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May 19, 1894

Reply to Dr. Worcester.

JAMA. 1894;XXII(20):761. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02420990035013

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Richmond, Va. April 25, 1894.

To the Editor:  —Allow me a few lines in reply to the "open" and "sweet-spirited letter" of your fair correspondent, O. E. Worcester, M.D., of Florida, in your issue of April 21:

  1. The age of legal consent in Virginia is 14 years.

  2. Twenty years ago I organized a Magdalen Home and have been its President ever since.

    Your account of "a domestic chloroformed in a physician's office" must be taken with a "grain of allowance." I have learned to have little faith in the excuses for women's fall told by themselves. It is the old story.

  3. The dishonorable doctor spoken of was not worthy of belief. Bad men always believe others as bad as themselves. This man is a slanderer of his brethren. But as I have sent your correspondent my pamphlet on "

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