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ITS DEFINITION, SCOPE, AND AIMS. 41

their race, profession, and residence ; also of their own respective parentages, and of their brothers and sisters. Finally, the reasons would be required why the children deserved to be entitled a "thriving " family, to distinguish worthy from unworthy success. This manuscript collection might hereafter develop into a " golden book" of thriving families. The Chinese whose customs have often much sound sense, make their honours retrospective. We might learn from them to show that respect to the parents of noteworthy children, which the contributors of such valuable assets to the national wealth richly deserve. The act of systematically collecting records of thriving families would have the further advantage of familiarising the public with the fact that Eugenics had at length become a subject of serious scientific study by an energetic Society.

4. Influences affecting Marriage. The remarks of Lord Bacon in his essay on Death may appropriately be quoted here. He says with the view of minimising its terrors

" There is no passion in the mind of men so weak but it mates and masters the fear of death. - Revenge triumphs over death ; love slights it ; honour aspireth to

it ; grief flyeth to it ; fear pre-occupateth it."

Exactly the same kind of considerations apply to marriage. The passion of love seems so overpowering that it may be thought folly to try to direct its course. But plain facts do not confirm this view. Social influences of