We believe that if the public generally, and especially young men, were better aware of the dangers they incur from illicit indulgence, there would be a determined effort at re-form both in municipal and personal life. . We cannot think that sane, intelligent men, to say nothing of morality, would, for the gratification of an ephemeral desire, risk the well-being of their whole lives and the health of their offspring. It must be ignorance of danger which blinds them. The fools rush in where the wise men fear to tread.

Our intention, therefore, is not to rehearse a harassing and disgusting train of symptoms of no value except to the medical man, but to state in plain terms the general course and the frequent consequences of these diseases.

We have already said both commence by local manifestations of some kind, which, after a time, are followed by a general contamination of the system. This is the case with both, but in different degrees. The after-effects of gonorrhoea are much the less severe, and are confined wholly to the individual. It does not leave any hereditary taint. But it may bring about life-long suffering. The passage from the bladder becomes inflamed and contracted; that organ itself is very apt to partake of the inflammation, and become irritable and sensitive; spermatorrhoea and impotence with all their miseries may follow, and the whole economy may par-take of the infection. An eruption on the skin and an obstinate form of rheumatism, both wholly intractable to ordinary remedies, are more common than even many physicians imagine. Not unfrequently those troublesome chronic rheumatic complaints which annoy men in middle and advanced life are the late castigations which Nature is inflicting for early transgressions.

These results, though 3erious enough, are too personal to demand public action. But not so with those which flow from syphilis. They are so wide reaching that every philanthropist must feel it his duty, when once made aware of them, to urgently insist on some general measures - if such can be devised - which will abate them, and protect the innocent thousands on whom they are visited.

We shall first speak of the effects of syphilis on the individual. They are divided into three classes ; first, the local attack, which commences as a small ulcer on the part touched by the virus. Next in order of time are the secondary symptoms; they may show themselves in three or four weeks, and may lurk unnoticed for that many months; the poison attacks the skin and soft parts of the body, producing rashes, ulcerations, swelling of the glands, sore throat, disorders of the stomach, liver, and other internal organs; the hair loosens and falls out, the spirits are depressed, and the brain may be attacked, leading to imbecility, epilepsy, or insanity. At this stage, shallow ulcers are apt to form on the tongue and just inside the lips. The discharge from them is a poison and can convey the disease, and so can a drop of blood from the infected person. Let one in this condition kiss another, or drink from a cup, or use a pipe or a spoon, and pass it to another, the danger is great that the disease will thus be transmitted. An instance is recently reported in a French medical journal of a glassblower who was suffering from such ulcerations. As is usual, in all respects he appeared in good health, and was received into a manufactory. In these establishments the workmen are accustomed to pass the tube through which the glass is blown rapidly from mouth to mouth. He had been there only a few weeks when the physician to the factory was applied to for " sore mouths," and found to his horror that this single diseased man had infected in the process of blowing bottles, nine others. Let such an example be a salutary warning to neatness and caution, as well as an illustration how often innocent persons can become the victims of this loathsome complaint. Let it also be an admonition to charity, and against hasty condemnation of the sufferers.

The third step in the progress of the disease is when the bones are attacked. They often enlarge, become painful, and may ultimately ulcerate. Especially between the knee and the ankle, and on the head is this the case. By this time the whole body is poisoned, and an ineradicable taint is infused in the system. The constitution, though still apparently strong, is liable to give way at any moment. There is no longer the same power to repair injuries which there once was. The bones are brittle, and slow to heal. We knew of a young man of promise who was in this condition. One day, in merely attempting to pull off his boot, he snapped his thigh-bone, weakened as it was by the disease. For nearly two years he lay on his bed, and was only released by death. Let any one who wishes to see a picture of what a human being is who is brought to this wretched condition by his vices or his misfortune, peruse the sketch entitled " A

Man about Town" in Mr. Warren's remarkable book, "The Diary of a London Physician." If after reading that masterly delineation he still feels willing to incur the risk of such a loathsome fate, then to him other words of warning are vain and needless.