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THEN AND NOW

CHAPTER I

Babies and Children

Ye are better than all the ballads

That ever were sung or said,
For ye are living poems,
And all the rest are dead.

LONGFELLOW.

I do not observe any distinctive features in the babies of Then and Now. I notice the same proportion of infants plump and placid, smiling or sleeping, and of others mewling and puking, or with countenances of a carmine tint howling their miseries from enormous mouths, and fiercely fighting the air.

The babes are identical, but in the middle and upper classes there is an extension of an evil habit as to their alimentary treatment. The natural process has been largely discarded as tedious, disfiguring, and interfering with social enjoyments, and has been relegated to other mothers, or to the cow. Our infants, instead of being

* There is an admirable essay on this subject in Knox's Winter Evenings, vol. i. p. 363.

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