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whether woman is a curse or a blessing to mankind.9 Another
question which the young men sought to settle was whether females
are capable of managing public affairs, May 24, 1851, and whether
her abilities are equal to man's.10 Having settled those questions in
woman's favor on most occasions, they often recurred to the query as
to whether a married or single life was better and happier, better for
the man and better for society as a whole.11 Being well convinced that
married life was better they also discussed the question whether the
State should tolerate a man of sound body who refused to marry.12
They were also much interested in the question as to whether early
marriages were better.13 The next question was the kind of wife to be
sought, which they often debated, the query being characteristically
stated as follows: "Is a lady of wealth but of ordinary mind more to be
desired than one of excellent mind without wealth?"14 They also
wanted to know the rhyme and reason about not marrying a deceased
wife's sister.15 Seemingly desirous of being judicious they discussed
the question as to whether the current views on the influence of
woman were not extravagant.16 Another question was whether a wife
should take a marriage vow to obey her husband.17 They were also
asking and deciding such questions as to whether a woman should pay
as much attention to her mind as to her person,18 and how she should
dress, the Euzelians in September, 1851, debating the query, "Ought
the Bloomer costume to be adopted?"19 The young men were up-to-
date, and voted in favor of Bloomers. For a better understanding of
9 Eu. Records, August 22, 1846; Phi. Records, May 24, 1851.
10 Phi. Records, April 22, 1843.
11 Eu. Records, November 25, 1843; Phi. Records, March 18, 1854.
12 Ibid., April 25, 1838.
13 Phi. Records, April 21, 1848.
14 Ibid., March 28, 1838.
15 Eu. Records, March 31, 1851.
16Ibid., August 15, 1851.
17 Phi. Records, April 10, 1852.
18 Eu. Records, August 21, 1847.
19 "A costume consisting essentially of loose trousers drawn close at the ankles,
under a short petticoat, advocated as a dress for women by Mrs. Amelia Bloomer of
New York in 1849-50." Standard Dictionary.