes of
society, and of average health, who had been using tobacco for periods
ranging from two months to two years, twenty-seven showed severe injury
to the constitution and insufficient growth; thirty-two showed the
existence of irregularity of the heart's action, disordered stomachs,
cough, and a craving for alcohol; thirteen had intermittency of the
pulse, and one had consumption. After they had abandoned the use of
tobacco, within six months one-half were free from all their former
symptoms, and the remainder had recovered by the end of the year."

_Pasteur Recommends Camphor Smoking._--In an interview with M. Pasteur,
he was asked whether he considered la grippe occasioned by bacteria? The
professor smiled sardonically and shrugged his shoulders, but said
nothing. On being asked what he considered the best remedy for the
malady, he remarked: "Let men and women both quit smoking tobacco and
smoke camphor instead, and they will probably escape the pest."--_Paris

The _Bulletin_ of this city has a good article on insanity and the
cigarette. Ten or twelve boys have within a short time been committed to
the insane asylum at Napa whose insanity has been traced directly to the
smoking of cigarettes. The number who by reason of the same indulgence
have brought on a degree of imbecility that may ultimately land them in
the asylum or in the penitentiary cannot be reduced to an exact
estimate. But having occasion recently to make some inquiry about a
number of boys who had figured in the records of the criminal courts, it
was found that a majority of them were habitual smokers of cigarettes.

The connection between cigarette smoking, mental imbecility, idiocy, and
crime has recently attracted more than usual attention. No boy or young
man can smoke a cigarette without being harmed thereby. One of the
reasons ascribed for the lunacy of several boys was that the cigarettes
were made up of the vilest stuff. They contained a narcotic beyond that
usually found in pure tobacco. This is supposed to be some of the
cheaper forms of opium. But, whatever it may be, it is making imbeciles
and idiots of many boys, and criminals of some of them. In a number of
instances where boys have been sent to the asylum, it was found that
after a short period, the cigarette and all other forms of dissipation
having been cut off, the patients rapidly improved, and after a few
months' detention they were sent home. The evil does not end here. If a
boy becomes an inveterate cigarette smoker, the chances are greatly
against any reformation. Some friend may take him in hand and show him
the danger in season. The larger number will keep right on. Of this
number it is doubtful if ten per cent will ever come to anything. And
even these will accomplish far less than if they had never weakened
their mental powers by this vile indulgence.

The crazy boys who bring up in the asylum are only the few wretched
examples of the cigarette mania. Other examples are constantly found in
the criminal courts. The moral sense has been utterly lost, or so
weakened that there is no clear distinction between right and wrong.
Every boy who smokes a cigarette has started to go to the bad. Just
where he will bring up--whether in the insane asylum, in the criminal
courts, or in a condition of such hopeless moral and mental imbecility
that friends must support him, or the almshouse must finally give him
shelter, is one of the questions that time will settle for him. But if
any better record is to be made for him, the boy and the cigarette must
have a prompt and final separation.

The Boston _Herald_ states: "It is said that Turkish tobacco contains
prussic acid, and that Havana tobacco has another alkalide called
collidine, of which one-twentieth of a drop will kill a frog, with
symptoms of paralysis. The half-liquid matter that accumulates in the
bowl of a pipe will kill a small animal in three-drop doses. A few drops
of nicotine inserted under the conjunctiva of an animal will kill at
once. Eight drops will kill a horse, with frightful general convulsions.
It has been observed that the living systems quickly become tolerant of
tobacco poison--"an animal that is thrown into convulsions by half a
drop one day will require twice as much the next day, and so in four or
five days four or five times as much."

The following is suggestive: No student who smokes can obtain a
scholarship at Dartmouth College, Hanover, N. H. It is a new rule of the

As the purchase of the breweries of the United States has been commenced
by the capitalists of the eastern continent, I trust they will extend
their purchases to the distilleries and tobacco warehouses and
plantations on this continent, especially of the United States; its
financiers being shrewd will the sooner observe the advancement of
intelligent progress in the line of thought, and change their
investments from breweries, distilleries, and cigarette and tobacco
manufactories, to the sinking of artesian wells and the invention of
some improved water-filter.

=Tonsillitis, Quinsy,= _Black Tongue, or Ulcerated Sore Throat._--


    Solution chlorate of potash (1 in 16)  3 ounces
    Tincture muriate of iron               2 drachms
    Tannic acid                           10 grains
    Tincture of capsicum                   1 drachm
      Add glycerine to make                4 ounces

Shake well before using.

Dilute in equal parts of water, and gargle every half hour in a severe
case for the first three hours. After that every two or three hours. The
above is invaluable and unfailing in case of quinsy.

=Vital Statistics.=--Statisticians are bringing out some curious facts
with regard to the birth and death-rates of the leading nations of the
world. Unfortunately, our tables are not as accurate as those collected
in the European States. Abroad there is a careful record of marriages,
births, and deaths. These are collected by us without any thoroughness,
save only when a census is being taken. In England and Wales it has been
found that the birth-rate is 35.4 and the death-rate is 20.5 per 1,000
persons. In Sweden the birth-rate is 30.2, against a death-rate of 18.1.
In the German Empire, birth-rate 39.3 and death-rate 26.1. Austria, 39.1
birth-rate, 29.6 death-rate. The official returns state that our annual
birth-rate is 36 and death-rate 18, but clearly our birth-rate is much
larger, as we are growing in numbers faster than any people on earth.
Our increase is fully 10,000,000 since the last census was taken in
1880. Our colored population have a higher birth-rate than have the
Southern whites. Among the latter it is 28.71, while for the colored it
is 35.08. Although the death-rate of the blacks is quite large, still
they are increasing relatively faster than the white. It is also a
curious fact that more colored females are born than whites, but taking
blacks and whites together the births of the males exceed those of the

The report of the California State Board of Health for the month of
April, 1889, contains the following: Reports from 75 different
localities, with an estimated population of 701,950, give a mortality of
835, which is a percentage of 1.18 per 1,000 in the month, or an annual
mortality of 14.16, which is the lowest annual percentage at which we
have yet arrived, indicating a remarkably good condition of the public
health throughout the State.

=Voice.=--A question in connection with the training of the voice is to
be discussed, viz., when it should be commenced. With regard to the
question, says a distinguished scientist, "I am strongly of opinion that
training can hardly be begun too early. Of course, the kind and amount
of practice that are necessary in the adult would be monstrous in a
young child, but there is no reason why, even at the age of six or
seven, the right method of voice production should not be taught.
Singing, like every other art, is chiefly learned by imitation, and it
seems a pity to lose the advantage of those precious early years when
that faculty is most highly developed. There is no fear of injuring the
larynx or straining the voice by elementary instruction of this kind; on
the contrary, it is habitual faulty vocalization which is pernicious."

There are three essential elements in voice production: First, the air
blast, or motive power; second, the vibrating reed, or tone-producing
apparatus; third, the sounding-board, or re-inforcing cavities. These,
to parody a well-worn physiological metaphor, are the three legs of the
tripod of voice. Defect in or mismanagement of any one of them is fatal
to the musical efficiency of the vocal instrument. The air supplied by
the lungs is moulded into sound by the innumerable little fingers of the
muscles which move the vocal cords, and their training largely moulds
the tone and volume of voice. Much of the lung and throat troubles
existing can be traced to the ignorance of vocal teachers and parental
indulgence in allowing the voice to be strained beyond its register. To
know a teacher that understands the proper treatment of the vocal
organs, from one that does not--judge them by their pupils; if a pupil
has an impaired throat, and there is no improvement after six lessons,
change teachers. Every vocal teacher can instruct in the rudiments of
music, but only _one_ in _fifty_ knows anything about the voice.

=Warts.=--A drop of cinnamon oil on each wart daily, continued for a
fortnight, will usually remove them. The most successful remedy we have
ever tried is to have the wart saturated three times a week for three
weeks with the saliva of a person of _positive_ magnetism, not a member
of the family. There is a scientific reason for it not here explained,
_but try it_.

=Water.=--If a small quantity of oxalic acid added to water produces a
white precipitate, lime is contained in the water. Tincture of galls
added to the water which contains iron will yield a black precipitate.
Water which causes a bright piece of steel to turn yellow, when dipped
into it, contains copper. Sulphuric acid, dropped into water and turning
it black, shows that the water contains vegetable and animal matter.
For detecting sewage contamination, fill a clean pint bottle
three-fourths full of the water to be tested; add a teaspoonful of
granulated sugar; cork the bottle, and set it in a warm place for two
days; if the contents of the bottle become cloudy or muddy, the water is
unfit for domestic use. Half an ounce of the neutral solution of
bisulphate of alumina added to 200 gallons of water will precipitate the
organic matter therein contained; the water may be then used freely for
drinking purposes. To remove the odor from cistern water, suspend in the
water a bag containing a peck of charcoal.

According to Dr. Leuf, when water is taken into the full or partly full
stomach, it does not mingle with the food, as we are taught, but passes
along quickly between the food and lesser curvative toward the pylorus,
through which it passes into the intestines. The secretion of mucus by
the lining membrane is constant, and during the night a considerable
amount accumulates in the stomach; some of its liquid portion is
absorbed, and that which remains is thick and tenacious. If food is
taken into the stomach when in this condition it becomes coated with
this mucus, and the secretion of the gastric juice and its action are
delayed. These facts show the value of a goblet of water before
breakfast. This washes out the tenacious mucus and stimulates the
gastric glands to secretion. In old and feeble persons water should not
be taken cold, but it may be with great advantage taken warm or hot.
This removal of the accumulated mucus from the stomach is probably one
of the reasons why taking soup at the beginning of a meal has been found
so beneficial.

There is no remedy of such general application, and none so easily
obtainable, as water, and yet nine persons in ten will pass it by in
emergency to seek for something of less efficacy. There are but few
cases of illness where water should not occupy the highest place as a
remedial agent. A strip of flannel or a napkin wrung out of hot water
and applied round the neck of a child that has croup will usually bring
relief in ten minutes. A towel folded several times and quickly wrung
out of hot water and applied over the seat of the pain in toothache or
neuralgia will generally afford prompt relief. This treatment in colic
works like magic. A physician writes: "We have known cases that have
resisted other treatments for hours yield to this in ten minutes. There
is nothing that will so promptly cut short congestion of the lungs, sore
throat, or rheumatism as hot water when applied promptly and thoroughly.
Pieces of cotton batting dipped in hot water and kept applied to sores
and new cuts, bruises, and sprains, is the treatment adopted in many
hospitals. Sprained ankle has been cured in an hour by showering it with
water poured from a few feet. Tepid water acts promptly as an emetic,
and hot water taken freely half an hour before bed-time is the best
cathartic in the case of constipation, while it has a most soothing
effect on the stomach and bowels. This treatment continued for a few
months, with proper attention to diet, will alleviate any case of

=Water Pollution Remedy.=--According to Dr. S. S. Kilvington, the
Mississippi River received during the past year 152,675 tons of garbage
and offal, 108,550 tons of night-soil, and 3,765 dead animals from only
eight cities; the Ohio 46,700 tons of garbage, 21,157 tons of
night-soil, and 5,100 dead animals from five cities; and the Missouri
36,000 tons of garbage, 22,400 tons of night-soil, and 31,600 dead
animals from four cities. Doctor Kilvington urges the cremation of most
of the refuse, and 23 out of 35 health officials consulted by him
favored the plan.

=Whooping-Cough.=--Mr. W. A. Stedman, superintendent of the Rochester
Gas Works, gives his opinion:--

"The fumes of the substance used to purify gas are generally recognized
as a specific for this disease.

"The composition used for purifying gas is composed of wood shavings,
iron filings, lime, and sometimes copperas. This substance cleanses the
gas of the ammonia and sulphur it contains. If a child with the
whooping-cough is allowed to breathe the fumes of the purifier after it
becomes foul, immediate relief will be experienced. The fumes of the
lime after it has been taken out are particularly beneficial. The lime,
after it is taken out, begins to heat and throws off fumes strongly
impregnated with ammonia. After breathing these fumes for a short time
the cough seems to loosen, and two of these visits will generally cure
the most obstinate case.

"In Newport one winter, when I was superintendent of the gas works
there, there was an epidemic of whooping-cough, and I treated over 200
cases, with the happiest results. I had so many patients that I was
forced to put benches in the purifying-room. Once in awhile there are
people affected with whooping-cough to whom this gas treatment gives no
relief, but they are the exception rather than the rule. In nearly every
instance it gives immediate relief and effects a positive cure. I know
of many physicians who send all their whooping-cough patients
straightway to the gas works. I know that it is a sure cure from
personal experience, and we would be happy to extend the courtesies of
our purifying-room to any person who is suffering from the disease."

=Yellow Fever.=--The yellow fever is one of the varied forms of the
typhus, the name being derived front the hue of the victim, while the
Spanish call it _vomito negro_--the black vomit--from one of its
symptoms. Its home is tropical Africa and tropical America, but it is
never found in India and China, hot as the climate may be. The cause of
this difference, however, has never been explained. Its greatest
prevalence is on the sea-coast or banks of navigable rivers. Its
ordinary duration of attack is from 36 to 48 hours. The yellow tinge
first appears in the eye and then spreads over the face, gradually
reaching the extremities and often becoming dark brown. The rate of
mortality varies in a striking degree, for in some places one-third of
the cases prove fatal, while in others the mortality reaches two-thirds,
and then at other times it has not exceeded three per cent. Treatment
varies more in this disease than in any other, which is a proof that
thus far it has baffled the best practitioners. Like all other forms of
pestilence, it not only walketh in darkness but destroyeth at noonday.

The disease itself is not as dangerous as typhoid fever when properly
handled. It is a continuous fever, lasting 72 hours. The premonitory
symptoms are a pain in the back of the head and in the loins, followed
by a slight chill. The pulse and temperature then rise rapidly, the
former attaining usually about 110 beats to the minute, and the latter
104 degrees in a few hours. On the second day the pulse begins to drop
and continues to do so slowly until the normal is reached, while the
temperature remains steady, and this peculiarity is the one
pathognomonic symptom of the disease, as ascertained by experts who have
studied many epidemics. Toward the third day the temperature is often up
to 105. This is a grave symptom, and unless it can speedily be reduced,
"black vomit" or gastric hemorrhage appears, or the kidneys refuse to
act on account of acute inflammation and destruction of tissue. The
famous black vomit is not fatal in more than 50 per cent of cases well
treated, but when albumen appears in the urine death almost inevitably
follows. Nursing is everything. The treatment of the disease is wholly
expectant. A hot mustard foot-bath and a large dose of castor-oil are
preliminaries. After this nothing is given but orange-leaf tea, to
promote perspiration, and sometimes a little extract of jaborandi.
Champagne in small quantities is found to be the best preventive of
black vomit, and dry cupping and blisters are resorted to in case of a
tendency to kidney trouble. The nurse does more than the doctor in
yellow fever to effect a cure, and in New Orleans nearly all the black
"mammies" are experts in handling the disease, which undoubtedly
accounts for the very low mortality in that city's epidemics. To watch
the patient, be quick to start a fire if a north wind comes to chill the
air, to keep the clothing adjusted, see that no talking is allowed, and
be familiar with the symptoms forerunning black vomit or kidney trouble,
and know how to treat them promptly--these are necessaries in nursing
yellow fever, and in these the darkey women of New Orleans are more
familiar than are the doctors in other towns.

On the third day after the attack, when the fever heat subsides, the
patient is left in a weak and horribly nervous condition, and for many
hours is subject to immediate relapse upon the slightest provocation.
Then it is that the tolling of a bell, the sudden shock of a cannon
fired by silly authorities, the slightest indigestion or exposure to
cold or excitement, will do murder. The stomach is left raw, and for
many days only milk, gruel, and crackers are given, doled out in miserly


The following important items do not appear under their regular
alphabetical heading, but are none the less efficacious.

=Blindness.=--_A Simple Remedy That Often Will Prevent This Dreadful
Misfortune._--It is distressing to learn that out of the 7,000 persons
blind from their birth in this country, who owe their loss of sight to
inflammation of the eyes, at least two-thirds might now have been in the
enjoyment of their sight but for the ignorance or neglect of their
earliest guardians. It seems that the remedies for the infantile
inflammation which causes blindness are both many and simple. Thus, says
the London _Figaro_, it cannot be too widely made known that the eyes of
the newly-born child, if inflamed, should be washed with pure warm
water, and that then a single drop of a 2 per cent solution of nitrate
of silver should be instilled into each with a drop-tube. In Germany
midwives are enjoined to adopt the above remedial treatment, under oath,
and since this has been done the decrease in the number of blind
children has been most appreciable.

_Increase of Blindness._--Dr. Lucien Howe says blindness has increased
in the State of New York during the past five years thirteen times as
fast as the population; and the State Charities Commissioners state that
the excess in the increase of the insane in the State over the increase
in the population for the last nine years has been forty-four per cent.
These figures are most startling, especially when it is considered that
the modes of treating the eyes and brain are supposed to have been so
much improved of late years.--_Ex._

=Hiccough.=--_A Mechanical Cure._--Procure a glass of water and pour a
little of it down the patient's throat. While he is drinking the water
he should press a finger on the orifice of each ear. By this method you
open the glottis, and in five seconds the thing is done. Should you by
any chance meet with an obstinate case, you may rest assured that the
throat and ears were not closed at one and the same time; either the
water was swallowed before the ears were thoroughly stopped, or the
water was not sufficient to fill the throat. Another precaution is to
keep the chin well up. This cure was obtained by the writer from an old
Indian medical officer who had experimented for some years to discover a
method of relieving the terrible stage of hiccoughing in yellow fever,
and this cure was the outcome.--_Pharmaceutical Journal._

=Hydrophobia.=--Dr. Bokai, a professor at the Klausenburg University,
Hungary, claims to have discovered an absolutely certain remedy for
hydrophobia and for destroying the virus at the seat of the bite. The
remedy consists of a solution of chlorine, bromine, sulphuric acid, and
permanganate of potash, with oil of eucalyptus. The above was received
in the United States as a press dispatch, from Vienna, February 3, 1890.

=Intemperance.=--"We believe," says the Canada _Health Journal_, "that
there is no better direct remedy for intemperance than strict
vegetarianism. Sir Charles Napier tried a vegetable diet as a cure for
intemperance in twenty-seven cases, and the cure was effected in every
case, the time varying from thirty-six days to twelve months."

=La Grippe.=--_How to Prevent It._--A Boston physician has a novel
preventive of the influenza, which has been named la grippe. He orders a
small quantity of the flour of sulphur to be put in an envelope and worn
in the bottom of shoes. "Only this and nothing more." Patients who
complied with the conditions laid down, escaped the influenza. This
particular physician evidently has some knowledge of human nature. If he
had told his patients, in a general way, to keep their feet warm, they
would have paid no attention to his directions. But there was an odor of
a drug store in the sulphur prescription, and they followed it. Perhaps
that was the easiest way to keep the feet warm.

=Teeth.=--_Extraction Painless._--By spraying the region of the external
ear with ether, Drs. Henoque and Fridel, of Paris, render the dental
nerves insensible, and extract teeth without pain or general


    Accidents, Percentage of, Preventable, 30-32
      Prevention of, 85-87

    Advice of an Ex-smoker, 148

    Aids to Morality, Philadelphia _Ledger_, 58

    Alcohol, Treatise by Dr. Felix Oswald on, 87, 88

    Alcoholic Habit, 87-92

    Alcoholism, Remedy for, 92
      Reviewed by Dr. Spitka, 88, 89

    Animal and Human Lives Compared, 45

    Antipyrine, Female Intoxicant, 91
      Paralysis Caused by, 139

    Appetite, How to Improve an, 92

    Artery, Ruptured, Treatment of a, 96

    Asphyxiation, Remedy for, 93

    Attorney, the Most Conscientious, 60, 61

    Babies, Mortality out of 1,000, 45, 46

    Bathing, Dr. Steele's Ideas of, 21, 93-96

    Beer-drinking Excessive, 90

    Beggar Centenarians, 13

    Bethesda Water, Benefits of, 98, 108, 109, 113

    Bites of Snakes, Remedy for, 145

    Black Tongue, Prescription for, 152

    Bleeding, Treatment and Cure for, 96

    Blindness, a Simple Remedy for, 159
      Increase of, in State of N. Y., 159

    Boston _Globe_ Reporter, Experience of a, 6

    Brain-Workers, Time to Rest for, 82

    Brain Worry, Panacea for, 97

    Breakfast, _Menu_ for, 24

    Breathing, Healthful Mode of, 97, 98

    Breweries, English Purchasers of, 152

    Bright's Disease, Remedy for, 98

    Brown Sequard's Vital Elixir, 48, 114

    Bruises, Specific for, 99

    Bunions and Corns, Preventive for, 108

    Burns, Remedies for, 99

    Butchers' Trade, Effect of, 60

    Cancer Not Cured by Surgery, 99

    Catholics and Liquor Evil, 37

    Cemeteries of London, Pollution of the, 33, 34

    Chevreul, M., Health at 100 Years, 68

    Chewing-gum, Injurious Effect of, 99, 100

    Chills and Fever, W. S. Green on, 130-133

    Cholera, Remedies for, 100

    Church and Society Duties, 37

    Cigar Dissipation, 15

    Cigarette-smoking, Insanity Results from, 150

    Cleanliness, Hints on, 100, 101
      of Teeth, Tongue, and Throat, 20

    Clothing, Importunities about, 111-113
      Hygienic Advance in, 49

    Cold and Tired Feet, How to Prevent, 101

    Colds, Cure for, 101-103

    Commandments, the Ten Health, 28

    Constipation, Remedies for, 19, 20, 103

    Consumption, Causes and Palliatives, 47
      Dr. Chapin's Treatise on, 103
      Treatment of, 103-108

    Consumptives' Pride Unhealthful, 19

    Convulsions (Fits), Treatment of, 108

    Corns and Bunions, Preventive and Cure of, 108

    Cough Remedy, 102
      Whooping, Cure for, 158

    Crematories Will Stop Contagion, 33-35

    Crime, Prevention of, Dr. Crosby, 58-60

    Croup, Instantaneous Relief of, 109

    Dartmouth College, No Student Smoker at, 152

    Deafness, Prevention and Cure of, 113, 114

    Death, How Produced, 44, 45
      no Physiological Reason for, 76-78

    Death-rate, of Poor and Rich, 49, 50
      of Principal Cities, 49

    Deity, Belief in, a Necessity, 54, 55

    Del Monte Hotel, Model for Cleanliness, 41

    Diabetes, Treatment and Remedies for, 109

    Digestion, Time Required for, 122

    Dinner _Menu_, 25, 26

    Diphtheria, Dr. Deriker's Prescription, 111
      Dr. Roulin's ", 111
      Dr. Scott's  ", 110
      Notes on, and Treatment of, 109-111

    Diseases and Their Remedies, 79-160
      Individual Experience with, 14, 29

    Disparity between Actions and Teachings, 79

    Dissipators Long-lived, Why?, 12

    Dives and Variety Theaters, Grand Jury's Report, 35

    Doctors and Dentists a Necessity, 6, 7

    Drinks for the Voice, 124

    Dropsy, Treatment for, 113

    Dyspepsia, Treatment and Remedy for, 113

    Ears, Care of the, 113

    Eat, How You Should, 22, 27

    Eat, What You Should, 22
      "   "    "    "   Not, 22

    Editor's Opinion of Evil, 36

    Eggs, How Best to Preserve, 123

    Electric Light, Incandescent, Best, 40

    Elixir, Brown Sequard's, 48, 114

    Employment Necessary for Health, 30

    Epidemics, History of, 114-116

    Erysipelas, Facts Regarding, 116

    Esculapius, 6, 70

    Evil, Editor's Opinions of, 36
      Ministers'      ", 36

    Exercise, Ben Hogan's Opinion of, 116, 117

    Ex-smoker's Advice, 148

    Eye-glasses, When to Use, 118

    Eye, Surgical Operation on the, 47

    Eyes, Care of the, 117-119

    Faith in the Source of Goodness, 9

    Feet, Cold and Tired, How Remedied, 101

    Fever, Yellow, Treatment of, 157, 158

    Filtered Water a Necessity, 21,, 35

    Filters Indispensable, 35

    Fire Losses in U. S., How to Avoid, 30

    Fits (Convulsions), Treatment of, 108

    Food, Carbonates of, 23
      for Each Meal, 24-28
      Most Wholesome, 119-123
      Nitrates of, 23
      Phosphates of, 23
      Sinew Producing, 23
      Temperature Most Healthful for, 12

    Foreign Substances, Removal of, 139

    Forgotten Lore Remembered, 41-43

    Fountains, Public, a Necessity for, 35

    Freckles, How to Remove, 123

    Friends or Quakers, Average Life of, 11

    Garbage Creates Contagion, 32

    Gargle for Throat Troubles, 123

    General Government, Duties of the, 37

    Germ Theory, Discovery of the, 81

    God, Clearer Perception of, 9
      Who and What Is, 54, 55

    Gossip, by Dr. J. G. Holland, 61
      Remedy for, 61, 62

    Grand Jury's Report, of S. F., Cal, 35, 36

    Hair, Treatment to Preserve the, 123

    _Hall's Journal of Health_ on Food, 119

    Hammond, Dr., Death Not Imperative, 76-78

    Happiness, 51-65
      Formula for, 55

    Happiness, Not Found in Ignorance, 53

    Headache, Causes and Remedies for, 124

    Health, 5-50
      Beverages, 124
      Chief Desideratum, 5-50
      Commandments, Ten, 28
      Contagious as Disease, 10
      Happiness and Longevity, 5-78
      How to Keep in, 10, 14-18
      Laughter a Promoter of, 46
      Maxims, 41-43
      Officers' Attention, 32, 33
      Requirements of, 41-43

    Healthful Houses, by Dr. Cushing, 40

    Hemorrhoids, Remedy for, 135

    Hermit Centenarians, 13

    Hernia or Rupture, Cure for, 125

    Hiccough, Remedies for, 125, 159

    High License, Liquor Remedy, 36

    Hotel Del Monte, Model for Cleanliness, 41

    House Decorations, _Sanitary News_, 40
       Sanitary, Model for, 38-41

    Human and Animal Lives Compared, 45
       Life Prolonged, Professor Hammond, 73

    Hydrophobia, Drs. Mott and Baldwin on, 126
       Remedies for, 125, 126, 160

    Hygiene, Systematic, Dr. J. H. Brown, 70-72

    Hygienic Clothing, 49

    Ignorance Is Not Happiness, 53, 54

    Incandescent Light the Best, 40

    Individual Duties, 30

    Influenza (La Grippe), Remedy for, 126

    Insanity and the Cigarette, _Bulletin_, 150

    Insomnia, Relief for, 126

    Insurance, Persons Not Eligible, 31

    Intemperance, Cures for, 92, 160
      Deaths Caused by, 90

    Intemperate Men, Age of, 13

    Invalids Should Not Eat, What?, 27

    Irrigation and Malaria, by W. S. Green, 130-133

    Kidney Surgical Operation, Successful, 47

    La Grippe (Influenza), Remedy for, 126
      Pasteur's Cure for, 150
      Prevention of, 160

    Lane, Prof. L. C., on Quackery, 6

    Laughter, a Health Promoter, 46

    Lawyer, the Most Conscientious, 60, 61

    Lawyer's Profession, Influence Exerted by, 60

    Lepers of Hawaii, Number of, 127
      Pork Eaters Are, 27

    Leprosy, Statistics Regarding, 126-128

    Life Being Prolonged, Reason for, 9

    Life-table of 1,000 Souls, 45, 46
      Vitiated by Anxiety for, 84

    Light, Electric, Incandescent, Best, 40

    Liquor Remedy, High License, 36

    Liquors Consumed in U. S., Value of, 88

    Lockjaw, Successful Treatment of, 129

    London Cemeteries, Condition of, 33-35

    Longevity, 66-78
      by Dr. Maurice, 73-76
      Curiosities of, Dr. Oswald, 69, 73
      Possible Without Virtues, 9, 12
      Statistics Regarding, 66

    _Longman's Magazine_ on Vegetable Diet, 121

    Love, Those Deserving, 53

    Luncheon, _Menu_, 25, 26

    Macdonald, Geo., Neighbor of, 52

    Mackay, Chas., on Love's Subjects, 53

    Malaria and Irrigation, by W. S. Green, 130-133
      Chills and Fever, Cures for, 133
      New Theory by W. S. Green on, 130-133

    Maladies and Ills Cured, 79-160

    Man, Oldest, 69

    Marriage, Facts Regarding, 62, 129, 130
      Physical Degeneration, M. Huth on, 130

    Married Life, Is It a Failure?, 62, 63

    Maxims for Health, 41-43

    Measles Contrasted with Small-pox, 115

    Meats, How Best Prepared, 25
      Kind and Quality of, 25

    Men, Oldest, 69

    Microbes and Bacilli in Water, 21

    Milk, Purity, How Ascertained, 122

    Minister, Teacher, and Physician, 7

    Minister's Opinion of Evil, 36

    Misconceivements, 43, 44

    Miser Centenarians, 13

    Mistakes of Life, 53

    Morality, Aids to, 58

    Municipalities, Duties of, 32

    Naphtha, a Female Intoxicant, 91, 92

    Nelly Bly's Experience with Doctors, 6

    Nervousness and Worry, 134

    Nicotine in Tobacco, Deadly Poison, 148, 149

    Nose-bleed, Remedy for, 96

    Obesity and Thinness, Treatment for, 134

    Oldest Man Living in U. S. in 1890, 66

    Patti's Formula for Health, 16

    Physician, Minister, and Teacher, 7

    Piles, Remedy for, 135

    Poem, "Deserving Love," by Chas. Mackay, 53
      Heart's Test, by Ella W. Wilcox, 51
      Milton's "Adam to Angel", 3
      "The Two Workers", 56
      "Where Do You Live?" by Josephine Pollard, 56-58

    Poisons and Antidotes, 135-139
      Mineral, 136-139
      Taken with Impunity, 13
      Vegetable, 135

    Politeness, Health Interfering, 18

    Pork, Disease Producing, 26
      Unfit for Food, 26

    Practical Knowledge, Health Begetting, 14

    Prevention of Accidents, 85-87

    Prohibitionist's Reason for Longevity, 11

    Public Fountains a Necessity, 35
      Urinals       "     ", 37

    Quaker's Life Prolonged, Why? 11
      or Friends, Average Life of, 11

    Quinsy, etc., Prescription for, 152

    Regularity, First Consideration Is, 8

    Religionist's Reason for Long Life, 11

    Religious Perceptions, 55

    Remedies for Alcoholism, 92
      Diseases, 79-160
      Supplemental List, 159, 160

    Rest, One Day in Seven Necessary, 38

    Rheumatism, Prevention and Cure of, 139, 140

    Rupture or Hernia, Cure for, 125

    Sanitation and Sanity, 80

    Sanitary House Building, 38-41

    Scientific Education, Practical Knowledge, 14

    Scientist's Reasons for Longevity, 11

    Sea-bathing, Effects of, 95

    Seasickness, How to Prevent, 140

    Selfishness Excusable in Tax-payer, 31, 32

    Sleep, Hours Required, 20, 140-142
      Position of Body During, 141

    Small-pox and Vaccination, 142
      Contrasted with Measles, 115

    Smoking, Evil Effects of, 148-152
      Pasteur's Substitute, Camphor, 150

    Snake-bites, Remedy for, 145

    Social Evil, Grand Jury's Report of, 36, 37

    Society and Church Duties, 37

    Sound Health, Secret of, 83

    Spectacles, When to Use, 118

    Stimulants, Most Healthful, 24

    Strychnine Taken with Impunity, 13

    Substances, Foreign, Removal of, 139

    Sulsonal, a New Opiate, 48

    Sunday, or One Day, for Rest, 38

    Superstitions of the World, 143-145

    Supplemental List of Remedies, 159, 160

    Tanks for Water, Death-traps, 32

    Tape-worms, Cure for, 146

    Tax-payer, Selfishness Excusable in the, 31, 32

    Teacher, Minister, and Physician, 7

    Teeth, Painless Extraction of, 160
      Treatment of the, 17, 20

    Ten Health Commandments, 28

    Temperament, by Ella Wheeler Wilcox, 51, 52

    Temperance Not Necessary to Longevity, 12

    Temperature for Food and Drinks, 12

    Thinness and Obesity, Treatment for, 134

    Tobacco Habit, Dr. Dudley on, 146
      Experiments Regarding, 150
      Authorities on, 146-152

    Tonsillitis, etc., Prescription for, 152

    Toothache, Remedy for, 146

    Typhoid Fever, Substances Affected by, 47

    Ulcerated Sore Throat, Remedy for, 152

    Under-garments, Important Function of, 111-113

    Urinals, Public, a Necessity, 37

    Vaccination and Small-pox, 142

    Vegetable Diet, Why Preferred, 121, 122

    Vegetarian Restaurants in London, 122

    Virtues, Rank of the, 8

    Vital Statistics, 10, 152, 153
      Principal Cities, 49

    Voice, Drinks for the, 124
      Essential Elements in the, 154
      Treatment of the, 153, 154

    Warts, Remedies for, 154

    Water, Detection of Impurities in, 154-156
      Filtration of, 154-156
      Pollution Remedy, 156
      When to Drink, 155

    Water-tanks, Uncleanly, 32

    Weariness, Different Phases of, 44
      Treatment for, 44

    What We Inherit, 63-65

    "Where Do You Live?" by Josephine Pollard, 56

    Whooping-cough, Positive Cure for, 156,157

    Wilcox, Ella Wheeler, on Temperament, 51, 52

    Wisdom, Prerequisites for, 54

    "Workers, the Two", 56

    Worry and Nervousness, 134

    Yellow Fever, Statistics and Treatment of, 157, 158


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Transcriber's Notes:

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... its greatest velocity. If inanimate ...

Page 22 Add missing period.
... and beef at 15.

Page 39 Correct spelling: celler to cellar.
... not from the cellar itself or ...

Page 39 Correct spelling: unesthetic to unaesthetic.
... and, however unaesthetic, varnished.

Page 42 Correct spelling: succintly to succinctly.
... may find succinctly stated ...

Page 54 Correct spelling: Shakspere's to Shakespeare's.
... startling of Shakespeare's plays, ...

Page 81 Change comma to period.
... of sanitary value, is disproved. Few doctors ...

Page 135 Correct spelling: quaniny to quantity.
...with a sufficient quantity of cocoa ...

Page 149 Correct typo: in-instantly to instantly.

Page 152 Correct spelling: conjuctiva to conjunctiva.
... under the conjunctiva of an ...

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=Tonsillitis, Quinsy,=

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