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The Courtship Of Great Men

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The Ilev. o. C. Goss lectured in New 'i ork, on The Moral Aspect of Courtship asillustrated in Distinguiahed Men of Modern Times." He said: "Sir Isaac Newton is said to have loved only once. This may be true, hut. I I arJly believe it. A man may love a score of timen and not revea] it. The great Newton was a vety eecentrie lover. líe was in tlie habit of sitting silently in the presence of liis sweetheart for niany hours. He was vefy absent minded, and it ia said the estrangement between himand tlie lady was caused by his unconscicns nse of her flnger once as a pipe stopper, JToung girls kad better never marry ihilosophera if they yearn fortnecaesses of affection." The speaker next referred to Daniel O'ConnelTscourtehip. "He wasasharp, deeialTe, matter-of-fact man, witli very little Bentiment In bis make-up. Meeting a lady who attnicted his attention on llie street, lie asked her if she had an engagement She replied she had not. He proposed, and they were speadily married. ( rdinary minda have no business to follow the example of Daniel O'Coanell. Thia kind of inarriage is only fit for a genius." "The courting period really begins," he said, "when lovers begin to study each othor's dispositions. Courtship sliould be honest and sincere, not mal. It . sliould not be too long. Dr. John Biown courted seven years without kissing the object of his" affections. Vfter thia period had elapsed he a.sked er if he might kiss her. She acquiesc(1; luit instead of indulging in the ixury he said, 'Let ua A kiss tider such eircumstances ís no at 11. My experience is that a stolen kiss Bihe best I heliere praying should e more practtsad in connection with ourtship all along the line, but thia ■as not, a time for praying. He might ave taken the kiss and prayed afterrard. John Brown's courtehip was oo cruel and formal." Tli(! lectnrer then took up John Wescv's wedded life. Ile said he wasbady matched, and his wife humiliated m on all occasions before his frieuds. Bat if John Wesley had married an miable and domestic woman Methcism might not have existed." Mr. osa next described the eourtship oi' )aniel Webster and Miss Grace Fletch. "When Daniel ealled npon her she mtinued the dutiea in which she was ïgaged. So do the girls of the present time, bnttheduty they are generally engaged in is waiting for him. Webster'a was aopurtship of simplicity and honesty and worthy every young man's and woinan's emulation."


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