In this country there is no excuse for the young man who seeks the society of the loose and the dissolute. There is at all times and everywhere open to him a society of persons of the opposite sex of his own age and of pure thoughts and lives, whose conversation will refine him, and drive from his bosom ignoble thoughts.

But our present intention is not to discuss this question as it pertains to general society, but to confine our remarks to the period of boyhood and girlhood.

As we remarked in the earlier pages of the present work, the sexual passion is developed long before the age of puberty. It is clearly visible in children of even tender years. As we there said, it is of the utmost importance that it shall be restrained and controlled to the utmost. Can this best be done by a rigid separation of the sexes, or by a free communion between them ?

The common and ancient supposition is that the first mentioned is the best plan. Yet, as we have shown, this view is based upon a fallacy. The Latin proverb tells us we strive against that which is forbidden. The very rarity of an object excites curiosity, while familiarity breeds indifference.

Nowhere is this more true than in the history of the sexual passion, and there are numbers of evidences we could adduce.

That ingenious naturalist, Mr. Darwin, explains on this ground the abhorrence to the crime of incest. It is well known that, with widely different races in the most distant quarters of the world, marriages between relations, even distant relations, have been strictly prohibited. At first. Mr. Darwin thinks that a slight feeling arising from the natural indifference of familiarity and the sexual excitement of novelty, led to unions between members of different rather than of the same families. This feeling was augmented through " natural selection," and finally became instinctive. It seems more probable that degraded savages should thus unconsciously have acquired their dislike and even abhorrence of incestuous marriages, rather than that they should have discovered by reasoning and observation any evil results which might have followed on such unions.

It is this indifference which should be most assiduously cultivated in the young of both sexes, especially in males. Nature herself has provided for it to some extent in females. It is one of the acute observations of Wilhelm von Humboldt that such an indifference is the rule in the girl when just blossoming into womanhood. To quote his own admirable words: " The first emotions of her youthful heart wander, like the glance of Diana, into the far distance. The earliest maidenly age is thus not unfrequently accompanied by a certain want of feeling, indeed, inasmuch as the feminine mildness depends upon the development of those emotions, we may say by a certain hardness. Some characters hastes over this period so rapidly that it is hardly perceived, but in most it is visible for some time."

There is strong reason to hold that one of the most effective means to bring about this indifference of familiarity is by