The New York Times (New York, New York) 6 March 1885 Page 8
HOW GIRLS SHOULD BE TRAINED. THE TW1U0HT CLUB DISCUSSES CORSETS AND FOOTBALL. Three score of gentlemen, comprising members of tbe Twilight Club and their guests, dined In D'Orville's restaurant on tbe top floor of tbe Mills Building last night. Wltb tbeir coffee and their cigars tbey discussed, somewhat Informally, the topic "How Should Girls be Trained r Secretary Charles Win gate said tbat parents ought to be more companionable wltb their children than they generally were. There should be no restraints, based on false dignity or false modesty, between parents and their children. children. Most mothers were too timid about telling tbelr daughters things which all growing girls ought to know. Dr. Jerome Walker said that in the training of girls tbeir physical as well as tbeir. moral and mental development must be considered. The use of corsets should be discouraged by parents. There was no reason why girls should not pursue pursue practically tbe same athletic games that boys do. He thought tbat the girls at V'assar might Just as well play football as tbe boys at Prluee-ton. Prluee-ton. Prluee-ton. There was no game that gave the muscles of the body suoh perfect and healthful play as football. Girls could be provided with suitable gymnastic suits and permitted to kick tbe ball about under tbe eyeof a matron. " Would you have Chicago girls play football football ?" asked somebody in a serious tone. "Certainly, all girls." was tne reply, u But would not the Chicago girls hare an undue undue advantage" T Dr. Walker paid no further attention to the interrupter, but remarked tbat girls should be taugbt to run and to cook. Tbe responsibility for their training rested equally upon tbe father and the mother. Gen. Stewart L. Woodford said that a girl was a buman b-ing. b-ing. b-ing. ana whatever a human being was entitled to in the way of an education, either pnysical, moral, or mental, a girl was entitled to. 8he was certainly entitled to a physical education education that would thoroughly and properly develop develop ber. Gen. Woodford said: "The garment that would bind or fetter a boy's body no mother mother would put upon him. The garment that would bind or fetter a girl's body no father should allow to be put upon her, supposing tbe mother, through ignorance or false pride, should countenance sucb a thing. As a rule, tbe mother's mother's true womanly instinct can be trusted to give ber daughter wholesome counsel." Husbands, Husbands, the speaker said, hud an equal responsibility responsibility with the wives in the' training of their children. There was a personal and individual responsibility that neither husband nor wife could shirk. Col. George Wlngate was of the opinion that the father could do but little toward training a girl. The mother's influence was naturally greater. He believed that girls should be tauirbt by their mothers all that was necessary to prepare prepare them to assume the duties ond responsibilities responsibilities of wives and mothers. Girls should be taught that personal familiarity on the part of young men was at no time proper and should be discouraged. Col. Wingate said that he bad in mind particularly the " promiscuous bugging and kissing" that sometimes prevailed in country d aoea. Ex-Judge Ex-Judge Ex-Judge W. H. Arnoux had never been able to find a man who could truthfully sav that he had been able to train up his girls. As a rule it was the girls who trained the fathers. Algernon S. Higgins was Inclined to the notion thnt girls mot always trained themselves. Girls were prctt v sure to take their cue from their mothers. and when tbey arrived at a marriageable age they would eacb take a young man and proceed to train him. Mr. MrAdam. Mr. Crawford, and others spoke. S. S. Packard presided, and after earn speecn ne would remark encouragingly. "Still we have not learned anything."