From the Ball-Room to Hell

From the Ball-Room to Hell

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From the Ball-Room to Hell by Thomas A. Faulkner

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This antidance treatise, written by an ex-dancing master, is devoted to condemning the waltz. Some of the chapter titles include ''From the Ball-Room to the Grave,'' ''Abandoned Women the Best Dancers,'' and ''The Approval of Society is no Proof Against the Degradation.''

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Let me assure you in the first place that I am well aware that there are many church members and professing Christians who dance; but, if on the strength of this you deem it a safe amusement, come with me for a few evenings, and when you have seen all that I can show you, let your judgment tell you, whether you can, with safety, place your pure, beautiful daughter in the dancing academy or ball-room.

Let us first take an instance from the "select" dancing academy, and thus begin at the root of the matter.

Here is a beautiful young girl. Let me take her for an example.

She is the daughter of wealthy parents; they have been called to mourn the loss of two of their children; and this is their only remaining treasure, their darling, their idol almost, whom they love more than their own lives.

They wish to bestow upon her every accomplishment

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