As all things come to those who wait, providing the conditions are right - so fat will come to the lean providing they observe the laws of health, and otherwise possess, or strive to cultivate, the constitutional nervous poise which is conditional for a development of adipose tissue.

As necessary conditions for a normal development of fat, an abundant supply of pure air and water must come first on the program. Nutrition is a closed event the moment oxygen fails to enter the vital processes of digestion and assimilation; and the richest and wholesomest food degenerates into waste-matter if not bathed and saturated by the oxygen-laden air. For while rich food may give increased weight, even with imperfect breathing - yet the latter is not due to a development of healthy, physiological tissue, but to its pathological counterfeit - fatty degeneracy. Leanness and emaciation, if not associated with functional disorder in some part of the system, are due to a want of appropriating power of the alimentary zone, and in a deficiency of the sympathetic absorption. The restoration of a healthy tonicity to the involved centers of nutrition will therefore require the infusion into the cell-life of some drastic agent, with powers to awaken the dormant metabolic energies of the sympathetic system. Hence the first thing in the morning, and at least one hour before breakfast, should be to drink slowly a glass of cool water, seasoned with seven drops of lemon juice.

A breakfast for the lean should contain an easily digestible proteid in some such combination as the following:

1 - A soft boiled egg.

2 - A generous slice of well baked Southern "Hoe-cake" (cornmeal bread) overspread with a teaspoonful of sage honey and unsalted butter, or in place of honey some stewed fruit.

3 - A glass of strong malt-extract (to be slowly sipped after the breakfast is completed).

The following lunch, containing some light meat, selected from the following list, would be advisable:

1 - Roast chicken, roast turkey, wild fowl, stewed rabbit, baked surf-fish or flounder.

2 - One of the following combinations of well cooked vegetables: turnips and beets; carrots, parsley and stewed onions; cauliflower and parsley; spinach and egg-plant; summer squash and string beans.

3 - Unpolished rice, or cornmeal mush, or baked potato (either sweet or Irish), or in absence of either, whole wheat, well baked bread.

4 - One cup of tea of wild cherry bark (to be slowly sipped at the close of the meal).

At 4:30 p.m., if the stomach feels empty, some fresh fruit is permissible, preferably apples, sweet grapes, fresh pineapple, persimmons, pears - but only one variety at a time.

For the evening meal, one may enjoy:

1 - Lettuce, celery, carrots and parsley; lettuce, black olives, chopped cabbage and parsley, etc.

2 - A generous slice of stale, hard rye or whole-wheat bread.

3 - English walnuts or blanched almonds (to take the place of meat).

4 - One cup of Lahman's pure cocoa, unsweetened (to be slowly sipped at the close of the meal).

At the time of retiring, take a well ripe, raw apple, or a blood-warm, well agitated glass of milk - as temperament and inclination may decide.

Each meal should be preceded by a teaspoon of olive oil.

Twice a week at bedtime, take a sitz-bath of 100 Fahr., containing a strong motherwort decoction; - and once a week a tub-bath, 107 Fahr., with an infusion of Epsom salts: one pound to each ten gallons of water.

Cocoanut oil and olive oil, used in a complete body massage upon retiring, are aids to nature in building up the tissues.

An important rule to observe is to take an outdoor walk of about one mile between each meal, and a short sleep of some ten or fifteen minutes immediately before dining.

The intervening time in the morning, between rising and breakfasting, should be spent in light, physical health-culture exercises, deep, rhythmic breathing, cold towel rubs, etc. And above all, as one of the greatest promoters of digestion, cultivate a spirit of imperturbable harmony in word and act through every phase and aspect of life.