Before taking up the question of reforms in our marriage laws, it may be well for us to consider briefly, from the sociologic point of view, what marriage was in the past, that we may be able to logically deduce from what it was, and is, what it may become. To do this, it must be frankly stated at the beginning, I shall have to speak plainly of sexual conditions, but beg that my hearers will appreciate that, in the words of Leterneau, "I have striven never to depart from the scientific spirit, which purifies everything."
To the sentimentalist of to-day, the fundamental truth on which the marital tie rests is forgotten or ignored. Losing sight of the plain and homely facts, proving the humble origin, of what they are pleased to call "the divine sacrament," they insist on a blind conservatism, which clings tenaciously to beliefs and practices, absolutely
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