“Dangerous Dancing” / Memorable Fancies #2129

[An excerpt from Social Abominations, or, The Follies of Modern Society (1895):]

“…“the dance” of modern society, in which men and women are dressed in the height of fashion, sometimes with clothing so tight that free breathing is impossible, and mingling with a large company in a room filled with a fetid atmosphere, engaging in most vigorous exercise, until the perspiration flows from every pore of the skin, the lungs are filled with dust and poison, and sustaining this until the “we sma’ hours,” or until nature is exhausted and the body unfitted for the duties of the following day.


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