Margaret Sanger, "Does Youth Win the Race?," 1911.
Source: "Margaret Sanger Papers, Sophia Smith Collection Margaret Sanger Microfilm, Collected Documents Series, C16:1049."
Adoption of little Italian immigrant (slum) child by childless couple (show Ellis Island with incoming family of several children).
Mother splendid type of American school teacher--big-brained & unselfish--intellectual in all current activities.
Her devotion & intellect makes ↑weak↓ husband climb for step by step to highest position in his profession she studies & suggests--he accepts & gets benefit--daughter (adopted) gets same devotion.
Mother tireless in training her in habits of neatness--but she only cares for style;--tireless in training her in habits of concentration--girl flippant and inconstant.
The only quality which seems natural--real--is her voice inherited from Italian parentage far back in that land of sunshine
Thus the mother trains--works night & day to train voice of much beloved child.
Mother spends entire fortune in helping daughter--who improves but little--good voice but lazy & will not work to develop--
Mother takes in sewing & washing & ironing ↑men's↓ silk shirts as a speciality--
Meets George Neenan a poor but ambitious composer.
He falls in love with mothers [one word missing] mental and mother with him--
Finds himself seeking her advice in all important questions.
mp;hrough her advice he succeeds in a big composition & wins great victory--
Daughter comes home--
Neenan falls in love with daughter--while still in love with the womans mind her big grasp on the world affairs--her deep understanding her psychic & intentional qualities awe him--he needs them--but he loves Dorothy.
He comes to live in their home (flat) to live in touch with the inspiration of Helen the Mother--
He does not tell Dora he loves her--
He tells Helen he can not love her as he would like to-- He is married & can not get divorced.
Helen wants to make him the greatest in the musical world-- She studies for him early & late helps him to rise--and he does--
Word came that his wife has passed away--he is now free to choose--
He is torn between physical love for Dora and the ideal love of Helen--. One love which satisfies the cravings of the ↑body↓ . The other which lifts & exalts the growth of the soul. Man being a physical creature--ages of physical cravings satisfied--the test too hard--
He sees a young couple with a baby & walks behind them & hears their conversation of happiness & joy in their mutual love & he pictures their state of happiness & home life--and torn to a frenzy by the new freedom and the joy which he knows can be his for the asking-- He rushes off to the theatre & asks Dora to marry him.
He fearing to lose Helens help--urges Dora to keep their marriage secret.
A happier triangle could not be conceived of--
He the adored of two women is has a complete life--beauty to fill his artistic & physical eye and a clean, clear inspiring intelligence to urge him on to greater & higher accomplishment.
The great pain of Helen is Doras lack of purpose, of character or stability & she covers-up those shortcomings in every way.
He feeds Doras vanity--
Helen feeds his mind.
She is content in the service of [one word illegible] ↑helping↓ them to grow--
From them she gets nothing both selfishly engrossed in their own vanities-- They let her serve on--while they make love behind her back.
Such secrets must out--and after several months they inform Helen that they are to become the loving parents of a new born child.
Helen [one word illegible] receives this news quietly--without emotion.
He fearing she has had a shock--talks quietly-- He tells her of his love for Dora from the moment he laid eyes upon her lovely face. The charm of her voice-- The lift of her adorable eyes-- The fascination of her in all her gestures & doings--his passion abject & helpless before her as none before had come into his life. She listens gazes coldly into his face realizing how little he had her in his thoughts--what a fool she had been--to think he had. Helen turns to Dora--and says What have you to say "Babe Dora stops chewing gum long enough to wipe a tear away from her much powdered face & says indifferently--oh I dont care mother--don't make a scene all over the place-- Its no bodys business who I marry-- So whats the matter with you?
We can all live togerher just the same--wheres the tragedy--cant I marry & have a baby like other folks without a funeral.
Helen reviews in her mind the baby she took under her care the nights & days watching & caring. The confidences etc and then bursts into flame.
Yes you have that right--you both have-- But you had no right to deceive--to ↑live↓ a life of lies to me--to each other. You, poor dear pretty child--for you I can ↑do↓ not blame--
But you George Neenan--you are not a child. You are a man. Your marriage--your love for Dora does not hurt me--but I hate you for the faith you have robbed me of-- I hate you for exploiting my love of you--you knew I loved you. I despise you for climbing to fame upon a woman's Soul.
And now I leave you to each other
Neenan & Dora, one year later in apartment with Dora, untidy unkept & unhappy--quarreling a common habit-- She is still beautiful to look at--but he has missed the intellectual pillar of his successful career. He has gone down hill rapidly--both taken to drink her voice gone--his career [one word torn] . They separate!
Helen takes up social work & becomes head organizer of great national campaign for women. Years (5) later--watches her go ↑proudly↓ past & wonders-- For now he thinks only brains make for real & lasting Beauty.
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