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story is, ﬁrst, for young women to read; second, for young
men to read; after that, for anybody who wants to. Anyone who
doubts its facts and ﬁgures is referred to ‘‘Social Diseases and Mar-
riage,’’ by Dr. Prince Morrow, or to ‘‘Hygiene and Morality,’’ by Miss
Lavinia Dock, a trained nurse of long experience.
Some will hold that the painful facts disclosed are unﬁt for young
girls to know. Young girls are precisely the ones who must know
them, in order that they may protect themselves and their children to
come. The time to know of danger is before it is too late to avoid it.
If some say ‘‘Innocence is the greatest charm of young girls,’’ the
answer is, ‘‘What good does it do them?’’