[Variety] “Hints for Children” (from the Youth’s Companion, April 12, 1849; p. 200)
If there are any among my readers who are in the practice of jumping up behind omnibuses and other carriages, I beg of them to discontinue it, for it is dangerous as well as vulgar. it is a small fraud, and may lead to a greater, and is often the first step in rowdyism.
Do not deface walls, doors or door-steps, with writing on them. It is unjust to injure the property of your neighbour.
It is ill-bred to shuffle your feet, to drum with your fingers, to put them in your ears or your mouth, to bite your nails, or to have any tricks with your hands.
It is ill-bred to walk heavily, to slam doors, to make any unnecessa[r]y bustle or fuss.
It is ill-bred to use slang words or phrases.
Indecent and profane expressions are something far worse than ill-bred; they indicate that you do not reverence God nor respect man. But they are also vulgar. Profane and indecent words degrace you [sic]. If you respect yourselves, you will not use such language, nor will you listen to it.—Selected.