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treats, solitary, and among strangers, they wear away the hours of sickness and of age, unfurnished with the means of procuring the assistance and the comforts which sinking health demands. Let not unfeeling derision be added to the difficulties which it has perhaps been impossible to avoid, or virtue not to decline.

Pickford Philosophy

of Marriage I



DON'T believe that any one

person should be "boss.” Sometimes the husband is wiser; sometimes the wife. Women

more easily noyed by trifles than are men.

In vital things it is usually the woman who stands firm and will not let herself be moved.

I think a woman's love is a greater compliment to a man today than it ever was, for years ago her love was a meal ticket sometimes. Today she has rights. She is free. Now, if she loves a man, that man should feel highly honored.

-Mary Pickford.




The course of our enquiry now conducts us to the period, when gray hairs and augmenting infirmities forebode with louder and louder admonition the common termination of mortality. The spring and summer of life are past; autumn is far advanced; the frown of winter is already felt. Age has its privileges and its honours. It claims exemption from the more arduous offices of society, to which its strength is no longer equal ; and immunity from some at least of the exertions, the fruit of which it cannot enjoy. Deprived of many

active pleasures, it claims an equivalent of ease and repose. Forced to contract the sphere of its utility, it claims a grateful remembrance of former services. From the child and


the near relation, it claims duty and love: from all, tenderness and respect. Its claims are just, acceptable, and sacred. Reason approves them; sympathy welcomes them; Revelation sanctions them. “ Let children “ requite their parents (s).” “Despise not

thy mother when she is old (1).” “ In“ treat the elder women as mothers (u).” “ Ye younger, submit yourselves unto the “ elder (x).” “ Thou shalt rise up

before “ the hoary head (3).” But if age

would be regarded with affection and reverence; it must shew itself invested with the qualities by which those feelings are to be conciliated. It must be useful according to its ability, by example, if not by exertion. If unable to continue the full exercise of active virtues, it must display the excellence of those which are passive. It must resist the temptations by which it is beset, and guard itself against indulging faults on the plea of infirmity. In a word, if the “hoary head”

(t) Prov. xxiii. 22.
(x) Peter, v. 5:

(s) 1 Tim. v.

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(u) 1 Tim. v. 1, 2.
(y) Levit. xix. 32.

is to be " a crown of glory," it must be “ found in the way of righteousness (z)."

Of all the methods by which a woman arrived at old age may preclude herself from enjoying the respect to which by her years alone she would have been entitled, an attachment to the gay amusements of youth is perhaps the least uncertain. To behold one whose countenance, whose figure whose every gesture proclaims that the last sands of life are running out, clinging to the levities of a world which she is about to leave for ever ; haunting with tottering steps the scene of public entertainment ; and labouring with fickly efforts, to win attention by the affectation of juvenile sprightliness and ease; to behold gray hairs thus spontaneously degraded and debased, is not only one of the most disgusting, but one of the most melancholy spectacles which, can be surveyed.

Avarice is one of the vices of age, which is more frequently exemplified among men (7) Prov. xvi. 31.


than in the female fex. The causes of the difference may easily be explained. The attention of men in general is more or less directed by the circumstances of their condition to the accumulation of money. In the case of those who pursue lucrative profeffions, commerce, or any other employment of which gain is the object, the fact is manifest. It is scarcely less apparent in the case of noblemen and private gentlemen, who live


the incomes of their estates. A reasonable desire of providing fortunes for their younger children, without leaving an immoderate burthen on the patrimonial inheritance, commonly disposes them to study at least, if not to accomplish, plans of annual saving. From these cares and occupations women, whether married or unmarried, are comparatively free. In the next place, their native stock of benevolence and liberality is often less impaired than that of the other sex, accustomed in the active business of life to the continual fight and knowledge of fraud, selfishness, and demerit. Hence, when advancing years bring

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