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disease." "You deceive yourself," replied the other. "You are trying to make me believe that I can be cured?" "You can be." "And that I am not condemned?" "I swear it to you." "You are not deceiving yourself, you are not deceiving me? Why, I was told--" The doctor laughed, contemptuously. "You were told, you were told! I'll wager that you know the laws of the Chinese concerning party-walls." "Yes, naturally," said George. "But I don't see what they have to do with it." "Instead of teaching you such things," was the reply, "it would have been a great deal better to have taught you about the nature and cause of diseases of this sort. Then you would have known how to avoid the contagion. Such knowledge should be spread abroad, for it is the most important knowledge in the world. It should be found in every newspaper." This remark gave George something of a shock, for his father had owned a little paper in the provinces, and he had a sudden vision of the way subscribers would have fallen off, if he had printed even so much as the name of this vile disease. "And yet," pursued the doctor, "you publish romances about adultery!" "Yes," said George, "that's what the readers want." "They don't want the truth about venereal diseases," exclaimed the other. "If they knew the full truth, they would no longer think that adultery was romantic and interesting." He went on to give his advice as to the means of avoiding such diseases. There was really but one rule. It was: To love but one woman, to take her as a virgin, and to love her so much that she would never deceive you. "Take that from me," added the doctor, "and teach it to your son, when you have one." George's attention was caught by this last sentence. "You mean that I shall be able to have children?" he cried. 28


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