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The Recorder, Rising Sun
Fri., Jan. 4, 1901 edition

"With our wider outlook, our tremendous advantage, our crowding opportunities, we should not fall short of the women of past centuries. Here we are at the gateway of a new epoch. How shall we meet its claims?--Margaret E. Sangster, in the January Ladies' Home Journal."

The Lawrenceburg Press
Thurs. Dec. 6, 1900 edition

The "Perfect" Woman.

"The dimensions of a perfect woman are these: Five feet five inches in height; weight, 128 pounds. From tip to tip of each middle finger just five feet five inches, the same as her height. The length of her hand should be one-tenth of her height; her foot one-seventh, and the diameter of her chest one-fifth. From her thighs to the ground she should measure just the same as from her thighs to the top of her head. The knee should come exactly midway between the thigh and the heel. The distance from the elbow to the middle finger should be the same as from the elbow to the middle of the chest. From the top of the head to the chin should be just the length of the foot, and the same distance from the chin to the armpits. A woman of this height should measure 24 inches around the waist, 34 about the bust, if measured under the arms, and 43 if measured over them. The upper arm should measure 13 inches and the wrist six inches. The calf of the leg should measure 14 1/2 inches, thigh 25 and the ankle eight."

Warning to Women.

"Women are humorously warned against too many distractions by the following:

Here lies a poor woman who always was busy;
She lived under pressure that rendered her dizzy.
She belonged to ten clubs, knew Browning by sight,
Shone at luncheons and teas, and would vote if she might.
She served on a school board with courage and zeal;
She golfed and kodaked and rode on a wheel;
She read Tolstoy and Ibsen; knew microbes by name,
Approved of Delsarte; was a "daughter" and "dame."
Her children went in for top education;
Her husband went seaward for nervous prostration.
One day on her tablets she found an hour free,
The shock was too great, and she died instantly."

Taking the Rest Cure.
"The rest cure is one of the most efficient and simple of all prescribed for nervous exhaustion. As given at the private hospitals and sanitariums it is expensive, but anyone with sufficient strength of mind and leisure can take it at home with little expense.
Three weeks at least are required for the process. During this time the patient should remain in bed except an hour or two a day, when she can sit in an easy chair at the window and read something light. Simple but nourishing food of an easily-digestible nature should be eaten freely, and milk is an important item. A glass of milk should be taken immediately on awaking, another at breakfast and at noon and again at the evening meal and the last thing at night. Tea, coffee, and wines are forbidden."

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