to appear before the public to “make a few remarks,” or even introduce a speaker.
It is often amusing, at a public dinner, to notice the difference between the man who has made his little speech and the man who has not — the jubilant faces of those who have the thing off their minds, the depths of preoccupied care or downright misery on the countenances of those who have still the torture in prospect.
Now that women are having so much practice as public speakers, they are rapidly ceasing to exhibit any more nervousness about it than is constantly shown by men.
The terrors of nervous prostration — that calamity which seems a new foe, but is really only a new name for an old one--haunt men almost equally with women.
If men hold out longer against its approaches, which is doubtful, they succumb almost more hopelessly, and need as long time for a cure.
I know young men of fine physique who, having for a year or two undertaken to combine too many different anxieties — for instance, a bread-earning occupation and the study of a profession — have taken to their bed in utter helplessness and frequent tears, and remained there for months.
“More pangs and fears than wars or women have” were their penalty for an over-taxation of the nervous system.
The fact that, as the life-insurance
companies tell us, women on the whole outlive men, seems to indicate that