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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1853 edition. Excerpt: ... Century, p. 103. What then if women were to enter into a solemn league to stay the degradation which so sorely besets their kind? Were there but a single Elizabeth Fry, Sarah Martin, or Mrs. Chisholm, in each several parish, this great good work would soon be in process of accomplishment. But vast as are these evils, they are not the only ones. Hideous disorders attend the unlawful commerce of the sexes, blighting the infant unborn, inducing inevitable ruin and decay. The skin, throat, bones even, do not escape. The so beautiful structure of the eye is doubly implicated, first in syphilitic iritis, then in gonorrhoea! ophthalmia, that wretched malady which, as I conceive, has housed itself in Egypt, and infests our race. These disorders are at once acute and chronic, nor does one attack yield exemption from another. The evil is urgent, the very remedy is dire. Medical writings are rife with details only to be surpassed by the yet more horrible reality. Very children even are found in the lock hospitals of great cities, while millions, it may be affirmed, are lavished on the wages of debauchery. No lady, Tait asserts, dare venture abroad after dark in the streets of Edinburgh! But is Edinburgh the only city? He counts at one-fourth, the annual mortality among the female victims to prostitution, this so brutish vice and utter violation of the loftier destinies of our kind, On Magdalenism, 2d edition, p. 220! Brothels and low lodging-houses, if possible worse, subsist by hundreds in all our large towns, and there, prostitution and syphilis, the sin and the soil, go hand in hand together. The native population of the beautiful isles of the Southern Seas are undergoing rapid extinction, owing to the ravages of a dreadful malady! In London, huge city,...
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