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Transactions of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters
volume IV (1876-1877)

Mason, R. Z.
The duty of the state in its treatment of the deaf and dumb, the blind, the idiotic, the crippled and deformed, and the insane,   pp. 25-30 PDF (1.8 MB)


Page 30


30     Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters.
young. It is ignorance that has destroyed us in generations past.
It is ignorance of the functions of life and of the laws of repro-
duction that destroys us to-day. We cultivate with more skill
even the grapes and grains than we do the propagation and re-
production of our own species. Marriage is a hap-hazard affair,
the result of caprice or fancy, instead of being the result of judg-
ment and knowledge of the fundamental laws of being. Science
and the public law, are alone, perhaps insufficient to do justice to
this noble cause. They invoke the aid and co-operation of the
pulpit and of the public teacher. A wise supervision of this sub-
ject is indispensable to the future wellbeing of the race. False
standards of delicacy must be set aside. Morbid sentimentalism
must give way to the suggestions of common sense and a rational
philosophy.


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