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Hulloa – July 1921

A young friend told me the other day that her mother was greatly shocked when they were out walking together, and the daughter’s Sabbath School scholars greeted her with a cheerful, “Hulloa!” This displeasure at the frank familiarity of children … Continue reading

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Manners of the Smoking Man – March 1920

One day in a narrow lane we met a man smoking as he walked — a pipe or cigar I didn’t particularly notice which. But I did note that, as he passed us, he removed the weed from his lips … Continue reading

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Honour of Accompanying – March 1911

The day I was visiting some friends and leaving in the mid forenoon I had to make my farewells to the master of the house after breakfast. “Let me see,” he said. “I have to go to Glasgow by such … Continue reading

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Thinking of the Mistress – February 1817

Mrs Catherine Blair says that I argue on the assumption that all mistresses are able and willing to supervise — a false assumption.” Now, I never suggested that the mistress should have personal supervision of the whole conduct of her … Continue reading

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Narrow Minded Country Folk – February 1905

In a small company of people, chiefly of the professional class, a discussion arose as to whether the daughters of the well-to-do ought or ought not to “go out” — ie., to adopt some independent career. Some were of neutral … Continue reading

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He Was Puting it Nicely – December 1911

To be born and bred in a pure and high-minded home is not without its disadvantages in later life. For the outer world is not a community of refined human beings: far from it. In particular, the woman who has … Continue reading

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The Handshake – September 1909

The suggestion is that a good grip denotes a sincere hearty character and that a limp shake of the hand goes with flabbiness or coldness of nature. My faith in the significance of these little personal traits never really developed … Continue reading

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Retiring Girls – September 1904

(I wonder what she would say if she were alive today!) It used to be the fashion for girls to be prim, retiring, entirely submissive to their elders. Such a girl, transported into this century, would be thought to be … Continue reading

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Teaching Children by Example – August 1898

It is not natural for children — nor for grown up people either for that matter — to be courteous; that is, to put the rights of others first. The only easy and natural way in which to teach children … Continue reading

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A Lesson in Manners – July 1912

If little boys are to develop into good farmers, they must begin the study of crops and cattle before they enter their teens. Likewise, if they are to have the manners of gentlemen, it is good for them to have … Continue reading

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