What of woman's share in the sad story of per verted, degraded genesic power? Paul, writing to the church at Corinth, established in the midst of the open and defiant moral degrada tion rife in all eastern cities at that time : " Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of a harlot? God forbid. What? know ye not that he which is joined to a harlot is one body? for two, saitli he, shall be one flesh." The power for evil in woman's influence, told cen turies ago, is as true to-day. "She has cast down many wounded : yea, many strong men have been slain by her. Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of "He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks . . . as a bird hasteth to the snare, and know eth not that it is for his life." 4 knoweth not that the dead are there, and that her guests are in the depths of hell." "For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead. None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold upon the paths of life."' " Her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword; her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell." 2 In reviewing the beginnings of perversion through thought, act, or bodily condition, it is not difficult to see how, if left unarrested and uncared for, the depraved soul and bodily bias is increasingly toward evil, and how easily the youth, whether boy or girl, is led by the blinding witchery of dual corruption. Thus our beloved sons and daughters, before we know it, are drawn into the rippling outer eddies of a maelstrom, whose giddy whirl steals away all moral sense; or, once within the volcanic crater, the sulphurous poison stifles the soul's cry for escape, and they go down, down, till the awaking of eternity.
It is not generally known that diseased or morbid appetites are far stronger than the healthful ones, and the cause of far greater suffering. A person may
starve to death and not realize discomfort or pain so severe as that of the drunkard for his stimulus, the opium or hashish eater for his portion, or the subject of perverted genesic appetite for his beloved gratification. I can never forget the words of a poor woman who, trying to abandon the habit of opium eating, repeated again and again, " I love opium bet ter than I do my husband, my children, my God, or even my own soul," — and the words were true.
The intimate connection of the creative endowment with every capability of the soul and body makes its unhealthful activities more dominant, more subordi nating than any other known in the range of medical science. From the first cherished lecherous thought and action, the power of self-control is given up little by little. The brain and spinal cord, responding to the soul's permission, become moulded to the charac ter and quality of the repeated acts, till all the sources of strength and will are sapped to supply the ever increasing dengind for gratification. Soon follows the loss of healthful balance in the nervous system which keeps the vital energies in their natural distri bution to every part of the body. Then comes a dis tressing plethora or congestion of the pelvic organs, which goads the sufferer still to seek the temporary relief afforded by sexual indulgence. This continues till the over-irritated brain and spinal cord take on the diseased automatic action which shows itself in the awful insanity of nymphomania and satyriasis. I am sure, from long and close observation, that very few persons who have from early youth held the high trust of manhood and womanhood in chastity of soul and body find self-direction and control impossible. Even when an unfortunate heredity and physical disease are upon them, their ailments are far more manageable, and they have much less discomfort in continence than those who give half rein to lust.